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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Scenic Beauty Of Coorg

Coorg is a famous hill station in Karnataka which is situated on the Western Ghats in the south. Another name for Coorg is Kodagu, which means steep hills. It is surrounded by dense forest and beautiful mountains and teak wood forest. This place is filled with natural beauty having waterfalls, green valleys and misty woods. It is 1525 m above sea level. There are three regions where Madikeri is one of the main town. And the other two regions are Virajpet and Somwarpet. Madikeri is the headquarters of Coorg.

The Main language of the people living here is Kannada,Malayalam and English. The people living here are mostly of the tribal communities like the Kodava, Tulu, Gowda, Kudiyas and Buntas. But majority of the people belong to the tribe of Kodavas or they are called Coorgies. They are very down to earth people and straightforward people. They are mainly from the warrior class. This is the only state where the locals are allowed to carry guns without license.Their customs are very different from the other religions in regards to their wedding or a birth of a child. For any ceremony gun shot in the air is a must.

COORG is located in the rural area so the main occupation is forestry, agriculture and plantation.Spices are grown on a large scale especially Cardamom,Pepper etc.which increases the economy of this country.This place is famous for coffee plantation because of its tropical climate. Don’t miss out on tasting the popular brand of coffee that is ROBUSTA and ARABICA.

The climate here is very pleasant during rainy seasons where beautiful WATERFALLS are seen. The season here is so good that even in summer you don’t feel the summer heat. The best time to visit this place is during monsoon because you can experience the waterfalls.

It is a famous TOURIST destination. Some famous tourist spots are TALACAUVERY, ABBI FALLS, IRUPPU FALLS where it is believed that if one bathes there then all their sins are washed away, NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK which means a snake river that flows through the park and where it takes the visitors close to the wild life in a safari van,the OMKARESHWAR TEMPLE which is dedicated to Lord Shiva,the RAJA’S SEAT which is a beautiful hill top, the BHAGAMANDALA TEMPLE which is built at the junction of the three rivers meeting at one point. Then the MADIKERI FORTwhich contains a museum,a prison,achapel and a temple.There is a small hamlet called VALANOOR close to the DUBARE FOREST. Tourists who are fond of fishing or fish lovers should pay a visit to this place. Those who love birds it is a haven because of the different types of species.

It is not just a place of scenic beauty but there is a lot more such as adventure, sports, games, relishing food especially pork cooked in vinegar and shopping too. Adventures like trekking,river rafting,quad biking, rock-climbing and fishing are very enjoyable. There are three major peaks where trekking is done that is TADIANDAMOL, PUSHPAGIRI and BRAHMAGIRI.There are certain clubs who arrange for treks including for the other adventure games.

KUSHAL NAGAR is the main shopping centre where most of the items right from spices to outfits are available here. Corgis’ silk saris are very famous because of the unique style in them. Jewellery is also very unique.

Travel routes to this place is as follows

Mysore is the closest station.

THE nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.

Coorg is connected by road via Mangalore, Bangalore, Kannur and Mysore.


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