7 Best Things to do in Coorg (Kodagu): The Kashmir of South India

Kodagu, formerly known as and still famous as Coorg, is a district in Karnataka, the South of India. It is located on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats and popular as one of the top-rated hill stations of India.

Karnataka state is one of the best places to visit in India. It is abundant in natural beauty, cultural places & historical sites to visit.

The charisma of the place is compared to that of Kashmir in the north, and hence this place is fondly known as the Kashmir of South India. There are however no railway stations or airports in the district and hence needs to be accessed by road.

Best Things to do in Coorg

1. Bylakuppe


Bylakuppe, Karnataka is home to several Tibetan settlements. It is the second-largest Tibetan settlement in the world after Dharamshala, located outside Tibet.

It was established by Lugsum Samdupling in 1961, and Dickyi Larson in 1969.

The Golden Temple is the main tourist attraction in Bylakuppe. The walls are ornamented with colorful paintings depicting gods and demons from Tibetan Buddhist mythology.

The altar is adorned with flowers and candles. This place is very tranquil and offers a royal sight. It is surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Tourists are always welcomed to visit the temples and monasteries. Photography is allowed. It should on your list of best things to do in Coorg.

How to ReachBylakuppe is situated in Kushalnagar which is approximately 18 km from Madikeri. You can hire a cab or use a bus service.

Timings7 AM to 8 PM

FeeNo Fee

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2. Talacauveri


Talacauveri is believed to be the source of origin of the river Kaveri. It is situated by the Brahmagiri slope close to Bhagamandala in Coorg, 1276 meters above the sea level.

At present, there is a tank at the place, where the river is believed to have originated. The river originates a spring supplying water to this tank. The water then flows underground to emerge as the river Kaveri at some distance.

Nearby, there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Agastheeshwara. There is a legend saying that Kaveri was held captive by the sage Agasthya in his Kamandalu (an oblong water pot. Lord Ganesha, disguised in the form of a crow caused the Kamandalu to topple at the highest point of this slope when Sage Agasthya was meditating.

The temple is located in an amazing location, in the lap of the Brahmagiri hills. The systematic layers of hills with stretches of green pastures are truly an appealing scene from the temple. It is a brilliant tourist destination to relax and spend time in leisure.

How to Reach

  • By Air- Kannur is the nearest airport which is approximately 117 km from the place.
  • By Train – Madikeri is the nearest railway station and is 45 km from the place.
  • By Road – You can find direct buses from Mysore. Place is well connected to adjacent areas .

Timings – Temple is open between 6 a.m to 6 p.m.

Fee – No fee is charged from the devotees

3. Bhagamandala 


A pilgrimage center in Coorg, Bhagamandala is known for the ‘Triveni Sangam’ i.e. a sacred river confluence where the river Kaveri meets two of its tributaries- Kannike and Sujyoti.

It is one of the best things to do in Coorg where you will find natural beauty & religious place together.

Bhagamandala is sited on the river Kaveri in its upstream stretches, at around 900 meters above sea level.

A short distance from Triveni Sangama is the famous Bhagandeshwara temple. Pilgrims visiting this temple first take a dip in the Triveni sangoma and perform their ancestral rituals and then proceed to Talacauveri.

How to Reach– Bhagmandala is about 35 km from Madikeri. Tourists can travel in the buses operated by the state government or private owners. You can also hire cabs.

Timings The Harangi Dam is open from 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM, the Padi Igguthappa Temple is open from 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM. The most famous temple, the Bhagandeshwara temple opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM.

Fee – No fee is charged

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4. Omkareshwara Temple

Omkareshwara Temple

The Omkareshwara temple was built by King Lingarajendra II in 1820. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple was built in a mix of Gothic and Islamic styles.

The legend has it that the king had killed a Brahmin and later, in order to appease the spirit of the Brahmin, the temple was built.

It has four towers and a dome in the center. It is similar to a Muslim dargah with a linga installed near the entrance door.

The Shivalinga installed here was brought from Kashi. There is a water tank or pond in the temple premises. It has a mandapa in the center and this mandapa is connected by a walkway. One can spot beautiful, petite swans in the pond.

The temple is a rare sight as its exteriors appear similar to that of a mosque and the interiors that of a temple. It might not be the one of the famous & richest temples in India but It is a must-visit destination if you are in Coorg.

How to Reach 

The temple is situated in Madikeri, which is very well connected to the rest of Karnataka. One can travel by a bus or hire a cab from Coorg.

 Fee – This temple does not charge any fee.

5. Abbey Falls

abbey fall

A highly rated natural retreat & one of the best things to do in Coorg is the Abbey waterfalls situated 7-8 kilometers away from Madikeri town.

The stream is a piece of the early reaches of waterway Kaveri. It is located in a private property in between coffee plantations and spice estates and decently maintained.

