Top 10 Must Visit Tourist Attractions in Coorg

Coorg is also known as district situated in India’s state of Karnataka. The district is known for its hospitality of people and beautiful scenery. This is one of the best places for the nature lover in India. Tourists get fascinated by colorful scenery, wooded slopes, undulating landscape and quaint villages of Coorg. Set amidst the beauty and tranquility of hills, vegetation, and deep valleys, Coorg is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The area is spread over 4102 sq km. The hill station includes a number of attractions that captivates one’s eyes and heart. And so travelers from different parts of the country and even abroad visit this place.

BEST TIME TO VISIT COORG

The weather differs in different seasons of the year the best time to visit Coorg is from October to March, when the temperature doesn’t go any higher than 40°C in summers and winters when the temperature does not fall below 10°C.

HOW TO REACH  COORG

By air: Coorg does not has its own airport service, the nearest airport is Mangalore, which is approximately 135 km away. Mangalore airport has good connectivity with direct flights from different parts of the country. Flights are available from all the major cities for Coorg.

By train: Coorg does not possess a railway network but the stations closest to this hill station are Mysore, Mangalore, and Hassan. There are many trains for these places from different parts of India.

By road: Coorg is well connected with the cities like Mysore, Bangalore, and Mangalore. One can hire taxis as well as state buses to reach Coorg from these cities. It takes almost 3 hours 30 minutes to reach the place from Hassan. One can hire private cabs as well as buses to reach the hill station.

Now coming to top attractions, here are some must-see places in Coorg…

1. Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls which is also known as Abbi Falls is located around 10 kilometers away from the town of Madikeri and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in and around Coorg. The water cascade coming down from the cliff from a height of 70 feet provides a spectacular scene to behold. There is an over-bridge that hangs opposite of the falls from where a beautiful scene of white foams gushing down the ridge can be seen. The walk to the falls from the main entrance has around 200 steps downwards throughout and takes you through exotic coffee, cardamom, pepper, and other spice plantations. It is a fantastic opportunity for shutterbugs to capture the real beauty and grace of the natural world.

Opening time: All days of the week;9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ideal for: Photo fanatics, beauty lovers

Entry fee: Rs. 15

2. Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery is the largest teaching center of the school of Tibetan Buddhism known as Nyingmapa. It is popularly known as the ‘Golden Temple’ and holds some excellent examples of Tibetan architecture and artwork, as seen with the elaborately decorated temple tower and ornate outer walls, intricately adorned with beautiful murals. This place is a calm and majestic sight and is surrounded by its landscaped gardens.  The doors which are red in color have huge gold knockers and a thick plaited rope with tassels hanging from it. The walls are adorned with colorful paintings depicting gods and demons from Tibetan Buddhist mythology.

Opening timings: All days of the week;9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Ideal for: god lovers, photo fanatics, experience seekers

Entry fee: N/A

3. Raja’s Seat

The Raja’s Seat in Madikeri town, the spot from where kings of yore watched sunsets with their consorts, could be considered as one of the most scenic places in south India. The place offers a breathtaking view of towering hills, green valleys, studded with paddy fields. The Raja’s Seat, which means the “Seat of Kings”, is a structure with four pillars, was a spot from where the kings of Coorg watched glorious sunsets. This lovely spot was a favorite place among the recreation for the Rajas. It is built on a high-level ground with a breathtaking view of the cliffs and valleys to the west. Early in the morning as the sun is just rising in the east, the mist-shrouded valley below offers a beautiful view.

Opening time: All days of the week;6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Ideal for: Nature lovers, experience seekers

Entry fee: Rs 5

4. Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi national park is located in Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is a part of Nilgiri biosphere reserve and is now under the consideration for recognition as a heritage site. The park is filled with waterfalls, hills, valleys, streams, and forests. The park is famous for its population of the animals and the birds. The two parks are separated by the Kabini reservoir. The park gets its name from the streams. Naga means snake and hole means streams. Many wriggling streams are found in this park and, thus the name. It is famous for bird watching too.

Opening Timing: Jeep safari: from 5:30 am to 10:00 am and, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Coracle ride: from 9 am to 11 am and, from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Bus safari: 6 am to 9 am and, from 3 pm to 5 pm. Opens every day of the week.

