How to Reach Coorg from Bangalore
Bangalore to Coorg by Bus
The most frequent connection is from Bangalore to the main town of Madikeri. Although you can get direct buses to smaller towns of Coorg as well like Virajpet, Gonikoppal, Polibetta, Somvarpet etc
Types of Buses:
There are around 8 buses that ply from Bangalore to Coorg on a daily basis including KSRTC buses that operate through the Airavata Volvo bus service. Besides KSRTC, there are other bus operators as well like Poornima Tours, Ashwini tours and travels, Many Tourist and Sea Bird Tourist.
All these buses are available in different categories like Volvo AC SemiSleeper/seater/ Sleeper, Volvo Non AC Sleeper/Semisleeper/Seater, Mercedes AC and Non AC Sleeper/Semisleeper/Seater.
Starting Point (Bus stop):
There are many boarding points all over the city and even the outskirts. The buses stop at Madiwala, Madiwala, Kalasipalyam, Bangalore, Hosur, Electronic City, Bommanahalli, Silk Board, Dairy Circle, Dharmapuri and Bommasandra,
Timings of Buses:
Most of the buses leave at night between 10pm - 12am and arrive in the morning between 4am - 7am.
- Poornima Tours have 3 daily buses which depart from Gandhinagar at 10pm, 10:30pm and 11pm and arrive at 4:45 am, 5:15 am and 5:00 am respectively.
- Ashwini Tours and Travels have 2 daily buses which depart from Anand Rao Circle at 10:30pm and 10:40 pm and arrive at around 4:40 am.
- Sea Bird Tourist has 1 daily bus which its first boarding at NagaSandra Circle at 8:45 am and from Gandhinagar at 11:15pm. It arrives at 5:55 pm at Madikeri.
- Manu Tourist has 2 daily buses which depart from Marathahalli at 10:15pm and 11:30pm and arrive at 4:45am and 6:00 am respectively.
Number of Hours journey:
The entire journey from Bangalore to Coorg takes approximately 6- 7 hours.
Seater - Rs.300, Semi sleeper - Rs. 400, Sleeper - Rs.500
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Drive from Bangalore to Coorg
Since Coorg is only a 6-hour drive away from Bangalore many people opt to drive down to visit in and around Bangalore to enjoy the place at their own leisure. There are many routes one can take to reach here, listed below are the two most popular routes taken, one via Mysore and the other via Mangalore.
Depart from Bangalore via Bangalore-Mysore Road (NH4 8): Bangalore - Bidadi - Ramanagara - Channapatna - Hunsur - Periyapatna - Karadigodu
Distance- 250 kms.
Depart from Bangalore to Coorg via Bangalore-Mysore Road and Mangalore- Bangalore Highway (SH 17 and SH 88): Bangalore - Yeshwanthpur - Nelamangala - Holenarasipura - Bylakuppe - Kushalnagar - Suntikoppa - Madikeri.
Distance- 273 kms.
No of hours to reach by car:
Typically one can reach Coorg in 5- 6 hours time depending on the amount of traffic and speed along the journey.
If you travel by your own vehicle, fuel cost would be approximately Rs.500 depending on the vehicle. If you decide to hire a cab for the trip along with the duration of your stay there, the Bangalore to Coorg package could amount to around Rs. 10,000 for 3 days including return journey, whereas if you opt only for one way it could amount to Rs.2000 - Rs 3000.
Bangalore to Coorg by Train
Coorg does not have a railway station so most people travel either to Mysore or to Mangalore from Bangalore. The best option is Mysore since it is the closest railway station and there are over 20 buses plying on a daily basis to Madikeri and many other towns in Coorg like Virajpet, Somwarpet, Hassan etc.
Nearby Railway Station:
The two closest railway stations are Mysore Junction (117 Kms from Bangalore) and Mangalore Central Railway Station (131 Kms from Bangalore). There are many trains plying from Bangalore to Mysore like Mysore express, Chamundi Express, Kannur express, Malgudi Express, Kaveri Express, Hampi express etc. The journey takes approximately 3 - 4 hours.You could also choose to travel from Bangalore to Mangalore. It’s connectivity to Coorg isn’t as great as Mysore and there are 2 trains that ply daily, the Kannur express and Karwar express.
From nearby Railway station to bus stop/other mode of transport:
There are 3 bus operators that ply daily from Mysore to Coorg. They are Ashwini Tours and Travels, Sea Bird Tourist and Many Tourist with boarding points not too far away from the railway station. There are also taxi services available from the Mysore station to your destination in Coorg, although that could be pricey.
Distance from the nearby railway station to Coorg:
Mysore being at a distance of 117 kms from Bangalore, Coorg is approximately 99 kms away from Mysore.
