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Located in the Western Ghats, right on the border between the southern states of Kerala and Karnataka, Kodagu or Coorg as it is popularly called is a nature lovers paradise.
With pleasant climate lasting through out the year (average temperature 15 ℃, maximum temperature 28 ℃ in May), dense tropical greenery, scattered hamlets among rugged mountains, extensive Coffee and Cardamom plantations, Coorg provides for one the most beautiful settings for a vacation anywhere in India.
For those seeking to escape the rigors of city life, Coorg has fresh air, pleasant climate, relaxed atmosphere and lush greenery to soothe the senses.
For the nature lover, Coorg boasts of a wide variety of flora and fauna. From of over 350 species of birds to the two tonne “White Socks” Bison in the famous Nagarhole forest reserve, you can see them all in Coorg. Alternatively you can enjoy the water falls, streams and trek routes the abound in the area.
Coorg is also the only place in South India where White Water Rafting on class 1 to 5 rapids is possible(On the Barapole river, South Coorg). Professionally organized and run, rafting in Coorg happens fom June to October and is very often booked months in advance.(bookings for White water rafting has already begun for the 2008 season.
Madikeri, the district head quarters of Coorg, is at a height of 1170 meters above sea level. It is a very popular hill station. Attractions at Madikeri are the Abbey falls, where the river Cauvery crashes down a steep rock face and the Raja’s Seat. The Raja’s seat is a small pavilion located at the western end of the city. It offers a spectacular view of the valley below particularly at sunset.
Coorg also has significant religious importance for pilgrims. Talacauvery, from where the river Cauvery originates is in Coorg. Another popular attraction is the town of Bhagamandala where the rivers Kanika, Sujyoti and Cauvery merge (called the Sangam).
Tourists can visit Bylakuppe, one of the biggest Tibetean settlements in India which is known for its handicrafts and monasteries. The 40 feet idols of the Namdroling Monastery (also called the Golden Monastery) is a popular attraction.
The Dubare elephant training camp is where one can see the daily routine of domesticated working animals and their mahouts is another very popular attraction. Elephant rides and river rafting are organized here.
Another popular attraction is the Nisargadhama. Nisargadhama is a island on the river cauvery. Access to the island is through a hanging bridge. The island, densely covered with huge bamboo plants has elephant rides and also a small zoo. Nisargadhama is a very popular picnic spot.
Bethel Home Stay is located in South Coorg, this strategic location allows its visitors to not just see Coorg but also visit Wayanad in Kerala. The Kurvadeep islands, the Thirunelli temple and the Wayanad forest reserves are popular tourist attractions here.