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 British, who occupied the area from the 1830s until independence in 1947. The district is official known as Kodagu (originally called Kodaimalenadu ), which means “dense forest on steep hill” and is regarded as one of the most beautiful hill stations for tourists to visit.
The only way to reach Coorg is by road with buses running regularly to the principal towns of Madikeri & Virajpet fromBangalore. This journey usually takes between five and six hours, although there are buses taking visitors to Coorg from Mangalore and Mysore.
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 as well as tourism.
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 locals. Kodagu is home to the ethnic Kodava community. The culture, heritage and history of Coorg is deeply intertwined with the Kodava people.