Coorg or Kodagu rightly called as the coffee capital of India.The trail of coffee in Coorg finds its root from Mecca.Around the 17th century, Baba Budan, a Muslim pilgrim, took seven coffee seeds out of Mecca and planted them in the region near Coorg in Karnataka.As you enter the area, you will witness the change in a landscape dotted with Coffee estates of Madikeri & Chikmagalur.
Coorg Coffee & British Connection
The first Coffee estate finds its root since the 19th century by Britishers.One Englishman John Fowler supported the concept of estate properties by planting coffee in his backyard. The British officer, Captain Le Hardy took a deep interest in the prosperity of the Coffee plantation and soon every family in Coorg had started growing the Coffee that is refreshing the world as of today. Karnataka yields 253,340 MT of coffee a year, and Coorg takes the lion share in producing the Coffee.A local economy which is entirely dependent on agriculture, forestry, Coffee plantations & tourism.
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Coorg is also very well known as Scotland of India.
The reason is due to excellent weather.Situated at an altitude of 3k+ ft above the main sea level, the Weather is pleasant all over the year.The hilly terrain combined with nice weather serves as the perfect fusion for Coffee plantation in around the region.
Coorg Latest Weather & Forecast
Pleasant weather not only loved by Coffee plantation but also by traveler and tourists all over from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Bangalore to Coorg distance is approx 250 Km, which takes 5hr 30 mins via NH275.
Karnataka’s cultural city Mysore to Coorg distance is 110 Km, which will take 2hr 30 min.With the influx of tourist flocking in around Coorg & Madikeri. Budget traveler can choose Bangalore to Coorg via bus or train. Bus fare from Bangalore is priced at Rs 500/- onwards.
Do note the bus can drastically increase during peak season and extended weekend.The nearest railway station is Mysore, Mangalore, and Hassan. From these locations, one can take taxi or bus to the hill station.
Places to see in Coorg- A blogger’s guide
Coffee plantation trail– There is nothing better than staying in the middle of Coffee Estate and explore the way to knowing more about the Coffee.If you are an adventure junkie, then trekking is what will excite you in the hilly and challenging region. We recommend Tata coffee plantation trails operated by Tata group for Coffee plantation trails.
Dubare Elephant Camp-Known for its elephant camp Dubare is a forest camp on the banks of the Kaveri in the district of Coorg.Dubare is the leading center of elephant training camp.River rafting (depend on season and water) is what one can try at Dubare Elephant Camp
Abbey Falls-The most visited tourist places in Madikeri. Abbey (also called Abbi and Abbe) located in the middle of the dense coffee estate on the outskirts of Madikeri town (approx 5.5 Km).Read here more about Abbey falls and history associated with the place
Madikeri Raja Seat– Madikeri s the headquarters of the district of Kodagu.You should not miss this place for watching the best sunrise and sunset overlooking the valley. History is that the Raja (King) of Madikeri used to visit this particular location for viewing the sunset.
Madikeri Raja Seat facts(taken from Karnataka site)–
Timings: 5:30 AM to 8 PM
Musical Fountain Timings: 7:00 PM onwards
Entry charge: Rs. Five/-
Parking: Paid. Expect massive rush on weekend and holidays
Best time to visit Coorg & Madikeri
Situated at an altitude of 3k+ ft always welcomes you with its calm weather all year round.However, being featured in a hill station near Bangalore. Hilltown experience the massive rush of tourist in summers (April-June). Winters are pleasant with valley and Coffee plantation covered with mist and fog which also is the best time to visit the area.Monsoon (June-Sep) brings heavy rains to the hill station.
Monsoon season is best suited for trekking.Coorg along with Madikeri is one such beautiful places in India for honeymoon all through the year.Sit back, relax and enjoy the pleasant weather with your favorite cup of Coffee.
Coorg stays options-
Looking for Plantation visit in Coorg? Or looking for premium resorts to enjoy the luxury? Want to feel the jungle stay experience or only wish to stay like local? Coorg has everything to cater all taste of traveler. The Kodava people are warm and genuinely respect their culture.
We remained in Madikeri during our Coastal Karnataka trip and would highly recommend “Abhidhamma homestay.”The homestay is 2.5 km from famous Abbey Falls and in the middle of vast Coffee Estate.
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Shopping In Coorg – Where to buy the Coffee
Coffee is famous for its rich flavor, fresh beans, and excellent liquoring qualities which make it sought-after all over the world.Shopping for estate’s coffee should be topmost things to buy in Coorg.
Craving for rich aroma of coffee but not visiting Coorg anytime soon? Here’s the way you can buy authentic, best quality and affordable coffee shipped free of cost to your home anywhere in India.
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