Sprawling coffee plantations, evergreen timber forests,misty hills,alluring peaks,lush green valleys,and an unending stretch of tranquillity aptly define the hilly abode of Coorg. Also known as Kodagu, this district is one of the smallest yet most picturesque in the state of Karnataka.It marks the southern end of the Western Ghats and is rightly called the Scotland of India owing to its striking natural beauty.


Tucked down from a height of 70 feet, Abbey Falls is truly a sight to be cherished.During the British rule,the place was called Jesse Falls,as the first British clergyman of the region named it in memory of his beautiful daughter.Like them,you too will be mesmerized by the beauty of this blazing white stream of water flowing through lush green coffee and spice plantations.


Nestled in the Brahmagiri mountain range,Iruppu Falls looks absolutely spectacular as it falls from a height of 170 feet in two distinct stages.People come here not only to enjoy the natural beauty but also to bathe in the pristine waters of the falls,which are considered sacred.The religious significance of this waterfall and its name, Lakshman Tirtha Falls,lies in the epic Ramayana.


If you are planning a trip to Coorg during the rainy season,then Mallalli Falls is definitely worth visiting. Magnificently cascading from a height of over 200 feet,this waterfall situated at the foothills of Pushpagiri mountain range is counted among the highest waterfalls in South India.Hearing the sound of water hitting the rocks here is something that you will cherish forever.


Want to spend your free time as royals? Visit Raja’s Seat,one of the best Coorg tourist places.This huge garden perched on a hill is said to have been a favorite place for the Kodava kings to spend their leisure time. And you’ll know that when you watch the most spectacular sunsets from here,as well as panoramic views of the lush green valley and colorful blooming flowers.


Kaveri Nisargdham, also known as Kaveri Nisargdham,is an attractive picnic spot located just two kilometers from the city of Kushalnagar.Situated on the banks of river Kaveri,this 64 km long river island offers the perfect place to relax in the lap of nature:dense forests,lush green bamboo trees,chirping birds,rabbits,peacocks,deer and what not.The main attraction of the island is the hanging rope bridge that connects the outside world to this magnificent place hidden amongst the dense foliage.


Though not as popular as other attractions in Coorg, Chiklihole Reservoir should be on your itinerary if you want to spend some time away from the crowd. Situated between Madikeri and Kushalnagar,this man-made reservoir is active since the year 1985 and deserves a visit for its captivating natural beauty.Go on a picnic here with friends or family,capture the most beautiful views of the sunset or take your loved one for a romantic evening amidst its serene surroundings and rich flora and fauna.


The beauty of Mandalpatti is best defined by its name, which translates to ‘the market of clouds’ or ‘mist’ in the local language.Perched up to a height of about 4050 feet,this hilltop is part of the Pushpagiri Reserve Forest and offers some of the most picturesque views of the region.You can take either of two routes to this approach–via Abbey Falls Junction which is shorter or via Makkandur which offers panoramic viewsWant to know the best way?Take the first route to reach the site and go back through the second route.


It would not be an exaggeration to say that your trip to Coorg would be incomplete without a visit to the Elephant Camp again.Karnataka Forest Department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts project,this eco-tourism site will give you an insight into the ecology,biology and history of elephants and this is not the case.You will be able to have an intimate experience with the mighty creatures by not only observing them but also participating in activities such as riding,feeding and washing them.


For adventure enthusiasts,trekking through the lush green trails of Brahmagiri Hills is probably one of the best things to do in Coorg. While climbing its 300 feet high peak,you will experience the best of natural beauty:dense forests,colorful vegetation and sparkling streams.The Misty Hills also serve as a sanctuary for wildlife species such as the lion-tailed macaque,Nilgiri langur,spotted deer,giant flying squirrel,leopard cat and sloth bear,and birds such as the Malabar trogon and the emerald dove.


A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Nagarhole National Park is a must-visit in Coorg for its diverse flora and fauna. Its dense forests, lush green valleys,cascading streams and spectacular waterfalls house a rich population of animals including sloth bears,barking deer, Bengal tigers, jungle cats and more than 250 species of birds. Finding yourself deep inside with the local tribes in this park filled with Rosewood,Teakwood,Eugenia, Silver Oak, Sandalwood and other trees is an experience you will never forget!

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