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An Extensive Guide To Coorg ― The Scotland of India

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 4 min read

Flaunting the tropical wonders of the Western Ghat of Karnataka, Coorg - The Scotland of India is a regnant summer refuge with ligneous slopes, rich biodiversity, mesmerizing cascades, as well as it's a treasure of inimitable heritage. Coorg posses a heart-warming expansion of spice and coffee plantations that remains lush green through the year. One of the best places to visit in South India for a wildlife enthusiast. Verdant landscapes, nature's most beautiful wildlife reserves, waterfalls, and sprawling coffee plantations to explore - Coorg is a surprising treat for the mind, soul and the camera lens.Coorg_image

Coorg - The Scotland of India

Due to its majestic beauty and cool ambiance, Coorg is renowned as ‘Kashmir of the South’ and also praised as the ‘Scotland of India’. The lure of this place lies in its picturesque locales, alluring mountains, a beautiful amalgamation of history, luxury, adventure and amazing local cuisines. An icing on the cake, Coorg possesses all those magnetism that insanely draws you to it. From a relaxing spa to challenging treks, sweet handmade chocolate truffles to the spicy eye-watering curries, whether it’s the history of the Madikeri fort or rapturous adventure at Abbi falls, there’s something for everybody here!

Don’t leave Coorg before you!


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Things To Do When In Coorg:

1. Trek your way through the Brahmagiri Peak to explore nature and push your limits


Where: Brahmagiri, Talacauvery Hills
Timings: The best time to go for trekking is during sunrise.


2. Sunset Jeep Drive at Mandalpatti to experience an obstacle-free panoramic view of the sky and the hills


Where: Mandalpatti, North Coorg
Timings: You can indulge in this little adventurous activity at any time from 7 AM to 3 PM.
Cost: The ticket for one person costs around INR 1,250 which includes sightseeing, driving charges, and all other taxes.


3. Quad Biking for Bikers Soul


Where: Kushal Nagar, Coorg
Timings: You can enjoy this 15-minute ride at any time of the day.
Cost: The cost per person is INR 600, which includes your activity charges and taxes.


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4. River Rafting for that turbulent feelings


Where: Barapole, Coorg
Timings: This is a one to two hours activity that can be done at any time between 9 AM to 3 PM.
Cost: The cost for one person is INR 1,000. 


5. Microlight Flying to enjoy the dreamy beauty of Coorg from a bird’s eye view


Where: Ponnampet, Coorg
Timings: You can enjoy 10 minutes or a 30 minutes ride anytime between 10 AM to 5 PM.
Cost: The activity charges for one person is around INR 2,500.


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6. Spend a night in Woodstock Cottage to experience those Stone Age feeling


7. A leisurely walk through the lush green valley of the coffee plantation


8. Camping under the clear night to experience the scenic beauty


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Places To Visit When In Coorg:

1. Abbey Falls for those perfect picturesque backdrop


Famous For: Abbey Falls is famous for sightseeing, a leisure walk amidst nature, its close proximity to the Kali Mata Temple, and trekking.


2. Nagarhole National Park for every wildlife lover


Famous For: This national park is most famous for wildlife spotting and the safari rides amidst the forest trails.


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3. Relax in the lap of nature at Raja’s Seat


Famous For: This place is known mostly for enjoying the sunset or indulging in recreational activities


Coffee and spice and everything nice... With a hint of challenge and adventure. You’ll be back here again before you know it!



Q. Can we drink and smoke at a campsite?

A. No, you cannot drink or smoke at the campsite. It is advised that people should not consume alcohols just before trekking or other camp activities like rafting, microlight flying etc. However, people from different cultures and traditions come for camping at Coorg, so there are provisions for drinking and smoking outside the camp.


Q. Where can we go for a wildlife safari in Coorg?

A. The following wildlife parks and sanctuaries can be best discovered with a Safari:

1. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

2. Nagarhole National Park

3. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary


Q. What is so special about Bylakuppe?

A. Bylakuppe in Coorg is an area which is known as home to several Tibetan settlements. It gives the visitors an opportunity to explore the Tibetan culture. The Golden Temple with its humongous 40 ft statues and 7000 monks is what attracts people to view this unique vista.

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