Emerald green till where the eye can see, Kodagu in Kannada or Coorg, as it is more famously known is a must-visit destination in Karnataka, India. Madikeri is the district headquarters of Coorg and also the chief town and transport hub.
“Coorg is the ‘Kashmir of South India’. Most of the above-listed places in Coorg are suitable to visit in 3 days, if you’re visiting for a shorter duration you must wisely pick the best ones for yourself. So plan a trip to Coorg now and enjoy the gorgeous hill stations famous for their deep gorges, pristine waterfalls, peeking brooks, scented plantations, abundant nature, and mesmerizing views. Trek along the trails and enjoy the sunset where the sky turns into hues of orange and blues and spellbind yourself.”
Located in the western ghats in the southwest part of Karnataka, Coorg has a very moderate climate all year round, with temperatures ranging from 19 to 34 C in summers to 14 to 29 C in winters. Its altitude is in the range of 3500 ft above sea level.
The coffee plantations of Coorg covered with stunning greenery would charm anyone. With its undiluted landscapes, lovely waterfalls and an amazing assortment of flora and fauna, it has much to offer visitors. Wake up to the view of misty mountains in the morning and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
But of all the places to visit in Coorg, the wildlife sanctuaries are the most fascinating if you are with a loved one or on a family trip. Spot a bison, an elephant and if you in luck then a Panther. Take a look below for some of Coorg’s tourist places and plan your trip to the ‘Scotland of India’.
Top Tourist Attractions in Coorg
1- Abbey Falls
If you are heading to Coorg on a road trip with your own vehicle it is not just easy to explore the places to visit on the way to Coorg but also all the amazing tourist sites within this beautiful destination. One such breathtaking place in Abbey Falls makes for one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg.
Located 1 km from the town of Madikeri, the waterfall is located between coffee plantations and spice estates. Enjoy the gushing beauty where the Kaveri River cascades down a rockface turning into the falls. The best time to visit is November and December, just after monsoons.
Distance from city center: 24 km
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
Entry Fee: INR 15
2- Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery)
Namdroling Monastery, situated at a distance of 34 km from the Coorg, is the largest teaching center of the school of Tibetan Buddhism known as Nyingmapa. Popularly known as the ‘Golden Temple’, the Namdroling Monastery 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.
It is spread over an area of 80 square feet and was built from Bamboo which was donated by the Indian Government to the Tibetans in exile. Today, it houses many auxiliary structures like educational institutions and a hospital, in addition to being home to about 5,000 members of the Sangha community. Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Daryeling is the full name of the Namdroling Monastery.
The foundation for this majestic monastery was laid down in 1963 by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, the 11th throne-holder of the Palyul Lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, following his exit from Tibet. The initial structure was made of bamboo and covered an area of 80 sq feet.
The current 80 sqm area that the temple holds is thanks to the generosity of the Indian government, who donated the land to the Tibetan refugees who settled in the area. Inside, one has the privilege of witnessing the enormous 40 feet high golden statues of Guru
Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni, and Amityaus, surrounded by lovely paintings of various aspects of Tibetan Buddhist mythology.
The prayer rituals conducted by the monks are a unique sight that must not be missed. The serene vibe of the place is amplified by the well-manicured gardens that surround the area.
3- Brahmagiri Peak
Brahmagiri Peak is a scenic spot full of forested woods and mist-topped hills. On the way to the peak, you will trek through grasslands, colorful floras and sparkling streams of clear water. It also has a wildlife sanctuary which includes Lion-tailed Macaque, Jungle Cat, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Langur, Giant Flying Squirrel amongst others. It is one of the most beautiful places to see in Coorg in 2 days.
Distance from city center: 88 km
Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: INR 200 (Indians), INR 1,000 (Foreigners), INR 200 (Trekking), INR 500 (Guide)
4- Dubare Elephant Camp
There are many interesting things to do and places to visit in Coorg in 4 days be it with your family, friends or solo. One of the most interesting things to do in Coorg is getting close to elephants at the Dubare Elephant Camp. With over 150 elephants, the camp is a great chance to get to know these enchanting creatures.
Watch the elephants being given a bath, fed and trained by Mahouts. In addition, take a coracle ride on the River Cauvery and spot a crocodile, gaur, the wild dog, sloth bear, and peacocks.
Distance from city center: 17 km
Timings: 8.30 AM – 11 AM / 4.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Entry Fee: INR 690 – INR 1330 (Indians), INR 1467 – INR 2270 (Foreigners)
5- Iruppu Falls
Of all tourist places in Coorg, Iruppu waterfall is one of the most popular. River Lakshmana Tirtha takes a 60 feet plunge amidst the green mountains to turn into these falls. The picturesque view of the ferns along with the gushing sound of the falls makes for a memorable experience. The mesmerizing Iruppa Falls totally deserves to be on your bucket list even if you are considering only the places to visit in Coorg in 1 day.
