The scenic hillsides of Coorg, with their lush green jungles, deep valleys and cascading waterfalls have been a favourite holiday destination for both native Kannadigas as well as tourists from all over the world. This is one of the most popular hill stations in India. You can find a wide variety of things to do in Coorg that would keep you engaged during your entire stay here.
Doing things Coorg way will help you understand the rich heritage and culture of the place better.
From hiking through unexplored forests to exploring hidden temples, there is something for everyone at Coorg which is waiting to be discovered with every turn. Some of the places which you can choose to visit are as follows:
Things to do in Coorg,
Visit The Campsite by the River
A highly popular picnic spot amidst thick jungle and rivers, The Campsite by the River is a perfect place to spend your weekends and holidays. There are several ways to reach this spot, but the easiest way is through a 4-wheel drive vehicle, hence it will be better if you make prior arrangements with one there. It is near Pothigai Lake and has an evening chill-out point as well as a swimming pool. You will be treated to a cosy ambience with incense sticks burning in front of ancient sculptures that adorn the stone pillars in this place. The vibe here is a real getaway from city life.
Go on a Food Tour
There is a wide variety of things to do in Coorg which can be completed in a single day. If you love to try out new food and explore new cuisines, then you should take a food tour. You can explore exotic cuisines when you visit these places on a food tour. The best thing about taking such tours is that they are cheaper than going on individual trips and more convenient too.
The Jeep Safari is an easy and adventurous way to explore the depth of the mesmerizing jungle that surrounds Coorg. It gives you a royal experience with bountiful trophies of nature like birds, monkeys, tigers and more.
Head to a Hill Station
The weather in Coorg is pleasant throughout the year but the monsoon brings heavy rains here. Hence you should avoid exploring the place during this time of the year. But if you are up for a week-long trip, then a visit to the hill station would be a great way to experience the charm of Coorg.
The wildest animals inhabit Coorg’s jungles and you can spot them on Wildlife Safaris. You will experience an immersion into the wild as you travel through dense forests and see various species of flora and fauna. You will also get to interact with the local tribesmen which indeed would be a great experience.
There is a different kind of festival celebrated all year round in Coorg, each bringing its flavour of celebration. The festivals are usually connected with the harvest season, so dates vary from one place to another. But if you want an ultimate experience on your vacation, then attend as many festivals as possible during your stay here.
If you love adventure and want to take your vacation to another level altogether, then the Microlight Flying is an amazing experience. It gives you a bird’s eye view of Coorg’s picturesque valleys and meadows dotted with several lakes.
Take a Boat Ride
You can climb up the hills of Coorg through its trekking trails or spend some time luxuriating on its lake shores or enjoy a boat ride on its pristine waters. This will make for a perfect weekend trip with your friends and family. The best months for such outings are between September to October or February to March when the weather is favourable and the crowds are not too thick because of which you get good value for money here.
Cycling Tour To Kote Betta
The most popular activity to do in Coorg among the locals is Cycling Tour To Kote Betta. The roads are well-paved and the scenery is beyond beautiful for this tiny town of about 2500 people.
Visit Spice Garden
The Coorg spice garden is one of its kind in India, owing to its vast expanse of more than eight acres with a variety of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and peppermint. This Garden has become quite a tourist attraction over time and it helps promote Coorg’s rich spice culture.
An interesting attraction for all nature lovers is the Iruppu Falls, one of the deepest waterfalls in Coorg. The waterfall drops steeply 1,200 feet and is a popular hangout spot during the weekends. You can spend a few hours here and decide whether it is worth your time or not.
Sit On a Hilltop
Sit on a hilltop and watch the sunset over Coorg’s lovely valleys and forests. You will be mesmerized by its beauty while asking yourself “Why have I not visited Coorg before?”
If you are a big adventure enthusiast, then Quad Biking is for you. ATVs are much easier to handle than your average bike and not as fast as a motorbike. There are a lot of ATV hire shops in Coorg from where you can rent quad bikes. You can ride on the roads that pass through villages and meadows, experience the thrill of driving through rough terrains and enjoy the panoramic views of Coorg’s valleys and hills.
This is another wonderful and adventurous way to test your limits. Rappelling gives you a chance to experience the thrill of a waterfall while dangling over it in a rope. Beautiful scenery surrounds you as you get wet in the water. The best part about rappelling is that it doesn’t involve any equipment, hence all you need to do is take lessons for the same beforehand.
Coorg is famous for its warm hospitality and hospitality from people here are well known because they love to help visitors
Getting There: The best time to visit this place is May – October, especially during the Southwest monsoon. During summer, rains almost make this place unsuitable for trekking but it is a good place for adventure activities like rock climbing and rappelling. A day trip from Bangalore to Coorg can be done by hiring a taxi van from Bangalore Airport (Bengaluru International Airport) which will cost around INR 1000-1500 per car (depending on exact time).
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