The hill station of Coorg is one of the most popular tourist destinations of modern India. The city is wrapped up with mystic hills, pleasant atmosphere, lush greenery and warm hospitality of the people. The Coorg district or Kodagu in South Karnataka is called Scotland of India, because of the similar scenarios including hills and mountain and the pleasant climate all throughout the year. Explore Coorg to the fullest with the following itinerary:
# Day 1
It is best to travel Coorg from Bangalore. Catch an early morning flight to Bangalore and then it is a 6 hours drive to Coorg. There are some exotic resorts at Pollibetta, an area near to the tourist spots of Coorg. Some of the resorts are located over the cliff and hence you can open your eyes to the first rays of the sun here. These hotels come with modern amenities with swimming pools and the staff is also hospitable.
After some rest and lunch you can set off to visit the rich flora and fauna of South India at the Nagarhole National Park. The safari rides are available from 6 am to 8 am and again from 3 pm to 5 pm. Enjoy a thrilling jungle safari to view the grazing herd of deer, baby elephants playing in the forest rivers while the ferocious tigers and panthers are found resting at the shades of the large trees. Return to the hotel to experience a different kind of evening sitting round the bonfire, relaxing to the soothing local music. Dinner is available at the hotel.
# Day 2
Today after breakfast you can walk through the plantations of the quiet hills; rejuvenate yourself with the aroma of coffee, cardamom, pepper and honey. The expert plantation managers provide valuable information about different kinds of spices, like Arabica and Robusta. Mid morning is the time for some adventure. Enjoy water sports at Coorg with the help of expert instructors at a decent price of Rs 800 to Rs 1250. River rafting at Barapole washes away your stress; the rapids of this river range from 5 km to 6 km.
Your next destination is to the holy spot of Iruppu Falls. The cascade here flows to meet the major rivers of Lakshantirtha, Ramantirtha and Cauvery. Spend some moments just with yourself at the Brahmagiri Hill, an exquisite natural setting.
Relish the local Kodava cuisine of hot Akki Otti and oduputtu here. Rice noodles with chicken curry of Coorg are an eternal dish, bearing the rich flavour of the local spices.
# Day 3
Dedicate this day to the rich culture and heritage of Coorg. After breakfast leave for Madikeri to pay homage to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva at the Omkareshwar Temple. Built in the 19th century, this shrine is a fusion of Gothic and Islamic architectural designs. The sanctum is located at the banks of River Narmada and hence visitors can also enjoy boating here.
Your next visit is to the birth place of River Cauvery, Talacauvery; a bath in the pious waters is believed to cleanse the soul. Climb 400 steps to the hilltop to get a breathtaking view of the picturesque surroundings. There are couple of nice restaurants here where you can satisfy your taste buds with the local delicacies or with international cuisines. Today you can halt at Madikeri, which also has some amazing resorts. The bewitching beauty of the place transforms your vacation into a heavenly journey.
# Day 4
Reserve the morning to be at the Dubare Elephant camp. Care and play with these cool creatures or ride on them to feel like a king. The later part of the day can be spent at the Tibetan Monastery of Namdrolling. Revive your inner strength spinning the prayer wheels or chitchat with the ever smiling monks to spend some best moments of your life in Karnataka.
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Hence Coorg promises to fill your vacation with peace, love and beauty. The ecstatic beauty of the place will beckon you again and again to Coorg. But of all the places to visit in Coorg, the wildlife sanctuaries are the most fascinating if you are with a loved one or on a family trip.So, plan your trip to the ‘Scotland of India’ and enjoy your Karnataka Tour.
How to Reach Coorg ?
The nearest railway station is Mysore about 120 kms away. The nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport, about 160 kilometres away. KSRTC bus services connects Coorg to nearby Karnataka cities such as Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore among others.
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