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10 Unique facts about Coorg, Karnataka

10 Unique facts about Coorg, Karnataka
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By Sohini Chaudhary

12 Mar, 2023

During the British era, Coorg was dubbed the "Scotland of India." Despite rapid urbanization, this region still retains much of its natural charm. One popular tourist area that often tops lists for travel is Kodagu or Coorg. We already know it's a well-known location, but how much do we actually know about this charming town? These fascinating facts about Coorg will have you falling in love with it all over again.

Here Are 10 Facts About Coorg You Might Not Know

1. Coffee, Coffee And More Coffee! 

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There are several coffee estates, and plantation tours are among the interesting things to do in Coorg. Did you know that Coorg is one of India's top coffee-producing regions? The region's coffee plantations were started by British people. Don't forget to visit a nearby store to purchase coffee powder.

2. The Land Of Kaveri 

The River Kaveri has long been a contentious issue. This holy river has its beginnings in Kodagu's Brahmagiri. Talakaveri is the name of the location where the Goddess Kaveri's temple is located.

3. The Warrior Community Of Kodavas 

Kodavas have lived in Kodagu (Coorg) for a very long period. They are the farmers and warriors who protect their land, and they still make up the majority of the population in the district. They converse in "Kodava takk," a language that is unique to those who live in this area. Kodavas also have a very distinctive traditional dress. Kodavas are interested in sports, the military, and many other things. 

4. Tibetan Culture 

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The Tibetan settlements in Bylakuppe, close to Kushalnagar, are well-known. Namdroling Monastery, which is not only a centre of worship but also a popular tourist attraction, is the main attraction in this area. In and around Bylakuppe, it is estimated that 70,000 Tibetans reside. As a result, Kodagu is home to one of South India's largest Tibetan communities. Quite an interesting fact about Coorg, right? 

5. A Sweet Land Of Honey 

One of the major towns in Kodagu is Virajpet, also known as Virajpete. This serene, peaceful hamlet is well-known for something distinctive! It does rank among Asia's top honey producers. Coffee and spices are two more native crops. Make sure to sample the real Virajpet Honey! It is also well-known for the 240-year-old St. Anne's Church. 

6. A Peaceful Temple 

According to the Omkareshwara Temple mythology, King Linga Rajendra II murdered a Brahmin in order to further his political ambitions. Later, the deceased Brahmin became a demon known as a "Brahmarakshasa," who began tormenting the monarch. As a result, Linga Rajendra II erected the Omkareshwara Temple and placed the Shiva Linga that was transported from Kashi inside it. The Omkareshwara Temple is a significant site to see in Madikeri. 

7. Tadiandamol Trek 

One more lesser-known fact about Coorg is t hat the highest peak in the Kodagu district is Tadiandamol. This mountain is well-known for trekking and is a part of the Western Ghats. Tadiandamol is a great place for camping and hiking for tourists. At the base of Tadiandamol, one of the most important historical sites is the Nalaknad Palace. 

8. A Wild Tour 

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In the land of coffee, you can see the abundance of wildlife that calls the natural world home. The top wildlife destinations in Coorg are Nagarhole National Park, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, and Dubare Elephant Camp (Kodagu district). 

9. River Rafting 

In Coorg, river rafting on the Barapole River is very common. One of the most amazing things to do in Coorg is camping and rafting along the Upper Barapole River close to Ponya Estate.

10. Water Rappelling 

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There are many waterfalls in Kodagu, including Abbe Falls, Iruppu Falls, Karike Falls, Kabbe Falls, and Mallalli Falls. These are some of South India's top waterfall locations and are well-known for waterfall rappelling. Chelavara Falls, around 20 kilometres from Virajpet, is well-known for this thrilling activity. 

The Hosteller

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The Hosteller Coorg  

It will provide you with the necessary tranquility. It's the ideal getaway from city life, situated in the heart of a big forest and surrounded by coffee farms. Meet up with other travellers at the rustic fire pit area. Do you need some calm after all the activity? Watch the fireflies as you stroll around the private pond. Additionally, it's the ideal location for a picnic! Get your recommended daily intake of vitamin D as a result of the skydeck's abundant natural light. The small reading room on the first floor is the ideal place to catch up on your work because it has comfortable seats and a bookshelf mounted on the wall. 

The Hosteller Coorg Madikeri  

It is off the main route and is a verdant haven all year round. The Channapatna toys lining the stairwell and lobby, the coffee-themed murals, and the wooden furniture add a local touch that makes it feel like a home away from home by bringing in the culture. It is a go-to spot to sip a cup of coffee while taking in the breathtaking views and experiencing nature in its most unadulterated state, whether it's a solo trip to explore coffee plantations or a getaway with your gang. 

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