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COVID-19 : COORG is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 28 Jan 2021
Latest Information on Travelling to COORG?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel. However, checking-in homestays is allowed only after furnishing covid-19 negative certificate. The test should not be older than 72 hours.

  • Wearing a mask and following social distancing is mandatory in public areas.
  • For international travel, passengers will have to showcase Health Declaration form upon arrival to airport health staff
  • International travellers to be exempted from home/ institutional quarantine only after providing a covid-19 negative test report.
  • A fine of Rs. 1000 will be imposed in rural areas for not wearing a mask
  • Spitting in public places is punishable by a fine
  • Consumption of paan, gutka, liquor and tobacco in public places is prohibited
  • Quarantine is not required for asymptomatic domestic passengers
  • International passengers with symptoms will be sent to testing centers and Health Authorities shall decide about the Quarantine requirements for symptomatic passengers
  • Asymptomatic international passengers have to quarantine for 14 days. However, they can be exempted from quarantine after furnishing a negative Covid-19 test report.
Flights

The nearest airports are Mangalore & Bangalore airports. There are flights available from domestic destinations like Indore, Chennai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad and 10+ other destinations to Bangalore.

Trains

The nearest operational railway station to Coorg is the Bangalore railway station. The Bangalore railway station can be reached from Mumbai, Dananpur, Hubli and New Delhi

Local Transport

State transport buses, autos, taxis and cabs allowed to run in the state and are safe on taking proper precautions suggested by the government. Buses are functional at 50% capacity.

With Coorg opening up for tourists, the government has taken various steps to ensure that the tourists enjoy a safe journey. However, Thrillophilia recommends you to follow additional precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hand regularly to stay safe.

New safety guidelines issued for hotels & restaurants in Karnataka Updated: 28 Jan 2021

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Entertainment parks across Karnataka reopened on 15th October Updated: 28 Jan 2021

Under the newly issued guidelines of Unlock 5.0, all entertainment parks in Karnataka have been reopened on 15th of October with strict safety measures in place.Read more.

Intra-state travellers require no e-pass to visit Coorg Updated: 15 Dec 2020

No e-pass is required by the people of Karnataka to visit Coorg. However, if the person is coming from an international destination, they will have to furnish a Covid-19 negative certificate. Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar directed to instruct homestays to accept guests only after they furnish a negative report of Covid-19. Without the report, they should not be allowed to check-in Read more.

Various resorts & hotels reopen for tourists in Coorg with strict safety measures Updated: 11 Aug 2020

Several luxury resorts in Coorg have reopened for travellers with various safety measures in place to keep the travellers safe. Some of these resorts are The Tamara, Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Club Mahindra, Saffron Stays Calamondinn Bungalow, Evolve Back, The Ibnii, Old Kent Estates & Spa, and Forest Valley Tree House.

Wake up to the smell of tranquilizing coffee, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this misty land of hills and streams. Popularly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg lives up to its name with luring amalgamation of history, luxury, adventure, mouth-watering cuisine. Located along the western ghats, this famous coffee-producing hill station is well-known for its jaw-dropping ravishing scenery and opulence.

Not just the scintillating beauty, this misty landscape has a rich culture and a unique local clan - Kodavas specialised in martial arts, widely known for their hospitality. Ranging from admiring the beauty of this heavenly destination to a challenging trek or deep insight into the culture at the Madikeri Fort to the enthralling adventure at Abbey falls or the spicy curries to the sweet heart-melting handmade truffles, Coorg will make you oscillate to the extremes in everything.

With so many activities in the house, this is indeed an ideal destination for everyone, whether you are a foodie, an explorer, an adventurer, or a tranquility seeker. Not to forget the popular festivals -  Keil Poldu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Shankaramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest).

Stunning mountains, the cascade of falling waters, and eye-feasting view of the flora and fauna, this place is indeed a perfect holiday destination for people who need an escape from their monotonous 9-5 hectic life. Much-acclaimed to be the preferred destination for trekking sports and white water rafting, Coorg qualifies to be the perfect location for the thrill-seekers.

Quench your thirst for adventure as you drive along the misty roads in the winter afternoons around the hills. Though the tinge of excitement is unnerving enough to boost your enthusiasm, do take care of the safety measures while you enjoy your exhilarating journey to Coorg.

Make sure you do not miss out the mesmerising towns including Gonikoppal, Somwarpet, Kushalnagar, Pollibetta, and Virajpet to add rewarding experiences to your itinerary. 

