Scotland of India
The coffee plantations of Coorg covered with stunning greenery would charm anyone. With its undiluted landscapes, lovely waterfalls and an amazing assortment of flora and fauna, it has much to offer visitors. Wake up to the view of misty mountains in the morning and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee. But of all the places to visit in Coorg, the wildlife sanctuaries are the most fascinating if you are with a loved one or on a family trip. Spot a bison, an elephant and if you in luck then a Panther. Take a look below for some of Coorg’s tourist places and plan your trip to the ‘Scotland of India’.
Present in the town of Madikeri, Raja’s Seat is considered one of the most scenic places to visit in Coorg. A popular sunset point, it provides a breathtaking view of the green valley and the surrounding hills. It is also surrounded by a beautiful garden of seasonal flowers and musical fountains. In olden times, this garden was a favorite spot for the kings of Kodagu, who spent time here, watching the sunset with their queens. Raja Seat has many elevated spots overseeing the beautiful valley. The best time to visit is during the early morning and evening hours.
Timings: 5:30 AM – 7:30 PM / Musical Fountain: 7:00 PM (Weekdays), 6:45 PM – 7:20 PM (Weekends)
Entry Fee: INR 5 (Garden), INR 20 (Toy Train)
One such breathtaking place in Abbey Falls makes for one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg. Located 1 km from the town of Madikeri, the waterfall is located between coffee plantations and spice estates. Enjoy the gushing beauty where the Kaveri River cascades down a rockface turning into the falls. The best time to visit is November and December, just after monsoons.
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
Entry Fee: INR 15
Dubare Elephant Camp
One of the most interesting things to do in Coorg is getting close to elephants at the Dubare Elephant Camp. With over 150 elephants, the camp is a great chance to get to know these enchanting creatures. Watch the elephants being given a bath, fed and trained by Mahouts. In addition, take a coracle ride on the River Cauvery and spot a crocodile, gaur, the wild dog, sloth bear, and peacocks.
Timings: 8.30 AM – 11 AM / 4.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Entry Fee: INR 690 – INR 1330 (Indians), INR 1467 – INR 2270 (Foreigners)
Of all tourist places in Coorg, Iruppu waterfall is one of the most popular. River Lakshmana Tirtha takes a 60 feet plunge amidst the green mountains to turn into these falls. The picturesque view of the ferns along with the gushing sound of the falls makes for a memorable experience. The mesmerizing Iruppa Falls totally deserves to be on your bucket-list even if you are considering only the places to visit in Coorg in 1 day.
Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: INR 60
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park is one of those unmissable places to visit in Coorg, Karnataka. If you are interested in wildlife, the Nagarhole National Park is possibly one of the best places to visit in Coorg in one day. Despite the dense jungle, it has open sight-lines along the river bank, which makes for a fantastic place to watch animals and over 270 species of birds. The best time to visit is during summer (April to May) or winter (November to February).
Timings: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM / 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Entry Fee: INR 50 (Indians), INR 150 (Foreigners), INR 50 (Camera)
Mandalpatti View Point
Mandalpatti Viewpoint is one of the top places to visit in Coorg. With an abundance of greenery, trekking is definitely one of the things to do in Coorg, tourist places for this activity too are in abundance here, but Mandalpatti is considered the best. Climb up towards the Mandalpatti View Point via the scenic Makkandur route but be sure to pack some water for the way as you explore one of the best trekking places in Coorg.
Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Namdroling Monastery Bylakuppe
Of all tourist places in Coorg, Bylakuppe is full of cultural delights. The second biggest Tibetan settlement in India, the main attraction in Bylakuppe is the Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery which adheres to the typical Tibetan style of architecture. The town is especially great to visit during the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year), which is celebrated with much fervor.
Entry fee: No entry fee.
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.
This architectural piece is a mix of Islamic and Gothic styles which is one of the major attractions in Coorg. There are four minarets occupying four corners of the temple and encompassing a large central dome.
Omkareshwar temple is a shrine which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Shivalingam can be seen at the entrance itself. The existence of a tank inside the temple is a very intriguing sight and a mandapa in the center with a well-connected walkway is.
Entry fee: There is no entry fee.
Timings: 6:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and again from 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM.
Nisargadhama is a beautiful island, 28 km from Madikeri, surrounded by the thick foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. The island is naturally formed by the river Kaveri (Cauvery) and is situated in the Kodagu district in Karnataka. An interesting thing to do in Coorg would be to stay in the treetop bamboo cottages here, and enjoy the elephant rides and boating on the riverside.
Best Time to visit: From October to April.
Entry fee: INR 10 per head (adults) and INR 5 per child.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Talacauvery & Bhagamandala
The temples of Talacauvery are located in Bhagamandala. Located in the Brahmagiri Hill, Talacauvery is about 1200mts above sea level. This place offers panoramic scenery.
The Triveni Sangam is located at Bhagamandala. This is the place where the three rivers flowing through this region confluence. Although Talacauvery has located 8 km from Bhagamandala, they are always referred to together. If you visit Talacauvery, you ought to visit the other place and vice versa.
Talacauvery simply means the tributary or the starting point of the Cauvery River. This river is accorded religious significance in India and the state of Karnataka. At the river located here, the locals pray to the Goddess Cauveramma, who has potent healing powers.
Timing: 8 am to 5 pm.
Mallali falls take abode at the base of the Pushpagiri hills, Originating from River Kumaradhara, the falls take a dive from more than 1000 meters and gradually drains in the Arabian Sea.
It is always better to visit this waterfall during the rainy season as it is a seasonal waterfall and is boasted along the Abbey falls.
After a 10 KM drive from Somwarpet to Kalahari Road, the trekking routes for Mallali falls starts which is around 2 to 3 KM and there are wide steps for visitors to climb up to the falls.
Best Time to visit: October to February.
Entry fee: Entry is free.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on all the days of the week.
The dam is built against a small tributary of river Cauvery known as Harangue in the Hadgur village of Coorg and is mostly a combined visit with Cauvery Nishargadhama which is hardly 8 to 10 KM from the Dam.
Harangi river originates from the Pushpagiri hills and runs through 50 kms of a distance before meeting the main river Kaveri or Cauvery. The water depends on the south-west monsoon and heavy rainfall as it is a seasonal fall.
Entry fee: INR 10 per person (adult), INR 5 for children below 12 Years of age and INR 10 for parking.
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM on all the seven days of the week.
Honnamana Kere Lake
Honnamana Kere Lake located in the Daddamalthe village is the biggest natural lake in Coorg. The still and calm lake looks absolutely stunning amid the lush green hills, exotic coffee plantations, and man-made caves. The festival is visited especially during the Gowri Festival, which is celebrated in the temple near the lake. A large number of devotees and visitors gather at this shrine dedicated to Goddess Honnamana, after whom this lake is also named. It is believed that the goddess had sacrificed her life to save this village. The soothing environment and the spiritual vibes will make your visit to the Honnamana Kere Lake a refreshing experience. This is also one of those popular places to visit in Coorg if you want to try boating on the round boats.
Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free