Coorg – The Scotland of India
Undoubtedly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg has breathtaking landscape and divine natural beauty that are epitome of glorious charm of yester years. Coorg also known as Kodagu is post card perfect bathed with scattered villages and hamlets.
Nestled in south west region of Karnataka bordering Kerala, Coorg has catapulted to become India’s famous tourist destination wherein bag packers throng from all across the globe. Because of its impeccable beauty British gave it the title as Scotland of India.
Coorg has beautiful places that leave the tourists jaw struck and energized. It has wide spread coffee plantations with stunning greenery which is really a treat to the eyes of every onlooker. Undiluted landscapes, lovely waterfalls and amazing mélange of flora and fauna, this Kashmir of the South has much to offer to its visitors.
Places that deserve a sure visit in Coorg are:
- Abbey falls: Gushing through the rocks, these waterfalls are a must visit in Coorg. Just 1 km away from the Madikeri, the waterfall is nestled between coffee plantations and spice estates. One can witness the extravagant beauty of Kaveri River cascading down the rock face and eventually turning into falls. The period after monsoon – November and December is the best time to visit this place.
- Brahmagiri peak: This natural scenic place is covered with forested woods and mist topped hills. It is ideal place for trekking. On the way one will pass through lush and beautiful grass lands, colorful floras and sparkling streams of clear water. Also there is wild life sanctuary that houses rare species of animals viz. lion tailed Macaque, Jungle cat, spotted deer, Nilgiri Langur, Gian flying squirrel etc. A must visit to witness perfect amalgamation of natural beauty with rare species.
- This is the most scenic place to visit. It has mystical views and cotton clouds that are truly divine to the eyes. Tourist throng sun set point in this place to witness the breathtaking view of the green valley and the surrounding hills. Also the place is bathed with beautiful gardens and seasonal flowers whose view reenergizes the mind and soul.
Other places of interest are Bylakuppe which has Golden temple designed in typical Tibetan style of architecture, the Cauvery Nisargadhama, Nagarhole national park and Chettalli.
The place is ideal for adventurous activity like trekking, angling and white water rafting. Such activities done amidst beauty of nature will give special divine experience to cherish till eternity.
The place also has huge draw as it celebrates with zeal and zest its major festivals like Keil Poldu, Cauvery Shankaramana and the Huttari.
Coorg quenches the hunger of every tourist. It has lip smacking savories in its platter that gives heavenly feeling to the taste buds. The food epitomizes the history and geographical setting of the region. Bamboo shoot and Pandhi curry, Kadambuttu is the famous among the locals. Though non vegetarian is prominent among the locals, one can also indulge in yummy vegetarian foods.
The city has plethora of shops that offers loads of items for the tourist to fill their shopping bags with. Spices, dry fruits, coffee etc are available in exceptional quality and has buyers from all across the globe. Other shopping goodies are Tibetan artifacts, silk saris, timber cravings and metal ware items that are popular among the tourists.
Misty hills, lush coffee and tea plantations, mind blowing natural beauty makes Coorg a wonderful place to rewind oneself and to attain inner peace.