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08 January 2019
Excellent
Hi this is keerthi vaasan, We are of 14 members for the trip. We reached at afternoon. The climate was really awesome. We started playing volleyball ball after long time. We played like this while we are in college. After some time we went for a trek on water falls. Really a fantastic ride. We took bath the water is nearly to freezing stage. I first really scared to go on. But after sometime my soul got sticked there. While returning from there only my body returned but my soul sticked out there. Food was really more delicious. They served with good respect. They are maintaining it in good way. The best palce to visit with frnds.
"One of the best places for camping. You will love the drive to reach this place, those roads!! so beautiful.\nCan't forget the hospitality of the host. Bahaddur, who is working over there and his kids are so much fun to talk. They served delicious authentic madikeri food. walk around the estate, don't worry Bahadur kids can take you there and be such a wonderful company. Bonfire, you get to meet different people from different places, share a drink, exchange of thoughts, what not. Overall its one of the affordable best packages in madikeri."
03 January 2017
Excellent
It was an stunning experience for me as solo traveler. Location is in 16 km cut from Madikeri towards Talakaveri and last 3 km pathway is very much into the forest and you will be enjoying that. Location is untapped by many and road in the last stretch is not so comfortable and that is the beauty of the place. The place is very much into the forest and you wont here any sound other than birds,leaves and wind. No Wifi and Network is very weak and that's exactly what we need when we are in holidays. Temperature is damn low at night and camp fire sets the mood for it to enjoy. Tent sleep is a different experience for me and i am sure it would be the same for all. Water stream flows nearby and we can go and pass time there. Morning, we walked around 2 Km into the forest to see a jungle falls which is icing on the cake. Trekking path is also untouched by many i believe. Also you can coffee estate to walk around. No need to mention that food is very delicious and so are services. On a whole, I am sure it would be a complete package for a camp day or two. if it is Coorg, this should be your stay place. I landed at thrillophilia accidentally and it is a needed one. If i want to say in Rajini style, "Magizhchi"
10 April 2016
Excellent
Coorg is indeed a lovely place and the perfect place to take your spouse and kids. If you are planning a Coorg trip then you should go to this amazing elephant camp for a quick and amazing vacation! There are whole lot of activities and specially elephants. My kids loved it a lot.
15 October 2015
Excellent
The term 'Gentle Giant' might have been coined especially for elephants! This was a very offbeat and enchanting experience. Totally loved our stay and activities like jeep safari, bird watching, elephant interaction for best part of the whole trip.
22 January 2021
Very Good
We had spent a great time with friends and family. The Tour Guide Mr. Arun guided us well through the place.
"One of the best place to opt for an total rejuvenation from city chaos. This place has an amazing view and food served here is good. Staffs are polite and friendly."
"Our stay in Wilderness Coorg was an excellent break after the pandemic. The rooms are very lavishly furnished. The location and the setup is quite relaxing. Food here tastes very good. Staff here are friendly and professional."
"one of the best most beautiful place we have ever visited, and with 2 little kids evrything seemed perfect, the place the hospitality the people evrything was great.. let's say it was hard to leave.. definitely going to visit again!"
13 January 2021
Excellent
Based on the good review of Riverside Home Stay, we booked a 2 day trip to Coorg. It's a wonderful place, far from the hustle bustle of City Life. We found the service and response of the Home Stay to be excellent. All our queries were promptly responded by Thrillophilia. We had a nice time during our stay in Home Stay as well as site seeing places. Everything was taken care wonderfully by hosts Nitin and Bhagat as all Coorgis are. The place is well known for its serene atmosphere, Greenery and tranquility. Food was also tasty. We didn't feel like coming back from the place. I wish to recommend Riverside homestay to all my friends and relatives.

How to Reach

  • How to reach Coorg by Air: Mangaluru International Airport is the closest airport to Coorg located at a distance of 135 kilometers. However, its international flights operate only in the Middle East. The Kempegowda International Airport (Bengaluru) is the most well connected international airport, which is located at a distance of 260 kilometers from Coorg.
  • How to reach Coorg by Rail : The railway station located at Mysore, at a distance of approximately 95 kilometers is the nearest to Coorg. However, the distance between Mysore and Coorg is a little over 100 kms which you can cover with a 2 ½ to 3 hour drive.
  • There are frequent buses by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) that ply in frequent intervals that you can avail of to reach your destination.
  • How to reach Coorg by Car/Bike: From Bangalore - Distance: 255 kilometres
  • Travelling Time: Approximately 5 ½ hours
  • Route Map: Bangalore-Mysore-Coorg/ Bangalore-Channarayapatna-Coorg
  • From Mysore - Distance: 107 kilometres
  • Travelling Time: 2-3 hours
  • Route Map: Mysore-SH 88-diversions Piriyapatna/ Kushalnagar /Hunsur -Coorg
  • From Mangalore - Distance: 138 kilometres
  • Travelling Time: Approximately 3 hours
  • Route Map: Mangalore- NH 73- Mani Bus Stop- NH 275- Coorg
  • How to reach Coorg by Bus: From Bangalore - Total Distance: 255 kilometres
  • Travelling Time: Approximately 6 ½ hours.
  • Ticket Price Volvo: Approximately INR 750
  • Ticket Price Non AC (KSRTC buses): Approximately INR 250-INR 450
  • Starting Bus Stand: Majestic Bus Stand
  • Ending Bus Stop: Madikeri
  • Route Map: Bangalore-Mysore-Coorg
  • From Mysore - Total Distance: 97 kilometers
  • Travelling Time: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Ticket Price Volvo: Not easily available
  • Ticket Price Non AC (KSRTC buses): Approximately INR 118 to INR 200
  • Starting Bus Stand: Mysuru Bus Stand
  • Ending Bus Stop: Mercara Madikeri
  • Route Map: Mysore Highway-Madikeri (Coorg)
  • From Mangalore - Total Distance: 138 kilometers
  • Travelling Time: Approximately 4 hours.
  • Ticket Price Volvo: Approximately INR 450
  • Ticket Price Non AC (KSRTC buses): Approximately INR 150- INR 300
  • Starting Bus Stand: Managluru Bus Stand
  • Ending Bus Stop: Mercara Madikeri
  • Route Map: Mangalore-Mysore-Coorg

