Coorg – the Scotland of India is famous for its lush green valleys, misty hills, sprawling coffee & tea plantations, orange groves, fast flowing streams and dazzling waterfalls. As a popular weekend getaway, Coorg offers a magnificent old world charm with a laidback experience and a relaxing ambience.
One can enjoy the picturesque surroundings which offer spectacular views of the Western Ghats. There are a lot of tourist attractions in Coorg which are frequented visited. They widely range from historical forts and monuments to ancient temples, ecological parks, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries. Excellent opportunities for adventure activities like trekking, angling and river rafting can also be done here.
Raja’s Seat is located in the town of Madikeri. It is the place where the kings used to sit along with their consorts and watch the sunsets. The view is spectacular from here as one can gaze upon the beautiful hills and valleys. The government has set up a garden around the Raja’s Seat and it has become an ideal place for tourist to come and enjoy themselves.
Established in 1820, the Omkareshwara Temple was built by Lingarajendra II with a Mohammedan style of architecture. The temple highlighted a center dome with four corner turrets. The temple is similar to a Muslim Dargah and has a Linga by the entrance door. The temple’s history was inscribed by the king on a copper plate. It can be seen hanging on the door frame at the temple entrance.
The Madikeri Fort was originally built as a mud fort by Mudduraja in the 17th century. It was rebuilt by Tipu Sultan in stone. Built of brick and mortar, the fort had witnessed many fierce battles. The palace in the fort was renovated in 1812-1814 by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II. Two life size masonry elephants are present in the north-east corner and a church is also located in the south-east corner. The fort is of archaeological value and offers stunning views of the city from its walls. Within the Fort’s walls there is a prison, small museum, chapel, temple and various government offices.
Abbey Falls is a popular waterfall just about 8 km from the main town of Madikeri. Here the River Kaveri cascades down from a height of 70 feet. A hanging bridge is built across the gorge offering an excellent view of the falls. The place offers a splendid backdrop for picnics.
Gaddige is a historical structure of Indo-Sarcenic architecture style and holds the mortal remains of the royal kings and the court dignitaries. The tomb of Lingarajendra was built here in 1820 and the tomb of the Royal priest Rudrappa was built in 1834. The tomb of two royal officials, Biddanda Bopu and his son Biddanda Somaiah who died fighting with Tipu Sultan are also located here.