No. of hours journey:
The journey usually takes between 2 - 4 hours depending on the luxury and mode of transportation. The Manu Tourist gold class takes 2 hours to reach while Ashwini Tours and Travels Non AC seater takes about 4 hours for the same journey.
The journey by bus from Mysore to Coorg is relatively cheaper and costs between Rs.300 to Rs.888 for a gold class comfort ride. However, if you intend to travel by taxi, a TATA Indigo AC car trip would cost you approx Rs.3000 which is subject to change depending on the car you choose and the number of people traveling. The train journey from Bangalore to Mangalore costs approx Rs.280 and from there you can either travel by bus to Coorg or hire a cab which would cost anything between Rs.2000 - 4000.
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Bangalore to Coorg by Air
Coorg does not have its own airport, the nearest airports are in Mangalore, Mysore, Calicut and Bangalore. If you’re travelling from Bangalore, Mangalore airport is your best option since it has frequent direct connectivity from most of the major cities in India. The Mysore airport is your next choice, although there are only a limited number of flights operating to Mysore from Bangalore.
Mode of transport from airport to Coorg:
Since Mangalore airport is a better option for flying in, most people then opt for readily available taxi services to Coorg, which are most ideal for small groups as well as families as you get to enjoy the scenic countryside all along your journey.
Distance from airport to Coorg:
The Mangalore airport is around 140 km away from Coorg.
No of hours journey:
The flight from Bangalore to Mangalore takes approximately 1 hour to travel, from then on if you choose to travel by cab or bus, you would arrive in Coorg 3 hours later.
The flight from Bangalore to Mangalore costs between Rs.1000- 2000 since it’s only a very short distance and from then on a cab would cost between Rs.2000 - 4000, for a one-way journey, depending on the vehicle.
Places to Visit in Coorg
Undoubtedly one of the most famous and best waterfalls in South India, Abbey Falls cascades from a height of 70 feet into a mighty and thunderous splash. Named by the British as Jessy Waterfalls in the memory of Madikeri first British Captain chaplain’s daughter, today Abbey falls is one of the best places to visit in Coorg.
Located at a distance of 10 km from Coorg’s main town of Madikeri, you can reach the entrance of the falls after a 30-minute car drive. Situated in the middle of coffee plantations and spice estates, the Abbey Falls is a small 10-minute trek from the entrance.
The sound of the waterfalls can be heard from the main road during the rainy season and the walk to the falls is pleasant and filled with greenery.
Numerous small streams and ample rainfall combine to form the Abbey Waterfalls which further flows to unite with the River Kaveri.
A hanging bridge has been built across the gorge here, from where you can get a beautiful view of the falls. A walk across the bridge and you’ll see a Kali Mata temple where a number of tourists come to venerate each time.
The sound of the waterfalls can be heard from the main road during the rainy season.
The best time to visit the falls is the monsoons or at the beginning of winter when the water is in full gush and it looks amazing. It's not possible to get into the water here and any attempt is also dangerous.
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Dubare Elephant Camp
When elephants became unemployed after the wood cutting and logging operations were ceased by the Karnataka government, they decided to use these mighty animals as a message to the people.
Today there are over 150 elephants in different camps across Karnataka giving visitors a true and enriching experience with every minute spent with them. There are a host of activities to get to knows these mammals better, like feeding the elephants with ragi, jaggery, sugarcane, banana, and coconuts.
You can also watch elephants being given a scrub-bath in the river and how oil is applied on their forehead, tusks etc. You can also opt for an elephant ride to the Dubare Reserve Forest where you can watch the traditional howdah (elephant carriage) being tied, after which if you’re lucky enough you may encounter animals like the gaur, leopard, the wild dog, sloth bear, peacock, partridges, etc.
Located at a distance of 29 km from Madikeri, the camp offers various activities like trekking, elephant rides, coracle ride, bird watching, fishing, river rafting as well options for accommodation like jungle lodges and resorts.
The Camp is open throughout the year. Monsoons (July to mid-September) are heavy, but the swollen river makes it all the more interesting for monsoon river rafting.
The post-monsoon months (mid-Sept to beginning March) is an ideal time to visit as the weather is perfect.
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Located at the foothills of Pushpagiri in the Western Ghats region of Coorg, it is 25 km away from Somwarpet town and 265 km from Bangalore. This waterfall cascades majestically down a height of 200 feet making it one of the tallest falls in South India and also one of the most beautiful waterfalls located in Coorg (some say, even better than Abbey Falls).
It later flows through Kukke Subrahmanya and merges with the Netravati River -the lifeline of Mangalore - at Uppinangadi. The surrounding of the waterfall provides a spectacular view of the green forest, valleys and mountain ranges while the Pushpagiri foothills act as a starting point for many trekking adventures right up to the top of the falls or even jungle trekking to the other peaks in Bangalore.
