Coorg- is a beautiful destination cuddle up in the arms of jade valleys and mountains of Karnataka, India.
If you are planning for a perfect vacation with your family or with your friends, then Coorg is the stunning place covered with misty lush green forest, coffee plantations and waterfalls.
If you want to go for a short budget-friendly vacation or if you are a nature lover, an adventure enthusiast or on a lookout for the best honeymoon destination, Coorg is one stop for all kind of travelers.
Coorg is the ‘Kashmir of South India’
I have come up with the top 22 places that must be included in your itinerary to make your visit an experience of a lifetime!
Table of Contents
- 1. Tala Kaveri Temple & Waterfalls
- 2. Bhagamandala
- 3. Abbey Falls Madikeri, Abbey Falls Rd, Hebbettageri
- 4. Raja’s Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri
- 5. Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri
- 6. Omkareshwara Temple, Temple Rd, Stuart Hill, Madikeri
- 7. Tadiandamol Hills, Chelavara
- 8. Chelavara WaterFalls, Cheyyandane village, Chelavara
- 9. Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple, Arlikumari, Bylakuppe
- 10. Coffee Estates
- 11. Mandalpatti Peak, Mandalpatti, Madikeri
- 12. Mallalli Waterfalls, Kumarahalli
- 13. Dubare Elephant Camp – Jungle lodges, Kushalanagar, Nanjarayapatna
- 14. Water Rafting Sports & Adventures, Barapole River, Coorg
- 15. Iruppu Waterfalls, Brahmagiri, Brahmagiri Range, Kurchi
- 16. Chiklihole Dam, Attur Forest
- 17. Harangi Dam
- 18. Honnamana Kere
- 19. Nagarhole National Park
- 20. Kotebetta Trek / Peak, Coorg
- 21. Karada Village near Coorg
- Tips on How To Reach Coorg
1. Tala Kaveri Temple & Waterfalls
Talakaveri or Talacauvery is a holy place for Hindus that is located on Brahmagiri Hills in Coorg district, Karnataka. It is at the height of 1,276 m above sea-level and is considered as the source of river Cauvery.
Location: It is about 8 km from Bhagamandala (Coorg Dt), 36 km from Panathur (Kerala) and 48 km from Madikeri. The nearest Railway Station is Kanhangad (Kerala) at 72 km and the nearest Airport is Kannur (Kerala) at 117 km.
Entry Fees: No Entry Fees
Timings: 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM every day. Abhisheka is at 7.00 AM every day and Mahamangalarathi is at 5.45 PM every day.
Bhagamandala is located on the river Cauvery in its upstream stretches and joined by other two tributaries called rivers Kannike and Sujyothi. Sujyothi is considered a sacred river that is believed to be flowing inside the earth and merges with the other two at one point called Triveni Sangam. Lord Bhagandeshwara is the deity at the pilgrim.
Location: It is located 35 km from Madikeri. Bhagamandala is just 8 km from Talacauvery.
Entry Fees: Free
Timings: 6.00 am to 7.00 pm every day.
3. Abbey Falls Madikeri, Abbey Falls Rd, Hebbettageri
Abbey (Abbi) falls is earlier called as Jessi falls named after a British officer’s wife. The falls run between the thick coffee plantations in Kodagu and are part of the early reaches of the Cauvery river. You can find a hanging bridge near the falls and also you can find a small Goddess Kali temple.
Location: It is located at the Western Ghats in Karnataka. It is 8 km from Madikeri and 122 km away from Mysore. The distance between the Abbey Falls and Bengaluru is about 268 km.
Entry fees: Rs. 15 per person.
Timings: You can visit Abbey Falls from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM every days of week. You need 2-3 hours of time to visit.
4. Raja’s Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri
Raja Seat means “Seat of the Kings”, wherein it is one of the important tourist places that gives a refreshing and soothing atmosphere with its artificial fountains and seasonal garden of flowers.
Location: Stuart Hill, Madikeri
Entry fees: Rs. 5 per person, vehicle parking fee is Rs. 40 and ticket rate for Children Toy Train Ride is Rs. 20.