Best Time To Visit

  • Coorg is one of those places in India where the climate remains pleasant all through the year. Each season has its own charm and will give you a special reason to visit. Be it summer, winter or monsoon, Coorg always welcomes its visitors and enthrals them with its spectacular beauty.
  • 1) March to May (Summer) – Coorg is an ideal escape for many during the scorching summer heat of the cities as the temperature here hovers between 22 ? C to 35? C. There is a pleasant wind blowing that helps you lay back relax and enjoy the clear sight of the hills. You can plan all your activities to the various places of interest like the Golden Temple, the beautiful Madikeri Fort flaunting its beautiful 17th-century architecture, the vast floral and faunal diversity that Nagarhole National Park promises, the Abbey Falls or the majestic Raja’s Seat without having to worry about the rain playing spoilsport.
  • 2) June to Sep (Monsoon) - Coorg experiences heavy rainfall, which might make it unsuitable for trekking and upset your schedule. However, many people consider monsoon to be the best time to visit Coorg as the lush green of the hills come to life and a dreamy mist envelope you. Most importantly, the place that is synonymous with a visit in Coorg, the coffee plantations are also a sight you should not miss in the monsoons as the rolling hills create an unforgettable experience.
  • This is also the best time to go for river rafting, canoeing and other water sports. The many waterfalls that the region boasts of also come alive during monsoon and are a spectacle to behold.
  • 3) December to February (Winter) - Winter is the season that completely justifies the idea of Coorg as a true hill station. January is the coldest in Coorg and does justice to its tag of being a hill station. January to February is a great time to travel around and visit the many places of interest, especially the coffee plantations. You are likely to get a whiff of the famous and aromatic Robusta and Arabica varieties of coffee in February and in fact, buy some of that fresh harvest.

People Also Ask About Coorg

  1. Which are the famous places to visit in Coorg?

    1. Abbey Falls: Cascading from an elevation of around 70 feet above sea level and nestled amidst lush spice and coffee plantations, the magnificent Abbey Falls is one of the most beautiful and popular waterfalls in Coorg. This fall is fed by the Kaveri river, which cascades through rocky faces, with the flow being at its peak just after the monsoon season.

    Location: Abbey Falls Rd, Hebbettageri, Karnataka 571201.
    Entry Fee: INR 15 per head.
    Timings: From 9 AM to 5 PM, on all days.

    2. Honnamana Kere Lake: 
    Lying near Somwarpet, Honnamana Kere Lake is considered to be the biggest natural lake of Kodagu district. With a temple of Goddess Honnamana located on its serene banks, Honnamana Kere Lake is known popularly for its spiritual and mythological significance.

    The lake attracts many devotees during the famous Gowri festival when a pooja is held here. Honnamana Kere Lake also propels a myriad of adventure enthusiasts, who love to enjoy fishing and boating here.

    Location: Sulimalthe Village, Coorg, Karnataka.
    Timings: From 6 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

    3. Raja's Seat: 
    Also known as Gaddige Raja’s Tomb, Raja's Seat was developed by Chikkavirarajendra back in 1820. In the bygone times, the Raja’s Seat was a favourite place among the rulers of Kodagu district, who frequently visited this spot with their queens to enjoy the sunset.

    Surrounded by majestic hills and lush valleys, this vantage point remains as a sunset-watching spot at the present day. The place is also encircled by a breathtaking garden, which houses musical fountains and colourful seasonal flowers.

    Location: Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka.
    Entry Fee: INR 5 per head.
    Timings: 5:30 AM to 7:30 PM on Weekdays; 6:45 PM – 7:20 PM on Weekends. Musical Fountain is held at 7:00 PM.

    4. Madikeri Fort: B
    uilt back in the 17th century by king Muddu Raja, Madikeri Fort was captured by a number of rulers in the later periods, due to which the monument went through numerous changes.

    At the present day, the Madikeri Fort boasts two life-size elephant statues at its entrance and houses a tortoise sculpture, a church, the Deputy Commissioner’s office, and a museum exhibiting rare collections, on its premises. It also has a clock tower, which was added to the structure in 1933 under the Britishers.

    Location: Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201.
    Timings: From 9 AM to 6.30 PM, on all days except on Monday.

    5. Kopatty Hills: K
    opatty Hills offers a short, moderate trek, which is known popularly for its varied landscapes. This off-beat trek takes the hikers through vast expanses of breathtaking coffee plantations, thick forests, rolling grasslands, silent meadows, verdant valleys, and meandering streams.

    The trek is packed with a plethora of camping sites, where trekkers can pitch their tents and enjoy the night in the arms of mother nature. Some of the top activities that can be enjoyed at Kopatty Hills include sunset watching, jungle walks, village walks, plantation visits, and photography.

