Beautiful Hill Stations In India - Coorg

Kodagu (or Coorg Coorg in the English language) is a district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is headquartered in Madikeri. Kodagu, a state of mountains and valleys situated on the Western Ghats, is a major tourist destination in South India. This beautiful hill station of Karnataka is at an altitude of 1525 meters above sea level. The journey here is an unforgettable experience. The mountains of Kodagu, lush green forests, tea and coffee plantations and the people here captivate the mind. Apart from its natural beauty, Kodagu, the origin of the river Kaveri, is also famous for hiking, cross country and trails.

There are many stories about the origin of Kodagu's name. Some believe that the word Kodagu is derived from Krodhadesa, which means the land of the Kadava tribe. Some others believe that the word Kodagu is made up of two words - the code i.e. Dena and Avwa i.e. Mata, from which this place is considered dedicated to Mata Kaveri. This region is mentioned in the ancient Tamil poetry "Kudu Malai". This is what is mentioned in the Kodav Janpad songs "Kodumale". It means the exposition of the Unchai mountain range.

If we look at the historical figures of Kodagu, it is known that it was settled in the 8th century. The rule of the Ganga dynasty was the earliest in Kodagu. Later Kodagu became the capital of many rulers and descendants like Pandavas, Cholas, Kadambas, Chalukyas and Changlvas etc.

Hoysala in Kodagu in 1174 BC. Had acquired his suzerainty. Later in the 14th century, the Vijayanagara rulers ruled here. After this, many rulers ruled in Kodagu. In the end, the British also gained suzerainty over Kodagu. The name given to him is "Coorg".


Before independence, the British ruled Kodagu till 1947 and till 1950 it was an independent state. It was made a part of the state of Karnataka during the reorganization of the states in 1956. There are three talukas in this small district - Madikeri, Somwaripete and Virajapete.


TOURIST PLACES IN COORG


NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

This national park is a major sanctuary of South India. This place used to be the hunting ground of the first kings. Today, this place provides a natural environment for elephants, tigers, cheetahs. Apart from this, small animals like gaur, deer and langur can also be seen here. The weather here is full of cold throughout the year. There is little difficulty in reaching here so this garden is quieter than others. Safari can also be enjoyed here.


MADIKERI

Madikeri is the district headquarters of Kodagu. It was named after Muduraja, the first ruler here. Popularly known as Scotland of India, this place is a beautiful hill town. The palace, fort, Omkareshwar temple, Raja's seat and Abbi Falls are very famous. Madikeri is about 120 km from Mysore.


KUSHAL NAGAR

It is a good picnic spot. The climate here is completely different from other places in Kodagu. The humidity level here is higher than Madikeri. There are a number of picnic spots in and around Kushalnagar, some of which are Veerbhoomi, Nisargadham, Tibetan Monastery, Golden Temple and Harangi Dam.


IRUPPU FALLS

In South Kodagu there is a holy place named Iruppu under the Brahmagiri ranges. Near this, a river called Lakshmana Tirtha flows. According to legends, Rama and Lakshmana passed here in search of Sita. On Rama's demand for water, Laxman shot an arrow on the Brahmagiri mountain and drew the Laxman Tirtha River. This river falls in the Iruppu Falls. This place is believed to wash away all the sins of a person. Thousands of devotees come here every year on the occasion of Shivaratri.


KAKKABE

Kakbab is the largest honey producer in Southeast Asia. But people come more due to the Padi Iggutappa temple located here. It is the most prominent temple in Kodagu. The Nalnad palace here was built as a hunting lodge. Today this place is used as a children's camp. It is an interesting experience to see the honey farms here.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR
If you have opted for aerial route to visit Coorg tourist destination. So let us tell you that the nearest Mangalore International Airport to Coorg is. Which is located at a distance of about 144 km from Coorg and this airport is well connected to major metros of the country. From the airport, you will reach Coorg easily with the help of local means of walking here.


BY TRAIN
If you have chosen a rail route to travel to Coorg. So let us tell you that the nearest Mysore railway station to Coorg is located at a distance of about 116 km. From Mysore railway station you will easily reach Coorg via taxi or bus.


BY ROAD
If you have chosen a bus to go to Coorg. So let us tell you that Coorg is well connected to all South Indian cities by road. You can easily catch a bus to Coorg from Mysore, Bangalore and Mangalore cities.

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