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Coorg or Kodagu

Kodagu is a hilly district of Karnataka popularly called as Coorg. This hilly region is a part of Western Ghat and it covers an area of 4103 sq. km. located about 257 km away from state capital, Bangalore. Madikeri is the main town of Coorg and it also serve as the district headquarters. Other major cities of the Kodagu are Virajpet, Kushalanagara and Somwarpet. Coorg District is divided into the three talukas namely Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet.

Coorg District is mostly rural and its economy mainly depends on agriculture, plantations and forestry. This region is famous for the productions of coffee and it play a vital role of district economy. Today, tourism related businesses are also other major sources of income by the natives. Coorg is a lovely hill station for the travelers where you will find several beautiful waterfalls, tee & coffee estates and lovely site scenes including lots of religious places.

You also search out lots of famous peeks here like Tadiandamol, Kote Betta, Pushpagiri, Nishani Motte, Tumbe Male, etc. Larger amounts of population in Coorg are considered as Kodava regional community and they usually utilize Kodagu Takk or Coorgi Language as their prime dialect. Some other major communities of the state are Gowdas, Tamilians, Malayalees, Muslims, Kurubas, Kudiyas, Yeravas, etc.

Deer of Nagarhole National Park

(A image one top of Matanga Hills of the Hampi historical site)

As per 2011 census report of India about 554764 people reside in Coorg. Maximum of population follows Hinduism (warrior class or Kshatriya's) as their religions. We know the Coorgi language is main dialect of the district but Kannada Language is accepted as official language of Coorg. English-written widely uses for educational purpose in this hilly region.

Climatic characteristics of Coorg remain pleasant throughout the year, specially in summer. Average temp of summer (March to mid-June) is 26 °C. Average annual rainfalls of the district including Monsoons (mid-June to September) are about 310 cm. And the winter (late-November to February) is quite cold when average temperatures stay around 15°C. Some upper hilly region it may be bellow 0°C dc in winter.

Tourist attractions and spots in Coorg

Madikeri is the destination city for traveling entire Coorg district. This town may be called as a hilly forestry town with lots of super scenic views and tourist attractions. This town also called as the Scotland of India. Madikeri Fort is the main attraction in the city.

Talakaveri is a lovely place from where Kaveri River has originated. Talakaveri is located on the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala. You also get here a Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Brahma.

Abbey Falls is a beautiful waterfall located just 6 km away from Madikeri. It is located in private coffee plantations estates. You will also find a Hindu temple close to the falls which is dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Nisargadhama is a man-made island of Krishna River which is popular for picnicking. It is located about 31 km away from Madikeri. This island covers an area of 64 acre where you will find deer, rabbits, peacocks, elephants, etc.

Iruppu Falls is little far away from Madikeri. It makes a distance of about 51 km from the city located in the Brahmagiri hill range. This falls is surrounded by lush green Western Ghats.

Dargah Sharief is a popular destination for Muslim. It located at Yemmemadu in Coorg district about 36 km away from Madikeri. It was constructed in honor to Hazrath Sufi Shaheed and Sayyed Hassan Sakaf Halramir.

Mandalpatti is a small beautiful mountain range located about 23 km away from Madikeri. As bus facility is not available yet taking a cab or own vehicle is advised. Mandalpatti is kind of beautiful small green mountain range which mostly covered with thick grasslands.

Mallalli falls is about 51 km away from Madikeri. This falls is one of the popular tourist spots in Coorg. So, don’t miss it. Transportation to the falls is not so well. You have to go by walking for last few kms.

Irpu Falls is a famous tourist destination in the district, but it located (at Kutta village) little far away from Madikeri. It makes a distance about 82 km. it is a falls of the Bhramagiri hills.

Besides of there some more tourist attractions are also situated in the district like Kakkabe, Omkareshwara Temple, Chiklihole Reservoir, Harangi Dam, Chelavara Waterfalls, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuaries, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries, Nagarhole National Park, etc.

How to reach Madikeri, capital of Coorg?

