Coorg is a hill station heaven, located in the middle of imposing mountains in Karnataka with a breathtaking landscape and view, making it a perfect place for a nature lover if you are looking to spend some mesmerizing time in a quiet and serene place, then you have to visit Coorg, From the moment that you step in this beautiful land, you’ll understand why it is known as the Scotland of India.
Coorg has everything that you would want in a holiday destination, from beautiful waterfalls to a rich and diverse history, there’s so much that you can explore in this majestic place. There’s a reason why this place attracts tourists from all over the world, there’s something in Coorg for every type of traveller, If you are planning for a vacation here, then we have made a list of some of best places and things that you should do while here.
Jeep Safari – Mandalpati
Being located amidst the mountains, Coorg has several sunset and sunrise points which offer you astonishing views of the surrounding mountains, One of the best peak points that you can visit in Coorg is Mandalpati. The viewpoint is located 30 km from the town of Madikeri, and stands at a height of 1600 meters, making it the perfect place for a trek.
Private vehicles are not allowed here, as the roads are in bad condition and terrain is extremely dangerous, you can opt for the jeep safari which is located at the entrance of the Mandalpati road. The drive to the viewpoint is an adventure in itself, the 20 km drive is full of astonishing views and tricky terrain.
We recommend that you go here for sunrise or the sunset, the view is breathtaking and is surrounded by beautiful greenery, so if you’re looking for an amazing adventure with a beautiful view, you should head to Mandalpati.
Another amazing viewpoint that you can visit while in Coorg is Raaja’s Seat, located in the heart of Madikeri, Raja’s Seat is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains, and is one of the most important and popular tourist spots in Madikeri of Coorg District.
The garden is decorated with flowers and artistic structures and offers you a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and valleys which are covered with mist and fog, the place gets its name as one of the kings of Kodagu used to watch the setting sun, and spend time with his queens here.
The best time to visit Raja’s seat is during early mornings or evenings to fully take advantage of the mesmeric view, on a bonus note, just outside the garden you get some of the best Gobi Manchuria that you’ll eat, do check it out.
Though not known river rafting, Kodagu White Water Rafting which is located in Madikeri is a great place if you are looking to experience river rafting for the first time, the instructors are well experienced and offer you proper instructions, the adventure takes you through Barapole River’s roaring currents, and is an experience you will never forget and cherish for the rest of your lives.
You can participate in this activity of 90 minutes anytime between 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM, the whitewater rafting price per head costs Rs.800, the rafting will take you in the river for 4 km. So, if you are someone who is looking for adventure and thrill in Coorg, visit the Kodagu White Water Rafting.
Dubare Elephant Camp
One of the best things that you can do in Coorg, is visiting the Dubare Elephant Camp, you can get close and bond with the elephants here, the camp has over 150 elephants and you get the chance to pet, train, feed and even bath the elephants, the camp also has several other animals like sloth bears, peacocks, and crocodiles.
To see the elephants, you have to first go from one side of the river to other, you can do this using the motorboat which charges Rs. 50 per head or you can what we did and cross the river on your own, which is a fun experience, the stones are slippery, so just be careful. You can feed and take photos with elephants, the mahouts are quite friendly and cooperative, making Dubare Elephant camp a must-visit place.
Abbey falls is a popular tourist destination, which is located only 1 km from Madikeri, the waterfall is located between private coffee plantations and spice estates, Abbey Falls is a wonderful place to visit if you are looking to spend some quality time in the nature, the place is quite serene and well maintained, full of greenery and different varieties of plants.
You will have to walk down the hill to reach the falls, the Fall is quite scenic and you’re not allowed to go inside or near the Fall, but there is a dedicated watching area from where you can watch the falls. Best time to visit Abbey falls is during monsoons, Several shops are present just before the walkway to Abbey Falls where you can shop or eat. On top of all this, the parking space is ample and there’s no tourist charge to visit the place.
One of the most historical places in Coorg is the Madikeri Fort, which is also called Mercara Fort, the fort was founded by Mudduraja in the second half of the 17th century, who also built a palace inside the fort, the fort was then rebuilt and restructured Tipu Sultan who named the site as Jaffarabad.
The fort is mostly known for its Anglican Church which has now been converted into a museum, and represents beautiful architecture with Gothic style, and also contains varied kinds of antiques, the museum also contains many amazing sculptures from 1-17 CE, the surroundings of the fort are also quite beautiful, the fort is easily accessible, has ample parking area, has no tickets, is good for photography, and has a historic Elephant statue.
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