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Wander Around the Lesser Known Places in Coorg

By: Akshatha

Coorg or Kodagu is one of the first options for travel which occur to people in Karntaka. It can be called as a jewel in Karnataka's crown of tourist places.

Kodagu is a hidden treasure, you'll enjoy more as you explore. Apart from the popular spots like Abbey Falls, Raja Seat, Talakaveri, Iruppu Falls, etc. there are many lesser known places that can be visited in Coorg.

Western Ghats distributes all the beauty to the nook and corner of this district. These unexplored places are a must visit in Coorg, as they're also as enticing as the famous tourist spots here.

Chelavara Falls

Chelavara Falls
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Chelavara Falls
One has to take a walk through the lush greenery near Cheyyandane village to reach Chelavara Falls. This beautiful falls is near to Chomakund hill and about 22km from Virajpet.

It is slightly taller than Abbi Falls and tourists can also play in the water. Chelavara Falls is amidst thick greenery and almost untouched by the crowds.

This place is serene and quiet; it is advisable to go in a group as there won't be much tourists.

Nalknad Palace

Nalknad Palace
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Nalknad Palace
Nalkunadu Palace or Nalknad Palace is situated at the foot of Tadiandamol hill. It was built by Haleri King, Chikka Veerarajendra during 1792 - 1794 AD.

The palace also served as the refuge of the last King of Coorg, Chikka Veerarajendra. One can see a unique architecture and ancient paintings inside the palace.

Madikeri is around 45km to Nalknad Palace; it is an unexplored monument under Coorg tourism.

Honnamana Kere

Honnamma Lake
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Honnamana Kere
Honnamana Kere is a lake surrounded by beautiful landscapes in Doddamalte. Doddamalte is a village which is around 8km from Somwarpet.

The temple of goddess Honnamma is also situated near to the lake. Hence, it is a holy place for Hindus.

Honnmana Kere is also the biggest lake in Coorg; a visit here is a must for nature lovers.

Padi igguthappa

Igguthappa Temple
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Sri Padi Igguthappa Temple
People of Coorg believe in 2 main deities, river Kaveri and Igguthappa ( rain god). This is a main temple for Kodava people, it is situated in the forests of Kakkabe in Coorg.

Brahmagiri

Brahmagiri Hills
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Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Brahmagiri hills and is a home to many animals. A trek to Brahmagiri hills, located at the border of Coorg and Wayanad districts will take you to the sanctuary.

Since the famous Iruppu falls is at the foot of Brahmagiri, from there take a trek to visit this wildlife sanctuary.

Pushpagiri

Kumara Parvatha
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Kumara Parvatha
Kumara Parvatha is also known as Pushpagiri in Coorg. It is a trekkers paradise and filled with breathtaking views of the Western Ghats.

A trek in Pushpagiri will also take you to Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Kumara Parvatha is the 2nd highest peak in Coorg, after Tadiyandamol.

During your travel, take some time to visit these lesser known places in Coorg. These destinations are also as beautiful as any other popular place in Kodagu.

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