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Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019
Kodagu is a scenic location, also known are Coorg, within the Karnataka state. It is the perfect place for nature lovers to see the unspoilt beauty of India. Rickshaws are the preferred means of transport through Kodagu, while four wheelers are also available for hire. The easiest way to reach Coorg is to catch a bus from either Mysore or Mangalore. Taxis are also available across the city. Here we’ll be pointing out the best places to stay in Kodagu, while also showing you the top shops, restaurants and attractions.
Coorg is a truly beautiful area with a lot to see and do. The sloping landscapes and many mountain ranges are great to explore, while the local culture is just as vivid and vibrant. The area is entered either public buses across Karnataka, such as those from Mysore and Mangalore. Around town you can enjoy rickshaw rentals or four-wheelers to traverse the town, with cycling also an option.
Madikeri is the place to look for great hotels near to Madikeri Fort and Gaddige-Raja’s Tomb & Raja’s Seat. Your options range from three-star hotels near the Madikeri Town Centre, to more prestigious offerings. You also have the chance to pick from either smoke-free or conventional hotels, with children being welcome at most places.
Another top area to shop for hotels in Coorg is in Polibetta. Hotels in Polibetta have a full-range of business facilities such as meeting rooms and separate sitting areas. As with most hotels in Kodago, the attached-restaurants serve up great food. Be on the lookout for hotels in Polibetta which also offer a range of outdoor activities including fishing, rafting and both hiking and biking trails.
Abbey Falls is a beautiful area in Coorg which sets the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon’s relaxation. The roaring falls can be heard from the moment you enter the trails leading you through coffee and cardamom plantations. The sheer amount of wildlife is amazing, with countless birds heard filling the air with their songs.
The Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary is a biosphere reserve which contains the Snake River. Along the riverbanks you can expect to see many species such as spotted deer, sambhar, peacocks, bisons and even elephants, panthers and tigers. A journey through this sanctuary is highly recommended.
The Madikeri Fort was built in the 19th century and is home to a Ganesha temple, as well as a museum, chapel and early prison. Six circular bastions are seated at the angles of this irregular hexagonal complex seated atop a hill. It is a wonder area to explore, with sights such as the life-sized mortar elephants and many relics of the museum being utterly fascinating.
Mountain biking and hiking in Coorg is a great experience and the perfect way to see the lush, greenery of the hills and valleys. Rafting upon the Barapole river is available for the adventure lovers, while great Ayurvedic massage and therapies are also in the area.
Coorg has a great range of fantastic local food and drinks. Be on the lookout for Coorg chocolate, homemade wines and dishes such as pandi curry, akki roti, kadubittu and idumbalittu. Coffee is highly popular in this region with many retailers selling their own blends.
Be sure to head to the Virajpet Market for a great range of local goods in an area surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. Another great market that you shouldn’t miss is the Kushalnagar Market, on the east of Kodagu. You can find a great range of fragrant spices, dried fruits, wood-carved souvenirs and natural oils here.