Reaching the place is a nice ride in itself as the road that drives you is very narrow with lots of turns and twists and full of lush greenery on either side. It gives you the feeling of walking through a dense forest, though safe and exciting.

The waterfall offers a spectacular view and the natural aura of the place has a rejuvenating effect on one’s mind. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls offers a good view.

There is a Kali Mata mandir on one side of the bridge. The waterfall attracts thousands of visitors daily.

How to Reach – Abbey falls are just 7 km from Madikeri. You can travel by bus, hire a cab or even use a bicycle. You just need to follow the Galibeedu road from Madikeri. In case you are coming directly by train, Mysore is the nearest railway station.

Timings – N/A

Fee – No fee

6. Nisargadhama Ecological Park

Hanging Bridge Coorg

Nisargadhama also called Kaveri Nisargadhama, is a breath-taking, gorgeous island formed by river Kaveri near Kushalnagar in Coorg. We highly recommend it as one of the best things to do in Coorg for its surroundings!

An ecological park for young and old alike and a paradise for nature lovers, it has a deer park, boating, elephant rides, a small snack house, and whatnot.

It is an island spread across 64 acres, with the Kaveri flowing nearby, and with lush foliage of thick bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees.

There is a hanging bridge at the entrance of the park walking through which one can access the main site. There are rabbits, deers, peacocks, a playground as well as an orchidarium.

Rocks atop the Kaveri flowing through the park make a favorite site for stunning photography amidst nature.

Nisargadhama which translates to ‘abode of nature’ is indeed the perfect abode of natural beauty. Tourists visiting Coorg never miss out on this ecological park, and so shouldn’t you!

How to ReachNisargadhama has located 28 km from Coorg. The best advice would be to hire a cab.

Timings9 AM to 5 PM

Fee10 Rs Per Person

7. Raja’s Seat

Raja's Seat

Raja’s seat is a famous sunset point at Coorg. It is one of the best things to do in Coorg.

It is a seasonal garden of floras and artificial fountains. Once, it was a platform from which the kings of Coorg used to enjoy surreal sunsets.

The spot got its name as it was the most loved recreational spot for the kings.

Raja’s seat is made of brick and mortar. It is surrounded by four pillars that are bridged by arches.

The structure is built on a high-level ground that is enhanced by delightful surroundings.

An added attraction is the toy train. This train can take you and kids around the park from where you can enjoy a distant view of the mountains as well as Raja’s seat.

The place also holds fame as one of the most photographed places in Coorg & included in the best things to do in Coorg by most of the travelers.

How to ReachThe spot is located in Madikeri and is well connected by road routes

Timings6 AM to 7 PM

FeeRs 5 per person (1 hour)


How to reach Coorg?

The nearest railway station is the Mysore railway station at a distance of 120 km. The nearest airport is the Mangalore airport which is at a distance of 160 km.

Madikeri is the capital of the district and hosts plenty of charming landscapes. The place shall not leave you even if you leave the place with a heavy heart at the end of your vacation!

Now that you have our best things to do in Coorg list. here’s how you can reach the place

  • By Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport which is about 135 km away. You can also travel to Bangalore which is approximately 250 km from Coorg.
  • By Rail: The nearest railway station is Mysore, which is about 120 km.
  • By Road: Coorg is very well connected by road with all major cities in Karnataka.

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Parting Words

Coorg is a beautiful little town tucked away in the state of Karnataka. It offers stunning destinations to visit, adventure activities & amazing experiences to visit the coffee plantation.

Whenever you visit South India, remember to visit Coorg-The Kashmir of South India. We hope you will try all the best things to do in Coorg & enjoy this paradise in South India.

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  1. Hi Garima,
    Good day…..
    A fan of your Travel Tales……with a hiccup…you forget some trivia’s of places you visit..may be not important to you, but may be important t others…you have never highlighted about food in many place which is very important for a foodie to go about the local and famous foods of those places
    For eg: for a die hard non-vegetarian in Coorg “Pandhi Curry” is locally famous of Coorgi Cuisine, worth a try..This is just a suggestion to embellish your travelogue further in the interest of die hard travelers like yourself…
    Best Wishes for more Travelogues,
    Sundar Tumuluru

    • Hi Sundar,

      Thanks for stopping by & sharing your opinion & suggestion.
      I have two separate categories for Travel & food. Under travel, I try to incorporate travel detail & usually give details about food in a separate post. You can find my ‘Food’ post under the category with the same title.
      However, I will try to give this idea a try & see if my readers enjoy it more.
      WOuld love to see you more often on the blog.

    • Hi Ashwin

      Glad that you liked the article. It is a lovely place for a weekend getaway. Do not forget to share your experience in case you are visiting the place in the future.


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