From Somvarpet there are very few buses to Kamaralli, which is the nearest village to the Mallalli falls. Hiring a private vehicle is a better way to reach Mallalli Falls.
You have to take a deviation at Hanchinal which comes 2 km before Bedalli when travelling from Somwarpet. From there on, it's a bumpy jeep track for 2 to 3 km. And then a walk for almost a kilometre. There are no shops/restaurants near the falls so it is always better to carry food.
The best time to visit Mallalli Falls is during July to December during the monsoons and early winters when the water rises and thunders down at full volume.AA
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Named after a winding river which runs eastwards through its centre, Nagarhole means Cobra in the local language Kannada. Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is one of the most well-maintained parks in India spread over an area of 571 square km in the districts of Coorg and Mysore.
Originally used as the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Mysore, Nagarhole was converted into a sanctuary in the year 1955 and today is home to over 250 species of birds, dangerous and poisonous reptiles and different jungle animals like tigers, leopard, jackal, four- horned antelope, striped hyena, porcupine etc.
Location: Located 88 km from Madikeri and 218 km from Bangalore, the Nagarhole National Park along with Bandipur National Park, Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai forest and Silent Valley National Park, constitute the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve which is under consideration by UNESCO for World Heritage Site status.
Safaris and boat trips around the reserve are organised by the forest department along with elephant rides, early morning and evening walks. Private vehicles are also permitted in the reserve although along with a designated forest guide.
Except during peak monsoon months the reserve is open all year round and also offers good accommodation facilities for ardent nature lovers.
Known as Embepare by the locals which means Tortoise Rock is really a wonderful site, especially during the monsoons as the water gushes from the rocks amidst the coffee plantations.
Plummeting from a height of about 150 feet into a big pool over a rock resembling a tortoise, gives it its peculiar name.This is among the must visit places in Coorg during monsoon.
Location: At a distance of 43 km from Madikeri,the beautiful waterfall is situated near Cheyandane Village in Coorg and its enchanting beauty attracts thousands of tourist every year.
Stepping into the gushing pool of water is wonderful but can also be highly dangerous and due to fatal accidents in the past, the waterfall can be enjoyed only from a distance.
Nonetheless the beauty and experience of visiting the falls does not deteriorate and locals as well as tourists are always seen here enjoying the spray and splash of the gushing water. The waterfall is close to the road and requires a 10 minute walk to reach it.
Speciality: The best part of visiting Chelavara falls is the renowned ‘Chomakund’ hill which is just 2 kms away from here. Chomakund is an gorgeous hill surrounded by lush green shrubs and trees. It is almost covered in fog most of the time and with a view of the Arabian Sea from here it makes you feel in paradise.
Located in the heart of Madikeri town, a kilometer away from the bus station, the Omkareshwara Temple was built by King Linga Rajendra II in the 18th century.
According to the legend, the King killed a pious Brahmin for either his political ambition or because he coveted the Brahmin’s daughter. For whichever reason, innocent blood was spilt and the King had nightmares from that day on.
On consulting other Brahmins he was told that only the special Shiva Lingam from Kashi in Varanasi would eliminate the Brahmin’s spirit.
He installed the lingam in the same spot as the killing of the Brahmin and built a temple to protect it. From that day on, the nightmares stopped and the temple premises is now protected and venerated for Lord Shiva.
The temple is a mix of Gothic and Islamic style architecture with the dome and minarets towering over the city giving the impression of a Muslim Dargah.
Speciality: There is also a pond, with a small shrine in the centre, connected by a causeway where plenty of fish swim, making it a huge attraction for children and devotees who are allowed to feed them. The festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated here in great pomp and fervour lighting up the whole place and attracting many devotees to the shrine.
History holds a deep-rooted relationship with Coorg in Karnataka, with events of victory and defeat from the time of Muddu Raja during 17th century who built the Madikeri mud fort.
The fort is atop an elevated ground and underwent architectural changes many times by Tipu Sultan, Linga Rajendra Wodeyar II and then the British, crowning Madikeri with its magnificent palatial structure.
Named as Jaffarabad by Tipu Sultan after rebuilding the palace inside with granite, the fort opens up to astounding views of the green hilly landscape. With a cluster of secret pathways of the fort to add to its mystery and the clock tower built by the British, the Madikeri Fort is a famous and most visited tourist attraction in Coorg.
Speciality: One unique feature about Madikeri Fort is the Gothic style Anglican Church built by the British in 1855 which is now converted into a museum that displays a few battle artilleries, artifacts of each of the rulers and the distinct personality of Kodagu eminent Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa.
