A popular weekend getaway from Bengaluru, Coorg or Kodagu is commonly referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’ and for good reasons. With pictures hills and lush greenery all around, a trip to this coffee growing region is always memorable. For those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday or to spend some time living outdoors, Coorg makes for the perfect destination as it instantly mesmerises you with its green beauty. That’s not all. The Kodava cuisine with its lip-smacking treats and the rich local culture will make you fall in love with this quaint hill station.
If Coorg is on your travel wishlist, here are seven things that you must include in your itinerary:
1. Book a stay at a coffee estate
Whether you are a coffee person or not, you should definitely book your stay at a coffee estate. This way not only will you gain insights to the whole coffee making process but also get to spend maximum time in the midst of nature. There are many luxurious homestays that provide the perfect break, where you can enjoy a true plantation life.
2. Sign up for a trek
The picturesque landscape of Coorg makes it a trekker’s paradise. In fact, many tour operators offer a range of adventure activities – river rafting, camping, to make the most of your time outdoors. On your own too, you can explore Coorg by making your way through various trails. Popular treks include Kumar Parvatha, Brahmagiri Peak, Nishani Motte and Thadiyandamol to name a few.
3. Indulge in Kodava cuisine – akki roti and pandi curry
Food lovers will find plenty of reasons to indulge in the local Kodava cuisine that features local veggies (bamboo shoots, colocassia leaves), spices and berries, and is a treat for meat lovers too. An absolute must-try is pandi curry, which is a slow-cooked pork dish made with a local vinegar called kachampuli.Other treats include akki roti, kadambuttu (rice balls) and jackfruit curry.
4. Visit Bylakuppe
Bylakuppe is a Tibetan settlement that is about 40 km away from Coorg and makes for a great half-day visit. The star attraction here is the Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery with its stunning architecture. While there, don’t forget to indulge in the local Tibetan food such as thukpas and momos.
5. Make your way to the waterfalls
Other than the breathtaking hills, Coorg also spoils you with its range of spectacular waterfalls. Some of them are popular tourist spots and hence are crowded, but there are also many secluded waterfalls that come by easy when you walk around. You must visit Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls and Cheladara.
6. Try the local wines
Evenings in Coorg is never complete without sitting by a bonfire and sipping on a glass of local fruit wines. They need some getting used to but are definitely worth a try. They are available in numerous flavours – pineapple, strawberry, cherry, among others.
7. Spend time with elephants
Call yourself an animal lover? If it’s a big yes, then don’t miss out on visiting the Dubare Elephant Camp. You can spend your time enjoying an elephant ride, watching the majestic beasts or even lending a hand in helping them take a bath.
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