Table of Contents
- 1 Coorg Weather
- 2 Things to do in Coorg with Kids
- 3 Visit the famous Coorg Tourist Places
- 4 Shopping in Coorg / Things to buy in Coorg
Coorg weather is pleasant all year round this makes it an evergreen and all time favorite destination in summers, winters and in rains also. There are a lot of fun things to do in Coorg for families with kids. In spite of being a small hill station tucked away in the western ghats of Karnataka, it still has a few popular places to visit in Coorg.
The beauty of Coorg is that its attraction is different in different seasons. The monsoon months are special too, as the beauty and greenery comes alive in the rains but it may get inconvenient when travelling with kids and most of the sightseeing options are inaccessible and may dampen your plans but the thriving river rafting makes it an adventurer’s delight. In September, the waterfalls are in their full glory and easily accessible as the rain Gods start receding. The period from September to March is just perfect to enjoy the tourist attractions so it’s the best time to visit Coorg. But it’s the peak season so you might find many tourists and inflated rates everywhere. March and April are the months when the coffee plantations are in full bloom with pretty white flowers and the view is a treat for sore eyes.
Things to do in Coorg with Kids
Stay in a Coorg Homestay
Of all the things to do in Coorg, this one is my personal favorite. Coorg has an assortment of hotels and resorts that are ready to spoil you with all the luxury and amenities they offer, but a homestay only, can give a first hand knowledge of the culture and traditions of the place. Coorg has many homestay options that fit all pockets. The personalized attention with fresh home cooked local delicacies will make sure that you will not regret this decision.
Try the Local Cuisine
Coorg has lots to offer in terms of food and the local spread goes far beyond the humble dosa and vada. One of the must things to do in Coorg is to try out its local Kodava cuisine. Loaded with abundantly grown local spices, it will make sure to tingle your taste buds and make you crave for more.
Experience the Monsoons
There is nothing more divine and fulfilling than to enjoy the rains falling over the vast expanse of wilderness, sipping on a freshly brewed cup of locally grown coffee. Monsoons are also the best time for river rafting and to experience the waterfalls in their full glory. Rains are the best part of the Coorg Weather.
One of the most rejuvenating things to do in Coorg is its Nature Walks. Set out on foot and explore the wilderness of Coorg. The myriad varieties of flora and fauna present here will surely not disappoint you.
See the Coffee Blossoms
If you happen to visit Coorg during March / April then one of the most delightful things to do in Coorg is watching the Coffee plantations deck up in a veil of white flowers is a delight as a result of the delicate, white, sweet-smelling blossoms. This flower season is short-lived but definitely brightens up the always pleasant Coorg weather.
Visit the famous Coorg Tourist Places
There are plenty of tourist attractions in Coorg. Since its right in the lap of nature there’s nature walk, cascading waterfalls, Elephant camps, many temples and a monastery too.
Following is a handpicked list of tourist attractions and places to visit in Coorg:
The majestic Abbey Falls!
Abbey falls are about 8 km from Madikeri. The roads leading to Abbey Falls are treacherous and requires extra caution while driving especially during rains. The falls are in a private property in the midst of an enchanting green foliage. There is a short walk of 500 meters through stone paved path from the parking area to the falls. The walk is endearing, however, it is daunting for little kids. The falls are hidden by greenery and seem to suddenly, although the roar of the cascading waters are heard from a distance. There is a hanging bridge that takes you to the other side of the falls. The flow is very high during the monsoons and the sight of the majestic falls from the hanging bridge is breathtaking. It’s better to plan this visit during day time to fully appreciate its beauty.
Enjoy the Awesome Coorg Weather at Raja’s Seat
Raja’s Seat is one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg to enjoy the lovely Coorg weather. It lies in the heart of Madikeri. You can get an amazing view of the clouds caressing the curling mountains from here. The best time to visit this place is in the evening to experience a breathtaking sunset and as the sun sets, the few thin strips of clouds on the horizon turn shimmering gold. This place is known for its seasonal gardens and artificial waterfalls. It’s called Raja’s Seat because according to legends, the Kings of Coorg spent their evenings here, taking in the beauty of the place. A toy train ride is an added attraction for kids.