Today the Mahatma Gandhi Public Library, the Kote Maha Ganapathi temple, the district prison and the Madikeri Deputy Commissioner's Office are all situated inside the fort.
The Harangi Dam built against a small stream across a tributary of River Cauvery at Hagadur village.
Location: Located at a distance 36 km from Madikeri and 6 km from Kushalnagar, this dam attracts many tourists every year and is an ideal spot for a picturesque picnic in Coorg.
At a height of 47 metres, the dam looks superb in the monsoon when the reservoir is filled with water and you can see the full gush of water. There is a small garden near the dam with a stone statue of Goddess Kaveri and just around the reservoir, there is a Chamundeshwari Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati. The best time to visit the dam is in the monsoon season during the months from August to October.
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The Namdroling Monastery, also popularly known as the Golden Temple has located around 34 km from Madikeri and 5 kms from Kushalnagar town towards Mysore.
The Golden Temple is a beautiful Buddhist monastery decorated with intricate designs, colourful paintings of Gods and demons and adorned with unique motifs and inscriptions.
Home to over 6000 monks, nuns, and students seeking enlightenment, the Namdroling monastery is the second largest Tibetans settlement in India after Dharamshala and the largest teaching centre of Nyingmapa, a lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This Tibetan refugee settlement was built by Lugsum Samdupling in 1961 and Dickyi Larsoe in 1969 when the Buddhists along with the leader Dalai Lama fled Tibet as they faced the destruction of their culture and religion by the Chinese.
The temple complex is majestic with landscaped gardens, adorned walls and houses a 40 feet high gilded statue of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Shakyamuni, and Amitayus. The best time to visit it is during the Tibetan New Year in February or March during a span of 15 days, when the entire place is alive in colours, lights, traditional lama dances and huge thangkas.
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Offering one of the most picturesque views of the valley laden with paddy fields and towering hills in the distance, Raja’s seat is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Coorg.
At a distance of 1.5 km from Madikeri Bus Station, Raja’s Seat in Madikeri is the spot from where Kings watched sunsets and panoramic views with their consorts.
This “Seat of Kings”, is a brick and mortar structure with four pillars connected by arches and is built on an elevation with a splendid view for the King and his lady to enjoy.
The Karnataka government has developed a garden around the Raja’s Seat showcasing seasonal flowers and musical fountains. The spot attracts lot of tourists and morning walkers.
The best time to visit Raja's Seat is during the early morning and evening hours. Early morning you are privileged with a splendid view of the sun rising behind the misty mountains and the sunset from here is nothing short of a spectacular sight of Coorg to encounter.
The district administration has put up a toy train near the Raja’s Seat which attracts children and adults for a view of the entire gardens. Interestingly, the land-locked Coorg does not have an inch of railways!
Things to Do in Coorg
The never-ending beauty and wonders of Coorg brings to you it’s the highest peak, Tadiandamol, which is at an altitude of 5735 feet. At a distance of 7 km from the Nalknad Palace which is its starting point and 41 km from Madikeri, the Tadiandamol Peak is one of the top destinations for trekking in Karnataka. This mighty peak is surrounded by the greenery and a vast expanse of the Shola forests, with clear and serene streams that cut through it.
The trek starts at the base of the hill at the Nalknad Palace which was built by Dodda Veera Rajendra in 1792 to shelter his army against the British. Tadiandamol is a moderate level trek with trek distance of almost 7 Km one way which takes about 4 hours to complete. As you start the climb you will be rewarded by the company of flowers, snails, trees, streams, and butterflies and dense forests along your trail.
On reaching the top you encounter the ‘Big Rock’ which is often used as a camping ground by many, but before setting up camp, you can climb up to Shepherd's Point to experience strong winds and a view of the amazing valley and vast horizon.
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Barpole River Rafting
Located in a mountainous region, Coorg is one of the best locations for whitewater rafting south of the Vindhyas. With the turbulent flow of the Kithu Kakathu river in Coorg along its route through the Brahmagiri hills and finally meeting the Arabian sea in Kerala, the river challenges you at each toss and turn. Barapole is the more dangerous and appropriate stretch for river rafting with nice class 2 and class 4 rapids.
With dangerous rapids like Morning Coffee, Grasshopper, Wicked Witch, Milky Churn, Frame Head and Big Bang, the entire rafting session of about 4 km takes 3 hours to complete. The rafters are trained thoroughly by professionals before beginning the journey, where they are completely familiarised with the equipment, made comfortable with the force of the water and also made to practice different rescue techniques.
