The most affluent hill station in Karnataka is Coorg. With its natural splendor and exotic scenic environment, Coorg has a special place among the hill stations in India. Nestled among the lush greeneries of the Western Ghats, Coorg offers unequal luxurious vacation period to its guests. Coorg is praised as the 'Scotland of India' and also renowned as 'Kashmir of the South' due to the majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station at an altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level.
Dense teak wooded forests, lush green valleys, breathtaking coffee plantations and undulated challenging mountain ranges make Coorg an exquisite location for the tourist seeking natural scenic spots and challenging treks. Tadiandamol, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri peaks in Coorg are very challenging for the trekkers and the natural scenic surroundings of these peaks are really eye feasting. Coorg is considered as a mind blowing summer retreat for escaping from the hot summer days in downtown cities. Monsoon is one of the best time to visit this hill station; and many tourists arrive in Coorg to enjoy the wild beauty which unfold to its maximum during the monsoon.
Talakaveri from which Kaveri starts its unending trails, Omkareswara temple, Nagarhole national Park and Raja’s Seat are close by attractions of Coorg. Coorg offers many exciting outdoor activities like angling, trekking and golfing for the travelers. Coorg offers plenty of admiring facilities to the golf lovers with three golf courses namely, 'Mercara Downs' in Mercara, 'Coorg Golf Links' in Bittangala, and golf course in Pollibetta. The location is enriched with rare species of flora and fauna. Coorg is a spot for invaluable bird watch. The sheer beauty of the landscapes, the unpolluted environments, pure oxygen rich air and the clean facilities attract many tourists to this place.
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Coorg is a hill station located in the State of Karnataka. It is famous for its coffee and tea plantations. The slopes are very steep and many vehicles find it difficult to traverse. Some of the local transport options are buses, local jeeps and tourist taxis. The nearest railway station is at Mangalore
and it is around 180 km from the hill station. The best option for travelers is too book cabs through the hotels as they are safe and the prices are affordable. Cabs cost around Rs 2,300 for Tata Indica and Rs 3000 for SUV’s. It is advisable to have cabs with experience drivers as the slopes and hair pins are steep and also the local transport may not be reliable.
Buses ply in some parts of the town. Due to the steep slopes buses cannot be found in many areas of the town.
Cabs can be hired from either Mangalore or in the town itself. They usually charge around Rs 1500 per day. Local jeeps are the best option to travel around the various plantations. Jeeps are the ideal vehicles for steep slopes and they are relatively cheaper. They usually cost around Rs 500 for day trips to the local sites.
There are not many restaurants or fine dining options in Coorg as most of the hotels and homestay have in-house restaurants which serve tasty and authentic local cuisines. However, if you still want to explore more culinary options then go to Shanti Family Restaurant
opposite the Golden temple in Bylekuppe to savor authentic Tibetan cuisines like momo and Thupka. The small Hotel Capitol
on Street School road is exceptionally famous for its Pork curry. For lip smacking South India fare along with the local mutton and chicken curries, go to East End Hotel
on Extra GT Circle. Atithi Restaurant
in Madikeri and Popular Guru Prasad
on Street Main road are the best places to enjoy vegetarian delicacies, breakfast, snacks and thali.
Fruits, coffee, honey, spices and Tibetan handicrafts are some of the items tourists can buy in Coorg. There are no malls or swanking buildings with glass exterior, as shopping in Coorg is confined to small shops, respective tea and spice gardens and local vendors selling the basic stuff. Go to Kushal Nagar Market
for Sandalwood oil, timber carvings, homemade wine and silk saris. For Tibetan handicrafts and small knick knacks, go to the small souvenir shops located within the Bylekuppe
. For authentic honey, tourists should go the Honey Valley
which is very close to Coorg (40 km). The various coffee estates and spice gardens are the best places to buy the famous Coorg coffee and spices. The Friday Market
at Madikeri is the best place to buy ethnic jewellery.
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