Coorg is a quaint hill station in Karnataka known for its mesmeric natural beauty; beautiful waterfalls, sprawling green landscapes, mystical mountain tops, and gorgeous flora and fauna are what you will find in abundance here. Be it a weekend getaway or a long holiday, Coorg – the Scotland of India – makes for a great choice.
Start with Abbey falls; one of the most popular attractions in Coorg and for good reason. It’s a rather special hike upto the waterfall; especially if you visit right after the monsoon in November and December, when it’s covered in lush greenery.
If the idea of elephants walking around in their natural habitat excites you, Dubare Elephant Camp is where you must head. Home to over 150 elephants, here you can see the elephants being given baths, fed and trained. The other wildlife includes crocodiles, peacocks, wild dog and sloth bear, all of which you can spot on your boat-ride through the camp.
Incase you are a trekker, trekking through the luscious green landscape, pristine waters, and colourful flora leading upto Brahmagiri Peak is a delight. There’s another waterfall that deserves a visit – the torrential Iruppu Falls, that falls from over a 60 feet. To catch wildlife in abundance, head to Nagarhole National Park – one of the best parks in the area. Over 270 species of birds and a great number of animals can be spotted through the dense forests here.
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A tiny, quaint village called Chettalli, situated on the road between Madikeri and Siddapur is a delightful retreat for a cultural enthusiast. Especially, if you’re looking to learn some deep-rooted culture of the rural area. Another picturesque point in Coorg is the Raja’s Seat – a sunset point with a surreal view of the sweeping hills and valleys, coupled with musical fountains and blooming flowers inside a charming garden.
You can also explore Bylakuppe, the second biggest Tibetan settlement located in India. The Namdroling Monastery especially, built in typical Tibetan architectural style is a great attraction. Nisargadhama – a river-island situated 28km from Coorg is nestled between dense bamboo groves, an assortment of teak and sandalwood trees. Here you can enjoy some river-side boating and fun elephant rides through the island.