The stretch of the river as it courses through Poonya coffee estate is especially turbulent and has a class 4 rapid. With the dense forest on the banks, you should be prepared to encounter spiders, leeches, and snakes in the course of the trip. The stretch of rapids ends just before the river enters the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and finally, your mind has calmed down and the feeling extreme pride fills you.
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Coffee Plantation Visit
Being the largest producer of coffee in India, Coorg is blessed with the best and purest quality of coffee beans. With vast acres and plantation of Arabica and Robusta coffee, Coorg boasts an unspoiled and fertile terrain with the best flavours and aromas floating through the air. Visiting this place is one of the best things to do in Coorg.
There are many different coffee estates in Coorg, some are owned by established companies like TATA coffee which then caters to Starbucks, while most others are owned by the ever welcoming Kodagu people. To get a real feel of the plantations, pick a homestay set right in the midst of a plantation. Wake up each morning to a walk through the coffee plants, you’ll be surprised to find so many other fruits and spices growing there like pepper, cardamom, vanilla pods, cumin seeds, banana plants, sugarcane, bamboo as well as tea plantations along the slopes.
Take a jeep ride or walk through the slopes along with a local and learn about the history of the plantation and the people there, but beware of elephants that walk these slopes and stay out of their way. If you’re lucky to visit during the berry picking season, you’ll be able to help out and experience the place in the truest sense of being a Coorgi.
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Nishani Motte Trek
The entire trip generally takes two days to complete as once you reach the summit you have to camp out in the forest at the anti-poaching site. The climb to the top is exhausting as well as exhilarating. Trekking up Nishani Motte can be a real challenge, there are steep ascends, thousands of leeches and if it rains then god bless the weight of your backpack as you keep climbing.
Although it is a moderate level trek, it requires a great amount of perseverance to reach the summit. The Nishani Motte trek is a perfect combination of trekking and camping that makes it an exciting getaway in Bangalore with your Squad.
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Kumara Parvatha Trek
The other and most challenging trek is from the Kukke Subramanya Temple which is a 16 km trek one way. Along the trek you encounter all aspects and surprises of nature from steep ridges, to open grasslands and dense forests filled with leeches. Kumara Parvatha is beautiful trekking location in Coorg.
Along the trail you pass a black stone mantapa where you can take respite and even through the Pushpagiri Forest reserve where your trail is adorned with colourful and inviting flora. In order to reach the summit you have to pass through 3 different stages of trekking, the first one being the Shesha Parvatha', followed by the 'Siddha Parvatha' and finally entering the boundaries of 'Kumara Parvatha'.
Since you are not allowed to camp at the peak, the Forest Department offers camping area next to their quarters, so you can rest at the end of a long tiring day.
Resorts to Stay in Coorg
The guests can create their signature coffee blend, right from plucking the coffee berries during the season and pulping them, all the way till blending and finally roasting the selected coffee beans. Their multi cuisine restaurant ‘The Falls’ and their lounge bar ‘The Deck’ in the pure and rich environment is a soothing appetite builder.
Only to be sufficed by savoury food cooked from the organic products grown in their very own farm. Being a 5 star property, all rooms are well furnished with great amenities and services provided. The luxury cottages and suites are set amid tall trees and thick plantations only enhancing your experience all the more. The Tamara resort will enrol you through any of the adventure activities you’re interested in and you won’t leave the resort even with a little discontent.
Situated in the beautiful town of Suntikoppa, 10 km from Dubare Elephant Camp and 15 km from Bylakuppe, Windflower resort is set amidst a tranquil green landscape. Spread over 25 acres of a lush coffee estate, the resort is blessed with a blooming plantation trail, a lake for those who want to try their hand at fishing, a jeep drive to a semi-private waterfall for the adventure lovers and other fun-filled adventure activities like archery, cooking class, plantation tours, trekking adventures, jeep safari, yoga classes etc.
Its wellness Spa offers you an array of Ayurvedic healing and rejuvenating therapies, along with an infinity pool, jacuzzi and sit outs that help you relax and unwind from your hectic life. Its restaurant Bistro serves a buffet spread of Asian and Continental dishes as well as authentic Kodava delicacies to give you a rich and fulfilling experience.
The Windflower resort is rated as the best value hotel in Suntikoppa. So go book your luxury studio now and enjoy a fun-filled and comfortable stay here.
The Porcupine Castle
The Porcupine Castle, is an exotic hotel set on a 300 acre coffee plantation with a view of the gorgeous valley and the lofty hills. Located at Hanchikad, Pollibetta, the hotel is in a beautiful location far from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Offering comfort and relaxation in their heavenly chalets surrounded with sprawling greenery and indigenous trees, bonfire pit and scenic view of the valley. This resort gives to the most romantic experience in Coorg by providing you offers that include Mountain View Chalet, Valley View Chalet and Plantation View Chalet, all equipped with basic amenities and designed to suit your need.