    Location: Kopatty, Coorg, Karnataka.

    6. Honey Valley: 
    Also known as Nilakandi Falls, Honey Valley happens to be a 15 feet high, picturesque waterfall, located in the thick tropical forests, with its origin being somewhere in the mighty Tadiyandemol range. This waterfall is part of a privately-owned 56-acre resort and offers an amazing trekking opportunity. There is a 3 kilometres long trek, which takes trekkers to a serene stream, which meanders down from the waterfall.

    Location: Coorg, Karnataka.

    7. Tadiandamol Peak: 
    Perched at an altitude of around 1,748 meters above sea level, Tadiandamol Peak happens to be the highest peak of Coorg district and the second highest peak of Karnataka state.

    Offering excellent trekking opportunities to beginners, the trek to Tadiandamol Peak takes you through breathtaking dense forests. One of the important landmarks of this trek is the Big Rock, which is a magnificent rock at the foothills of the hill, which serves as an ideal camping destination.

    Location: Kakkabe, Coorg, Karnataka.
    Timings: From 6 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

    8. Namdroling Monastery: 
    Also known as Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling, the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery was constructed by Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche back in 1963.

    Considered to be one of the world’s largest education hubs of Tibetan Buddhism, this monastery has a religious college and a junior high school. The monastery is also home to more than five thousand lamas of the sangha community. There is also a fully functional hospital on the premises of the Namdroling Monastery.

    Location: Arlikumari, Bylakuppe, Karnataka 571104.
    Timings: From 9 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

    9. Mandalpatti: 
    Set overlooking the Pushpagiri forests and flanked by abundant greenery, Mandalpatti happens to be one of the best vantage points in Coorg.

    Nestled at an elevation of around 1800 meters above sea level, this place is often visited by nature lovers and amateur trekkers, who love to hike through the easy trails to soak in the breathtaking views of the underlying greenery. Taking the trekkers through breathtaking coffee estates, Mandalpatti Viewpoint is also known to offer mesmerizing sunset and sunrise views.

    Location: Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka.
    Timings: From 6 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

    10. Somwarpet: 
    Lying in the north-eastern region of Coorg town, Somwarpet is known popularly for its premium quality coffee and spice crops. This beautiful region also houses several important tourist attractions of Coorg, including Beelur Golf club, Malemalleshwara Betta, and Mallalli Falls. Somwarpet also serves the most authentic and delicious Coorgi delicacies, including Pandi (Pork) Curry, Koli Barthad, Bamboo Shoot Curry, Kadambuttu, and Akki Rotti.

    Location: Somwarpet Taluk, Coorg, Karnataka.

    11. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    Lying in Somwarpet, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary shelters a plethora of rare and endangered bird species, such as Gray-breasted Laughing Thrush, Malabar Grey Hornbill, and Nilgiri Flycatcher.

    Named after the Pushpagiri peak, this sanctuary is also home to a beautiful forest reserve, Kadamakal. While you are here, you can spot many unique animals, including Asian Elephant, Indian Giant Squirrel, and Spotted Deer.

    Location: Subramanya, Road, Kumarahalli, Karnataka 571236.
    Entry Fee: INR 10 per head.
    Timings: From 7 AM to 6 PM, on all days.
  2. What are the best things to do in Coorg?

    1. Spend a Day with Elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp: If you are a wildlife enthusiast, head to the very famous Dubare Elephant Camp for an exhilarating day out in the wilderness. Encounter the friendly elephants here and spend the day taking care of and playing with these beautiful creatures.

    You can enjoy bathing the elephants, feeding them, and even taking a fun ride on their back. If this does not satisfy your craving to explore the wilds, you can also enjoy thrilling wildlife safaris and peaceful nature walks at Dubare Elephant Camp.

    Location: Kushalnagar, Coorg District, Nanjarayapatna, Karnataka.
    Price: INR 670 per head.
    Timings: 9 AM to 11 AM and 4.30 PM to 5.30 PM, on all days.

    2. Camping in Coorg: 
    Packed with a myriad of beautiful campsites to select from, the city of Coorg offers the best of jungle and riverside camping experiences.

    Camping amidst the lap of mother nature will let you sleep to the melodies of the fast-flowing streams and wake up to breathtaking sunrise views. During their camp, the campers can also engage in many exhilarating activities including stargazing, bonfire, river rafting, and rappelling.

    Location: Coorg, Karnataka.
    Price: Starts from INR 2,000 per head.

    3. Trek to Tadiandamol Peak: E
    xperience a trekking tour to the highest peak of Kodagu district, Tadiandamol Peak. Hike to a whopping altitude of around 5,735 feet above sea level through an easy 4.5-kilometre long trek, packed with exotic flower beds, picture-perfect grasslands, photogenic vantage points, and gushing streams. The trails of this enchanting trek will also take you through pristine coffee farms, the rich aroma of which will be enough to lift your tired soul.

    Location: Coorg, Karnataka.

    4. Barapole River Rafting: 
    Barapole in Coorg city offers the most amazing white river rafting experience, especially during the monsoon season.

