COORG
Coorg is the anglicised version of 'Kodagu' the name which has been ascribed to Kudu for bent, as the western border is shaped as a sickle or kodamalenadu for steepy hills. Spread over 4,102 square km, Coorg is situated at the southern end of the Western Ghats. The entire region is at an altitude of 3000 to 5500 feet. The highest peak is Thadiyandamol at 5729 feet. Coorg is bordered by Tulu speaking Dakshina Kannada to its Northwest, Kannada speaking Hassan District to the North and Mysore to the Northeast. To the South and Southwest are the Malayalam speaking Kannur and Kozhikode districts of Kerala.



BEAUTIFUL COORG

The land of Coorg is carpeted with every possible shade of green and the mornings are adorned with a gossamer of transparent white mist. Coorg is more than a dream travel destination; it is a dream come true. The topography of Coorg is ornamented with grassy downs, rice fields, sloping glades, waterfalls and deep ravines spread over more than 1,590 square miles of beautiful terrain.

The rain drenched forests and mountain ranges provide a unique ecosystem in which many species of birds, animals and plants find sustenance. One of the districts of India with the highest rainfall, the climate in Coorg is very conducive for Coffee cultivation. In addition to coffee, there are over 1,300 species of flora making Coorg a botanist’s paradise.

Kodagu which is a part of Western Ghats is an environmental "hot spot" because of its fragile environment. An awareness program called "Coorg - An Alternative Model" has been initiated to teach the locals about the fragile ecosystem and ways to manage and sustain development without damaging the environment.



THE KODAVAS

The population of Coorg is a composite of many communities with the Kodavas as the main ethnic group. Kodavas belong to a martial culture that even now ritually worship their guns and swords. Members from this warrior community are known for their patriotism and can be seen serving as top officers in the armed forces of the country.

Although a Hindu community, Kodavas have customs and traditions that are unique. They adhere to clan lineage and include the clan as their surname. The Kodava people speak ‘Kodavatak’ and wear distinctive traditional dresses. Their exclusivity extends to their festivals, weddings and cuisine. The long British rule has left its imprint on the land where people enjoy their evenings with a game of golf or hockey, drink and meat with a seasoning of chivalry and laughter.



THE WEATHER IN COORG:

The average temperature during the winter in Coorg is around max 29°C to 14°C in the nights. Summers in Coorg, are pleasant. Between the months of June and August, Coorg experiences the Indian southwest monsoon that leaves Coorg cool and green. The average annual rainfall in Coorg is between 2,500 and 3,500 millimeters.

In the months of April and May, the entire district of Coorg is scented with the stimulating aroma of coffee blossoms from the blossom showers. Even though the beauty is there in abundance for you to enjoy all year long, the perfect time to travel to Coorg is between September and March.



IMPORTANT PLACES IN COORG:

Madikeri is the district headquarters and has been so since the rule of the Haleri Rajas. The name Madikeri is derived from ‘Muddurajakeri’ named after the Haleri king Mudduraja. Madikeri is well connected by road to Mangalore to the west and Mysore to the east.

Places to visit in and around Madikeri:
Raja Seat; Talakaveri- The origin of river Kaveri and Bhagamandala; Abbey Falls; Bhagamandala; Omkareshwara Temple.


Virajpet, also referred to as Veerarajendrapet, named after the local King. It is a taluk headquarter of South Coorg bordering Kerala and is well connected by road. Coordinates: 12.2000° N, 75.8000° E. Altitude: 1525 m above sea level.
CIDS is situated in Maggula village, Virajpet on the Virajpet- Siddapur road 2 km from the government bus stand. The college is situated on the Malethireke hill which houses the sacred Shiva temple at its peak. Built on the hilly terrain, the college campus is multi-layered interspersed by strategically located gardens and assimilates into the greenery of the hill.

Places to visit in and around Virajpet:
Nagarahole: A Tiger Sanctuary that is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, is under consideration by the UNSECO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site; Irruppu Falls; Nalaknad Palace and Thadiyandamol; Igguthappa Temple; Vintage car museum, Siddapur; Lakshmana Thirtha River and Chalavara falls.




Places to visit in and around Kushalnagar:
Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement; Kaveri Nisargadhama; Dubare Elephant Camp and Chiklihole water reservoir.


Wildlife Sanctuaries in Coorg:
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary 92.65 km2.
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary 181.29 km2.
Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary 105.01 km2.

National Park in Coorg: Nagarhole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park 644 km2.

Peaks in Coorg: 

Tadiyandalmol 

- 1750m

Pushpagiri    

- 1710m

Kotebetta   

- 1650m

Chomamale

- 610m

Devasibetta  

- 1610m

Brahmagiri  

- 1360m

Nishanimotte

- 1270m

Madakanamott  

- 1150m

Things to do in Coorg:
Some of the activities that you can indulge in Coorg include Trekking, Cycling, Bird watching, Photography, Star Gazing, White water rafting, Off-Roading, Microlite Flying, Rock climbing/ Rappelling and Wild life safari.

DISTANCE OF VIRAJPET FROM:

Mysore

110 km

Mangalore

159 km

Bangalore

259 km 

Coimbatore

310 km

Kochi

372 km

Chennai

574 km

Cannanore

90 km

Madikeri

34 km

* Approximate Distance only.

Nearest Railway station: Mysore/ Mangalore.
Nearest Domestic airport: Mysore/ Mangalore.
Nearest International airport: Bangalore/ Mangalore.



OTHER NECESSARY INFORMATION:

Phone codes: Madikeri- 08272; Virajpet/ Gonikoppa- 08274; Somwarpet/ Kushalnagar- 08276. To shop for: Coffee, Spices, Honey, Homemade wines and Coorgi warrior symbols.

Delicacies: Pandi curry, Paputt, Nooputt, Thambatt, Kadumbutt, Koli curry, Kaipuli Pajji, Akki rotti, Kumm curry.