Timing: 5.30 AM to 8.00 PM all the days.
5. Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri
Madikeri Fort is also called as Mercara Fort which was founded by Mudduraja in 2nd half of the 17th century. It has a palace inside the fort which is now a museum showcasing weaponry belongs to Tipu Sultan’s era. You can also see Mahatma Gandhi Public Library, Kote Maha Ganapathi Temple (famous for Madikeri Dasara Festival) and the district Prison.
Location: At the altitude of 1061 m, the Fort is located in the center of the town at Stuart Hill, Madikeri.
Entry Fees: Free
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 10.00 AM to 05.30 PM, Monday – Holiday.
6. Omkareshwara Temple, Temple Rd, Stuart Hill, Madikeri
Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, Omkareshwara Temple is a unique blend of Gothic and Islamic architecture. It was built by the King Lingarajendra II in 1820 and now attracts devotees many corners of the world.
Location : Situated at the address of State Highway at Stuart Hill, Madikeri, you can reach this Temple at 5.30 hrs by road from Bengaluru to Madikeri. Mysore to Madikeri is about 118 kms and Mangalore to Madikeri covers 138 kms.
Entry Fees : Free
Timings : The Temple is open on all the days from 06.30 AM to 12.00 PM and 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM
Abhisheka – 06.30 AM to 06.45 AM
Ganga Pooja – 07.00 AM
Maha Pooja – 12.00 Noon
Maha Pooja – 08.00 PM
7. Tadiandamol Hills, Chelavara
Tadiandamol Hills is at the altitude of 5735 feet with Shola forests in its valleys in Madikeri taluk. It is the third highest peak in Karnataka next to Mullayyanagiri and Kundremukha. You can find a beautiful palace called Nalaknad at the foothills. Camping in this hills is banned and now it is quite famous for trekking and naturalists rush this hills.
Location: It chains through Western Ghats in Madikeri taluk, Kodagu district. You can travel from Bengaluru to Hunsuru -> Gonikoppa -> Virajpet -> Tadiandamol Hills.
Entry Fees: There are no entry fees to visit this Hills, but if you plan for trekking, you need to contact the Trekking Club and then you have to pay the charges.
Timing: It is advisable to get down from the Hills before 5.00 PM every day.
8. Chelavara WaterFalls, Cheyyandane village, Chelavara
Chelavara falls is one of the most enchanting waterfalls in Karnataka. This beautiful yet dangerous waterfalls flows about 150 feet height on a tortoise shaped rock, called as ‘empire’ in Kannada. It originates from a small stream of river Cauvery near Cheyyandane – a village in near Coorg. You can find a viewpoint at the distance of 2 kms from this Waterfalls.
It is located near Cheyanne village on Virajpet – Talakaveri State Highway (SH 90) which is approximately 16 kms from Virajpet. It is about 42 km from Madikeri and few minutes driving from Chomahund Hill point, Kabbe Hills, Karnataka. From Kanhangad Railway Station, you need 3.5 hrs to reach these waterfalls and Mysore railways need 3 hours to reach either Madikeri or Coorg.
Entry fees: Free
Timing: Tourists and visitors can enjoy this waterfall from morning 6.00 AM to evening 5.00 PM, wherein beyond that is not quite safe.
9. Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple, Arlikumari, Bylakuppe
In India, Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery Golden Temple is the largest teaching center of Nyingmapa lineage. It is a Tibetan Buddhism center located in Bylakuppe, Mysore district, Karnataka. It is a home to the Sangha Community of about 5000 Monks & Nuns. This temple is built in 1963 and is known for golden paintings.
Location: This temple is about 90 kms from Mysore and 6 kms from Kushalnagar (Kodagu) which is 35 kms from Madikeri. When you travel from Kushalnagar, you need to follow Mysore – Madikeri one road until you cross the river Cauvery bridge. After crossing the bridge, you need to go ahead for about 200 m to reach this temple.
Entry fees: Free
Timing: 8.00 AM to 7.00 PM.