Travel by Roadways
Madikeri is the main city of Coorg which is well connected to neighboring cities (Mangalore, Hassan, Mysore, Bangalore, etc) of Karnataka by roadways. You can also make travel to this hill station from its adjoining state Kerala. Bus service in Madikeri is very frequent from Medikeri to every tour spots in the district except Kushalnagar. You can directly travel through a bus to reach here from the following places Mysore, Mangalore, Hassan, Chikmagalur and Shimoga.

Travel by Railways
If you are a tourist from northern Indian states then best option is to reach Bangalore first to get Coorg which is about 257 km away from the district. The near by railway stations of Madikeriare (district headquarters, Coorg) are Thalassery and Kannur (these two cities are in Kerala). Other nearer stations of the district are located at Mangalore, Mysore and Hassan in Karnataka.

Travel by Airways
If you planned to go Coorg by airway then the airport of Mangalore International Airport would be suitable to you. Mysore domestic airport is the nearest from Madikeri located about 121 km away. Mangalore Airport located about 137 km away from Kodagu .

Distance from important cities to Medikeri:

CitiesDistance (km)CitiesDistance (km)
Mangalore 137 Mysore 121
Bangalore 257 Hassan 115
Dharmasthala 135 Subramanya 089
Karwar 401 Goa 527
Tellechery 111 Kasargod 108
Calicut 171 Cannanore 112

Hotels Restuarants and Resorts in Coorg

Orange County Resort
Karadigodu Post, Siddapur, Coorg
Phone: 08274-258481
Wild Cat Ranch,
Biligeri Village, Mádikeri, Karnataka
Phone: 08272-227260
Club Mahindra-Kodagu Valley
Galibeedu Road, Madikeri
Telephone: 08272-221114
Four Winds Estate,
Mysore Road, Madikeri, Cóorg
Phone Number: 08272-225720
Polaycad Bungalow
Ammathi, Coorg, Karnatâka-571211
Phone: 08274-252240
Serenity Home Stay,
76, Krishnaraj Villa, Madikeri, Coorg
Phone Number: 08272-224976
Honey Valley Estate
Yavakapady Post, Coorg
Phone: 08272-238339
BB Estate Homestay,
Kadagadal, Madikeri, Coorg
Phone: 08272-200178
Veerabhoomi Resorts
Kudige Rôad, Kushalanagar, Coorg
Phone: 08276-278113
Windcrest Homestay,
Kaloor Road, Madikeri, Karnataka
Phone Number: 08272-265793
Coorg International
Covent Road, Madikeri, Karnataka
Phone Number: 08272-228071
Valley Fair Home Stay,
Brahmin's Valley, Madikeri, Coorg
Phone: 08272-221973
Rain Forest Retreat
Mojo Plantation, Madíkeri, Karnataka
Phone Number: 08272-265638
Irpu Resort,
Kurchy village Post, Coorg
Phone: 9448475222
Forest Flower
Nani Estate, Horoor, Coorg, Karnataka
Phone: 08272-200451
Dubare Elephant Camp,
 Kushalanagar, Karnataka
Phone: 9449599755
Palace Estate
Kakkabe Post, Karnataka-571212
Phone Number: 08272-238446
Hillyside Estate
Hardoor Post, Karnataka-571201
Phone Number: 08272-262666
Hill Town Hotel
Daswal Road, Behind J D Hospital
Phone: 08272-223801
Coorg Wood Side,
Kattemadu Víllage, Madikeri
Phone: 08272-241683
Nisargadhama Forest Resort,
Kushalnagar, Karnataka-571234
Phone: 08276-274454
Coorg Trekkers Paradise,
Near Liwa Clinic, Madikeri, Karnataka
Phone Number: 9945310233

General Information of Coorg or Kodagu District

Country India
State Karnataka
District Headquarter Madikeri
STD Code 08272
ISD Code 00918272
Best time to visit  
Coorg Population 554764 (approx in 2011)
Coorg City Area 4103 sk. km.
Climate Summer - March to mid-June.
Winter - late November to February
Major Spoken languages Coorgi, Kannada and English