Coorg is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in South India, located in south-western part of Karnataka, sharing the border with Kerala. It's very windy and wet throughout the year, henceforth, popularly known as 'Scotland of India.'
Besides a number of tourist attractions, Coorg is known for its outdoor sports. Besides trekking, Coorg is great for white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain hiking and boating.
Here is a list of important tourist attractions in and around Coorg that you can visit during your stay at Stay Simple Raj Gardenia Resort:
Tibetan Monastery and Golden Temple
Established way back in 1961, Lugsung Samdupling Tibetan Settlement in Bylakuppe is the oldest of all Tibetan settlements in India and one of the biggest Tibetan refugee settlements in India on a span area of 3,210 acres. Besides this, Bylakuppe houses one of the largest Buddhist universities called Sera Monastic University. The Tibetan Settlement is 87 kms from Turtle Pond Homestay Coorg.
Nisargadhama is a 25-acre island formed by river Cauvery. This island houses deer, elephants, peacocks among other animals and has a number of bamboo, teak and sandalwood trees as well as streams. Nisargadhama is also famous for the hanging bridge which connects the island and helps travellers' cross the river Cauvery.
Dubare Elephant Camp
At Dubare Elephant Camp, you will not only see these giant creatures but also interact with them. Here you will get an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and jump in for grooming session - watch elephants being given a scrub-bath in the river, oil being applied to their forehead, tusks and the other aspects of elephant grooming.
Raja's Seat (Seat of the King)
Raja's Seat (Seat of the King) is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains and is one of the most important tourist spots in Madikeri near Coorg. A pleasant spectacle of refreshing layers of greenery, chain of high and low-rise-mountains attired with mist, the Raja Garden is one-time-favourite of Kings of Kodagu who used to watch the setting sun, and spend time with their queens here.
Abbey Falls is a popular getaway in Coorg visited by thousands of visitors every year. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. A hanging bridge is also constructed just opposite the falls.
Built across the tributary of river Kaveri near Kushalnagar, Harangi Dam is a popular tourist attraction. The dam is an ideal place for picnic, and there are some short walks along designated paths.
Nagarahole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park)
Stretched for over 643 sq. km. between Kodagu (Coorg) and Mysore district, Nagarahole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, has a rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls. The park has a healthy tiger-predator ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants.
This park is a part of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve and is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
Treks to Brahmagiri Hills
Trek to Brahmagiri Hills will let you explore the thrill of trekking at an altitude of 1,608 m, above sea level. The range of mountains is located in the Western Ghats which act as the border between Karnataka and Kerala. The trek takes individuals deep inside the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, which is an abode to a number of elephants, and passes through the densest of forests, small streams and rivers.