Another fun place to visit in Coorg is the Nisargdhama Forest. This small island is on the Madikeri Kushalnagar road, roughly 3 km from Kushalnagar and 19 km from Madikeri. It is formed by the River Cauveri. There is a parking area with entry charges. The island is accessible through a hanging rope bridge. The Cauveri flowing through a woody heaven of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees make the island visit worthwhile. The attractions for children here are boating; children’s park, elephant rides and a deer park where you can also feed them, all for nominal charges.
Deer park at Nisargdhama
The source of the sacred Cauveri River is Talakaveri, on the Brahmagiri Range by a small temple dedicated to Goddess Kaveriamma, worshiped by the Kodavas. A small ascend gives a picturesque view of clouds, mist and fog floating over the hills and dense green forests. River Cauveri originates as a spring supplying water to a tank before flowing underground to form a river. It’s situated at a height of 1276 m above sea level and can get quite chilly due to the strong winds especially during rains.
Tip: Avoid visiting this place with kids during the monsoon season. That said, we still cherish the memories of this place since we visited this place just as a couple during monsoons and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Dubare Elephant camp is a project undertaken by forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. Here you can get up, close and personal with the pachyderms. You can not only learn about them but bathe them, play with them and feed them too. You need to take a speed boat or coracle ride to reach this camp. It’s advisable to reach early as the elephant grooming session is a must see. Elephant rides are also popular. The coracle ride, a traditional round boat made of bamboo and hide is a major tourist attraction. This is one of the must things to do in Coorg for families visiting here with kids. The time spent with the elephants will surely be etched in the kids minds for years.
These falls are in the Brahmagiri range, around 80 km from Madikeri and 48 km from Virajpet. Monsoons are the best time to visit as the falls are in their full glory. A Shiva temple on the way to these falls is a popular pilgrimage spot. The nature trail leading to these falls is long with many steps but also exhilarating. The falls are simply beautiful and a must see during rains but I recommend to avoid it during off-season.
Namdroling Tibetan Monastery
18 meters high gold-plated statues at Namdroling Tibetan Monastery
This Monastery is in Bylakuppe, around 35 km from Madikeri. It amazed me when I found out that this small district in Karnataka houses the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It’s also known as the Golden Temple due to the jaw dropping 18 meters high gold-plated Buddha statue it houses. The statues along with the beautiful paintings of Tibetan mythology and the decorated altar make the monastery a must visit. It hosts over 5000 monks; still one can feel the peace and tranquility of the Sanctum Sanatorium. It not only attracts many young Tibetans seeking enlightenment but also huge number of tourists.
Here there are shops selling authentic Tibetan food as well as many souvenirs and curios.
Tip: Make sure to negotiate the prices before buying them.
Monks’ Quarters at Namdroling Tibetan Monastery
Shopping in Coorg / Things to buy in Coorg
Spices and Dry Fruits
Fresh, locally grown, unadulterated, reasonably priced variety of spices; need I say more?
If you also love spices like me, this is definitely one of the things to do in Coorg which you should not miss. I found the spices available here are of great quality. It lasted me for a little more than a year.
With abundance of spice gardens in Coorg just name the spice and you will find it here. Spices like pepper, cardamom, cumin, oregano, sage, basil, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary as well as dry fruits like figs and raisins are available for buying here.
Tip: Do not overdo as I did. Buy only in limited amount as some of the stuff I bought got spoiled after a year of storage.
Coorg being the largest producer of coffee in India, coffee was the main item on my shopping list. The coffee available here is Arabica and Robusta. It’s strong as well as aromatic and a must buy for all coffee aficionados.
Coorg is also famous for its honey which is rich in taste as well as in medicinal properties.
Tip: Be cautious while buying this as you could be easily tricked into buying adulterated stuff. Unfortunately, it happened to us. However, don’t let our bad experience de-motivate you from buying this awesome product there.
Coorg Chocolates and Oranges
Homemade Chocolates are a specialty here. You get them in different varieties. The oranges you get here may not look very appealing but taste delicious.
Hope you find this Coorg Family Guide of use to you. Do let us know about your stay in Coorg or if I am missing something, please contact us or comment below and I will update this blog soon so that it may help other travellers. Your comments and/or feedback are most welcome.
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