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Coorg Adventure Tourism

A tour to Karnataka is never complete without a visit to Coorg or Kodagu. One of the most prominent tourist destinations Coorg in Karnataka is a hill station which is revered by tourists from across India. Known as the Scotland of India, Coorg Tourism boasts of rich natural beauty tinged with an aroma of coffee. A pilgrimage to Talakaveri, trek to Brahmagiri Hills, Coorg rafting, playing with elephants in Dubbare, visit to Tibetan Golden Temple, wildlife watching in Nagarhole National Park or just a simple walk through the lush green valleys, are some of the things that keep you engaged during a blissful trip to Coorg Hill Station.

The nearest airport is Mysore and Mangalore. From the state capital Bangalore, a 260 km drive down the Bangalore-Mysore highway will take one to Coorg in Karnataka, the pristine hill station nestled amongst the coffee plantations in the Western Ghats. The nearest railhead is Mysore (120 kms) or Hassan. Coorg is also well-connected by bus service from Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.

From budget hotels to classy 5-star hotels, Coorg has it all and caters to everybody's purse. Predominantly known for non-vegetarian cuisine, particularly delicacies made of pork, the Kodava cuisine is famous all over the world. Homemade wine, delicacies made of bamboo shoots, chicken and lamb spiced with pepper and last but not least a cup of aromatic coffee are some of the things that Coorg Hill Station is famous with people who wish to pamper their taste buds.

A three to four day trip for Coorg tourism is the just the right one. Raja's Seat, Abbey Falls, Omkareshwara temple. Bhagamandala and Talakaveri can be covered in a day. Dubbare elephant training camp, Nisargadhama and Namdroling Monastery can be covered in another day. Set aside a day for Iruppu falls and Nagarhole National Park.

Coorg trekking is very famous amongst enthusiastic tourists. There are many verdant routes in Coorg and the best time for trekkers is October to February. Trek to the hills of Brahmagiri, and further away to Iruppu Falls is the most frequented of the Coorg trekking routes while a trek to Pushpagiri and Tadiandamol are also the better alternatives.

If you can withstand the crowd, plan your visit to coincide with Tulasankramana. This festival, celebrated on October 17th every year, is revered by all the Kodavas irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Talakaveri to witness the rise of the fountainhead, when water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment.

Apart from misty mountains and aromatic coffee, Coorg water rafting across upper Barapole River is one of the top spots for water rafting in South India. Given the water conditions, Class 3 to Class 5 rapids is usually possible in Coorg rafting during the South-west monsoons.

The best time to visit Coorg is September to January, when the weather is cool. Summers are usually hotter, while the monsoons can be a little messier. Those who are interested in Coorg water rafting can visit Coorg during mid-June to August, during the monsoons.

While in Coorg, don't forget to shop for coffee and honey, the best of the lot available in India. Oranges, cardamom and pepper are also grown abundantly and pineapple papad remains a specialty.

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