Distance from city center: 61 km
Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: INR 60
6- Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park is one of those unmissable places to visit in Coorg, Karnataka. If you are interested in wildlife, the Nagarhole National Park is possibly one of the best places to visit in Coorg in one day.
Despite the dense jungle, it has open sight-lines along the river bank, which makes for a fantastic place to watch animals and over 270 species of birds. The best time to visit is during summer (April to May) or winter (November to February).
Distance from city center: 65 km
Timings: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM / 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Entry Fee: INR 50 (Indians), INR 150 (Foreigners), INR 50 (Camera)
7- Mandalpatti Viewpoint
Mandalpatti Viewpoint is one of the top places to visit in Coorg. With an abundance of greenery, trekking is definitely one of the things to do in Coorg, tourist places for this activity too are in abundance here, but Mandalpatti is considered the best. Climb up towards the Mandalpatti View Point via the scenic Makkandur route but be sure to pack some water for the way as you explore one of the best trekking trips in Coorg.
Distance from city center: 39 km
Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free
8- Cauvery Nisargadhama
Nisargadhama is a beautiful island, 28 km from Madikeri, surrounded by the thick foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. The island is naturally formed by the river Kaveri (Cauvery) and is situated in the Kodagu district in Karnataka. Interesting things to do in Coorg would be to stay in the treetop bamboo cottages here, and enjoy the elephant rides and boating on the riverside. This is one of the best places to visit in Coorg at night.
Distance from city center: 27 km
9- Trekking In Kutta
Kutta is amongst the most beautiful town in Karnataka and is located at an exclusive place which is a gateway to numerous tourists attractions. Kutta lures travelers from across the country with its enticing wildlife sanctuaries i.e. Nagarhole National Park and Tholpetty. Iruppu Falls in Kutta is known for its captivating beauty.
These peaceful falls are blessed with nature’s divinity and one must not miss out this mesmerizing location while holidaying in Coorg. You can plan a trek to Kutta and add an adventurous twirl to your vacation in Coorg.
Nearby Attractions: Trekking in Nagarhole, Nagarhole National Park, and Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Location: Kodagu district
Distance from city center: 66 km
10- Tadiandamol Peak
Situated at an elevation of 1748 meters, Tadiandamol Peak is the highest mountain peak in Coorg. It is also the second-highest peak in the state of Karnataka. This place is one of the most sought after destinations, especially among the trekkers. There are moderate and difficult trekking routes here, but the view from the top is simply breathtaking.
The climb to the Rock Point is especially a bit difficult and the trail becomes narrow from there. If you are a beginner in trekking, Tadiandamol Peak is for you too. With its green hills and misty weather, low-rise mountains surrounded by milky clouds, it is a heaven for nature lovers.
Distance from city center: 69 km
Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
11- Mallalli Falls
These gorgeous milky white waterfalls are located in the northern region of Kodagu district, merely 26 kilometers from Somwarpet at the bottom Pushpagiri Hills. Mallalli falls originate where Kumardhara river dives down from the height of 1000 meters, later following its natural route that ends into the Arabian Sea.
This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Coorg in 2 days as it lies quite near to the center of the town additionally these falls are surrounded with numerous other attractions, making you visit each one of them while heading to the Mallalli falls.
Timings: 7:00 AM-7:30 PM
How To Reach Coor
By Road: Coorg is well connected with the major cities of Karnataka including of Mysore (118 km), Bangalore (255 km) and Mangalore (139 km). You can either hire a taxi or board a bus that connects these cities to Coorg. KSRTC bus services connect Coorg to nearby Karnataka cities such as Mysore, Mangalore, and Bangalore among others.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Mysore about 120 km away.
By Air: The nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport, about 160 kilometers away.
Best Time to Visit Coorg
With the above knowledge in climatic conditions of Coorg, it is easy to deduce that the time during October to April is the most enjoyed. However, that doesn’t stop people from coming here to see lush greenery which is the trademark of the rainy season.
Other Must Vist Places around Coorg
The second-largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet is this, located on NH 88. During Chinese aggression, monks and other follower fled to this area and settles as a town. The sense of peace is actually deeply felt once here, especially in the attractions of place like Ingalakere Lake, Ganapathi temple, Rangaswamy temple, and some well known and much-visited monasteries.
Tadiyendamol is a popular name to be heard while on a trip to this town. It is the highest peak located in Coorg and well known among the trekkers who take pain in locating best-trekking sites of the area they are visiting.