Coorg - the Scotland of India is famous for its lush green valleys, misty hills,
sprawling coffee & tea plantations, orange groves, fast flowing streams and dazzling waterfalls. As a popular weekend getaway, Coorg offers a magnificent old world charm with a laidback experience and a relaxing ambience.
One can enjoy the picturesque surroundings which offer spectacular views of the Western Ghats. There are a lot of tourist attractions in Coorg which are frequented visited. They widely range from historical forts and monuments to ancient temples, ecological parks, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries.
Raja's Seat is located in the town of Madikeri. It is the place where the kings used to sit along with their consorts and watch the sunsets. The view is spectacular from here as one can gaze upon the beautiful hills and valleys. The government has set up a garden around the Raja's Seat and it has become an ideal place for tourist to come and enjoy themselves.
The Omkareshwara temple in Madikeri was built by Lingarajendra II in 1820 in the Mumammadan style of architecture with a dome in the center and four turrets at four corners. Temple dedicated to Shiva, was built in the 19th century in a mix of Gothic and Islamic styles. Legend has it that the King put to death a Brahmin to fulfill his political ambitions and in order to appease the spirit of the Brahmin, the temple was built.
The Madikeri Fort was originally built as a mud fort by Mudduraja in the 17th century. It was rebuilt by Tipu Sultan in stone. Built of brick and mortar, the fort had witnessed many fierce battles. The palace in the fort was renovated in 1812-1814 by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II. Two life size masonry elephants are present in the north-east corner and a church is also located in the south-east corner. The fort is of archaeological value and offers stunning views of the city from its walls. Within the Fort's walls there is a prison, small museum, chapel, temple and various government offices.
Abbey Falls is a popular waterfall just about 8 km from the main town of Madikeri. Here the River Kaveri cascades down from a height of 70 feet. A hanging bridge is built across the gorge offering an excellent view of the falls. The place offers a splendid backdrop for picnics.
Gaddige is a historical structure of Indo-Sarcenic architecture style and holds the mortal remains of the royal kings and the court dignitaries. The tomb of Lingarajendra was built here in 1820 and the tomb of the Royal priest Rudrappa was built in 1834. The tomb of two royal officials, Biddanda Bopu and his son Biddanda Somaiah who died fighting with Tipu Sultan are also located here.
Bylekuppe is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in southern India. It is located near Kushalanagar and has several monasteries. The Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey and the Namdroling monastery are among the prominent ones in the area. The Buddhist statues in the monastery reflect the affluent cultural heritage of the Tibetans.
It is the place from where the River Kaveri originates. The place is considered as one of the most sacred places in Karnataka. The place has a small spring or pond from where the river emerges as a perennial spring, but again flows underground to emerge a short distance away. Devotees as well as tourists come here in great numbers. The entire area is surrounded with wonderful sceneries.
: The river offers the exciting opportunities for white river rafting lovers. The Barapole River has some thrilling stretches to raft through rapids. The months of August and September are the best for river rafting in Coorg.
The town has beautiful sprawling coffee plantations with beautiful landscapes and several enchanting places. The place is considered holy and special puja is being offered every year on Gowri festival. The Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in also located in Somwarpet, it is an ideal spot for tourist who like to experience the wilderness.