Places to Visit in Coorg in One Day

Dubare Elephant Camp, Tadiandamol Peak, Barapole River, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Hill, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Nisargadhama, Golden Temple and others.

Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is a fine amalgamation of misty weather, lush green hillside, meandering streams, and rich culture.  If there is one word to define the beauty of this place, it’s exotic. A
one day trip to Coorg is enough for anyone who is looking to breathe in fresh mountain air to rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul. 

When the British visited this mesmerizing land, they were so enthralled with its beauty that they called this quaint town the ‘Scotland of India.’ The surrealism of Western Ghats, the adrenaline rush of recreational activities, the fragrance of numerous coffee plantations, and enriching ancient culture of this place are a few of the many reasons to visit Coorg. 

When heading to Coorg, do not forget to check for reservations beforehand. Due to a large number of visitors, you may not get a seat on the toy train ride at Raja’s seat or at white water rafting at Barapole river. And these are experiences not to be missed.

Here are the best places to visit in Coorg in one day:

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Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare Elephant Camp

An initiative of the Karnataka Forest Department, Dubare Elephant Camp is a must-visit for a one-day trip in Coorg. Elephants for Mysore Dasara were trained here at a point of time. Today tourists can spend hours with elephants, engaging in various elephant activities like feeding them, petting them, and elephant rides through green forests.

You can also enjoy the jeep safari with a trained naturalist for that refreshing experience. In case you are looking for an out-of-the-box idea of your board meetings or office outings, Dubare provides the perfect atmosphere.

Location: Tourism House, #8, Papanna Lane, St. Marks Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Visiting hours: 8 am to 3 pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Best time to visit: September to March

Entry fee: The entry fee is INR 1447 for Indian visitors and Rs 1690 for foreign visitors (Includes camera, food and elephant activities) and the cottage stay starts from Rs. 2850/-

Distance from Coorg: 250 km.

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Tadiandamol Peak

Tadiandamol Peak

Tadiandamol Peak is the highest peak of Kodagu and the third highest peak in Karnataka (after Mullayyanagiri & Kudremukh). This makes it popular amongst people looking for places to visit in Coorg in one day. At the foothill stands the historically significant Nalknad palace which was the last refuge of the Haleri kings before they were forced to leave by the British.

The spot is popular amongst both trekkers and naturalists, but camping has been banned to allow for free movement of elephants in the area. At an elevation of 1748 metre, the area is covered with large expanses of shola forests. Although a lesser-known trek path, Tadiandamol Peak is worth the time and effort.

Location: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka

Visiting hours: 6 am to 6 pm (All seven days)

Best time to visit: December to May

Entry fee: There is no entry fee for the peak. The trekking package starts from Rs. 3050. 

Distance from Coorg: 42 km.

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Barapole River

Barapole River

If adventure sport is your thing then Barapole River should be on the top of your list of one day places in Coorg. Locally known as the River Kithu Kakathu, adventure sports enthusiasts head here regularly for white water rafting. This 90-minute adrenaline rush is not for the faint-hearted.

The class 4 rapids will ensure that you have close encounters with reptiles, snakes, spiders and leeches. But not to worry. You will be thoroughly briefed about the safety measures before you start. Get set to traverse Morning Coffee, Grasshopper, Wicked Witch and Big Band (names given to the rapids as per their nature and turbulence). Make sure you register a place for this adventure.

Location: Barapole River, Coorg, Karnataka

Visiting hours: 9 am to 3 pm (All seven days)

Best time to visit: July to September

Entry fee: There is no entry fee but rafting starts from Rs.1200/-

Distance from Coorg: 62 km.

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Coffee Plantations

Coffee Plantations
A stroll through the coffee plantations is enough to turn your normal one day trip to Coorg into an extraordinary one. The aroma of authentic coffee beans will imbibe a sense of calmness in your mind. This place is indeed a paradise for coffee lovers.

Take a coffee tour in any of the popular coffee estates in Coorg and aim to squeeze out the knowledge related to meaning, history, and price of coffee plantations in India. You can also connect with locals to have an in-depth understanding of how coffee is churned out of these plants. Some tours also provide for coffee tasting as well. 

Location: There is a lot of coffee plantation from which one can choose.


Visiting hours: 10 am to 6 pm.

Best time to visit: September to March

Entry fee: The entry fee is INR 599

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Kumara Parvatha

Kumara Parvatha

Kumara Parvatha, the second highest peak in Coorg, is towered at a height of 1,712 m. It’s the perfect destination for a one day trip to Coorg. The place boasts of misty green mountains, dense forests, vigorous waterfall, splendid weather, and wild flora and fauna.

