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Kodagu, formerly known as Coorg, was merged with Mysore state in 1956. It is rated as one of the top hill stations in India. Even foreigners adore the place pretty much. With its majestic hills and beautiful tree plantations, Coorg is also known as the “Scotland of India.”

Trekkers and adventure lovers from around the world visit Coorg every year. Some also call the place “Kashmir of South India .”The best time to visit Kodagu or Coorg is from October to June; the weather remains pleasant and ideal for trekking these days. You can take local buses or book private cabs to Coorg from major cities Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore. Mangalore is the nearest airport to reach Coorg.

During your staycation or vacation in Coorg, there are a few activities and adventures that you must add to your to- do list. Though there are several activities you can enjoy in Coorg, five mentioned define the natural beauty of Coorg. Here are the five things that you just can’t miss in Coorg.

Bathe elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare Elephant Sanctuary is the most popular wildlife area in Coorg. Here you can take a ride on elephants and can also give a river bath to these giant animals. You must visit here if you are an animal lover or adore elephants. While observing elephants from proximity here, you can also cherish some beautiful moments.


How to reach: Situated 29 km from Coorg, you can take a bus or cab.

Suggested duration: 2-3 hours

Timings: 9 AM – 11 AM & 4.30 PM – 5.30 PM

Entry fees: INR 20 per person

Other charges: INR 30 for Boat, INR 100 for Elephant Bathing, INR 20 for Elephant Feeding, and INR 885 for Elephant Interaction.

Attend prayers at Tibetan Monastery – Bylakuppe

Another activity you can add to your do-to list in Coorg is Tibetan Monastery – Bylakuppe.The Monastery is known as the Golden Temple of Coorg, the place is the second largest Tibetan settlement in India. The calm temple is loaded with majestic gardens and marvelous architecture.


How to reach: Situated 34 km from Coorg, you can take a bus or book a cab.

Suggested duration: 2-3 hours

Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM. Prayer is at 1 PM; try to attend that for a beautiful experience.

Entry fees: Free

Plan a picnic at Cauvery Nisargadhama

On a random evening, you can plan a picnic with your loved ones at Cauvery Nisargadhama. It is an island formed by the holy river Kaveri or Cauvery. You can find giant trees of thick bamboo, sandalwood, and teak. The place is connected by rope bridges. You can also enjoy tree top stays and restaurants.


How to reach: Situated 29 km from Coorg, you can take a bus or book a cab.

Suggested duration: 1-2 hours

Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM

Entry fees: INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children

Other charges: INR 25 per Person for Elephant Ride and INR 100 per Person for Boating.

Dive at Abbey Falls

One of the most prestigious waterfalls in Karnataka, Abbey Falls. Located amidst the Western Ghats, Abbey Falls is the top tourist attraction in Coorg. It was called Jessy Waterfalls in the British reign. The waterfall is 70 feet high, and you can reach here by taking a 10-minutes walk through coffee plantations.


How to reach: Situated 8 km from Madikeri bus station. You can book a cab to get to the base, after which you have to take a 10 min walk.

Suggested duration: 4-5 hours

Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM

Entry fees: INR 15 per person

Enjoy river rafting at Barapole River

Barapole River is a popular white river rafting spot in Coorg. Also, it is rated as the most challenging rafting experience in South India. Barapole is a tributary that originates from the Kithu Kakathu River. You can enjoy fascinating rafting rapids, including Morning Coffee, GrassHopper, Ramba Samba, Wicked Witch, and Big Bang. The department follows all safety and precautions for the participants.


How to reach: Situated 78 km from Madikeri. Prefer a cab to reach the location.

Suggested duration: Almost half a day.

Timings: 9 AM – 3 PM

Entry fees: INR 1000-1500 per person

Other conditions: Participants should be more than 13 years and weigh less than 110 kg.

Apart from the mentioned five, there are a few other spots you can enjoy during your stay in Coorg. These include Talakaveri (Origin of Kaveri River), Omkareshwara Temple, Nagarhole National Park, Bhagamandala, Mallalli Falls, and Madikeri Fort. Tell us your dream destination in the comment box below.

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