Coorg, also sometimes called Kodagu district, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. It’s best known for its lush green landscapes that are filled with hills, lakes and coffee plantations. It’s great for trekking, hiking, waterfalls, nature reserves, and enjoying the kindness and hospitality of the local people.
While many attractions in India are less enjoyable during the monsoon season, this time of year is actually when many of Coorg’s attractions are at their best. The waterfalls are more powerful and the hills are greener making monsoon season the most beautiful time of year to visit.
Whether you are looking for some adventurous treks, scenic views, or just resort experience surrounded by nature, you will find plenty to keep you busy in Coorg.
Without a doubt, Coorg is a must-go destination for nature lovers in India. So if you are planning to go, here’s some inspiration: the top places to visit in Coorg.
42 Awesome Places to Visit in Coorg
1. Abbey Falls
A favourite waterfall in Coorg, Abbey Falls is a popular attraction year round but especially during monsoon season. Lush plants, vine covered trees, and the 70-foot waterfall adds to the beauty of this place. Abbey Falls is located on private property, but that doesn’t stop people from visiting- just be sure to be respectful when visiting. Keep in mind, as inviting as the water looks it is not safe to swim. It is also recommended that visitors wear closed-toe shoes and long pants as there are leeches in the area.
2. Chelavara Falls
Another beautiful waterfall in Coorg, the Chelavara falls are about 150 feet high and drop into a pool that is about 50 feet deep. Swimming here is prohibited as it is very dangerous. Chelavara Falls can be visited year round, however monsoon season is the best time and when the falls will be the most impressive.
3. Mallalli Falls
Mallalli Falls are a must see when in Coorg. These falls are 1000m high and come down in two tiers. Like the other waterfalls in Coorg, Mallalli Falls are best experienced during Monsoon Season.
4. Iruppu Falls
Coorg has no shortage of beautiful waterfalls, however Iruppu might be the most visited. Not only is this cascading waterfall stunning to see, but it also holds religious importance to the local people. The river that feeds the waterfall has roots in the Ramayana epic and the water from the falls themselves are said to clean the sins of the past.
5. Burude Falls
Another popular waterfall. The surrounding nature here is beautiful making it a popular place for trekking or even just picnics. If you plan to be down close to the falls and the water wear fully closed shoes and long pants as there are lots of leeches in the area.
6. Barapole River
Adventure enthusiasts love to visit the Barapole River while in Coorg for rafting on the rapids. It’s a fun, adrenaline rush! If this is on your list of things to do in Coorg, make sure that you go with a proper, professional tour as it can be dangerous without proper safety precautions and gear.
7. Honnamana Kere Lake
Honnamana Kere Lake is the largest lake in Coorg. Surrounded by scenic mountains, cliffs, hills, and coffee plantations it is a popular place to visit among photographers and nature lovers. The lake also has religious significance; the lakeside temple is dedicated to the goddess Honnamma who, according to local legend, sacrificed herself for her people.
8. Nagarhole National Park
Officially known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole National Par (which gets its name from the river) is a must for animal lovers. This park is home to more than 250 species of birds, elephants, sloths, bear, tigers, deer, leopards, and more. The best time to visit to see animals is from march and April; one of the hottest times but also when the animals come out to the lake and are more visible.
9. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Another great pick for nature lovers is Pushpagiri Wildlife sanctuary. While there are a few species that call this nature reserve home, it’s best known for its bird population and is a popular trekking destination.
One of the highest mountains in the area, Tadiandamol is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts and hikers. Camping is prohibited here, however the climb can be done in a day.
11. Kumra Parvatha
The second highest peak in Coorg, Kumra Parvatha offers a number of trekking routes for hikers of all levels. Some of the trails can be quite difficult and only suited for experienced hikers, but the views along the way make up for the challenge.
