Review of Coorg: Land of Lush Greenery Spice and Coffee

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Coorg is an undulating exotic land filled with coffee and cardamom.It is also the birthplace of one of the most important South Indian Rivers, the Cauvery. Popular as a tourist spot, this place has several interesting places worth spending time on on your visit.

Review of world cardamom capital

A review of Coorg (Kodagu is the name in local language) shows a land resplendent with rich plantations and gushing rivers. The green backdrop provides immensely rich habitat for wild life such as bison, tigers and boars. It has special sentimental interests for tourists because it is the place where River Cauvery originates.

Get to Coorg

Come to Mysore or Bangalore. From here you have to travel 100 km by bus or car. The ride is thrilling though cheap. Getting around in Kodagu is easy. One can always trek or ride around on a bicycle though more prudent option is to use a rickshaw or a cab. Traveling is very similar to arranging furniture in your home -- you get the hang of it after some time.

Switzerland of India

Ideal for sports these mountains offer tourists plenty of scope for biking and trekking. You will see in this review that there are splendid places to see and many things to do too. Campfire, trekking, boating, mountain cycling, barapole rafting and spa services are some popular tourist attractions.

Spectacular attractions for tourists

• Madikeri
Madikeri is capital of Kodagu or Coorg as we know it. It tops world production of cardamom spice. In this review we see it is a lush landscape filled with forests and plenty of coffee plantations. Tourists will love taking in coffee plantations.

• Madikeri Fort
Easily the top tourist attraction, this place holds much interest for entire family. Built in 19th century, Madikeri fort comprises of a prison, museum, chapel and a Ganesha temple. Tipu Sultan the tiger of Mysore replaced the mud structure with granite. Our review tells you why it is ideal for family vacations in the next section.
Prince Mudduraja chose “Mudukayray” to be official capital of Coorg or Kodagu. Over time, it became Madikeri. This hexagonal shaped fort presently has offices.

• Talacauvery
This Brahma kundike is located 4500 feet above sea level. Cauvery River is one of seven sacred rivers depicted in Hindu mythology. The shrine located near the kundike has a Shiva temple, a Ganesha temple and a Shiva Lingam. The holy Ashwantha tree is the place where trimurthis Shiva, Vishnu and Mahesh appeared before Agastya the sage. From Talacauvery, 365 steps lead up to Brahmagri peak which offers a splendid view of town and villages nearby. People on their family vacation make it a point to trek up to this highest point to see the view of the town below.

• Nagarhole
Next in this review we have Nagarhole. This wildlife sanctuary has bison, barking deer, jungle fowl, sambhar, peacock, spotted deer, mongoose, elephant, and wild boar. Nagarhole literally translates to river shaped as snake. If you fortunate, you also get to see tigers and panthers.

• Mallali Falls
Mallalli Falls is situated an hour’s drive away from Somwarpet. Here we see the river Kumaradhara roaring through its gorge towards the steep fall. This adds thrill to family holidays.

Wine and Dine at Kodagu

You have coffee for the teetotalers and toddy for others. Wines are very colorful and tasty. Family tourists will enjoy the local cuisine. Cuisine consists of kadubittu, akki roti and pandi curry. Oranges abound along with pork and chocolate.

Make your trip fun filled

Nature lovers will especially find plenty to poke around and discover since this place Kodagu or Coorg is filled with biodiversity. It is a fun filled family vacation destination. Undulating backdrops with rivers running here and there attract tourists by the thousands.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

Very interesting article. I did not know there was such beauty and lush greenery there.

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author avatar snerfu
24th Jul 2014 (#)

It is the western ghats region you have plenty of plantations and trees.

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author avatar Ptrikha
24th Jul 2014 (#)

Great description of the place with some amazing pictures.

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author avatar snerfu
25th Jul 2014 (#)

Hello Ptrikha, thanks for your encouragement. Glad you liked it.

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author avatar WOGIAM
25th Jul 2014 (#)

There are so many place, I have read about from writers like you, thank you for expanding our knowledge.

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author avatar snerfu
25th Jul 2014 (#)

I tend to haunt one or two select places...just kidding. Hope you are not too distracted by the charms of Indian tourists spots.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
4th Aug 2014 (#)

This part of India has been unexplored by me; should do it some time in life. Coorg sounds like a great place. Thanks for the pictures as well.

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author avatar snerfu
5th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, Ms Singha, it is a fascinating place especially if you love coffee. Thanks for the look up.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting piece! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar snerfu
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Hello Margaret, you are welcome.

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