COORG – The Scotland of India

Coorg (Kodagu), popularly addressed as “The Scotland of India” is rich in tourism with lush green forests, plenty of Flora and Fauna well-manicured estates of Coffee, Cardamom, Pepper would be a treat to nature loving tourists.

A friendly warning to all concerned: One trip to Coorg (Kodagu) and it’ll haunt you for the rest of your life. You might leave Coorg, but Coorg will never leave you. Don’t blame us if you keep returning to it time and again.

That’s Coorg for you- incomparable scenic beauty, lush green valleys, coffee plantations, teak wood forests & majestic mountain ranges. Add to that a strong, brave martial race of Coorgs (Kodavas) that reveres tradition, has a distinct culture and lives life to its fullest.

Coorg is situated on the Western Ghats of Karnataka in South India. For the adventurous at heart, it is an absolute treat. There are trekking, golfing and angling (Mahaseer too!) options available. Religious trips abound on Hindu and Buddhist circuits. Family getaways can be easily arranged. You can also relax your body and mind with special Ayurvedic massages. Coorg is also as trendy and happening as its close neighbor Bangalore.

But the predominant entity here is nature at its best. Coorg is like the dreamland of the philosopher. If you’re the type who likes to mingle with nature, romance in the mountains, feel the tingle of the cool and gentle breeze, watch leaves flutter in dance-like movements and hear sounds of birds fill the air, then Coorg is just the place for you!

If you have trouble leaving the place, don’t say we didn’t warn you earlier!

Things to do around Kushalnagar

Dubare Elephant Camp

DUBARE FORESTS:
This ever green forest has an Elephant Training Centre and a lovely Picnic Spot. It is also a natural island of a River. The forest camp is rich in Flora and Fauna and is always on the hotlist of nature and wildlife loving tourists.

river-rafting

RIVER RAFTING AT DUBARE:
Enjoy the experience of a lifetime, on a thrilling white water rafting river along the Cauvery river. Rides are arranged by trained professionals, which will give you an hands on experience on rafting through the rough waters. The best time for these rides are during monsoon from May – September every year. You can also enjoy the still water rafting during rest of the year.

chiklihole

CHIKLIHOLE DAM:
Chiklihole reservoir in Coorg is located in between Madikeri and Kushalnagar and is roughly around 12 kms from Kushalnagar and Madikeri and the bonus is, its near to Dubare.

nisargadhama

CAUVERY NISARGADHAMA:
This lovely Tourist Attraction, just 3 kms away from Dreamland Homestay, is built in a natural Island of River Cauvery is a Treat to watch. It has Boating, Elephant Safari, Hanging Bridge and a Deer Park as some of the Attractions.

harangi

HARANGI DAM:
A beautiful Dam built across a tributary of Cauvery is a lovely picnic spot. Naturally set High Dam between two Great Hills forms an imposing backdrop.

temple

NAMDROLING MONASTERY THE GOLDEN TEMPLE:
Set in a serene atmosphere surrounded by lush green maize fields and a silhouette of the Western Ghats is this Beautiful temple of Lord Buddha built on the traditional Tibetan Architecture is the largest buddha temple in India. A refugee settlement of displaced Tibetans grown up to a beautiful township with all Amenities and Comforts for the unfortunate ones is a vivid example of Indian Hospitality.

temple

NAMDROLING MONASTERY THE GOLDEN TEMPLE:
Set in a serene atmosphere surrounded by lush green maize fields and a silhouette of the Western Ghats is this Beautiful temple of Lord Buddha built on the traditional Tibetan Architecture is the largest buddha temple in India. A refugee settlement of displaced Tibetans grown up to a beautiful township with all Amenities and Comforts for the unfortunate ones is a vivid example of Indian Hospitality.

Things to do around Madikeri

talacauvery

TALACAUVERY:
One of the prominent pilgrimage center in Kodagu. Talacauvery is the place of origin of the river Cauvery amidst enchanting hilly settings. It is eight kms from Bhagamandala and 46km from Madikeri. Nestling at the foot of the Brahmagiri and surrounded by jungle.

bhagamandala

BHAGAMANDALA:
This is a well-known pilgrimage center situated at a distance of 39 kms from Madikeri. Bhagamandala is on the banks of the confluence of three rivers, Cauvery, Kannike and the sub terrain Sujyoti, popularly known as “Triveni Sangama”.

abbey

ABBEY FALLS:
About 8 Kms from Madikeri is the beautiful waterfall and picnic spot, where the Abbey cascades 70 ft down to flow as a small river. A path through coffee and cardamom plantation off the main road adds to the attraction of the perennial waterfall. Enjoy the gushing, roaring beauty but a desire to take a dip in the cool waters may prove to be risky.

mandalpatti

MANDALPATTI:
One of the other lesser known spots in Coorg is Mandalpatti. Abbi falls is very popular and attracts a steady stream of tourists, a deviation from that road – and a further 25 kilometers will bring you to Mandalpatti. The road, where it exists, is also in fairly bad shape. some of the steep hairpin bends with loose gravel, make it a thrilling [and risky] drive in a couple of points.

gaddige

GADDIGE:
There are two royal tombs in this place. In one of them, Veerarajendra and his wife Maha Devammaji were buried. The other tomb is that of Lingarjendra, the former’s younger brother. It was built by his son Chikkaveerarajendra. There are smaller tombs of priest Rudrappa and officers like Biddanda Bopu and Somayya. They are impressive domed structures with windows made out of bronze.

omkareshwara

OMKARESHWARA TEMPLE:
This temple built by Lingaraja in 1820 is a perfect blend of Islamic and Gothic styles of architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva, and the Siva Linga brought from Kashi (Varanasi) has been installed here. Legend has it that the king built the temple to absolve himself of his wrongdoing.

madikeri-fort

MADIKERI FORT:
Was first built by Mudduraja in the last quarter of the 17th century. He also built a palace inside the fort. It was eventually rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan who named the site as Jaffarabad. In 1790, Doddavira Rajendra took control of the fort. The British who added to the fort in 1834. The palace was renovated by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II in 1812-1814. In the north-east corner at the entrance are two life-size masonry elephants and a church is present in the south-east corner.

raja-seat

RAJA SEAT:
This is a beautiful garden of seasonal flowers and a fountain, overlock valley and,eamderomg roads. In the yesteryears, the raja’s of Coorg used to spend their evening at his vantage point watching spectacular sunsets beyond the Ghats. That is how the place came to known as Raja’s Seat.

Other places to visit around Coorg

nagarahole

NAGARAHOLE NATIONAL PARK:
Nagarhole National Park is also known as “Rajiv Gandhi National Park”, is located 80 kilometers from Dreamland Homestay. It is spread between Kodagu district and Mysore district. Located to the northwest of Bandipur National Park, Kabini reservoir separates the two. The park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls. The park has a healthy tiger-predator ratio, and tiger, Indian bison, and elephant are much more populous here than in Bandipur.

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MALLALLI FALLS:
This picturesque waterfall is just 38 kms away from Dreamland Homestay on Somwarpet road. The water in its pristine form drops from a high which is a sight to behold.

irpu

IRPU FALLS:
This refreshing Irupu Fall is situated at a distance of 48 kms from Virajpet on the way to Nagarhole. The Shiva temple here is said to have been dedicated by Lord Rama himself on the banks of River Lakshmanatheertha a tributary to the river Cauvery. This place is believed to cleanse one’s sins and is visited by thousands of devotees from far places on Shivaratri day. There is a temple dedicated to Sri Ram, surrounded by paddy fields, from where it is a climb up to the falls through the natural forest.