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Coorg is the district headquarters of the Kodagu or Coorg district of Karnataka. It is located 252 km from the Bangalore city. The quaint town of Coorg is surrounded by dense forests. Hence, it was earlier known as Kodaimalenadu, which means dense forest on steep hill. Coorg is located on the Western Ghat of Karnataka. Kodava, Tulu, Gowda and Moplah are the different communities inhabiting this district. The economy of the district depends on agriculture, coffee plantation, forestry and tourism. Lush green forests, misty hills, acres of tea and coffee plantations, orange groves and breathtaking scenes, together makes it a memorable holiday destination.

Gangas of Talakad, Kadambas, Cholas, Kongalyas, Changalvas, Hoysalas and Nayaska are some of the dynasties which ruled the kingdom in the bygone eras The early history of Coorg has come forward from the inscriptions of 9-10th century, which is written on stone and copper plates. Coorg is also known for its contribution in military service for India.

Madikeri Fort is a 19th century fort. It houses a temple, a prison, a small museum and a chapel. Here breathtaking view of sunset can be enjoyed from the Raja seat. It is believed that the kings of Kodagu came here to spend their evenings. Nagarahole National Park is the most visited place of Coorg. Its wildlife population includes elephants, tigers, leopards, sambars, spotted deer and bisons. An overnight stay at Nagarhole National Park is the perfect tourism option for the wildlife lovers.

Talacauvery is located 48 km from Coorg, which is the originating point of the Cauvery river. It is one of the most sacred rivers of India. It is in the Bramhagiri Hills, located about 4500ft above sea level. The small springs sprouting from the river are known as Tirtha kundike or Bramha kundike. The devotees bathe in the tank which is built near these kundike. A shrine is also built near the kundike. Shiva Temple and Ganesh Temple are the holy temples of the Coorg, which are situated near this source of river Cauvery.

Iruppu is the sacred place near Lakshmana-tirtha river, in the Bramhagiri hills. It is believed that Lord Rama and his younger brother Lakshmana passed this way while searching for Sita, Rama's wife. Laxmantirtha river is believed to be originated after Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Bramhagiri hills. It is said that this blessed river is capable of cleansing one's sins. The river descends down into a great cascade, which is identified as Irpu falls.

Abbi falls is another great attraction for the tourists to Coorg. This waterfall lasts for the whole year. The falls make an eye-catching view in the midst of coffee and cardamom plantations. The chirping of birds and the roar of the waterfall helps to create a romantic mood. It is the ideal place to hang out with someone beloved.

Dubare is an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department of the Karnataka. It is located at the edge of Dubare forest, on the banks of Cauvery river. The captured elephant has to do various jobs during daytime and are given rest in the evening. Laddos of ragi and jaggery is the special treat for them. Valanoor, Nisargadhama, Bhagamandala, Nisargadhama and Harangi Dam are some of the other tourist attractions in and around Coorg.

Coorg is an ideal spot for outdoor activities like trekking, golf, angling and water rafting. Coorg is also famous for its various non-vegetarian delicacies. Pandhi, koli and yarchi are the favoured dishes of the region. Shopping at Coorg can give real pleasure to shopaholics. Coffee, honey, cardamom, spices and oranges are some of the popular shopping items here. Coorg silk sarees are very famous. The festivals like Keilpoldu is celebrated here in a unique style.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/12