On the eastern slope of the Western Ghats, in the state of Karnataka, there lies a quaint district that has been casting a beautiful spell on its people and visitors for ages. Enviably rich in natural beauty, this place is no less than heaven. Of course we can only be referring to the beautiful and enigmatic Coorg. This city is fondly called the “Scotland of India,” and is known for its mesmerizing coffee plantations. There are various other aspects that make Coorg a holiday destination for any season, any reason and any age group. Here, we are making a humble attempt of encapsulating the beautiful experience called “Coorg,” in words.
Coorg has always been known to rejuvenate your soul, soothe your senses, and provide solace from a hectic city life. However, this does not mean that Coorg can’t give you the adrenaline rush. There are various options for adventurous activities that one can take up in Coorg.
On the upper section of the ferocious Barapole river of Coorg that flows through the dense forests of Brahmagiri wildlife Sanctuary, lays a rafting stretch. Another way of enjoying the spectacular views is whilst paragliding. Coorg’s mountains landscape also happens to be a favorite destination for a lot of professional trekkers from around the country. Tadiyendamol, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri, are a few excellent platforms to begin a trek.
Coorg has a number of well-maintained monuments. Madikeri Fort, which was built during the 17th century, was originally built with mud and then later refined in granite. It is recommended to visit the fort in the evening, to witness the sunset on the monument. Gaddige, which houses the tombs of kings Dodda Virarajendra and Lingarajendra II is a spectacular monument that offers an awe inspiring view of the town. Coorg also boasts of a large Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe near Kushalanagar. The place houses a number of monasteries with the prominent ones being the monasteries of Namdroling and the Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey. There is also the Tashi Lhumpo monastery where the Panchan Lama resides.
Coorg houses a number of beautiful temples. The Thirunelli temple is the temple of Lord Vishnu and was built around 1000 years ago. Other temples worth visiting are Omkareshwar Temple and Bhagandeshwara Temple.
Nagarhole National Park also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park is a tiger reserve. The park is essentially a dense tropical forest, with streams that run through it. The spots in and around these streams have wildlife activity. The best time to see these animals in their natural habitat is dawn or dusk.
Pushpagiri Sanctuary is located in the Northern part of Coorg district. Situated near Mandalpatty, the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Western Ghats. Apart from elephants, there are plenty of leopards, wild cats, pigs, spotted deer, barking deer, sambhar, and jackals that can be observed. The best time to visit the wildlife sanctuary would be between November and March.
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