India Travel -- Karnataka
Cities -- Coorg City
Not really too far from the bustle of metropolitan cities, Kodagu
or Coorg as it is better known, has maintained its serene picturesque beauty over
the centuries. Homesick always, the British called this land Scotland of India.
These breathtakingly beautiful rolling hills in Karnataka nestling cash
rich coffee plantations, clear skies and a warm, friendly and hospitable people
create a special aura unmatched anywhere else in the country.
area in the Western Ghats has an ancient history, ruled successively by the Kadambas,
Gangas, Chengalvars, Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijaynagara, etc. and finally the British.
But the region always retained its strong cultural heritage, distinctive to this
day. The fiercely brave martial tradition has produced many brave generals for
India. Fragrant coffee:
Kodagu is famed for extensive coffee
plantations that cover most of the hillsides. Most of them are under multiple
cropping of coffee, orange, black pepper, and cardamom at the bottom of the slopes.
Plantations are beautifully maintained with modern irrigation and curing and processing
facilities for the beans. When coffee bushes blossom in April, the whole area
is heavenly with the exquisite fragrance of the brilliant white flowers.
Previously known as Mercara, Madikeri is the ancient
name of this picturesque capital town. Situated at 1,525 m elevation, the town
is great for walking around, surrounded by rolling which offer excellent trails
for hikes. Tadiyendamol is the tallest peak here, Waiting to be climbed. One can
have a distant glimpse of the Arabian Sea from this peak.
A 19th century fort, it now houses a temple, a chapel, the prison,
a small museum and assorted government offices. Golf courses Madikeri and Pollibetta
have golf courses, Madikeri courses being a nine hole one. Raja's seat A promontory
with breathtaking view, it is said that for centuries the Kodagu royals came here
in the evenings to watch the spectacular sunsets. Around Madikeri:
Very close is Nagara hole National Park, one of the most well maintained
game sanctuaries in south India. It is accessible from Mysore via Hunsur and Murkal
94 km from Mysore. Visible often are elephant, spotted deer, sambar, bison, chital
Jeep and elephant rides available for jungle safari. Harangi Situated in north
Kodagu, it is a beautiful reservoir and ideal for weekend or short holiday staying
at the guest house. The placid water surface is good for quiet water sports. There
is a dairy farm nearby. Season :
October - May Horticultural
Situated in Chettahalli, 24 km from Makikeri, it specializes
in improving the local flora like pepper, mango, pears, peaches, guavas, oranges,
bananas, pineapples and Kodau's special favourite, passion fruit. It also has
a nursery and sells plants. Talacauvery The mighty river Cauvery rises here out
of a small well. On Sankaramana day in October, one can see actually the holy
water gushing out at a precise moment known beforehand. This is considered a special
religious miracle and thousands of pilgrims come here to watch it. The water here
is considered to have special properties and holy bath on this day is expected
to give physical and spiritual strength stay.