Also known as Pushpagiri Trek, it is mildly difficult for the first-timers.  The trail is about 13 km long and takes somewhere between 8 to 10 hours to finish. The trek starts from Kukke Subramanya Temple. Some of the main attractions of Kumara Parvatha are Mallalli Falls, Abbimata Falls, and Biladwara Cave. 

Location:
Subramanya, Road, Kumarahalli, Karnataka -571236

Visiting hours: 8 am to 5.30 pm (All seven days)

Best time to visit: September to March

Entry fee: The trekking package cost around Rs 3079 per person

Distance from Coorg:
 60 km.

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Nishani Motte

Nishani Motte
If you are looking for the replenishment of your soul on a one day trip to Coorg, then head over to Nishani Motte for the trek of a lifetime. One of the lesser-known weekend treks from Bangalore, Nishani Motte is a significant part of the TalaCauvery Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka.

The trek is approximately 15-km long and the trails are quite unexplored. Even so, the difficulty level of this trek is a little high since the trails only get narrower and steeper after a while. Nonetheless, nature is found in abundance all through this beautiful trek. The trek starts from the base of Coorg Tala – Cauvery Forest ranges and lasts for 2 days.

Best time to visit: 
August to March

Entry fee: The trekking tour cost around Rs 3150 per person

Distance from Coorg: 40 km.
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Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary gets its name from the Pushpagiri hill, the highest peak in the sanctuary. Sharing borders with Bisle reserve forest to the north and Kukke Subramanya forest to the west, it is home to some rare and endangered birds including back and orange flycatcher, grey breasted laughing thrush, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Malabar grey hornbill, and a blue-winged parakeet.

You could also come across the Indian giant squirrel, mouse deer, stripe-necked mongoose, olive keelback, Indian rock python, and king cobra. You can sign up for the wildlife trek that will give you ample opportunity to explore nature and its inhabitants. An unusual choice when looking for one-day places in Coorg, the sanctuary will not disappoint.

Location: Somwarpet, Kodagu, Coorg

Visiting hours: 6 am to 6 pm

Best time to visit: November to March

Entry fee: The entry fee is INR 10 and trek to the peak starts from Rs. 1000/- 

Distance from Coorg: 78 km.

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Brahmagiri Hill

Brahmagiri Hill

Standing atop the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Hill is the highest peak of the sanctuary and a trekker’s delight. At a height of 1608 m, the hill is resplendent with flora and fauna. Due to its proximity to the sanctuary, you could catch sight of elephants and spotted deer.

If this is your first trek, stick with your guide to avoid unwanted encounters with the wild. Camping at Narimala will give you time to soak in nature and take those memorable pictures with friends. On your way down, Narimala Peak and Nagarhole National Park are also worth visits. If not on the mood for a heavy trek, you can also spend time exploring the Thirunelli Temple, believed to have been built by Lord Brahma himself.

Location: Manchalli, Karnataka

Visiting hours: 9 am onwards

Best time to visit: May and October

Entry fee: INR 275 for the sanctuary and INR 400 for a trek to Brahmagiri Hill

Distance from Coorg: 89 km.

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Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls

Perhaps the best place for a one day trip to Coorg, Abbey Falls is located 10 km away from the quaint town of Madikeri. Nestled amidst the lush green landscape and cascading waterfalls, this fall is bliss for nature lovers.

The wafting aroma of coffee from exotic coffee plantations and the rambling sound of the magnificent falls creates a captivating experience that you will surely regret missing.  A pretty over bridge also adds to the beauty of the falls. Once you stand on the bridge and face the falls, its water will work as a refreshing sprinkler on your face. 

Location:
Abbey Falls, Madikeri, Hoskeri, Karnataka

Visiting hours:
7 am to 6 pm (All seven days)

Best time to visit:
July to October

Entry fee:
The entry fee is INR 15 INR 10-50 for parking (Fee depends on the type of vehicle).

Distance from Coorg:
6.5 km.

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Honnamana Kere Lake

Honnamana Kere Lake

Surrounded by picturesque mountains, man-made caves, and coffee plantations, Honnamana Kere Lake is the largest natural lake in Coorg. The lake gets its name from the legend of Goddess Honnamana. According to local myth, Goddess Honnamana sacrificed her life for the welfare of the people that saved the village.

