Kodagu or Coorg is derived from the local version Kodavu and the people of Kodagu Kodavas. According to Puranic versions the land of initial settlement was called Krodadesa which later became Kodavu. It is also said that Kodagu is derived from the word Kodava, Kod means ‘give’ and avva means ‘mother’, i.e Mother Kaveri, the river Kaveri.
252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu. Coorg or Kodagu (originally called Kodaimalenadu) means ‘dense forest on steep hill‘.Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.
Travel with the wafting breeze through the captivating natural expanse of Coorg, one of India’s finest hill stations. The hills beckon you to share their secrets whilst the valleys throw open special welcome to savour their charm. Lose yourself to the beauty of Coorg, as the journey to the Western Ghats will take you to new heights of self-discovery.
Coorg is situated on the Western Ghats of Karnataka in South India. For the adventurous at heart, it is an absolute treat. There are trekking and golfing options available. Religious trips abound on Hindu and Buddhist circuits. Family getaways can be easily arranged. You can also relax your body and mind with special Ayurvedic massages. Coorg is as trendy and happening as its close neighbour, Bangalore.
Coorg is like the dreamland of the philosopher. If you’re the type who likes to mingle with nature, romance in the mountains, feel the tingle of the cool and gentle breeze, watch leaves flutter in dance-like movements and hear sounds of birds fill the air, then Coorg is just the place for you.! The Dubare forest, situated in the south of Coorg is an Elephant haven. It was here that originally elephants were trained for Dasara celebrations held in Mysore every year in the month of October. Here you can simply spend hours just watching elephants. Nisargadhama is a popular family holiday spot. With ample cottages spread over forest area, it is an ideal place to spot deers.
Kodagu is considered rich with wildlife and has three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park: Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park.
The Coorg include: the Asian elephant, tiger, leopard, dhole, gaur, boar, and several species of deer
White Water Rafting: There are few good camps around Coorg that offer rafting down the Cauvery river. For some fast paced action, visit the Upper Barapole River to the south of Coorg in Brahmagiri. The best time for rafting is from mid-June to mid-September.
Shopping: Some of the popular items to buy are coffee, honey, spices, cardamom, pepper, pineapple papads and oranges ( season). Coorgi silk saree are also very famous and they have a different style of wearing them.
Air:Mysore 115 Kms.Mangalore 140Kms.
Rail:Talicherry (110 Kms),Mysore (115 Kms),Mangalore(140Kms)
which is connected to Bangalore, Mangalore and Tamilnadu.