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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Coffee Country of Coorg

Do you envision yourself sipping a hot cuppa local coffee amidst misty green coffee estates and tropical forests for your next holiday? If yes, then you don’t need to look too far as our own coffee country of Coorg can captivate your imagination beyond dreams.

Coorg, locally known as Kodagu is situated in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is a rare ecosystem that is seen the world over as one of the hottest bio-diversity hotspots.

 
Coorg is a great concoction of pristine nature, unique culture and exotic local cuisine. The land of the Kodavas is home to some interesting customs. To name a few, the Kodava women tie their saris with the pleat on the back side instead of the traditional front, the men dress like Maharajas on the days of religious events and nearly all the houses and buildings have tiled roofs. And if local cuisines appeal to you, then do remember to try out Kodagu’s pork (pandi) curry, homemade jam and their coconut based recipes, all of which have a huge fan following.


Coorg can be enjoyed in multiple ways, but the ideal (if I may) way to enjoy it is to base yourself away from urban civilization and inside some secluded coffee estate. This way you get to enjoy the best of the pristine surroundings, take relaxed morning and evening walks amidst the green coffee estates and tropical forests and the best part is that you can sip a cup of hot coffee in misty and slightly nippy weather while enjoying the green views of Mother Nature. You can also stay at hotels in the silicon valley of India and make day trips to Coorg. If you are the adventurous kind, you can follow the umpteen trails that lead deeper into the woods and onto tropical rainforests, remote waterfalls and mountain peaks. And, if you are the birdwatcher, then you can take out your binoculars and admire the rare sights of the birds that are endemic to the Western Ghats.


Places to stay:
A lot of luxury and budget options for accommodation are available right across Coorg. But for unique appeal you can check out Orange County, Green Hills Estate and Honey Valley Estate. If you are looking to base yourself at Bangalore, then you can look up Bangalore Hotels for options. For hotel options near Mysore Palace, you can look up hotels in Mysore.

Food:
Food is easily available at all larger towns, but if you are based at a home stay, then you would be dependent on the home stay’s kitchen.

How to get here:
Regular bus services are available to Madikeri and Virajpet, the two larger towns of Coorg. Jeeps/Cabs can be easily hired from Madikeri and Virajpet for local commute and sightseeing. The nearest airports are that of Mysore and Bangalore. The nearest rail head would be Mysore.



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