    With grades starting from 1 to 5, the mighty Barapole river offers the most adrenaline-fueled rafting opportunity to the avid adventure seekers. While you enjoy rafting on the azure blue waters of the Barapole river, you can also soak in the breathtaking lush green environs surrounding the water body.

    Location: Virajpet Taluk, Coorg, Karnataka.
    Price: INR 1200 per head.

    5. Stay at Coffee Plantation Homestay: 
    Plan a rejuvenating nature stay with your loved ones at a quaint homestay amidst the rich coffee plantations of Coorg.

    Offering you a nest away from the chaotic city, these homestays will let you wake up to the aromatic smell of coffee beans and enchanting views of the surrounding mountains every morning. Guests can also treat their taste buds with authentic Coorgi delicacies during their stay in these homestays.

    Location: Coorg, Karnataka.
    Price: Starts from INR 700 per night.

    6. Jeep Safari at Mandalpatti: 
    Take a thrilling jeep safari to the Mandalpatti Viewpoint right from the base of the hill and ride your way up through scenic surroundings. As you ascend the hill in an open jeep, soak in the enthralling views of the picturesque coffee plantations and cascading waterfalls. Click some impressive shots of the incredible nature views to make your hilltop picnic memorable.

    Location: Mandalpatti, Coorg, Karnataka.
    Price: INR 1,500 per head for a group of 6.

    7. Hike to Raja's Seat: 
    Take a hiking tour to the very famous Raja’s Seat and get a chance to enjoy the best nature and sunset views ever! In addition to the scenic views, the reward of hiking to Raja’s Seat is also the picturesque garden surrounding the spot, which flaunts exotic colourful flowers and a musical fountain. Raja’s Seat can be accessed by a relatively easy hike, which can be done even by the amateurs.

    Location: Stuart Hill, Coorg, Karnataka.

    8. Enjoy Bird Watching at Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    Enjoy a bird watching tour at one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka state, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Packed with lush forests and verdant mountains, this sanctuary is home to a wide variety of endangered and rare birds. Some of the common birds that can be spotted here include Nilgiri wood pigeons, Malabar Trogons, hornbills, bulbuls, and parakeets.

    Location: Subramanya, Road, Kumarahalli, Karnataka 571236.
    Price: INR 10 per head.
    Timings: From 7 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

    9. Coffee Plantation Tour: 
    Since the town of Coorg is known famously for its breathtaking coffee plantations, taking a tour of these rich plantations can never be missed.

    During your visit, you can also interact with the workmen in these plantations and try to learn about their lifestyle as well as the processes involved in coffee production. You can also relish a cup of aromatic hot coffee and revive yourself after the exhausting plantation walk.

    Location: Coorg, Karnataka.
    Price: INR 200 per head.

    10. Enjoy Wildlife Safari at Nagarhole National Park: 
    Go meet the exotic wildlife at Nagarhole National Park by taking a thrilling wildlife safari through their territory.

    Adorned beautifully by the serene River Kabini snaking through it and the mighty Brahmagiri Mountains surrounding it, this national park offers breathtaking natural scenery to bask in. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the park will let you spot a number of gorgeous wild beasts, including Asiatic elephants and tigers.

    Location: Mysore – Madikeri Road, Hunsur, Karnataka 571201.
    Price: INR 400 to INR 1500 per head.
    Timings: 6 AM to 9 AM and 2 PM to 5 PM, on all days.

    11. Visit Madikeri Fort: 
    If you are a history buff, do not miss out on paying a visit to the magnificent Madikeri Fort for a memorable heritage tour. Constructed originally by Mudduraja back in the 17th century, the fort has undergone some renovation by the many other rulers, including Tipu Sultan and the Britishers. At present, the premises of Madikeri Fort is packed with a church, a museum, a park, and a clock tower.

    Location: Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201.
    Timings: 9 AM to 6.30 PM, on all days except on Monday.
  3. Where is Coorg located? How far is Coorg from Bangalore?

    Coorg is a rural district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats, Coorg is an astonishing land and also the biggest producer of coffee in Karnataka.

    Coorg is located at a distance of 260 kilometres from Bangalore which takes about a 5-hour drive between the two places.

  4. What are the various ways by which I can reach Coorg?

    Coorg does not have an airport or a railway station therefore the best way to reach Coorg is via road because of its excellent road connectivity. However the nearest airport is Mangalore and the nearest railway station is Mysore from where you can hire a cab to reach Coorg.

  5. What is the best time to visit Coorg for a vacation?

    The temperature in Coorg ranges between 15-20 degrees Celsius throughout the year with its pristine valleys and mesmerizing landscapes.

    The months of October to March are the most recommended for tourists planning a vacation in Coorg. It is a great time for adventure activities like Camping, trekking, etc as well as for the 
    sightseeing in Coorg.

  6. What should I carry while visiting Coorg for vacation?

    Though it is advisable to pack less while you travel to make sure do not miss out the following essentials to make your Coorg trip a smooth excursion

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    Pack a medical kit with extra medications to be on the safer side.
    - A Torch
    - A Bottle of Water 
    - Packed food or energy bars
    Light cotton clothes and a jacket or sweater as it gets chilly in the early morning and night.
    - Sports shoes  (Make sure you check your sports shoes twice before if you’re planning to trek or indulge in biking.)

