Sprawling coffee plantations, evergreen timber forests, misty hills, alluring peaks, lush green valleys, and an unending stretch of tranquillity aptly define the hilly abode of Coorg. Also known as Kodagu, this district is one of the smallest yet most picturesque in the state of Karnataka. It marks the southern end of the Western Ghats and is rightly called the Scotland of India owing to its striking natural beauty.

The old-world charm and laidback ambience of this quaint region, along with its cool climate, scenic attractions and adventurous terrain, make Coorg the perfect weekend getaway you’ve been looking for. From its headquarters in Madikeri to the Pushpagiri Hill range in Somwarpet and Asia’s largest honey-producing centre in Virajpet, Coorg has something to offer for everyone!

List of Places to Visit in Coorg:

Abbey Falls Madikeri
Iruppu Falls Kurchi
Mallalli Falls Kumaralli Village
Raja’s Seat Madikeri
Cauvery Nisargadhama Nisargadhama
Harangi Dam Somwarpet
Chiklihole Reservoir Attur Forest
Mandalpatti Viewpoint Madikeri
Dubare Elephant Camp Nanjarayapatna
Brahmagiri Hills Yevakapadi
Nagarhole National Park Mysore-Madikeri Road
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary Kumaralli Village
Tadiandamol Peak Kakkabe
Madikeri Fort Madikeri
Raja’s Tomb Madikeri
Namdroling Monastery Arlikumari, Bylakuppe
Talacauvery Brahmagiri Hill
Bhagamandala Brahmagiri Hill
Omkareshwara Temple Madikeri
Honnamana Kere Lake Doddamalthe

Here’s a list of the most popular places to visit in Coorg that must be on your tour itinerary:

For Nature Lovers & Picnickers

1. Abbey Falls, Coorg

Abbey Falls, Coorg

Abbey Falls | #1 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Cascading down from a height of 70 feet, Abbey Falls is truly a sight to cherish. During the rule of the British, this place was called Jessy Falls as named by the region’s first British chaplain in the memory of his pretty daughter. Like him, you too are sure to be enamoured by the beauty of this sizzling white stream of water gushing amidst lush green coffee and spice plantations.

Best Time to Visit: To view the fall in all its glory, plan your trip during early winters (Oct-Dec).

  • Location: Madikeri, Coorg
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹15

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2. Iruppu Falls, Coorg

Iruppu Falls, Coorg

Iruppu Falls | #2 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Tucked away in the Brahmagiri mountain range, Iruppu Falls look absolutely spectacular falling down from a height of 170 feet in two distinct stages. People come here not only to bask in natural beauty but also to bathe in the pristine water of the fall that is believed to be holy. The religious significance of this cascade and its name, Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, has roots in the epic Ramayana.

Tip: Visit this place post monsoon for some amazing views enhanced by the fluttering butterflies.

  • Location: Kurchi, Coorg
  • Timings: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹50

3. Mallalli Falls, Coorg

Mallalli Falls, Coorg

Mallalli Falls | #3 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Though a seasonal waterfall, Mallalli Falls is definitely worth visiting if you’re planning a trip to Coorg during the rainy season. Cascading majestically from a height of over 200 feet, this waterfall located at the foothills of Pushpagiri mountain ranges counts among the tallest ones in South India. Listening to the sound of water beating against the rocks here is something that you will cherish forever.

Tip: To enjoy the best views of the heavenly scenery, climb the trekking trails leading to the fall.

  • Location: Kumaralli Village, Somwarpet, Coorg
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

4. Raja’s Seat, Coorg

Raja’s Seat, Coorg

Raja’s Seat | #4 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Wish to spend your leisure time as the royals did? Head to Raja’s Seat, one of the best Coorg tourist places. This sprawling garden, perched on a hillock, is said to have been the favourite spot of Kodava kings to spend their leisure time. And you’ll know just why when you watch the most glorious sunset from here, along with mesmerising views of the lush valley and colourful blooming flowers.

Tip: Visit this place early in the morning to find some quiet as evenings here are usually crowded.

  • Location: Madikeri, Coorg
  • Timings: 5:30 am to 8:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹5

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5. Cauvery Nisargadhama, Coorg

Cauvery Nisargadhama, Coorg

Cauvery Nisargadhama | #5 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Cauvery Nisargadhama, also spelt as Kaveri Nisargadhama, is a charming picnic spot located just two kilometres away from Kushalnagar town. Situated on the banks of River Kaveri, this 64 km-long river island offers the perfect setting to relax in the lap of nature: the dense forests, lush bamboo groves, chirping birds, rabbits, peacocks, deer and what not. The main attraction of this island is the hanging rope bridge that connects the outer world to this splendid location hidden amidst thick foliage.

