The Misty Hills of the Kodava – Bangalore to Coorg Trip

Bangalore is blessed with a great location for the avid traveller. From seaside sojourns to wild mountain escapades, many top destinations are just a few hours’ drive away. Coorg is one of the favourite places to visit for the Bangalore adventurer. The district boasts rugged forested terrain and a distinctive culture. It is a haven for adventure activities like trekking, kayaking, rafting and off-road driving. For an authentic and independent experience, a self drive Bangalore to Coorg taxi is recommended.

Attractions of Coorg

Coorg is famous for its cuisine. Pandi curry or the traditional pork preparation is one of the most famous culinary exports from these hills. Coorg is also known for its rich biodiversity. Nagarhole National Park is where the Bengal tiger lurks. The apex predator of these verdant mountains is an important part of local folklore. Keeping the tiger company are some of India’s flagship species like gaurs, chitals, sambar deer, elephants and leopards.  Dubare Elephant Camp provides one of the unique experiences in Coorg. Visitors can see up close, the training of elephants in a pristine riverside location. The Camp also provides a venue for bird watching. Some activities include coracle rides, the circular boats used by locals on the Kaveri, and elephant rides.

Bylakuppe is a Tibetan settlement nestled in the hills and home to many Buddhist monasteries built in the typical Tibetan style of architecture. Talakaveri is the source of the river Kaveri and a temple situated here attracts many devotees throughout the year. Dating back more than 300 years, the Madikeri Fort is the central landmark of the district headquarters. The biggest highlight here is the big palace. Located near the Madikeri Fort, Omkareswara Temple is another important pilgrimage site in the district. Bhagamandala is an important religious landmark and also a good example of the wood-dominated Kerala style of architecture, very different from South Indian temple architecture. Coorg’s rain-fed mountains hide many scenic waterfalls. Some of the popular ones are the Mallali Falls and the Abbey Falls.

En-route Attractions

The Bangalore to Coorg trip starts off as a drive through the vast horizons of the plateau before it starts to climb into the imposing Western Ghats. En-route to Coorg, one can stop over at Mysore. The royal city is home to opulent palaces and old temples, offering visitors a glimpse into the rich culture of the region.  Another popular stop on this trip is Ramanagara, famous for its ‘Wild West’ terrain.

Since Coorg is an entire district, public transport does not provide a viable option to have an uncompromised experience. Chauffeured cabs are expensive and this is why informed travellers are getting a car for rent to explore the many jungles and hill towns. Companies like Zoomcar offer SUVs, sedans and hatchbac1ks at great rates, ensuring that you enjoy a complete Kodava holiday.

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