COORG – Scotland of India


Coorg (Kodagu) is known as the Scotland of India, situated in Karnataka state of South India. It is a place with greenish color everywhere. So, we feel to closest with the nature while staying at Coorg. It is a well-furnished tourist center now a days as many locals and foreigners coming here daily basis. There are many resorts. Cottages and home stays to welcome you. Homestays in Coorg helps you to live and experience the local life.

Below mentioning the main tourist spots in Coorg tourists should have a watch.

Raja’s seat

This is a spot like viewpoint or top point near Madikkeri town. The name Raja’s seat came because in the older ages the King and his concert used to sit here and saw the sunset and the beauty of the scenic view. This is one of the beautiful view point in South India. Now the government has set up a garden around the Raja’s seat. One can also view the long queue of vehicles passing through.

Omkareshwara temple

This Hindu temple situated in the heart of Madikkeri (Coorgs capital). This temple built by Lingarajendra II in 1830. The story behind the construction of the temple goes like this. The King killed a brahmin and later revealed that the brahmin was innocent. The spirit of the brahmin haunted the king and the king was so upset. The minister advised the king to build a temple to pacify the soul of the brahmin.

The shape of the temple also has a peculiarity. In the center a dome and four corners with turrets. Normally this belongs to the Muhammadan architecture which is very strange for a Hindu temple. There is another story behind the shape is it reshaped at the time of Tipu sultan in the fear of demolition of Hindu temples. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the story is King Lingarajendra brought the Shivalinga placed in the temple from Kashi. Unlike most of the temples in India, Omkareshwara temple does not have any hall with pillars while the holy shiva lingam has been installed near the entrance door.

Another attractive architectural feature of the temple is the water tank in covering three sides of the main area, which is inhabited by different varieties of fish.

Tomb of Kings

An important place at Madikkeri is the tomb of king Lingarajendra and Virarajendra on at a hill from where the view of the town is possible. There also tomb of some royal aids beside the king’s tomb. There is a description about General Biddanda Bopu who fought Tipu Sultan has been recorded.

Abbey waterfalls

Abbey Falls is a must watch place with a Coorg trip. This is a 70 feet length water falls and it surrounded by the coffee and spices estate. The mixed aroma of coffee and spices in the air will give you a great moment while you are here. The waterfalls can enjoy from a hanging bridge placed just opposite direction. You will get the best view of the waterfall from this hanging bridge.  The best season to travel here is in between July to October. The British called the spot Jesse Waterfalls in memory of the daughter of Madikeri’s first chaplain. The entrance to the waterfalls is through a private coffee estate. One can walk up to the top of waterfalls through a flight of steps. The cascading water joins the river Cauvery.

Madikeri Fort

Madikeri Fort built by Mudduraja in 17th century. Fort was later renovated with stones and bricks by Tipu Sultan who named the fort as Jaffarabad.  Two life-size elephants made of mortar, catch the eye of the visitor on entering the Fort. Madikeri Fort built by Mudduraja in 17th century. Fort was later renovated with stones and bricks by Tipu Sultan who named the fort as Jaffarabad. The british also rebuild the fort twicw.  Two life-size elephants made of mortar, catch the eye of the visitor on entering the Fort. There was a temple inside the fort dedicated to Virabhadra which was demolished by british in the year of 1855. They built an Anglican Church in the same place.

At present the fort is using for many government offices. Also the fort includes Mahathma Gandhi Public Library, the Kote Maha Ganapathi temple and the district prison.

Mandalpatti

Mandalpatti is relatively new place added in the tourist map of Coorg. It is around 20km away from Madikeri town and around 4 Km away from Abbey falls. This is a scenic beauty place with full of greenery and its flora and fauna. This is a trekking place and attracting more crowd in the recent years. The facilities are less near this place. So it is better to carry food and water with you. For trekking, it is required to take the entrance ticket from the authorities.

In the rainy season, it is difficult even to walk through this area. The best season to visit here is November to January. Most of the time this area cover with mist which make this place more beautiful. The forest department set up a watch tower atop the hill. From there you can watch the Pushpagiri mountain range.

Talacauvery

Talacauvery is believed to be the starting point of the famous Cauvery river. This is a hilltop in Brahmagiri mountain range which is 8 Km away from Bhagamandala and 50 Km away from Madikery. Talacauvery situated over a height of 1276 meter from the sea level.

There is a small spring originates from here and it is visible clearly only in rainy season. It is believed that there is an underwater spring starting here and it is coming out after flowing some distance.

This place has religious importance also. There are two temples, one is devoted to Lord Shiva and the other to Ganesha. Devotees are offering prayers to the deities after bathing a big tank. It is best to visit the place during the month of October. Many pilgrims visit the shrine during this time as festival of Sankaramana which the biggest local festival in Coorg. At this time, one can see the small well with water which is believed to be the appearance of the Goddess Cauvery.

Tourists also can see the holy Ashwantha tree where sage Agastya saw Trimurties Lords-Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh according to Hindu mythology.

Tourists can go to the peak of Brahmagiri from here and as per Hindu mythology, at this place the saptharshies* performed a special religious activity. The view from this point is mesmerizing.

* Atri, Bharadvaja, Gautama, Jamadagni, Kashyapa, Vasistha, Vishwamitra (these are 7 saints in the ancient Hindu mythology)

Bhagamandala

Bhagamandala is a place on the way to Talacauvery. This place is known for the union(triveni sangama) of three rivers. Cauvery and its two tributaries the Kannike and the mythical Sujyothi river. Bhagamandala is a place on the way to Talacauvery. This place is known for the union of three rivers. Cauvery and its two tributaries the Kannike and the mythical Sujyothi river. Devotees going to Talacauvery, take a dip in the triveni sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding.

Also there is a temple Bhagandeshwara dedicated to Lord Shiva. Cauvery river also known as Southern Ganges. As per Hindu mythology Cauvery started from the hair of Lord Shiva from this part of south India. During the festival of Thula sankramana, a good number of pilgrimages gathering and offering prayers to Lord Shiva. This temple architecture belongs to Karavali style.

Bylekuppa

Bylekuppe is the biggest Tibatan settlement in South India. At present approximately 70000 refugees who flee from Tibet when China attacked them. This settlement set up in 1960. This is a vast area comprises 20 villages turned to a small town and the main occupation of refugees is agriculture. Also they are making handicrafts and carpets, dress materials, sweaters and other such accessories. The visitors can buy these items from here.

There are three statues of Budha built in gold-coated which has importance among the statues of budha allover the world. The statues are of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Shakyamuni and Amitayus.  Several monasteries settled here includes Namdroling, Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey . Many spiritual seekers and healers from all over the world coming here to get relief.

Dubare Elephant Camp

Dusare Elephant camp is the project undertaken by forest department and jungle lodges and resorts. Not just interaction with elephants, tourists also get mesmerizing natural settings consisting of lush greenery and refreshing environment to spend some memorable days.

Before these elephants are part of famous Dasara festival ceremonies and at present those activities are ceased. The tourists can not only know about elephants, but they can interact with them and they can have a ride on elephants. Tourists can give food to elephants such as banana, jaggery,coconut, ragi and sugar cane.

At the monsoon season, tourists can engage in adventure and thrill activities apart from fishing, a natural walk in the Cauvery river. Also there are cottages with modern facilities where the tourists can stay amidst the lush greenery.

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