  7. Is it safe to travel to Coorg?

    Yes, Coorg is one of the most popular as well as safest tourist attractions of India. The crime rate here is comparatively low as compared to other cities. It is a peaceful and safe area where you can stay at homestays and good hotels for an excellent vacation.

     But it is always advisable to take caution while travelling, especially when you are going on adventure activities like trekking, camping, river rafting etc.

  8. I am woman visiting Coorg alone? Will I be safe?

    Yes, Coorg is a safe city and there should not be any issues if you are travelling alone. It is one of the safest places in India and extremely hospitable for women.

    The locals here are friendly and you should not face any hassles while travelling alone in Coorg.  However we advise you to take caution while going to secluded places or travelling at night by yourself.

  9. Is Coorg a good weekend getaway option from Bangalore?

    Yes. Stealing a weekend from the fast-paced life of Bangalore to the tranquilizing serenity of this coffee producing hill station is like breaking free from the prison. Feel the cold breeze in your hair while you drive 238 kms from Bangalore to Coorg, witnessing the eye-feasting journey. 

    Counting as the perfect escapade, this short weekend trip will bring you rejuvenation like never before. Dive into the lap of nature and enjoy an enticing and adventurous encounter ahead as this hill station promises more than mere sightseeing to its visitors. Go on and enjoy a great weekend ahead!

  10. Is it worth visiting Coorg for honeymoon?

    Coorg is becoming a popular honeymoon destination because of its tranquil landscapes, secluded homestays and a diverse range of holiday activities. Coorg promises an irresistible combination of adventure and fun for couples on a honeymoon.

    The exotic locations of Coorg will definitely kindle the romance in you when you are on your romantic retreat. Popularly called the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg has won the hearts of many couples looking for a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of life.

  11. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Coorg?

    The ideal duration for visiting Coorg is two days. Most of the Coorg packages range from 1-4 days. However, you can lengthen your visits depending upon how much time you wish to spend exploring the different places.

    Also, your budget is a deciding factor for the duration of your trip. We advise you to check online holiday packages for Coorg for a good deal in advance.

  12. Can we do river rafting in Coorg? How much it will cost us?

    River rafting is one of the most sought activities which you can do in Coorg in the Barapoleriver with its roaring currents. The speedy waters of the river with rapids provide the most favorable location for white water rafting. The best months for rafting in Coorg is from June to September when the South West Monsoon enters the city.

    River rafting in Coorg will cost you about Rs 1,000 per person approximately. 

  13. Are there any famous monasteries in Coorg?

    Coorg has many impressive monasteries established by the Buddhists who practiced here. The most famous monastery in Coorg is Namdroling Monastery. This Buddhist Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It is a home to more than 7000 monks and nuns. This place is also called the Golden temple on account of the gold work done on every painting.

  14. Can we visit Dubare Elephant Camp? What is special there?

    Yes, visiting the Dubare Elephant Camp offers you a chance to engage in some fun-filled activities like wildlife safari and coracle rides. This camp hosts the majestic and friendly elephants that you get to meet up close and learn about the complexities of elephant history, ecology, and biology. Your whole trip to Dubare Elephant Camp will last for about 7 hours, but will be an exhilarating experience for you and your folks.

  15. Which are the best treks in Coorg?

    1. Kotebetta Trek: The third highest peak of Coorg, Kotebetta Peak offers an excellent trek that starts from Madhapur village and passes through open grasslands, dense forests, and breathtaking plantations. Kotebetta Trek is a 2-day trek, requiring trekkers to cover a total length of 20 kilometres.

    2. Kabbe Hills Trek: 
    The trek to Kabbe Hills is a 15 kilometres long trek, which passes through the picturesque Chelavara Waterfalls. This trek comes with a medium level of difficulty and offers many activities including swimming & rappelling.

    3. Brahmagiri Hills Trek: 
    Brahmagiri Hills Trek is a 6 kilometres long trek that takes trekkers to an altitude of 1,608 meters. This moderately difficult trek is known for offering the best sunset & sunrise views. It also lets trekkers enjoy bonfire and camping opportunities.

    4. Kopatty Trek: 
    Passing through wide valleys, rolling meadows, thick forests, and verdant coffee plantations, Kopatty Trek takes trekkers to Kopatty Hilltop. This 12 kilometres long moderate trek also lets you witness the stunning Harangi Backwaters.

    5. Kakkabe Trek: 
    Kakkabe Trek is a 4 kilometres long, moderate trek, which leads trekkers through dense jungles and mesmerizing waterfalls. This trek also lets adventure seekers enjoy many exhilarating activities, including bird watching, nature walks, & animal spotting.
  16. Which waterfalls are famous in Coorg?

    1. Iruppu Falls: Lying in the Brahmagiri range, the very famous Iruppu falls is River Lakshmana Tirtha, cascading from an elevation of around 170 feet above sea level. Surrounded by lush green environs, this waterfall exhibits a truly mesmerizing sight for nature lovers to soak in.