With its convenient location, the hotel offers an easy access to the city centre and the sightseeing destinations around. The hotel offers many different recreational opportunities like an outdoor pool, well maintained garden, games room etc giving you a befitting Bangalore to Coorg package and making your holiday hassle free.
Orange County Resort
Step into the Chikkanahalli coffee estate and leave the chaos of the world behind. Situated in Siddapura, 40 km from the Madikeri Fort, the Orange County resort is perfumed with the intoxicating aroma of coffee & spice through villa style accommodation and luxury amenities.
This hotel has Kodava architecture at its luxurious best with the Heritage Pool Villas that boast a living room and en-suite bedroom, with a courtyard and your very own personal swimming pool with deck chairs to laze on and enjoying the fresh Coorgi air. Orange County offers all kinds of facilities to make your stay enjoyable, from a large pool and an exclusive infinity pool, to a quiet coffee lounge and library, and a relaxing Ayurvedic Spa. This is the most romantic resort in Coorg for couples if you are planning for a romantic outing.
Its multi-cuisine restaurant ‘Granary’ and pure vegetarian restaurant ‘Plantain Leaf’ serves delectable and savoury Coorgi dishes along with it specialty restaurant ‘Peppercorn’ serving kebabs and grills. To unwind and relax you can play board games, table tennis or arrange for activities such as nature walks, bird watching or boat rides along the Cauvery River.
To take home memories of such an amazing experience, Orange County has a souvenir shop ‘Haystack’ which sells authentic Kodava handicrafts and artifacts. So book your stay here and experience the best at Orange County Resort.
Vivanta By Taj
Find the glory of nature at its best over here. Nestled in the heart of Monnangeri, just 7 Km from the city centre, Vivanta by Taj Madikeri is an ideal spot from which to discover Coorg. With inspiration drawn from Coorg style houses, sloping roofs, pillars, open-to-sky entrances or the mundu mane and the solid platform base of the façade for every cottage which replicates the Madikeri fort.
Find bliss in the lobby inspired from the Igguthappa and Omkareshwar temples of Coorg as well as the Amphi-theatre inspired by the Omkareshwara temple tank. Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities here like a clay making session, the Taj backpacking adventure, the traditional wood-fired guddu bath, an interactive cooking session with a local Kodavu and spa rejuvenation in the woods under the stars. This is one of the most romantic resort and perfect for honeymooners in Coorg.
Your experience only gets better with various multi-cuisine options, open-air lounge bar, treks to springs and visit to strawberry. The Taj group of hotels has been serving for more than a hundred years and till today only improves itself with each guest giving you a truly unique and special experience.
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Offbeat Places to Stay in Coorg
- North Coorg
Hills have what made the small hill station of Coorg what it is today, the favorite of all. They have given the place the beauty of forests, of coffee plantations, of small streams running down with freshwater, and of being the spot with the best of the views. Just like this homestay with a breathtaking view.
About the Stay:
The homestay is located at a hilltop and to reach the stay, one has to cover a 4 KM off-road drive on a hilly road surrounded by clusters of long Silver Oak Trees and lush greenery all around with a few hairpins bends. Being on a hilltop, the homestay offers a scenic view of the forest with never-ending plantations around Tadiandamol peak that make the view a treat to watch. The interiors of the homestay are decorated with ancestral trophies that give a feel of traditional South Indian stays.|
4 bedrooms that can take up to 3 people with extra bedding.
The location of the homestay gives it the advantage of being gifted with some of the most amazing locations. You can go for a refreshing stream walk here, or if you wish, take on the task of climbing to the top of the Tadiandamol Peak. In the evening, you can enjoy the warmth of a campfire with music under the stars and enjoy hot snacks right out of the BBQ.
How to reach?
Homestay is in the interior regions of North Coorg amidst nature. Public transportation is not easily available. The distance from the nearest city (Virajpet) is 20 km and from Madikeri is 32 km. Guests should come in their own vehicles or hired vehicles to the place. Once you book, a detailed directions guide will be shared to reach the place.
Note: Minimum 2 people are required to book this property.
About the Experience:
- Here comes an ideal upbeat and peaceful stay with nature's pure involvement letting you forget the chaos in your routine life. The homestay is in Virajpet amid the perfect aroma of coffee.
- As we all know, the location is splendid because of the presence of the majestic valleys, the wilderness, the sunset and its own special climate.
- It would be apt for a family reunion, a small get together and a short vacation in the nourishing greenery Coorg always boasts.
- Stay would be in deluxe rooms with all the basic amenities and 24 hours running hot water facility.