10. Coffee Estates
Standing in center of the coffee estates is one of the awesome moment in which you feel like as if you were in the heaven. Surrounded with green plants and long trees, coffee estates give you ecstasy feel with aroma of caffeine kick. You can find many coffee estates in Madikeri, Coorg wherein you can visit the estates, take photography and even buy coffee beans. Added to that, you can have a stay in such estates.
Location: You can find numbers of Coffee Estate’s Homestays in Coorg.
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- Exotic Homestay in Coffee Plantations, Coorg | Check-in is 12.00 PM & check-out is 11.00 AM | It is about 35 kms from Gonikappal at the foothills of Brahmagiri
- Lake View Homestay with Swimming Pool, Coorg | Check-in is 12.00 PM & check-out is 11.00 AM | It is in the South Coorg at 35 kms from Madikeri.
- Hilltop Holiday Homestay, Coorg | Check-in is 12.00 PM & check-out is 11.00 AM | It is about 20 kms from Virajpet and 32 kms from Madikeri
- Offbeat Estate Stay Near Karada | Check-in is 12.00 PM & check-out is 11.00 AM | It is about 13 kms from Gonikoppal
- Each homestay is located at different distance in which you can reach local tourist guides for the best experience.
Entry Fees & Timings : It depends upon the days & nights you stay in the Estate.
11. Mandalpatti Peak, Mandalpatti, Madikeri
Mandalpatti Peak is about 4050 feet altitude and is part of the natural reserves of Pushpagiri forest. People in this area call this hill as ‘Mugilu-Pete’ or ‘Mugilu-Peth’ meaning market of clouds/mist.
Location: It is about 30 kms from Madikeri town. You can select Abbi Falls Junction for shorter route and can travel through Makkanduru for longer route. It is about 211 kms from Mangalore, 285 kms from Bengaluru and 351 kms from Coimbatore. The nearest Railway Station is Subrahmanya Road.
Entry Fees: The vehicle parking fee and viewpoint charges cost INR 45 per person, and the Jeep parking cost for a group of 6 people is INR 1500. You can drive till the check point and can cover the rest 3 kms by trekking.
Timing: 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM of all days in the week.
12. Mallalli Waterfalls, Kumarahalli
From the flow of river Kumaradhara, Mallali waterfall takes high plunge of about 1000 m, in which this stunning white waterfall joins the Arabian Sea. It lies in the northern region of Kodagu and is about 26 kms from Somwarpet town.
Location: This waterfall is located at the distance of 42 kms from Kushalnagar and you can also reach Bidali to reach the waterfalls in just 3. Kms distance.
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: Advised time to visit this waterfall is 09.00 AM to 05.00 PM of all days in the week.
13. Dubare Elephant Camp – Jungle lodges, Kushalanagar, Nanjarayapatna
Dubare Elephant Camp is a project undertaken by the Forest Department for jungle lodges & resorts, in which it would be the best feast for wildlife enthusiasts. It is located on the banks of river Cauvery in Coorg, which is one of the most popular tourist spots in Coorg. You can watch n numbers elephants along with many other wild lives and you can enjoy elephant safaris.
Location: It is located on the banks of river Cauvery at Kushalnagar, Coorg district, Nanjarayapatna, Karnataka.
Entry fees: Appending below is the Entry Fee Chart:
River View Cottage: INR 5335 per room per night for Indians | INR 8120 per room per night for Foreigners
Indians Cottage: INR 4720 per room per night for Indians | INR 7400 per cottage per night for Foreigners
Day Visit: INR 1310 per person (Indians) | INR 2250 per person (Foreigners)
Elephant Camp Activities: INR 670 per person (Indians) | INR 1447 per person (Foreigners)
Timing: 09.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 04.30 PM to 05.30 PM – All days
14. Water Rafting Sports & Adventures, Barapole River, Coorg
Rafting in white waters is one of the most adventurous yet exotic activity that everyone loves it to do. Added to that, water rafting enthusiasts love it to the core. They will lead for whitewater rafting trips around you with safety equipment for challenging rafting.
Note: Appending below is the list of things that you need to carry if you go for rafting.
