Coorg or Kodagu is a
district in the South Western part of Karnataka. The district borders Kerala
and lies on the slopes of the Western Ghats. It is an enchanting place with
high hills, dense forests, coffee plantations and wildlife sanctuaries. Although
Coorg tourism peaks during the summer, the winter months are also a good time
to visit many of the places in this district.
Places to Visit
Coorg has so many attractions
ranging from religious sites, nature reserves, coffee plantations to wonderful
resorts. It also offers excellent trekking trails, but these may not be ideal
for trekking during the winter months. Winter in Coorg tends to be misty, and
the trails may not be safe. However, there are lots of other activities you can
plan on doing here during the winter season so book your Coorg tours in Karnataka, accordingly.
Suggested Winter Visits
Madikere: Madikere is the district headquarters of Coorg. The main attraction in
Madikere for all tourists is the Madikere Fort, an old Fort that was repaired
and rebuilt by Tipu Sultan. Inside the fort, there is a palace, museum, prison,
chapel and temple.
Another interesting place
here is the Raja’s Seat. This small arched ‘Mandapa’ used to be a favorite
place of relaxation for Kodava kings. This mandapa, which is located in the
middle of a beautiful garden, offers a magnificent view of the surrounding
countryside, and it is also a good point to view beautiful sunsets. Book your Madikeri tours in South India, for an enchanting holiday.
The Omkareshwara Temple: This is another must-see place in Madikere. This temple
is unique in its architectural style. It combines elements of Islamic and
Gothic architecture, a strange style for a Hindu Temple.
Coffee Plantation: Plantation tourism is a popular concept in Coorg as it is the coffee
cradle of India. Many of the coffee and spice plantations here offer nice home
stays for tourists. This option can be ideal during winter as you have a nice
cozy place to stay in and you can also explore the plantation and its
surroundings in safety.
The Kaveri River and Waterfalls: Talakaveri is the origin of the river Kaveri and also
a place of pilgrimage. Another holy site is Bagamandala or Triveni Sanagama,
where the rivers Kaveri, Kannike and Sujyothi join together. There are four
temples nearby dedicated to Shiva, Subramanya, Ganapathi and Vishnu.Abbe and Irpu are two beautiful waterfalls in Coorg. Even during
winter, it might be possible to visit these falls on a clear day.
The Tibetan Temple: Located at a place called Bylakuppe, The
Tibetan Golden Temple is in the second largest Tibetan settlement in India. Numerous Coorg tour packages from Bangalore are available.
National Park: This beautiful and large Nature reserve is a must-visit spot on any
tourist’s list. This Nature reserve is open throughout the year to visitors.
Wildlife Camp: This place is a perfect idea for a few days stay. It offers
tourists a way to see and interact with elephants in the Elephant Training
There are many more options you can
explore for a Winter Weekend at Coorg. It is a wonderful place at any time of
the year. Just sit back and relax at a vacation home or a resort and watch the
mist-covered mountains or woods and enjoy the sound of bird-calls in the air.