- Check-in around 11:00 AM and check-out around 11:00 AM, the following day.
Surrounded by verdant hills and dense tropical forest, the property serves to be an ideal getaway. The greenery and serene surroundings of Coorg can be experienced at its best from the campsite. The site finds home in an estate surrounded by hills and forest area in the heart of Coorg. The stay will serve you with the best of the experiences and memories to cherish for a lifetime.
The campsite offers a stay in comfortable and spacious tents. The tents are shared between two or three people depending on the availability. High-quality dome tents along with sleeping bags, mattress and fresh linen provided for camping. Common western toilets and bathrooms with 24hrs hot running water is featured at the site. All the basic amenities and comforts are provided at the campsite for a perfect getaway.
Here, you can avail of multiple fun-filled activities to make your stay an ideal one. Thrilling activities like a trampoline, jeep ride, and obstacle rope activities can be availed by all the people who are adrenaline junkies. Trekking to the waterfalls, soothing coffee plantation tour and bonfire can be availed as well. Games like table tennis, dart games, and carrom are also available at the site. Zipline and high rope courses can be included at an extra cost. Book now and head out for a perfect getaway.
Places to Visit Near the Site: Harangi bridge (48.4 km), Gadinad forest (47.2 km), Yedavanadu forest (54.6 km), Pushpagiri (74.9 km), Mallalli waterfalls (70.3 km)
Minimum 4 people are required to book the package.
About Camping in Madikeri, Coorg:
12Whether you are adventure lover, traveller or nature lovers, Kodagu or Coorg will lay a claim to your hearts as soon as you get here. Nestled peacefully on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, the terrains of Coorg are hilly and green. The wooded slopes, the scenic vantage points, and a rich and colourful local life captivate the imagination of every tourist who comes here.
A haven of sorts for coffee lovers, the drink is locally grown and if stories are to be believed is best tasted in the hills of this dreamy town. The northern region of Coorg is bedecked with hills and valleys such as the Nishani Betta, a hill in the Talacauvery ranges. Camping in Coorg is truly an experience that can only be felt and not described.
Nourish that adrenaline junky in you and Stay in campsites in North Coorg to get a taste of adventure in the bounty of best that nature has to offer. Breathe the fresh air and marvel at the picturesque Nishani Hills that accompany you all the way to the Coorg camping site.
Challenge yourself to various sports such as zip-lining, treetop adventures, trekking and unwind around a campfire to take back an experience that will revitalize you from the inside. If you are not an adventurous person then relax at the camp and enjoy your peaceful vacation while playing board games or take a walk in the coffee estate.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Number of Camps-10
Maximum Capacity- 20
Minimum number of people req: 2
Check-In Time: 11:00AM
Check Out Time: 11:00AM
How to reach:
It is 8 km away from Madikeri bus stand so you can either take public transport or a private cab or vehicle.
Zipline, trekking and treetop adventures are not included in the package.
- Overlooking the pristine and sacred Cauvery river, this sprawling bungalow in Kushalnagar is the perfect fix for your vacation getaway.
- This lovely abode is pet friendly and ideal for families with kids. There is a splash pad for kids and lots of place for them to run around.
- You can enjoy luxury and comfort together with this stay. Moreover, serenity and tranquillity will be floating around for making your souls feel esteemed.
- Check in at 11:00 AM and check out at 11:00 AM the next day.
- The bungalow has four rooms with attached bathroom, hot water facility and backup power supply and there is a large hall and dining area ideal for a big group of people.
Things to Keep in Mind
Bangalore to Coorg Distance:
Coorg is located southwest from Bangalore and lies close to the Kerala border. At a distance of 265 km from Bangalore, Coorg is a perfect retreat away from the busy and hectic IT Hub of India.
Bangalore to Coorg route map:
Since Coorg is a famous destination especially for those living in Bangalore, travelling here is made very convenient by air, bus, road, and train. Not too far, Bangalore to Coorg is just 6 hours away and there are main 2 routes to reach here for those driving down. There are many options for those who choose to travel by bus or train. Apart from its main town of Madikeri, which is slightly commercialized, you can choose to stop at less populated areas to experience complete silence and the true village life.Best time to visit Coorg from Bangalore:
You can visit Coorg all year round as the temperature usually ranges between 15-20 degrees.
- The winter months from October to March are the best to enjoy adventure activities like trekking to hill tops and walking through coffee plantations.
- The summer months are pretty as well as the entire hillside is laden with white flowers and the temperature is also very pleasant.
- Since Coorg receives high rainfall every year it is best to be avoided during the monsoon, although the beauty of Coorg is abounding in different colours of nature and gushing streams during this time.
