The mystical, historic, and wonderful hill station, Coorg, is a must visit for your next road trip. Also known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is filled with stunning sceneries and lush greenery. Surrounded by forestland, wildlife, spice and coffee plantations, and waterfalls – you’ll find yourself a haven from the city life that is Bangalore.
Coorg officially knows as the Kodagu district, home to predominately the Kodava people – a warrior clan/natives that were and still are Coorg’s first inhabitants. Tucked away in the Western Ghats, this district of Karnataka is a popular destination for 2 to 3 days.
Where to stay:
For accommodation you have two options – hotels or homestays. There’s no right or wrong choice because both will add to your Coorg experience, however, homestays may give you more of an authentic vibe. Plus most of them are eco friendly and/or coffee estates.
Homestays: Java Mane, Sand Banks, and Eco Habitat
Hotels: Vivanta by Taj, Orange County, and Heritage Resort Coorg
What to see and what to do
Madikeri Fort – a 17th century palace, which was originally built by mud, is now in granite. The inside features a church and secret passageways that you can actually use!
Abbey Falls – Coorg’s very popular waterfall will greet you with cascading waters from a height of 70 feet! This water then travels to join the Cauvery River. Hidden amongst the estates, Abbey Falls is the place to go to for picnics, which can then turn into leisurely walks towards the nearby plantations. Fun fact – the bridge near the waterfall has been a location for Bollywood films!
Raja’s Seat – As the name suggests, the Kodagu kings used to enjoy the beautiful sunsets from a favourite spot of theirs, known as the seat of the king. Located amongst gardens and a surrounding valley, there’s a reason why the kings chose this spot.
What and where to eat:
Rest assured that you would find delicious food in Coorg, especially because of the local Kodava cuisine. The staple diet for this is typically rice (Sannakki, for example) and different preparations of pork and fish (Pulvas). Other local delicacies include rice rotis (Akki oti) and Baimbale curry that features bamboo shoots, and of course the famous Pandi curry. Famous for its pork, you cannot visit Coorg without trying the Pandi curry that goes hand in hand with rice dumplings known as kadambuttu. This is a staple for all special occasions. If you’re a fan of pickles, you will find local pickles made from pork, fish, mushrooms, bitter orange, and tender bamboo!
Visit Hotel Capitol for the local food such as pandi curry. For local and multi cuisines, visit the restaurant Raintree, and if you’re a vegetarian, we recommend Atithi for their veg thalis.
Routes to take:
In Coorg, Madikeri is the centre point of everything, including transportation. This should be the location on your map. You could take the bus (K.S.R.T.C deluxe buses), which have daily trips from Bangalore, or you could drive directly yourself. You could even take the train to Mysore and then drive. Regardless of your mode of transportation, the most popular route that will take you to Madikeri is: Bangalore – Bangalore/Mysore Highway – Madikeri, Coorg.
Distance: 245 Kms
The drive to Coorg is an experience because of the scenery and the new and smooth highway. Trust us, you won’t regret it.