12. Raja’s Seat
This viewpoint is said to be one of the most scenic spots in South India. It is said that this is where kings would go to watch the sunset with their consorts. Today, anyone can visit and enjoy the breathtaking view of the hills, valleys, and paddies. One of the best times to visit is early morning, when the soft sunlight shines on the surrounding nature.
13. Coffee Plantations
Coorg is full of coffee plantations that are beautiful to explore and a great way to experience the area. There are a number of tours that can take you to the plantations or, you can even stay at some and experience them on your own.
14. Namdroling Monastery Bylakuppe
Namdroling Monastery is the largest teaching center following the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It is home to a community of more than 5000 lamas (monks and nuns). Entrance is free for visitors though they are expected to dress appropriately and be quiet and respectful.
15. Omkareshwara Temple
Omkareshwara Temple is dedicated to the god Shiva. It’s considered to be a special temple, not just for its religious purposes but also because of the architecture. The construction of this temple is a combination of gothic and Islamic styles making it a popular place to visit near Coorg.
16. Madikeri Fort
One of the most important historical landmarks in Coorg, the Madikeri Fort was constructed in the late 17th century by kin fog Coorg. This impressive building has withstood the test of time and today serves as the Madikeri Deputy Commissioner’s Office. It is free for visitors.
17. Coorg Cliff Resort
If you love being surrounded by nature and are looking for epic views, then book your stay in Coorg at the Coorg Cliff Resort. It’s located at an altitude of 3398 feet above sea level in the heart of Coorg’s coffee country. This is where nature meets luxury.
18. Talacauvery/ Talakaveri
Talacauervy (also sometimes spelled Talakaveri) is considered to be the birthplace of the Cauvery River; a sacred river in Coorg. It’s known for its natural beauty and is a popular pilgrimage destination.
Another sacred spot and pilgrimage centre in Coorg. Bhagamandala is near the river Kaveri where two tributaries meet creating a sacred river confluence. The Bhagandeshwara temple serves as the pilgrimage site for this area.
20. Brahmagiri Peak
A popular tourist destination in Coorg for the natural beauty as well as the hill’s attractions. The peak is 1608m high and home to plenty of wildlife. Iruppu Falls can be found here as well as some important caves and the Thirunelli Temple which is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. According to legend this temple was constructed by Lord Brahma.
21. Nishani Motte
The Nishani mountain range is a popular hiking and trekking destination. Nishanit Motte is a relatively unknown peak that hikers often spend a couple days trekking to and from. The scenery along the way is beautiful but the route can be tricky so it’s best to go with a tour.
22. Cauvery Nisargadhama
Nisargadhama is a beautiful 64- acre island in the Cauvery River. The island is a popular park area where families and friends can come for scenic walks, boating, and more. There is a deer park, children’s playground, and a orchidarium to name a few of the highlights. There are also a few cottages on the island that can be rented in advance for those wishing to stay.
A small village in Coorg, Chettali is a popular place to visit due to the beautiful scenery and surroundings. Lush greenery and hills covered in mist and cloud make it a serene and relaxing place to spend a few hours or a day. There are also a couple of coffee plantations in the area if that is of interest.
24. Cherala Bhagavathy
Cherala Bhagavathy is an ancient temple located not too far from Chettali. You only need about an hour to visit, but it is worth the detour.
25. Harangi Dam
The Harangi Dam is 47m high and a popular place to visit, especially in monsoon season when the water flow is at its stronger. The dam is located just outside of Hagdur Village.
26. Mandalpatti Viewpoint
Mandalpatti is a scenic viewpoint atop a hill in Pushpagiri reserve. It sits at an altitude of about 4050 feet and is a regular favourite spot for locals in the area to come and enjoy the views. Mandalpatti is also known as Mugilu-Peth or Mugilu Pete which means Market of Cloud.
Bylakuppe is a Tibetan town, often called ‘Indian Tibet’. It’s a small town but popular among visitors for the number of monasteries here including Namdroling Monastery, Sera Jey and Sera Mey.
