Clad with green forests and misty mountains, Coorg is fondly called the Scotland of India. Located in the Western Ghats of southern Karnataka, Coorg is also known as Kodagu taking its name from the local community, the Kodavas. The British called it Coorg and the name just remained so even after they left the country.
The roads in Coorg wind up to green coffee plantations and pepper vines, which truly make for beautiful sights to enjoy. The land is filled with rich history and culture along with its timeless beauty, which offer salvation with its natural beauty, temples, monasteries, rituals and much more. There are many reasons why one has to visit this land at least once, have a look at some of them and start packing.
1. To Enjoy The Scenic Beauty At Nisargadhama
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Nisargadhama is a beautiful ecological park which is filled with thick bamboo groves along with sandalwood and teak trees. It is also the place where the river Cauvery splits herself into the formation of an island, which is filled with bamboo forests. One can enjoy the beauty of this place while taking a stroll through the deer park, the treetop shelter, hanging bridge and much more.
2. Enjoy The Indo-Saracenic Architecture At Gaddige
Gaddige are monuments which house the mortal remains of the royal Kodavas. The tomb in the centre, the largest amongst the others, houses the mortal remains of King Veerarajendra and Queen Mahadeviamma. The tombs are built in the Muhammadan style with tombs at the centre and turrets at the corners. Lord Shiva is worshipped inside the tomb as the king was a Hindu, but the interesting fact is most of the tombs belong to the Muslim kings and dynasties.
3. Watch The Setting Sun At Raja's Seat
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Raja's Seat was the favourite spot of the kings of Kodagu who would come here to spend their evenings along with their consorts by watching the sun going down in the endless valleys of the region. The garden is also surrounded by a number of high and low mountains which adds on further to its beauty.
4. Experience A Slice Of Tibet
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Bylakuppe is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India, which is spread across the wide fields of corn and is divided into several camps, which are decorated with stupas, prayer flags and monasteries of various Tibetan Buddhist sects. Namdroling Monastery (Golden Temple) here is a major draw as one would remain awestruck by the tall statues of Padmasambhava, Amitayus and Buddha. Relish on the various Tibetan delicacies and do not forget to get your hands on a prayer flag as a souvenir.
5. Get Close To Elephants At Dubare
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The forest department of Karnataka has many camps, which is home to 150 odd elephants, one amongst them is the Dubare Elephant Camp. The elephants we get to see at the Mysuru Dussehra are residents of this very camp, visitors are allowed to interact with these gentle giants. You can also give them a bath in the river Cauvery, provided you reach in the early morning hours; you will also get a chance to feed them, which is followed later by a ride in the jungle located close by.