Monday, 20 April 2015

Among the hill stations of Coorg

Coorg (Kodagu) is a heavenly beauty located in the Indian state of Karnataka
enriched with undulating hills, stunning viewpoints, and majestic rivers. It attracts large number of tourists from across the globe owing to its scenic beauty and has a great appeal for nature lovers. 

It will serve as an idyllic spot for those wanting to spend a quiet and serene holiday away from the hustling and bustling of crowded city life. Among the hill stations of India, Coorg is one that will magnetize you with its earthy grandeur and enigmatic beauty. Some of the best places of interests for tourists visiting this enchanting place are described below.

Madikeri Fort

Initially constructed of mud by Muddu raja in the preceding quarter of 17th century and later restored by a concrete stone by Tipu Sultan, it houses the Palace of Lingayat rulers which form as a stone tortoise. The grandeur that this fort imposes is magnificent compared to any other fort.

Abbey Falls

Located at a distance of 8 km from the main town of Madikeri and snuggled between incorporated coffee and spice plantations, it is one of the sites which should not be missed on a tour to Coorg and serves as an ideal spot during the peak seasons. 

The lynching bridge opposite to the falls can be accessed by visitors. The path carpeted by cardamom and coffee plantations through which one reaches to the falls is beyond words to describe.

Nagarhole Park

Spread over an area of 643 square km, it is located amidst Mysore and Coorg. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park it shelters the faunas of Karnataka. It is home to 270 species of birds including; great spotted eagle, nilgiri wood pigeon etc. 

and animals like black-naped hare, red giant flying squirrel, spotted dear, striped hyenas, Indian porcupine, barking deer etc. Endangered species are also sheltered in this park which includes oriental white ibis, red headed vulture, darters etc.

Raja’s Seat

Constructed for the Kings to relish in the sun dawn and tremendous view of the foggy covered mountains in the evenings, it is the one of the best location for tourists to enjoy the spontaneous view and earthy beauty of Coorg. Now, it has been developed into a public garden.

Omkareshwara Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is a temple built by Linga Rajendra II in 1820. It stands as an architectural masterpiece and is built with an intermingling of Islamic and Gothic style of architecture.

Nisargadhama

It is an island in the hub of River Kaveri bounded by tranquil and composed beauty. It provides as a supreme spot for honeymooning couple and also a picnic spot because of its isolated environment.

Dubare Elephant Camp

Located near Madikeri, it is a prominent elephant training camp. The forest of Dubare is residence to diverse wild animals including Sambar, elephant, spotted dear, peacocks, partridges, crocodiles, kingfishers, gaurs etc. Wildlife safari, coracle ride and elephant joyride can also be relished in the camp.

Veerabhoomi

It is resort village built by representing the traditions and culture of Karnataka state. The serving staffs in this resort village are attired like soldiers and the cottages look a lot like tents in the wars.
Beside these magnetizing places, Coorg will offer you with numerous other places like Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery and Golden Temple, Mallalli Falls, Mandalpatti, Somwarpet, Gaddige, Bhagamandala etc. which will grab you for a moment with its exquisiteness.

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