28. Sera Jey Monastic University
Sera Jey Monastic University is a temple, but more of an education centre than a spiritual place. It’s located in the Tibetan town of Bylukuppe and home to more than 20,000 people who live on the campus. Making it the largest Tibetan settlement in India. Most tourists just skip past this building; however, monks will usually let visitors in to take a look around.
29. Old Kent Estates and Spa Resort
Looking for a peaceful and romantic place to stay in Coorg? A couple of days at Old Kent Estates and Spa is just what you need. It takes visitors back to the period of the British Raj with British architecture, garden, and woodlands.
30. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
A great experience for animal and nature lovers, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary offers jeep rides through the sanctuary so visitors can see the abundance of wildlife. You may see herd of elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, monkeys, and a variety of reptiles, birds, and butterfly species.
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Ranipuram is a hill station with the main peak being 1022m above sea level. The hills here are covered with grasslands and forest and are gorgeous and lush during the monsoon season. The misty hills here add to the allure of tis popular trekking spot.
Valnoor is one of the most popular areas in Coorg for fishing. In this place, the Cauvery river broadens and spreads into a few different pools perfect for dropping a lure. Please note that you will need a permit to fish here.
33. Nalknad Palace
The Nalknad Palace dates back to the late 17th century and is known as the last refuge of Chikka Veerarajendra, the last of the Haleri Kings of Kodagu, before he was deposed by the British. It’s also a filming location known for being the backdrop for the film Kannada.
34. Paadi Igguthappa Temple
Igguthapa is an important deity for the people of this region. He is known as the Lord of rains and crops and his main shrine is known as Paadi Igguthappa. It’s located on a hill top and has existed since 1153.
35. Kote Betta Hill
The third highest peak in Coorg is Kote Betta Hill, making it one of the top sight-seeing places in this area. As you climb up the hill you will find scenic lakes, and Ardhanarishwara temple. Then, at the top, you will be greeted with spectacular views. Most people plan on spending the whole day at Kote Betta Hill.
36. Kabbe Hills
Kabbe Hills is another scenic place. Jeep tours are popular here as they will take you to the main highlights in the area including hidden waterfalls and of course viewpoints. The roads here can be very difficult during monsoon season, so it’s not recommended to come during this time.
37. Bisle View Point
Bisle is a small town best known for its forest reserve which merges with the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Bisle View Point (also called Bisle Betta). The views from here show mountain ranges of three districts, a deep valley, and the Giri river. There is a shelter here so visitors can sit and enjoy the view.
38. Hilltop Heritage Bungalow Experience
If you are looking for a unique experience for your getaway to Coorg then consider staying in a heritage bungalow for the duration of your visit. The bungalows offer amazing views and are surrounded by nature. It’s a popular choice for families and couples.
39. The Windflower Resort
For a stunning luxury resort experience in Coorg, book a stay at the elegant Windflower Resort. Beautiful, natural surroundings, a spa, a couple of dining choises, and a number of onsite activities make it a great choice for those looking for a fun and relaxing stay in Coorg.
Gaddige, also known as Raja’s Tomb is a beautiful monument built in Muhammandan style that contains the remains of the royal Kodavas. It is a unique tomb because Lord Shiva, a Hindu god, is worshiped here. Most tombs belong to Muslim kings however the king buried here was Hindu.
41. Government Museum
The Government Museum is a small museum located inside the Madikeri Fort premises. There isn’t a lot to see, but it does allow visitors a glimpse into Coorg’s past. Many of the items here were donated by General Cariappa.
42. Dolmen Circles
The Dolmen circles are interesting rock formations. Most people use them as a guiding point for hiking and trekking in the surrounding area. It’s not well-known so it tends to be more peaceful here.
If you are looking to experience some of the best of India’s nature, then Coorg is a definite must visit. From waterfalls to mountains to scenic viewpoints, there are plenty of places to visit in Coorg for nature and outdoors enthusiasts.