A temple was built in her honour right next to the lake. Every year during Gowri festival devotees, especially newly married couples, come here in large numbers to offer their prayers. Tourists also come to the lake for boating. And on any given day this is an ideal spot to get away from the crowd and enjoy some time on your own.

Location: Honnamana Kere, Doddamalthe, Karnataka

Visiting hours: 8 am to 6 pm (All seven days)

Best time to visit: July to October and January to March

Entry fee: There is no entry fee.

Distance from Coorg: 60 km.

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Iruppu Falls

Iruppu Falls

Surrounded by the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park and the Brahmagiri range, this is an ideal getaway when looking for places to visit in Coorg in one day. Also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, legend has it that Ram and Lakshman passed along the Brahmagiri range when searching for Sita.

When Rama felt thirsty, Lakshman shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being the River Lakshmana Tirtha that is the starting point for the falls. Locals believe the water to possess cleansing properties and attracts thousands of devotees during Shivaratri. Standing right in the middle of the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, it is sure to leave you mesmerized.

Location: Brahmagiri, Kurchi, Karnataka

Visiting hours: 8 am to 5.30 pm (All seven days)

Best time to visit: August to January

Entry fee: The entry fee is INR 50.

Distance from Coorg: 62 km.

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Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park

Adjoining the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Nagarhole National Park is one of the most prominent tiger reserves in the country under Project Tiger. It was originally an exclusive hunting reserve for the Wodeyar dynasty but was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and a tiger reserve in 1999.

Now one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg in one day, this tiger reserve ironically has the highest herbivore population in Asia. Enjoy this natural beauty with a boat safari, jeep safari or a bus safari and you could sight tigers, elephants, Indian leopards and deer.

Location: Mysore - Madikeri Road, Hunsur, Karnataka

Visiting hours: 6 am to 9 am and 1 pm to 5 pm

Best time to visit: April to May and November to February

Entry fee: The entry fee is INR 200 for Indian visitors and INR 1000 for foreign visitors.

Distance from Coorg: 91 km.

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Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (Golden Temple)

Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (Golden Temple)
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Settled amidst the sandal groves between Bangalore and Mysore, this monastery should definitely be on your list, if you are on a one day trip to Coorg. The monastery was established by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, who laid the foundation of the same with only 300 INR in his hands.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sanctified the monastery after he bestowed the name ‘Namdroling Nyingmapa.’ In the present day, this beautiful monastery serves as a home to more than 5,000 monks and is one of the purest centres in the world for upholding Buddha’s teachings.

Location:
Arlikumari, P.O, Bylakuppe, Karnataka

Visiting hours:
9 am to 6 pm

Best time to visit:
February to March

Entry fee:
There is no entry fee.

Distance from Coorg:
34.5 km.

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Raja’s Seat

Raja’s Seat

Perfect for a one-day trip in Coorg with family and friends, Raja’s Seat is a seasonal +garden. The garden gets its name because of the fact that this was once a favourite spot of the kings of Kodagu to enjoy some leisure time with their queens.

If you can make it early in the morning then the rising sun shrouded in mist amidst hills is a sight to behold. With breath-taking views of the hills, green valleys and paddy fields, this is an ideal spot for a picnic. The toy train makes it an attraction for everyone.

Location:
Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka

Visiting hours:
6 am to 8 pm (Monday to Friday) and 6 am to 7.30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Best time to visit:
October to March

Entry fee:
The entry fee is INR 5. Additional charges for toy train ride and parking.

Distance from Coorg:
1.5 km.

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Cauvery Nisargadhama

Cauvery Nisargadhama

An island formed by River Cauvery, Cauvery Nisargadhama is popular for a one-day trip in Coorg. Filled with dense bamboo groves, sandalwood, and teak trees, deer, rabbits and peacocks roam about in their natural habitat. One can reach the island through a hanging rope bridge. Regular elephant rides and boating trips are also arranged.

The island also provides a children’s playground and an orchidarium. Since the water is shallow here, many visitors choose to cross the river on foot. Deer Park and rabbit park are major attractions for both children and adults. When looking for places to visit in Coorg in one day this should be on your list.

Location:
Nisargadhama, Karnataka

Visiting hours:
9 am to 5 pm (All seven days)

Best time to visit:
October to May

Entry fee:
The entry fee is INR 10. Additional charges for boating and elephant ride.

Distance from Coorg:
26 km.