Must-do: Pedal boating, elephant rides, deer spotting and swimming (restricted).

  • Location: Nisargadhama, Coorg
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹10 (Adults); ₹5 (Children)

6. Harangi Dam, Coorg

Harangi Dam, Coorg

Harangi Dam | #6 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

When you’re around Kushalnagar, do not miss out on the beautiful Harangi Dam. An engineering marvel, this reservoir stands against the Harangi river, a tributary of River Kaveri that originates from the Pushpagiri Hills. This place has gained popularity over time as a must-visit attraction in Coorg for its captivating natural locale and also, proximity to the rather popular Nisargadhama river island. You must definitely stop at this dam if you’re taking the Kushalnagar route from Bangalore to Coorg.

Must-do: Kayaking and camping

  • Location: Somwarpet, Coorg
  • Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹10 (Adults); ₹5 (Children aged below 12 years)

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7. Chiklihole Reservoir, Coorg

Chiklihole Reservoir, Coorg

Chiklihole Reservoir | #7 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Though not as popular as other attractions in Coorg, Chiklihole Reservoir must be on your itinerary if you’re looking to spend some time away from the crowd. This man-made reservoir, located between Madikeri and Kushalnagar, has been active since the year 1985 and deserves a visit for its captivating scenic beauty. Go for a picnic here with friends or family, capture the most beautiful sunset views or take your loved one for a romantic evening amidst its tranquil environs and rich flora and fauna.

Tip: Club this attraction with a trip to Dubare Elephant Camp, which is just a 15-minute drive away.

  • Location: Attur Forest, Coorg
  • Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

8. Mandalpatti Viewpoint, Coorg

Mandalpatti Viewpoint, Coorg

Mandalpatti Viewpoint | #8 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

The beauty of Mandalpatti is best defined by its name, which translates to ‘market of cloud’ or ‘mist’ in local language. Soaring to a height of about 4050 feet, this hilltop is part of the Pushpagiri Reserve Forest and offers the most picturesque views of the region. You can take either of the two routes to this viewpoint – via Abbey Falls junction which is shorter or via Makkanduru which offers captivating views. Want to know the best way? Take the first route to reach the site and return via the latter.

Tip: Hire a Jeep from Mandalpatti base (starting @₹ 1000) to reach the viewpoint in an hour.

  • Location: Madikeri, Coorg
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹25

For Adventure & Wildlife Enthusiasts

9. Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg

Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg

Dubare Elephant Camp | #9 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that your trip to Coorg would be incomplete without a visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp. A Karnataka Forest Department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts project, this eco-tourism site will offer you an insight into the ecology, biology and history of elephants and that’s not it. You’ll be able to have an intimate experience with the mighty creatures by not only observing them but also participating in activities like riding them, feeding them and washing them.

Trivia: The elephants for the famous Mysore Dusshera festival were once trained at Dubare.

  • Location: Nanjarayapatna, Coorg
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Starts @₹ 4780 (including stay, meals, Jeep safari, interactive experience & taxes)

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10. Brahmagiri Hills, Coorg

Brahmagiri Hills, Coorg

Brahmagiri Hills | #10 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

For the adventure enthusiasts, trekking through the verdant trails of Brahmagiri Hills is perhaps one of the best things to do in Coorg. While climbing up its 300 feet-high peak, you’ll encounter natural beauty at its best: dense forested woods, colourful flora and sparkling streams. The misty hills also serve as a sanctuary for wildlife species like Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Spotted Deer, Giant Flying Squirrel, Leopard Cat and Sloth Bear and birds like Malabar Trogon and Emerald Dove.

Tip: Opt for the Brahmagiri Trek only if you are physically fit as it can be quite challenging.

  • Location: Yevakapadi, Coorg
  • Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Entry Fee: Starts @₹ 200

11. Nagarhole National Park, Coorg

Nagarhole National Park, Coorg

Nagarhole National Park | #11 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Nagarhole National Park is a must-visit in Coorg for its varied flora and fauna. Amidst its dense forests, lush valleys, wriggling streams and splendid waterfalls live a rich population of animals including Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, Bengal Tiger, Jungle Cat and over 250 species of birds. Finding yourself deep in this park, dotted with Rosewood, Teakwood, Eugenia, Silver Oak, Sandalwood and other trees, with local tribes is an experience that you can never forget! 

