Monday, May 17, 2010

Coorg – The Scotland Of India


Geological formations in the Archachean era, about 2600 million years ago, created a captivating mountainous landscape with lush green vegetation and picturesque deep valleys and shinning waterfalls in south western India. This Kodagu or Coorg, literally meaning “Hill Country”. An abode of Gods in the mythological age, dotted by primitive dolmens in the pre-historic age. Coorg was coveted and controlled by various rulers of neighboring kingdoms from the 2nd century. In the 16th century, Coorg attained a separate identity under Viraraja of the Keladi royal family, who made Mercara his capital and he and his descendants ruled till 1834 when Coorg was annexed by the British.

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Coorg or Kodagu home to the Kodavas, a unique warrior race, known for their rich traditions and distinct way of life, and to many other indigenous tribes is one of India’s most stunning and unique tourist destinations. Here, you start your day with farm fresh eggs and cream and honey, washed down with coffee and wild passion fruit juice and then go where you will. A trek, a safari, a round of golf, a walk through paddy fields and coffee plantations or just a visit to a fort, a temple or the palace. Nothing will disappoint you. Coorg will only fascinate you.

Places To See In Coorg

The Madikeri Fort – Originally a mud fort, Tipu Sultan rebuilt it in granite. Tipu ruled briefly over this region in the 18th century. One can find two life size masonry elephants in the north-east corner and a church built by the British after the accession of Kodagu. The fort presently houses the state government offices, the law courts and the public library.

Gaddige – Gaddige or the tombs of Veerarajendra and Lingaragendra at Madikeri is one of the important monuments of Coorg. It was built to commemorate the contributor of these people to the region. The tomb in the center, which is the largest, has the grave of King Veerarajendra and Queen Mahadeviamma. The biggest tomb has the grave of King Lingarajendra and the smallest tomb has the grave of Rudrappa, who was the Guru of King Lingarajendra. One can see the architecture was influenced by the Islamic style, with Muhammadan-style edifices with domes in the center and turrets at the angles.

Abbey Falls – Abbi in Kodava means ‘falls’. This beautiful waterfall is a mere 8 km from Madikeri and is a big hit with locals and tourists, especially from the filmdom alike. Even during summers there is plenty of water in these falls. The roar of the falls can be heard from the main road, from where a path goes through the picturesque coffee and cardamom plantations right up to them.

Golden Temple – This is situated near Kushalnagar, 30 km from Siddapura and known as “Byle Kuppe”. Golden temple is India’s second biggest Tibetan monastery, housing 250 monks. It has two universities and two monasteries. Although refugees, Tibetans have kept their culture and heritage intact. Tourists can witness their way of life, architecture; even taste Tibetan dishes and buy Tibetan handicrafts.

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