In the state Karnataka, you’ll find one of the most one of the most inviting hill stations of India: the Kodagu district, also known as Coorg. A hill station is a town that is built at a higher elevation than the nearby valley. Though hill stations were originally created as refuge from the summer heat, you can imagine that one of the added benefits is that there is usually a beautiful view of the surrounding scenery, and Coorg is certainly no exception.
Coorg is a common starting place for tourists who enjoy hiking. It seems that the surrounding mountain ranges are endless. Tadiandamol, over 5,700 feet above sea level, is the highest peak in the district and is an absolute trekker’s paradise. From its peak, on a clear day, one can see the Arabian Sea. Of course, there’s also the mesmerizing view of the entire district. The trip is equally enchanting, with lush forests and many natural springs along the way. You might spot some interesting wild animals along the way. Tadiandamol is near to the town of Kakkabe; it stands out so much around the surrounding peaks that it is used as a landmark for sea travelers.
Coffee lovers would be most intrigued by the district’s capital, Madikeri, which is sometimes also referred to as Mercara. Madikeri has earned the nickname “Scotland of India” and is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is known for its coffee plantations, rich wildlife, and breathtaking views of the surrounding misty hills with wooded slopes. Of course, as a hill station which happens to sit at 3,500 feet, it also stays at a very bearable climate, even in the summer. Madikeri is also home to Raja’s Seat (Seat of the King), a small brick and mortar pavilion made up of four pillars bridged by arches, surrounded by a beautiful garden. Legend has it that this was a favorite recreation place for Rajas. Such a story is quite believable; the sunset that can be seen from Raja’s seat is absolutely stunning.
There are also a number of waterfalls in the area, which are always a spectacular sight. The biggest one in the area, Abbey Falls, can be heard on the main road that is over 500 yards away. Just five miles from Madikeri, this 70-foot waterfall is a must-see. From a hanging bridge that spans across the gorge, it’s easy to get a full view of the falls cascading down the wide rock face. The source of Abbey Falls is the Kaveri River, possibly one of the seven sacred rivers (Sapta Sindhu) of the Hindu scriptures.
Coorg is one of the best destinations for a nature lover in India.