Best Time to Visit: Plan a visit to this park during summers (Apr-May) or winters (Nov-Feb).

  • Location: Mysore-Madikeri Road, Hunsur, Coorg
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 9:00 am, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Jeep Safari – 5:30 am to 10:00 am; 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Bus Safari – 6:00 am to 9:00 am; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Coracle Ride – 9:00 am to 11:00 am; 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Starts @₹ 150

12. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Coorg

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Coorg

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary | #12 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

If there is one place in Coorg you wouldn’t want to miss if birdwatching is your game, it’s Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. It is home to many endangered and rare bird species including the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Flycatcher and Gray-breasted Laughing Thrush. Many exotic animals like Indian Giant Squirrel, Brown Palm Civet, Spotted Deer and Asian Elephant also take shelter in the hilly terrains of this sanctuary. You must plan a visit here for the quintessential Western Ghats experience.

Tip: Explore the 7 km-long trekking route to Pushpagiri Hill, which is the second highest in Coorg.

  • Location: Kumaralli Village, Somwarpet, Coorg
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

13. Tadiandamol Peak, Coorg

Soaring up to a height of 5724 feet, Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Coorg and second highest in Karnataka. The mountain is covered with thick forests and offers some great opportunities for those who wish to indulge in trekking. You can also access two-third area of this hill via Jeep so there is no reason why you can’t enjoy the most mesmerising views of the green hills from its pinnacle.

Tip: If you are not a seasoned trekker, Tadiandamol Peak is the perfect playground for you.

  • Location: Kakkabe, Coorg
  • Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Entry Fee: Free

For Culture & History Aficionados

14. Madikeri Fort, Coorg

Madikeri Fort, Coorg

Madikeri Fort | #14 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

If you’re in Madikeri, you certainly can’t miss this imposing fort located atop Stuart Hill. Originally a mud fort built by Mudduraja in 1681, this fort saw many changes with time. The present-day stone structure was constructed by Tipu Sultan, renovated by Lingarajendra II in 1814, and then the British added a clock tower to it in 1933. As you will pass through its grand entrance marked by two life-size statues of elephants, you will find a church, a tortoise sculpture and a museum on its premises.

  • Location: Madikeri, Coorg
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (Closed on Mondays)
  • Entry Fee: Free

15. Raja’s Tomb, Coorg

Raja’s Tomb, Coorg

Raja’s Tomb | #15 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

As the name suggests, Raja’s Tomb (also referred to as Gaddige) is the mausoleum of former Kodagu kings. The two identical tombs standing nearby belong to Veerajendra and his wife and date back to 1821. To their right is the tomb of Lingarajendra built in 1820, and the one on the left belongs to the royal priest Rudrappa and was built in 1834. Shrouded with tales from the past, these Indo-Sarcanic style domes and its minaret-like turrets are quite a sight for you if you’re a history enthusiast.

Trivia: These Islamic-style tombs are engraved with Hindu-related carvings of Nandi and Lord Shiva.

  • Location: Madikeri, Coorg
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

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16. Namdroling Monastery, Coorg

Namdroling Monastery, Coorg

Namdroling Monastery | #16 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Popular as the Tibetan Golden Temple, Namdroling Monastery attracts religious travellers from India and abroad. Located in Bylakuppe, the world’s second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet, this 3-storied Buddhist shrine is home to more than 5000 monks and nuns and is dedicated to upholding the teachings of Lord Buddha. You can make a trip to this monastery to admire its gold-laden temple and prayer hall and relax in its meditative environment but you can’t stay here without a permit.

Tip: The Protected Area Permit must be applied for in advance as it takes 3-4 months to arrive.

  • Location: Arlikumari, Bylakuppe, Coorg
  • Timings: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

17. Talacauvery, Coorg

Talacauvery, Coorg

Talacauvery | #17 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Talacauvery is an important pilgrimage centre in the Brahmagiri Hill that marks the birthplace of the sacred Kaveri River. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva standing on the spot from where the river originates. Every year on October 17th (Tula Sankramana), devotees flock to this site in large numbers to witness the sudden rise of the water in the otherwise small perennial spring.

Tip: Head to the Brahmagiri Peak nearby to enjoy uninterrupted views of the picturesque scenery.

