Enchantment on your Indian Trip: Discover the magic of Coorg

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India is an exotic place with unique landmarks and places having cultural significance. Taj Mahal or Indian Curry, tourists will soon find themselves enamored by both the tranquility as well as the rich heritage reflected in its temples and architecture. This is an article about Coorg in a series about tips to plan your holiday trip to Indian shores.

Vacation time comes again

This consists of a series of articles on places to visit in India. This tells you about a tranquil place where you see some unique things.
Planning for your vacation with the family is something about which everyone is eager. Getting the hotel reservations for the trip done and booking the travel tickets becomes easier if you have a good booking agent for your trip. Some of them can offer you splendid discount packages when you opt for a combined hotel and travel package. In Coorg, you will be in the thick of coffee plantations. In fact, it is one of the richest districts in India due to its coffee estates.

Coorg – Kodagu

Coorg or Kodagu as people now call it, is landlocked with Hassan in the north, Mysore in the east, Kasargod in the west, Kannur in the southwest and Wayanad district to the south. Rainfall in the region may exceed 3890 millimeters annually. Average temperature is 15.4˚C. This hilly region has altitudes between 3,000 feet and 5,740 feet. Main river is Cauvery.

Culture and Forest

People of Coorg are basically worshippers of arms. They have some Brahmin community representation for conducting pujas in the temple. The area has three wildlife sanctuaries Pushpagiri, Talakaveri and Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuaries. The Rajiv Gandhi National Park is located here. The number of animals they find here excites tourists. Leopard, Asian elephant, gaur, dhole, tiger, and boar abound in these areas. Of the trees in the forest, one will find Black Dammar, Poon Spar, Indian Mahogany, Ebony and Ironwood. The undergrowth is rich in wild black pepper, plantains, cardamom, ferns, canes, and areca. In less wooded bamboo forest areas, one will find Dindul, Benteak, Kino Tree and black Wood. In addition, one will also find many types of acacia, along with sandalwood and teak.

Tourist Attractions at Kodagu

A. Forest and Wildlife Parks
a. Kumaraparvath: Trek through the forest is very shady and has water spots along the way. You may have trouble getting food if you do not book it before hand.
b. Dubare: The Forest Department training camp for capturing elephants is located here. It is located on the banks of the River Cauvery on the edge of the forest.
c. Nagarhole: Another tourist hot spot, this is the site for a wildlife resort and National Park.


B. Temple and Picnic Spots
a. Omkareshwara Temple: There is a story connected with this temple. King Lingarajendra executed one pious Brahmin for talking against him. The ghost of the Brahmin haunted the king leading to the construction of the temple.
b. Nisargadhama: A lovely picnic spot on the island formed by Cauvery, it is a favorite spot for family picnics. Tourists find this place charming and serene. It is right after Bylakuppe on the Madikeri Road. Elephant rides, boating and rafting are some activities popular with tourists. You can see deers and some shops for buying souvenirs.
c. Buddhist Golden Temple: In the Tibetan settlement of Kodagu, we find this temple at Bylakuppe. However, tourists must watch out since you are not allowed to pluck flowers here. You will get several Tibetan artifacts here. You will have food, both north Indian and south India cuisine, served in a shopping complex outside the temple.
d. Nalknad Palace: Once spectacular, the Palace built by King Dodda Viraraja in 1793, is falling apart through disuse and improper maintenance. Still, one can see some lovely paintings. This will be ideal as a trekking destination. You will have to carry your own food and water though.

C. Rivers and Falls
i. Talakaveri: The source of the River Cauvery has a temple dedicated to Brahma. Talakaveri is one of only temples in India and Southeast Asia where Brahma is the chief deity. The view from the top of the hill is breathtakingly wonderful.
ii. Abbey Falls: A wonderful waterfall, this is a lovely place for picnicking for tourists.
iii. Bhagamandala: Another tourist hotspot is Bhagamandala, the joint of the rivers Cauvery and Kanika. Another river Sujyothi joins these two from below the ground.
iv. Irrupu Falls: Situated near the Lakshmana Tirtha River, Irrupu Falls is a sacred place.

Have a Pleasant Trip to Coorg

People these days do not want to stray away from their Facebook or Twitter pages. They need to be online from the moment they awake until they sleep. When you are in Coorg, all such thoughts of staying connected to the Internet will disappear. This lovely place will refresh your mind and soul and make a new person out of you. Do not forget to bring your camera. You may also use any travel app to keep your trip hassle free. Everything here is worth preserving in your albums. Memories of your family holiday at Coorg will be always there when you use your trusty clicker to snap all those precious moments of your trip.

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author avatar WOGIAM
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing, so much negative news is coming from India currently, it is easy to remember that it is a beautiful country.

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author avatar snerfu
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Perk up India is and will always be beautiful. Thanks for the look up Wogiam

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Good write-up Snerfu, thanks for the share - siva

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author avatar snerfu
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Good to hear from you Siva. Thanks for the look up.

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author avatar snerfu
12th Jun 2014 (#)

@ Mr Giblett
Thanks for moderation and for correcting me. And many thanks for the star too.

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author avatar Ptrikha
13th Jun 2014 (#)

Wow! Amazing article and pictures. A place worth visiting!

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author avatar snerfu
13th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha good to see you Coorg is wonderful

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