Frequently asked questions about Coorg

Coorg! What ? Where ?

Coorg is the anglicized name of Kodagu district of Karnataka state. It is located on the western ghats, right on the border with Kerala

Is Coorg a hill station?

Coorg is a district of Karnataka state. The lowest elevation in Coorg is 900 meters above sea level. Temperature in Coorg averages 15° with the maximum being around 28° in the months of April,May. Madikeri, which is the head quarters of the district is a popular hill station. In general, Coorg district is heavily forested which makes stay here in any season very pleasant

What can I do in Coorg?

The most popular activities in Coorg are sight seeing, trekking, jungle safari and rafting. Coorg is a nature lovers paradise, most of the sights and activities of Coorg have to do with nature. Waterfalls and streams abound in the entire district. During the rainy season (June-October), White water rafting starts in Coorg which is a very popular attraction, bookings for White water rafting usually start months in advance. Coorg is also fast becoming a popular honey moon destination

Is Madikeri or Mercara same as Coorg ?

No, Madikeri (Mercara is the anglicised name) is the head quarters of Coorg district and capital of the erstwhile Kodagu kingdom and hence has become almost synonymous with Coorg. However there are several places of interest that are in Coorg but are far from Madikeri

What is the best time to visit Coorg ?

Coorg has a pleasant climate through out the year, the best time to visit Coorg depends on what activities you would like do. Rain in Coorg lasts from June to October, during this time the vegetation is lush green, the streams and waterfalls are full. This is the time to go rafting. Trekking and camping become is done on the drier months of year

How long should my Coorg trip be ?

The most common duration of a Coorg trip is the two days. (This is because a large proportion of the tourists to Coorg are from Bangalore who come there for weekends). A good travel plan would be 4 days to cover Coorg and the neighbouring Wayanad(excluding travel to and from Coorg)

What is the route from Bangalore to Coorg ?

Coorg or Kodagu is a district, on average it is about 250 KM from Bangalore (approx. 5 hours). The route to take is Bangalore -> Ramanagaram -> Mandya -> Srirangapatna (At Srirangapatna you can by pass Mysore city by taking a road that turns right from Srirangapatna and goes to Ranganthitu bird scantuary) -> Hunsur -> Gonikoppal (Coorg) -> Madikeri (Coorg District HQ). This road is a very good State highway, (SH 17), and 4-way most of the route. Check our travel page for more information

What are the places to see in Coorg (Kodagu) ?

The most commonly visited places in Coorg are

  • Raja's seat, Madikeri
  • Raja's tomb, Madikeri
  • Madikeri fort, Madikeri
  • Omkareshwara temple, Madikeri
  • Abbey falls, within 10KM from Madikeri
  • Talacauvery, origin of the river Cauvery, within 50 KM of Madikeri
  • Bhagamadala sangam, where three rivers converge, within 50 KM of Madikeri
  • Nisargadhama islands, within 50 KM from Madikeri
  • Tibetean monastry, Bylakuppe, within 50 KM from Madikeri
  • Dubare elephant camp, within 50 km from Madikeri
  • Tadiyendemol, highest peak in Coorg, within 50 KM from Madikeri
  • Naalkkunadu Palace, within 50 KM from Madikeri
  • Nagarhole (Rajiv Gandhi National Park), within 100 km from Madikeri
  • Iruppu falls, within 100 KM from Madikeri

Places to stay in Coorg

Tourism and home stay industry is very well developed in Coorg, you can find accomodation for all budgets and all over the district. Plan your stay location based on the activities you want to do in Coorg or you will be doing a lot of travelling. The rule of thumb is, for nature and wildlife, choose South Coorg, For historical/religious sights, go to North Coorg. Several sites like HolidayIQ, give out ratings and experiences of hotels and Home stays in Coorg. Check out Bethel home stay accomodation here