Coorg has been one of the most sought after destinations in India for a hill station vacation. The steep mountains, dense forests, breathtaking landscapes, delicious local cuisine and some of the most beautiful homestay properties make for Coorg to be one of the most beautiful places to vacation at. In this blog, we explore the places to visit in Coorg.
The main town of the Coorg hills is the town of Madikeri. The town of Madikeri was very famous for the Raja’s seat, which is a monument that overlooks the forests and the rice paddies. The Madikeri fort which is decorated with 2 stone elephant figures stands majestic in the town. It was an important fort during the Royal days.
Coorg is one such place where you can either go for a short 2-day weekend getaway or if you plan it you can also go for a week-long vacation covering all the important places. It is also one of the best road trips from Bangalore. It comes down to how a person can strategically plan it out.
places to visit in Coorg in 2 days
The basic details
Coorg is located in the southern part of Karnataka with the western ghats in the region bordering Kerala and the Wayanad range of hills. Coorg is a perfect weekend getaway destination from the major cities of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Coorg is about 5 hours drive from Bangalore, it is about 2 and a half hours from Mysore and about 3 hours from Mangalore. The best way to reach Coorg is via car, but you can choose to hop on a bike or even take public transport to Coorg. Coorg is a primary hill station destination in South India and is home to some of the best hilltop resorts, homestays and heritage stays in this part of the country. It is a perfect location for a staycation with your friends and family and loved ones.
Top Highlights to be covered in Coorg
Abbey Falls is one of the most beautiful places in Coorg and should be part of your itinerary if you are visiting only for 2 days. This 70 feet tall waterfall is in its most beautiful state during the monsoon season. The lush greenery and the dense forests bloom during the monsoon season making it an ideal time to visit the waterfalls. This is one of the best things to do in Coorg.
The Abbey Falls is also surrounded by coffee plantations, spice plantations and varying levels of natural vegetation. It is an ideal place for trekkers and photographers. The best time to visit the waterfalls is from sunrise to sunset. You will have to pay a small fee of 15 INR.
The Omkareshwar Temple is a stunning shrine of lord shiva located in the hills of Madikeri. Interestingly what sets apart this temple from the rest is its architecture. The temple is built in the Muhammadan architecture. The combination of Hindu and Islamic architectures with the gothic construction make it a unique and a rather stunning structure. The temple is dominated by the dome in the middle.
The shiva linga is present light at the entrance of the temple along with a water tank. Thousands of devotees visit the temple every year to get blessings. I would recommend you to visit the temple in the morning, but you can also visit the temple in the evening. There is no entry fee collected for this temple.
The Madikeri Fort is one of the most historically significant places in Coorg. It is located in the centre of the town and occupies the focal point of the town. This fort that was built in the 17th century during the reign of the king muddu raja. It still preserves the relics of the forgotten times and preserves the rich heritage of the place.
The Madikeri Fort is wide and expands into the beautiful greenery that is visible from the fort. It till dates stand as a strong pillar for the culture, history and heritage of the Coorg ranges. Not just being a monument of significance, It also stands as the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Madikeri who governs the city from these forts, rightfully so. One of the best times to visit the fort is during the monsoon season. It is one of the best places to visit in Coorg.
The greenery of the fort makes it one of the most beautiful places in Coorg. The fort is open from 9:00 Am till 5:30 Pm. It is also to be noted that there are no entry fees to visit the fort.
The Raja Seat
The Raja Seat is the most popular tourist destination in Coorg. The name of the place translates to The seat of the king. The Raja Seat is a perfect viewpoint to admire the beauty of Coorg in all its glory.
Back in the days when the royals used to rule the region of Madikeri, the kings used to come to this viewpoint to have a relaxed evening, enjoy the view that it offers and enjoy the sunset. The best times to visit the Raja seat viewpoint are the golden hours. Be it sunrise or sunset. The view of watching the sky turn to golden and radiate on the land is a sight to watch. The entry is 5 rupees per person.
Dubare Elephant Camp
The Dubare Elephant Camp is one of the most exciting places to visit in the mountain ranges of Coorg. Situated in the banks of the river Kaveri, the elephant camp is home to some of the most humble and sweetest animals we can come across. You can feed the elephants, bath them and even stay in one of the camps if you truly want to get the wild experience.
The elephant camp can be visited in the mornings and evenings. You can visit it between 08:00 AM to 10:30 AM and between 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM. The entry fee for the camp is INR 1500 per person.