Coorg is a mountainous district in the Indian southern state of Karnataka, approximately 260 kilometers from Bangalore Center and 1,525 metres above sea level. It is well renowned for its friendly inhabitants and fantastic scenery with attractions such as the mountains, woodlands and a wide variety of wildlife.
Coorg is often referred to as the Scotland of East by the Scots in British Army, who occupied the area from the 1830s until independence in 1947. The district is official known as Kodagu. Lonely Planet has regarded Coorg as the most underrated destination in India.
The only way to reach Coorg is by road with buses running regularly to the principal towns of Madikeri & Virajpet from Bangalore & Mysore. This journey usually takes between five and six hours.
The lush forest growth and the hills which look like a necklace of emeralds when drenched by heavy monsoon rains are wonderful sights. The area’s economy relies upon its many coffee, cardamom and pepper plantations. Seasonal Tourism offers the agriculturist to supplement his income a bit.
Visitors will find many places to stay including luxury, economy homestays and well-furnished cottages on the coffee plantations. Tourists often like to wander through the estates, lay around the brooks and dine around campfires.
The district covers an area of 4,102 square kilometres and the river Cauvery originates here at Talacauvery and is worshipped by the natives as their main deity. Kodagu is home to the ethnic Coorg(Kodava)community. The culture, heritage and history of Coorg is deeply intertwined with the Kodava people.