The Scotland of India : Coorg, Karnataka Travelogue by Deeptha



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The Scotland of India

The Scotland of India

A write-up of my trip from to Coorg via Coorg

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 "One trip to Coorg and it’ll haunt you for the rest of your life" - this is what a friend of mine had written after a trip to Coorg. And it is so true.

The visit to Coorg or Madikeri - as the locals call it, is going to haunt me for a long time to come. It is also referred to as the "Scotland of India". Coorg is an endless expanse of scenic beauty - lush green valleys, coffee plantations, and majestic mountain ranges. Add to this the brave race of Kodavas - Field Marshal K M Cariappa was a Kodava.

While in Madikeri, we visited the Abbi Falls, Omkareshwara temple, Raja's Seat, Cauvery Nisargsdhama, Bhagmandala, Talacauvery, Namdroling Monastery, Raja's Tomb and Nalknad Palace.

The Abbi Falls is situated very near to Madikeri city and the roar of the water can be heard from the main road from where a winding path goes through lovely coffee and cardamom plantations right up to falls.

The Raja's Seat, according to legends, is the place where the kings of Kodagu spent their evenings at. Whether this is true or not, I do not know, but this place does offer a wonderful view of the valleys and mountains.

Nisargadhama known for its calm and serene beauty, is a 2.5 sq. km. large island in the middle of the river Cauvery. Bhagamandala is the sacred site where the 3 rivers - Cauvery, the Kanika and the mythical river Sujyothi meet.

The river Cauveri which is one of the 7 sacred rivers, originates at a place called Talacauveri in the Brahmagiri hills, at about 4,500 ft above sea level. This place is marked by a kundike from where the river emerges as a small perennial spring, but flows underground again to emerge a short distance away. From Talacauveri, steps(360 of them) lead up to the nearby Brahmagiri peak. From the peak, as well as on the drive to Talacauveri, we enjoyed a good view of the misty blue Brahmagiri hills.

The visit to Bylekuppe, where the Namdroling Monastery is situated, was like a visit to mini Tibet. The Tibetians were offered land by the Government of Karnataka when they sought refuge in India. They have created a wonderful place for themselves here. All around we could see burgundy robed monks with shy and sometimes aloof faces. The Monastery is spread over a huge area and there were large gold statues of Buddha. The monks were chanting and the pipes and drums being played in their prayer rooms. And I also saw the young monks with Suzuki Hayabusas. :) The biker monks I should say.

Apart from all this, just walking down the winding hill roads and going for long drive on bike was what I enjoyed at Madikeri.

Hope you enjoyed reading my travelogue.

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This Travelogue 'The Scotland of India' was posted by Deeptha on Thursday, July 12, 2007.


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A travelogue about a trip to Coorg
On 2/24/2009 6:13:30 PM Naveen Kattemane said...

01 Small correction... 'Coorg' is the anglicised name for 'Kodagu' District in Karnataka and her district head quarters is 'Mercara' ( anglicised name for 'Madikeri') so coorg = Kodagu and Mercara= Madikeri.. :-).

On 11/13/2008 9:32:46 PM nkuyilan said...

well written.

On 9/20/2008 10:23:04 AM chikoo said...


On 8/22/2008 4:52:00 PM sunshine said...

i like to read your travelogue......thanks for sharing with us.

On 7/24/2008 1:00:03 PM Rock The Traveller said...

you write in a good style. I think your this style made Coorg to reveal itself best before us..

On 6/5/2008 6:36:59 PM blueplanet said...

Hi, you have put up very nice description of Coorg ! Though I visited in May it was fabulous climate, and wondering how beautiful it will be after rains. Incidently, I've been to Scotland also and can say that there is hardly any similarities, but both are amazing places to visit. Both the places has its own charm & beauty. Coorg photos are wonderful. great..

On 4/25/2008 11:44:01 AM hit the road said...

Beautifully put togther! Yes, heard a lot about Coorg from from ex-room mate, a Coorgi, but never could visit. And I thought Gangtok was the Scotland of India! .

On 4/11/2008 10:32:21 AM Vikas0205 said...

Nice description about Coorg.

On 2/17/2008 1:28:47 PM Dr. Anand Amembal said...

Hi and a great review, I have been there for a whole week, and i have some great pics too, but they are on film, and have to be scanned. Pity you couldnt visit Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary, nearby. Abbey Falls is the best site, so is Namdroling Monastery. Please put in some pics as Coorg is a treat to the eyes..

On 1/7/2008 4:11:58 PM Kanikas said...

Good one. I knew Shillong is Scotland of I know which is the scotland of India....Can you suggest the best time to visit it?.

On 12/28/2007 8:16:40 PM Dr. Anand Amembal said...

Jan is off season, and hotel prices keep changing. It is better to go from Mysore than from Mangalore. Coorg is a paradise to be explored. Check for the famous freshly ground filter coffee, its simply great. Hire a car to go around and ask the driver to take you to all possible places. Dont miss out on the Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary, its worth a visit. Nice writeup Deeptha, a few pics would have been wonderful. .

On 12/12/2007 10:41:12 AM Gsam said...

Nice. Any idea about the road from Mangalore to Coorg? Also, is Jan an off season when hotels will be available easily? Ive been considering Coorg for many years, and having read your note, would like to go sooner rather than later..

On 7/30/2007 11:06:38 AM Maneck said...

Well coorg sounds a like a lovely place to visit, would love to visit the scotland of india.

On 7/17/2007 7:06:22 PM Niv said...

You write well, and its fabulous reading. BTW the other claimant to the 'Scotland of India' is Shillong in the NE, I've been there, it really has the fel - the rolling hills, the green verdant and the mist... amazing place, let me ramp up the guts to write about it !.

On 7/17/2007 10:58:28 AM poojaalld said...

i didnt know that its scotland of india....

On 7/13/2007 2:32:27 PM bunnypunia said...

Hi, nice review :).. I was looking at visiting Coorg (Kodagu valley to be precise) next month. 1.) I have heard KSRTC volvos run on this route. But timings? From Blore bus stand... their online site doesnt have anything on this route. 2.) If not Volvos, how good or bad are the Rajahamsa buses of KSRTC? What about KPN volvo? 2.) Is the place better in Aug or in Sep 3.) Any one been to Club Mahindra Kodagu Valley resort? 4.) Are bikes available on hire there?.

On 7/12/2007 1:18:32 PM LP said...

Huh, nice to read about coorg. I would soon see Coorg..

On 7/12/2007 10:00:58 AM Express Gypsy said...

This is nice toooo! liked reading it.

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