Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Coorg ( Kodagu ) Tourism : Introduction, Madikeri, Climate, Abbi Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Somwarpet, Little Tibet & Other attraction


Kodagu is an administrative district in Karnataka State in southern India. It is also known by its anglicised former name of Coorg. It occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometres (1,584 sq mi) of land in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. As of 2001, the population was 548,561, with some 13.74% of the population residing in the district's urban centres.

Madikeri is the headquarters of the Kodagu district. The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, the Kannur District of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad District of Kerala to the south.

Climate of Coorg
Coorg enjoys a moderate climate. Winters are pleasantly cool at 15-20 degrees Celsius though during December to February the minimum temperature may go down to 9o C. Summers are only slightly warm at 25-35 degrees Celsius.

June, July & August are the months with heavy rainfall. During this season the weather is cool, humid and wet.

With the onset of the monsoons in June, everything becomes lush green. The glory of many seasonal waterfalls and the Cauvery flowing in all her majesty can best be seen during July - September.

How To Reach

Air : Coorg can be accessed from the nearby airports at Mysore ( 120 kms ), Mangalore ( 135 kms ) and Bangalore ( 260 kms )

Rail : The nearest railheads are at Mysore , Mangalore and Hassan. From these tations a large number of trains can be availed to reach all parts of India.

Road : Coorg is well connected by road to all the nearby major cities like Mysore, Mangalore, Bangalore and other cities of the neighboring states.

Tourist attractions in Coorg:

Abbi Falls: The meandering roads lead to the Abbi falls through a dense tree cover in the surrounding coffee plantations. The gushing water is a splendid sight with the surrounding tree cover and pool adding to the effect. The stream flows downwards to join the Cauvery River. The Abbi falls are located 7 kilometers from Coorg.

Madikeri: The capital of Coorg is the world’s largest producer of Cardamom. The beauty of the place and its surroundings has earned it the popular title of Scotland of India.

Omkareshwara Temple: This magnificent structure was built in 1820 by king Lingarajendra. The design of this popular temple is an interesting mix of South Indian, Gothic and Islamic architecture.

Somwarpet: The coffee hub of Coorg offers wonderful driving and trekking opportunities. Coffee plantations and spice gardens are the major attractions during the drive. Tourists can stop and take a look around these gardens to experience the coffee and spice making processes.

Little Tibet: This place derives its name from the settlement of Tibetan refugees in the area. Little Tibet is home to some beautiful Tibetan religious monuments including the Namdroling Monastery, the Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara, and the Zangdogpalri temple.
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