Ideal for: adventure lovers, experience seekers, nature lovers, photo fanatics

Entry fee: N/A

5. Iruppu Fall

A freshwater fall, with its striking streams of water flowing down the hills, alludes not only nature lover but everyone. Amidst the evergreen forest of Western Ghats, it presents an incomparable scenic beauty adding further charm to Coorg. It is one of the most sought tourist places with our Coorg Honeymoon packages. This waterfall is located between private plantations of coffee & pepper. There is a hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls.

Opening Timing: All days of the week;6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Ideal for: Nature lovers, experience seekers

Entry fee: Rs 50

6. Honnamana Kere Lake

The biggest lake in the region of Coorg, Honnamana Kere is a place that must be visited while on your Coorg trip. It is one of the many tourist spots in Somwarpet which is one of the taluks of Coorg. Honnamana Kere Lake is located in Daddamalthe which is quite near to the village Sulimalthe. Sulimalthe village is at a distance of 6 km from Somwarpet town. The Honnamana Kere presents tourists with breathtaking sceneries and amazing photographic opportunities. The environment around is relaxing and calm.  There is a temple adjacent to the lake as well. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Honnamma who is said to have sacrificed her life for the well being of the people. Many religious tourists come here to visit the lake.

Opening Timing: All days of the week;8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Ideal for: nature lover, experience seekers, photo fanatics

Entry fee: N/A

7. Omkareshwara Temple

Omkareshwara temple is one of the popular sightseeing places of a Coorg. Built in the 19th century, in 1820, by King Lingarajendra II presenting an interesting architecture that attracts not only devotees but everyone. Irrespective of which religion you are from, its unique blend of Gothic and Islamic architecture is worth exploring. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Near the entrance door of the temple, a linga has been installed. Another attractive architectural feature of the temple is the water tank in front, which is inhabited by various different varieties of fish.

Opening timing: All days of the week;6:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Ideal for: god lovers, photo fanatics

Entry fee: N/A

8. Madikeri Fort

Madikeri Fort is one of the interesting places for sightseeing in Coorg. It was first built in the last quarter of the 17th century by Mudduraja. There was a palace built inside the fort. It was rebuilt into a fort of stones and bricks by Tipu Sultan and he gave for the name of Jaffarabad. In 1814, the fort was built with mortar and bricks by the Lingarajendra Wodeyar II. As you enter the fort, you will see two giant elephants made of mortar. Inside the fort, there was a temple dedicated to of Virabhadra which was later removed by the British in the year of 1855 so as to build an Anglican Church in its place. The Church presents beautiful architecture with Gothic style.

Opening Timing: All days of the week;10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Ideal for: Architecture lovers, photo fanatics, history buffs

Entry fee: N/A

9. Bhagamandala

Bhagamandala is a pilgrimage site situated in the scenic foothills of Talacauvery, at a distance of only 39 kilometers from Madikeri. Talacauvery is the source and origin of the River Kaveri, which is often referred to as ‘Dakshin Ganga’ which means ‘Ganga of the South’ and is one of the seven sacred rivers of the country. A bath in the holy waters of the Bhagamandala is not only sacred but also a very spiritually uplifting and cleansing experience. Immersing in the pure and thoroughly enchanting waters of the holy Triveni Sangam has an infinitely positive effect on the mind, body, and soul. Bhagamandala is also popularly called the ‘Triveni Sangam’. Tri means three and Veni mean stream – and thus named Triveni Sangam is a sacred confluence of the three rivers- the Kaveri, the Kannike and the mythical river Sujyoti.

Opening Timing: All days of the week;6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Ideal for: Architecture lovers, photo fanatics, experience seekers

Entry fee: N/A

10. Mallalli Falls

Mallalli Falls, the stunning milky white waterfalls, lies in the northern region of Kodagu district in the south-western Indian State of Karnataka. These falls lie 26 kilometers away from the town of Somwarpet, at the foot of the Pushpagiri Hills. The falls originate where River Kumaradhara takes a deep plunge of over 1000 meters and then follow a natural route that ends into the Arabian Sea. The scenery with lush green forests and the clear white waters of River Kumaradhara falling deep from the point of origin of the waterfall is a sight never to be missed. Mallalli Falls is one of the most mystifying waterfalls in Coorg. This mesmerizing waterfall is often spoken about along with the Abbey Falls in Kodagu, and their beauty cannot be compared with any other natural water body.

Opening Timing: All days of the week;9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ideal for: Nature lovers, experience seekers, photo fanatics

Entry fee: N/A

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