    2. Mallalli Falls: 
    The beautiful Mallalli Falls is the gorgeous Kumaradhara River, cascading from the lofty Pushpagiri Hills. This fall generally receives a voluminous flow just after the monsoons and can be accessed by a forested trek.

    3. Devarakolli Falls: 
    Surrounded by thick forestland on all sides and dotted by colourful wildflowers and towering trees, Devarakolli Falls cascades from a great height and forms a clear pool. This waterfall is never very crowded and offers a quiet trail to trek and enjoy the scenic views.

    4. Burude Falls: 
    Known famously as Dodmane Falls, Burude Falls is a gorgeous 5 steps waterfall that cascades through a slender forest creek. Lying on the outskirts of Coorg town, this waterfall can be accessed by a small trek.

    5. Nandapole Falls: 
    Flanked by a dense forest, Nandapole Falls cascades through a rock-clad valley. Tucked amidst serene green environs, this breathtaking waterfall makes for an amazing picnic spot for families as well as couples.
  17. Which are the best resorts in Coorg?

    1. The Windflower Resort & Spa: Spread across a lush coffee farm of 25 acres, The Windflower Resort & Spa is a luxury resort adorned with an infinity pool that is surrounded by towering rosewood and teak trees.

    This resort allows guests to enjoy many rejuvenating and pampering therapies, including hydrotherapy and hot oil massages. Jeep rides, quad-biking, horseback riding, zorbing, plantation walks, and yoga are some of the on-site recreational activities guests can indulge in.

    2. Amanvana Spa Resort: 
    Packed with an open-air theatre, a coffee hut, a Jacuzzi, and a huge pool, Amanvana Spa Resort offers an incomparable laid-back stay.

    Guests staying here can also experience a range of curative therapies, including reflexology, stone therapy, Vinotherapy, Effleurage, Anti-Stress Massage, and Full Body Massage. Evenings at the resort are generally about a blazing bonfire and live bbq along the river.

    3. Evolve Back: 
    Surrounded by thick forests and bordered by the serene Kaveri river, Evolve Back is a 300 acres plantation resort nestled at an altitude of around 800 meters above sea level. Featuring luxury pool cottages, pool villas, and pool bungalows, this resort is suitable for an intimate romantic stay. Guests staying at Evolve Back can indulge in a number of adrenaline-pumping activities, including bird watching, trekking, and coracle rides.

    4. The Tamara Coorg: 
    Letting you soak in the melodies of bird songs and gushing streams, The Tamara Coorg offers a high-end nature stay. Packed with a swimming pool, restaurants, a lounge bar, and Jacuzzi, this resort puts luxury at your feet. The resort offers excellent culinary options with 3 in-house restaurants serving local and international flavours to guests, including The Deck, The Verandah, and The Falls.

    5. Kadkani River Resort: 
    Kadkani River Resort offers you a heart-warming nature stay amidst the endless plantation views, whispering palms, enchanting bird chirpings, and melodic flow of Cauvery river. The resort pays special attention to the recreation of its guests and offers a myriad of activities, including River Crossing, Fishing, Plantation Walk, Boating, trekking, golf, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and bonfire.

    6. Old Kent Estates: 
    Tucked amidst 200 acres of coffee estates, Old Kent Estates is a 4-star property featuring the British colonial style architectural design. Packed with a total of 8 tastefully appointed villas, this resort is adorned by a huge well-manicured garden that is facilitated with a nice seating area. The resort has a cozy coffee shop and a gorgeous multi-cuisine restaurant, serving delicious Mexican, Italian, Indian, Continental, and Chinese cuisine.

    7. Misty Woods Resort: 
    Nestled at the foothills of 'Thadiyante Mol' peak and sprawling over an estate of around 100 acres, Misty Woods Resort dates back to 1794. Flanked by coffee plantations, paddy fields, and verdant mountains, this resort takes you to a true dreamland away from the chaotic city. While your mornings will be draped in the fragrances of pepper, coffee, wild honey, and cardamom, your evenings will be fun around the warmth of a campfire.

    8. Magnolia Estates & Resorts: L
    ying cosily in a coffee plantation setting, Magnolia Estates & Resorts is a theme-based boutique resort. Packed with a board room, a conference room, and meeting spaces, this property is suitable for business travellers. The resort also conducts entertainment events, including cultural activities, local Coorgi dance, and Kalaripayattu.
  18. Which are the best wildlife sanctuaries in Coorg?

    1. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: Considered to be one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka state, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is home to endangered and rare birds. Proposed to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful sanctuary also houses the Mallalli Falls, the Mandalpatti Peak and the Kumara Parvat peak.

    2. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    Spread across an area of around 181 square km, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary has been named after Brahmagiri Hills. This sanctuary features semi-evergreen and evergreen forests and bamboos. It also houses exotic birds, including emerald dove & Malabar trogon. Animals that can be spotted here include sloth bears, leopards, gaurs, Nilgiri langurs, & elephants.

    3. Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    Named after Talakaveri, the point of origin of Kaveri river, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is shrouded with tropical evergreen forests that house a myriad of mammals, reptiles, & birds. The sanctuary also houses exotic flora species, including Hopea parviflora, Artocarpus lakoocha, Palaquium ellipticum, Dipterocarpus indicus, & Mesua ferrea.