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24 October 2015
Agnimitra Banerjee Trekking in Nishani Motte
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Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly exploring more of South India now and to get the best of South I prefer reading thrillophilia reviews .
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations close-by and it was raining the whole time. Trek is an easy to medium range one. Except for the rain and leeches (which we were informed earlier) there is absolutely nothing to point out in the trek. We met many new people and it felt like college days all over again. Loved this trek and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
"Wow....It was a great trek. I must say Thanks to Thrillophilia and Special thanks to trekking team. We have enjoyed every moment of these 2 days and we will cherish these moments for our lifetime.The trek was not easy as we thought. Lot of sweat, efforts, rest breaks in between...But it wouldn't have been this much great, if it was not planned and executed the way the team did. Hats off to the guys Anjan and Harshit. They used their experience all the way. Set up a detailed, organized plan and executed the same very professionally. I can say, we are able to complete the trek with ease only because of their precision planning and execution. We enjoyed the trek as a whole and it would be difficult pick a few from the whole list. But I have tried to select the few activities/incidents/plans which made the big difference: 1) Tasty Home food: When you are sweating every step of the trek and Hungry like never before, only thing you want is tasty, healthy, sufficient home made food. Team provided all this at the right time. It was not the case for other teams. 2) Professional Planning: First day we trekked only half way took rest for the second half. And the next day, we started very early at 3 AM with the torch light. This was the the master plan, because under the Sun it is very difficult to trek KP. 3) It was like a family trip: We never felt Anjan and Harshit were outside people. They have treated, instructed, take care of us very well. 4) Proper Instructions: Team told us what to carry and what not to carry. They have briefed the detailed the plan well before. Given enough time for relaxing and they were very friendly in their behavior. 5) Personal Touch: Anjan has given his personal touch for every activity. He could have easily told to have food in Bhattara Mane. He could have told it is not possible to prepare Bajji and Papad on the mountains. But they have treated us like a family, did all the above and put is best efforts to make us happy. And early morning at 3AM prepared Ragi Malt to keep all of us energetic hike the mountain. 6) Enough: I have already written so many words. I will stop here. To put it in one word, the trekking was outstanding, simply superb and if you are passionate about trekking please try once. But better if you join the same tour operator as ours. They make it easy. They are very passionate and professional. All the best."
"IT was a good experience DANY the coordinator did very well the way he coordinate is superb hats off Dany"
08 January 2019
Excellent
Hi this is keerthi vaasan, We are of 14 members for the trip. We reached at afternoon. The climate was really awesome. We started playing volleyball ball after long time. We played like this while we are in college. After some time we went for a trek on water falls. Really a fantastic ride. We took bath the water is nearly to freezing stage. I first really scared to go on. But after sometime my soul got sticked there. While returning from there only my body returned but my soul sticked out there. Food was really more delicious. They served with good respect. They are maintaining it in good way. The best palce to visit with frnds.
11 December 2019
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We visited Coorg on family tour from Mumbai last year and it was a perfect holiday for us. My kids enjoyed a lot during this trip and my parents were enjoying with them. We visited all the major attractions of Coorg and then Ooty with Coonoor. We covered two of the most famous hill station of South and Thanks to THrillophilia for planning this out for us. Also, thanks to our driver for showing us all the beautiful places and taking our family photos.
We went to Coorg for a small vacation and we had a great time there. The weather was so pleasant. Everything was so well organized, the stay was comfortable and the food was also nice. We had so much fun at the elephant camp it was a nice experience, We even went to see the coffee estates and tasted the best coffee ever, The view from Raja's Seat is so mesmerizing. Thank you Thrillophilia for the memorable experience.
15 March 2020
Excellent
Our guide was a nice and knowledgeable person, we enjoyed his company during the entire trek, he was explain everything so nicely and ore importantly he maintained the speed as per the group and managed to keep up on the clock too. the food was not so luxurious but was good and fresh so we also enjoyed it, overall a very nice experience, whenever I come here, will do it again. Thanks.
09 March 2020
Excellent
It was our first time trekking and we chose Thrillophilia for the best reviews and also the budget suits us as compare to other websites. It was a completely unique experience although I am a sports person so I haven’t faced difficulty the guide helped almost all of the co-passengers, cheers to them and for trekking and camping.
27 February 2020
Excellent
We wanted to do the trekking for a long time and Thrillophilia gave us the chance to do it. they arranged everything for us, from Transport and camps, the wonderful guide, and the food. We were satisfied with the service as it was on time and followed calmly. Very nicely managed and also we enjoyed the way also. Fabulous experience. Highly recommended.

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