Coorg or Kodagu (as was earlier called), is basically a tiny District and a city with the same name in Karnataka State of India. The very name "Coorg" flashes in mind a holiday to this favourite serene hills station for peace seekers, honeymoon spot for the newly married and best trekking place for the adventure lovers. Described as the Scotland of India, Coorg (Kodagu) lies at an altitude of 1,525 m on the Western Ghat. Set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains and coffee plantations, this is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can visit. Covering an area of 4,102 sq. kms, the Kodagu or Coorg District comprises different communities like Kodava, Tulu, Gowda, Moplah, etc, out of which the largest is the Kodava community, both economically and politically.
Kodagu or Coorg is derived from the local version "Kodavu" as the people of Kodagu are called as "Kodava". According to Puranic versions the land of initial settlement was called Krodadesa which later became Kodavu. It is also said that Kodagu is derived from the word Kodava where "Kod" means 'give' and "avva" means 'mother', i.e. mother Kaveri, the river Kaveri (also spelt as Cauvery). Coorg is an ideal place to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city life and to indulge in outdoor activities, food and shopping.
Birthplace of the River Cauvery and home to some of India's bravest soldiers, Coorg is an enchanting city in Karnataka noted for its scenic beauty. Adventure sports like Trekking, Hiking, Cross-country, Angling or simply motoring down mountain trails in Coorg, the visitor encounters panoramic views of the morning mist rolling down thickly wooded hill slopes and the undulating paddy fields and neat rows of coffee bushes resplendent under the blue skies.
Coorg is noted for its scenic beauty. Hiking, Trekking, Angling and other for adventure sports visitors throng the region. Tourists encounter panoramic views of the morning mist rolling down thickly wooded hill slopes and the undulating paddy fields and neat rows of coffee bushes resplendent under the blue skies.
Trekking: Coorg has many verdant trekking routes in the midst of forests and hills, which one can undertake from October to February. Some of the known trails are in the hills of Brahmagiri, where you could trek your way to the Irrupa Falls. You could also consider trekking to Pushpagiri and Tadiandamol (the highest peaks).
Golf: Golfers can tee off at the 9-hole course of Virajpet.
Angling: Valanoor is the backwater of the river Cauvery. It draws fishing lovers from all over India. You can try and catch the famous mahaseer and the best season is from October to May.
White Water Rafting: There are few good camps around Coorg that offer rafting down the Cauvery River. For some fast paced action, visit the Upper Barapole River to the south of Coorg in Brahmagiri. The best time for rafting is from mid-June to mid-September.
Coorg produces cash crops of coffee, rice, orange, pepper and cardamoms. Rich in natural beauty, Coorg offers tourists amazing views of the surrounding mountains, lush green valleys, coffee plantations and the teak wood forests. The rulers of this region were known as brave warriors and even the might of Tipu Sultan could not subjugate them. The city is important for tourism in Karnataka and attracts a significant number of tourists every year.
The nearest big town/city from Coorg are Bangalore (260 kms), Mysore (120 Kms), Hassan (130 Kms), Chikmagalur (100 Kms), Belur/Halebeedu (160 Kms), Kabini Reservoir (100 Kms), Mangalore (140 Kms), Kannor in Kerala (130 Kms) and Kasargod also in Kerala (85 Kms).