    4. Nagarhole National Park and Tiger Reserve: 
    Nagarhole National Park is known for its varied topography, which includes shallow valleys, serene streams, and gentle slopes. The wildlife species that can be spotted here include spotted deers, sloth bears, Indian Rock Python, and Civet cats. The park also houses over 250 bird species.
  19. Which places are for camping in Coorg?

    The mesmerizing topography of the city with hilltops, coffee plantations, thick forests, and gushing rivers make camping in Coorg an extraordinary experience. Coorg has a number of excellent locations where you can pitch your tent and gaze at the stars beyond a majestic landscape. Some places where you can go camping in Coorg are:

    - Gonikoppal
    - Nangala Village
    - Virajpet
    - Kushalnagar
    - Madikeri
    - Bettigeri Post 

  20. Can we do waterfall rappelling in Coorg? Is it safe to do so?

    Waterfall rappelling which is also known as abseiling is a famous adventure activity for which Coorg is known for. The wonderful waterfalls in Coorg are the best places in India to enjoy this amazing and adventurous activity. It is safe to do as you are guided by trained experts and held by thick tight ropes wearing a protective gear. So you just need to follow the safety instructions carefully for your benefit. Children under the age of fourteen are not allowed to do this.

  21. Which are some good homestays options in Coorg?

    Coorg has got some excellent homestays which allow you to cherish the natural richness of this exotic tourist destination. Most of these are located in spectacular locations and offer a plethora of adventure activities. Otherwise, these homestays are just the perfect places to relax your mind and body on your holidays in Coorg.

    Some good homestays in Coorg are:

    Coffee Trails
    Cottage Stay near Dubare Elephant Camp
    Plantation Stay Experience near Virajpet
    - Silver Brook
    - Honey Pot
    - Chilipili Estate
    Farm Stay in Virajpet
    - Cottage Stay in the Valley
    - Rustic Wooden Cottage Stay
    - Cottage in the Valley near Somwarpet

    Also Check: 10 Best Homestays in Coorg for Couples
  22. Which are some famous estates in Coorg to stay?

    Coorg has a number of estates amidst the coffee plantations where you will enjoy the sweet aroma of coffee day and night. They are secluded from the main city and a wonderful retreat for those looking for a serene and tranquil time either by yourself or with your loved ones. They also allow you to engage in activities like boating, trekking, plantation walk, river rafting, etc.

    If you are looking to spend your vacation in seclusion on an estate to explore the city, then we have the following popular Coffee estates in Coorg listed out as follows:

    - Estate Bungalow Stay in Madikeri
    - Abbydhama Estate Homestay
    - Silver Brook Estate
    - Sadalkad Estate
    - Chilipili Estate
    - Maracad Estate
  23. Which restaurants are must to visit to taste the local cuisines of Coorg?

    When you are in Coorg, we advise you to eat like the locals. The South Indian Cuisine is popular in Coorg and you will love the spicy flavors in your food which you eat in Coorg. The local cuisine offers many fantastic dishes, the taste of which will last in your memories for a long time in the future. To enjoy the local cuisine, the most popular restaurants in Coorg are:

    - Coorg Cuisine
    - Taste of Coorg
    - Udipi the Veg
    - Tiger Tiger Ethnic Kodava Dining
    - Fish Curry Rice etc.
  24. How to deal with any medical emergency we might face in Coorg? Is there any good hospital?

    There are many medical institutions in Coorg with expertly trained doctors in case you face any medical emergency when in Coorg. There are Vivus Hospitals and Sri Raja Rajeswari Hospital in case you face any medical emergency.

  25. Is smoking/drinking legal in Coorg?

    If you are more than 18 years of age, there is no problem for smoking/drinking in Coorg at the resorts.

  26. Can we go for a wildlife safari in Coorg? Which national parks are famous?

    Yes, you can go for a wildlife safari in Coorg to enjoy exploring the wildlife. It is an amazing way to have a closer look at these wild animals and make for a fun-filled activity. It is a great learning experience too when you are with friends and family. The national park which is most famous is Nagarhole National Park for undertaking wildlife safaris.

  27. Is Coorg and Madikeri same?

    Madikeri is a part of the district of Coorg. Madikeri is an important spot for visiting popular tourist attractions like Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, St Mark’s Church and Omkareshwar Temple in Coorg.

  28. What are the basic Travel Advice you should know before traveling to Coorg?

    - Do not carry any plastic bag along as it is strictly prohibited in the proximity. Do not litter anywhere while travelling, it is considered extremely intolerable in Coorg.

    - Keep enough cash with yourself or try to pre-pay on everything possible as the telephone lines and the mobile networks go down most of the time. Though there are few ATMs and Banks in Madikeri and other towns, it is better to stay on the safer side. 

    - Carry ample packed food and water along, so that you do not run out of the same anywhere in the midst of a secluded region. There are not many things available around the roadside in Coorg.

    - Carrying a fog lamp in your vehicle and drive slowly along the road. The visibility becomes difficult after 3 pm in winter due mist all over.