  • Location: Brahmagiri Hill, Coorg
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 8:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

18. Bhagamandala, Coorg

Bhagamandala, Coorg

Bhagamandala | #18 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

One of the most revered places in South India, Bhagamandala marks the site of the confluence of three holy rivers, Kaveri, Kannike and Sujyoti, flowing through Kodagu district, popularly known as ‘Triveni Sangam’. Devotees come here to take a dip into the sacred water that is supposed to free them of their physical and mental afflictions. There is also the famous Bhagandeshwara Temple in Bhagamandala that was built by the Chola rulers supposedly before the 11th century.

Trivia: Bhagamandala is also the site of a bee rearing (honey production) centre, Madhuvana.

  • Location: Brahmagiri Hill, Coorg
  • Timings: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

19. Omkareshwara Temple, Coorg

Omkareshwara Temple, Coorg

Omkareshwara Temple | #19 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Dating back to 1820, the Omkareshwara Temple features Indo-Saracenic architecture with a central dome and turrets in four corners. Legends reveal that King Lingarajendra II built this temple in order to atone for the unjust killing of an innocent Brahmin. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple attracts Hindu pilgrims and tourists alike for its religious significance as well as architectural brilliance.

Trivia: Despite being a Hindu shrine, this structure is built in Islamic style and resembles a dargah.

  • Location: Madikeri, Coorg
  • Timings: 6:30 am to 12:00 pm; 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

20. Honnamana Kere Lake, Coorg

Honnamana Kere Lake, Coorg

Honnamana Kere Lake | #20 of 20 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Biggest natural lake in the entire Kodagu district, Honnamana Kere near Somwarpet is frequented by locals and tourists for its religious and spiritual significance. There is a temple on its banks dedicated to Goddess Honnamana, who sacrificed her life to save the people of the village according to legend. Every year, a special pooja is conducted here during the Gowri festival and devotees and newlyweds visit the lake to give offerings to the Goddess and pay their respects at Her revered temple.

Tip: Even if you’re not religiously inclined, you can visit this lake to indulge in boating and fishing.

  • Location: Doddamalthe, Coorg
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

Clearly, there is nothing that you can’t see in Coorg: the place is a beautiful amalgamation of nature, adventure, wildlife diversity, history, religion and more. So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip now and don’t worry about the time of the year as there is never really a bad time to visit Coorg.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coorg:

Q: Are there any adventurous things to do in Coorg?

A: Yes. Thrill seekers can find a host of activities in Coorg to indulge in, such as whitewater rafting, trekking, camping, kayaking and wildlife safari.

Q: What are the best places to visit in Coorg for wildlife enthusiasts?

A: When in Coorg, wildlife enthusiasts shouldn't miss Dubare Elephant Camp. There are also a number of biodiversity hotspots in the region like Pushpagiri and Nagarhole where you can go for wildlife spotting. Dense forests of Brahmagiri Hills are also home to various animal species.

Q: Suggest some good picnic spots in Coorg.

A: Chiklihole Reservoir and Iruppu Falls are two of the most amazing picnic spots in Coorg. You can also head to Raja's Seat and Mandalpatti Viewpoint to unwind amidst the picturesque vistas.

Q: What are the food specialities of Coorg?

A: You'll find many authentic Kodava dishes to try in Coorg including pandi curry, kadamuttu, akki roti, bamboo shoot curry, noolputtu and kommu curry.

Q: What to buy in Coorg and from where?

A: There is a lot you can take back home from Coorg like aromatic coffee powder, exotic spices, organic honey, homemade wine, Tibetan artifacts, dry fruits, homemade chocolates, etc. Kushalnagar Market, Tibetan Flea Market, Virajpet Market and Madikeri Friday Market are the most popular shopping places in Coorg.

Q: Can you help me with different trekking trails in Coorg?

A: Coorg has many scenic trekking trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some of the best treks include Tadiandamol, Iruppu Falls, Pushpagiri, Kotebetta, Brahmagiri Hills, Kopatty and Galibeedu-Subramanya.

Q: Is there an airport in Coorg?

A: No, Coorg doesn't have an airport of its own. The nearest air gateways to the hill station are Mysore (120 km), Mangalore (175 km) and Bangalore (280 km).

Q: What is the best way to reach Coorg?

A: It is best to travel to nearby cities like Mysore, Mangalore or Bangalore by air or train and thereafter, take a bus, cab or rental car to reach Coorg.

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