Things to Carry
Pack light when travelling to any place, the less you have to carry, the more you can explore and move around the place. Carry only the necessities as extra baggage and valuables will only make you cautious and worried about keeping it always in a safe place. Since Coorg is a hill station, the weather there can get really cold especially during the night. Also you will definitely indulge in some adventure activities throughout your stay. Below is a list of few essentials you must carry when travelling from Bangalore to Coorg.
- Not everyone is strong to battle these physical challenges so medicines for stomach upset, headaches, spray for body aches, tablets for vomiting, an antiseptic liquid or ointment for injuries any other medical condition treatment that you think you might need. You might not end up taking any medication, but prevention is always better than cure.
- Apart from medicines trekking has other challenges as well like insect bites, leeches as well as dehydration along the journey which many people don’t really take into account. So make sure you take along, bug or insect repellent, salt for the leeches and oral rehydration salts (ORS) in case of dehydration. Other trekking essentials include, torch, sleeping bag, tent(if camping), plenty of water, light food, sanitary essentials and a map or guide of the area incase you stray away from the group.
- If you’re travelling during the monsoons making sure to carry mosquito repellent or lemongrass oil which is a brilliant solution to keep those blood suckers away.
- While packing your clothes, take into account the duration of your stay and pack accordingly. Try and avoid carrying too much extra clothing as it will only increase the weight on you while travelling. Also pack clothing as per the weather condition, if you’re visiting Coorg in the summer, carry cotton clothes, if it’s in the winters make sure you carry warm clothes as temperatures at night get really chilly.
- For the monsoon visitors, also warm clothes are advised, along with a raincoat/jacket and an umbrella. What people may normally neglect are shoes, but It is very important to carry at least 2 pairs of good travelling shoes as feet can get infected due to prolonged soaking in the rain which can be fatal and ruin your experience of travelling and of the place itself.
- Living in the age of technology it is hard to stay away from the electronic gadget. So a handy mobile phone with a good camera, earphones, a DSLR camera for the shutterbugs, a charger, laptop if necessary, a power bank and an extra memory card if need be.
- For those who want to enjoy the true essence of village life and peace of mind, just a mobile phone would do the trick. Do not forget to carry ziplock plastic covers to protect your gadgets incase of rain.
- Identification proof and enough money for your trip. Try and not carry all your money in cash, instead, keep withdrawing as and when you might need.
- The last and the most important, always carry some amount of food and water with you, a bottle of water, a biscuit pack or even a fruit would do.
So here are a few things to keep in mind. Happy packing :)
Travel Tips for Coorg Trip from Bangalore
Travelling from Bangalore to Coorg can be an exhausting journey especially you are driving down. It’s a beautiful place where you’ll make unforgettable memories and see nature in its full glory. Here are a few tips to help you along your journey and during your stay, so you will be prepared for the journey ahead.
- If you’re travelling by bus from Bangalore, keep in mind that you’ll arrive early in the morning so make sure you’ve booked a hotel or homestay in Coorg in advance, else you’ll have to rely on the taxi drivers or wait for a few hours till the morning sets in and the town is better to get around.
- If you’re travelling by flight, be sure to read about the taxi rentals and so that you may not be fleeced and get a reasonable Bangalore to Coorg package.
- If you plan to drive, you need to be careful about a lot of things, since you’re entirely responsible for the journey. So get your vehicle checked and serviced, keep in a spare tyre and the essential tools in case of a puncture and carry your car related documents before you set out.
- Start your journey as early as possible to cover up as much distance before the heat and traffic sets in. Break your journey twice or thrice to keep your mind refreshed with a meal and some chai maybe. Ask the locals for good food joints and try out the best even along your journey.
- Do not drive fast as the exhaustion of a long journey might tire you out to and speed breakers or even wild animals that Coorg is famous for might go unnoticed. So drive safe and save your life as well as any roadside animals. It is advisable to drive in turns, so travel usually with another friend who can drive as well.
- On reaching Coorg, make the best of every minute there. Set out in the mornings and try and cover up as much sightseeing during the day, since most of the tourist attractions close by 6 pm.
- Visit each of the falls with a good pair of trekking shoes, especially during the monsoon as the ground can get really slippery.
- Make sure you read a bit about the tourist attractions before visiting them, so that your trip is not futile. For example, the Madikeri Fort is closed on Monday.
- Carry enough water and food if you plan to camp or trek to any of the peaks.
- Nights can get cold and windy on the peak and it's important to carry strong tents as well as a warm set of clothes in case you plan to camp overnight.
- Make sure you are physically and mentally fit before attempting any of the adventure activities, especially river rafting in Coorg which can be really dangerous.
That’s all for now, have a safe trip and keep these tips in mind. Coorg is waiting to be explored, go get there...