Warm clothes, Towel, T.Shirt, Swimsuit/Wetsuit/Nylon Shorts, Bermudas & Floaters
Location: The rafting unit is located at Barapole (KKR) near Tata Tea Estate, T. Shettigiri. If you travel from Bengaluru or Mysore, you need to reach Hunsur first, next Nagarhole Forest, Kutta, Srimangala, T.Shettigiri, Tata Tea Estate, KKR, then to Rafting Unit. If you travel from Madikeri, you need to reach Virajpet first, then Gonikoppal, Ponnampet, Hudikere, T.Shettigiri and to go ahead.
Entry Fees: INR 800 per person
Timing: The advised timing for water rafting is from 07.00 AM to 04.00 PM all the days. The best season for water rafting here in the Barapole river if monsoon season of June 15th to October 15th.
15. Iruppu Waterfalls, Brahmagiri, Brahmagiri Range, Kurchi
Iruppu waterfalls (Lakshmana Tirtha Falls) lies in the Brahmagiri range (between Srimangala & Kutta), Kodagu district borders Wayanad district of Kerala. It is fresh a water cascading down from the height of 170 feet. This attracts tourists from many places and famous for Lord Rameshwara Temple at the banks of this waterfalls stream. During Shivratri, this temple is filled with many pilgrims.
The purana states that Rama and Lakshmana once passed this way while searching Sita. When Rama asked Lakshmana to fetch him water, Lakshmana arrowed at the Brahmagiri Hills, thus formed into being a waterfall and flows into river.
Location: It is located at the distance of 50 kms from Madikeri town and 20 kms beside Nagarhole National Park.
Entry Fees: INR 50 per person and parking fee is INR 10 per vehicle.
Timing: The best time to visit this waterfall and temple is morning 06.00 AM to 06.00 PM.
16. Chiklihole Dam, Attur Forest
The Chiklihole dam reservoir has been made on one of the tributaries of River Cauvery. It is full of lush greenery lawns yet full of alligators. You can have one of the most memorable visits of Coorg. For those who love nature with no crowd, this could be the right place.
Location: It is located in between Kushalnagar and Madikeri at the distance of 15 kms. You can visit the nearest town Nanjarayapattana.
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: 08.00 AM to 05.00 PM – all the days.
17. Harangi Dam
Lying in the Pushpagiri hills of Western Ghats, Harangi reservoir’s source of water is south-west monsoon. It is one of the catchment areas which is about 717 kms distance. Harangi flows for about 50 kms from its origin to the confluence with river Cauvery at Kudige, Somwarpet taluk.
Location: It is located near Hudgur village of Kodagu district. From the town Kushalnagar, the dam is just 9 kms away.
Entry Fees: The entry fee for Adult is INR 10 per person, INR 5 for Children per person and parking fee is INR 10 per vehicle.
Timing: 08.00 AM to 06.00 PM.
18. Honnamana Kere
Surrounded with gigantic mountains, beautiful hills named Gavi Betta & Mori Betta and cliffs, this Honnamana Kere (lake) is one of the most visited tourist spots in Coorg. Those who love breathtaking natural sceneries and photography, this is the awesome place. On the banks of this lake, you can find a temple for Goddess Honnamma and this temple is quite famous for grand Gowri Pooja. This lake allows the visitors for boating and fishing too.
Location: This Honnamana lake is located at Daddamalthe, which is near to the village of Sulimalthe at about 6 kms from Somwarpet taluk.
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: 08.00 AM to 06.00 PM.
19. Nagarhole National Park
20. Kotebetta Trek / Peak, Coorg
21. Karada Village near Coorg
Tips on How To Reach Coorg
By Road: Coorg is well connected with the major cities of Karnataka including of Mysore (118 km), Bangalore (255 km) and Mangalore (139 km). You can either hire a taxi or board a bus that connects these cities to Coorg. KSRTC bus services connect Coorg to nearby Karnataka cities such as Mysore, Mangalore, and Bangalore among others.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Mysore about 120 km away.
By Air: The nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport, about 160 kilometers away.
Most of the above-listed places to visit in Coorg are suitable to visit in 3 days, if you’re visiting for a shorter duration you must wisely pick the best ones for yourself.