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Coorg Valley

Coorg Valley

South India

Driving through the verdant forests of any of the four sanctuaries of Coorg on a misty morning with the calls of the resident wildlife and birdlife in full song, is an experience unlike any other. The region is ornamented with grassy downs, paddy fields, sloping glades, waterfalls and deep ravines giving you endless and glorious surprises at every turn. The Coorg region is also known by its local name Kodagu and the region spans about 4,100 square kilometres on the eastern slopes of the rich diversity of the Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is a hilly region with its highest peak, Tadiandamol, rising to 1,750 meters above sea level. According to ancient Indian treatises this land was called Krodadesa, which later became Kodagu. It is derived from kod, which means give and avva meaning mother, in reference to River Cauvery that sustains life in this region. The British started coffee cultivation on a large scale in the region and soon the local residents followed suit. Providing ...the largest contribution of coffee in the country, Coorg is renowned for its monsoon-fed coffee, shade-grown under giant rosewood, wild fig, and jackfruit trees that not only nurture but also infuse the bean with their unique aroma and flavour. Coorg is also an important wildlife destination with its own distinct identity as a major travel attraction with its coffee and spice plantations and exotic flora and fauna. It also has its own unique long-standing social and cultural heritage. Its proximity to lesser known sanctuaries and National Parks like Nagarhole and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary make it an exciting destination for nature and adventure junkies
Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of the elusive tiger or elephants trying to cross your path. Herds of deer and troops of langurs and bonnet macaques entertain you on your safari. Monkeys swinging from branches might come to have a closer look as you drive slowly through the forests and birds will chirp to catch your attention. The Indian pied hornbill and the Malabar giant squirrel are native to the region and you might be able to spot a few on nature walks
There are plenty of fun activities and adventures to explore in this region. Check with your lodge or tour operator what they can arrange. Take a walk in the many plantations and learn about harvesting tea, coffee and spices; this is a patch of verdant green hills so you are sure to find plenty of birds and small creatures as you take a nature walk. Visit one of the nearby villages and learn about their unique lifestyle; and don’t forget to take a coracle ride down the river and enjoy the serenity this place has to offer. The Bylekuppe Tibetan settlement is also an interesting trip where you can visit monasteries and sample traditional Tibetan food. For those more inclined towards wildlife, safaris can be arranged to a number of Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. Remember to take a packet of Coorg pepper home with you - it has been considered the best in the world.
Proposed new roads connecting Kerala and Karnataka that carve through many of the sanctuaries are being contested and long standing environmental plans for protection of much of these crucial Western Ghat habitats are bitterly opposed by many communities. Your visit is crucial to support the local economy, but please also report abuse or poor practice at

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Getting Around the Park

You can hire a car or get around in your own vehicle
By Air: Mangalore (135 km) is the closest airport. From here you can hire transport for your lodge. By Rail / Road: Mysore (118 km), Bengaluru (255 km) and Mangalore (135 km) are the nearest railheads and major towns. Coorg is within driving distance either in a hired car or in your own vehicle.
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Heritage Resort Coorg

Offering panoramic views of the Madikeri hills, Heritage Resort Coorg overlooks deep valleys and gurgling streams. The resort has comfortable cottages and suites for those seeking to experience traditional Kodagu hospitality and soak in the sweet-smelling air of the coffee estates nearby.

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