Coorg is a small district of Karnataka. It is known as Kodagu also. Coorg lies between the coastal town of Mangalore and Mysore. It is a very beautiful place. The writer says that it must have come from the kingdom of God. It is the smallest district of Karnataka.
Coorg is famous for its coffee plantations, evergreen rainforests and spices. Thirty percent of its area is covered with the evergreen rainforests. The best season to visit this place is from September to March. The weather is perfect. The air is full of coffee flavour. There are beautiful colonial bungalows in prime corners.
The people of Coorg are independent and brave. They are of Greek or Arabic descent. According to a story, a part of Alexander’s army did not return and was settled here. They married the locals. This culture can be seen in the martial traditions, marriage and religious customs. Another theory says that these people originated from the Arabs. It is evident from the long, black coat worn by the people. It is like the keffiyeh worn by the Arabs and the Kurds.
Coorgi homes have a tradition of hospitality. They are brave people. Their tales of bravery are famous. The Coorg regiment is one of the most decorated in the Indian Army. The first Chief of the Indian Army, General Cariappa, was a Coorgi. Even today, the Kodavus are the only people in India who are allowed to carry firearms without a licence.
There are a variety of natural scenes which can be enjoyed by tourists. Kaveri, the only river in the area, gets its water from Coorgi hill. This river is full of Mahseer, a large freshwater fish. One can see elephants, kingfishers, squirrels and langurs enjoying themselves in the lap of nature. Birds, bees and butterflies give one a good company here. Elephants enjoy being bathed here by their mahouts. The river and mountain offer various adventurous games like river rafting, canoeing, rappelling, rock climbing and mountain biking. The trekkers find numerous walking trails in this area. From the Brahmagiri hills, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire landscape of Coorg. There is a sixty-four-acre island of Nisargadhama nearby. It can be reached through a rope bridge. Buddhist monks are settled in Bylakuppe which is very close to this place. Their red ochre and yellow robes are very attractive to look at.
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1. Home to Rainforests: Coorg is midway between Mysore and Mangalore. This land of rolling hills is the smallest district of Karnataka. It is home to evergreen forests, spices and coffee plantations. During the monsoons, it has a lot of rain. The best season for tourists is from September to March. The air breathes of coffee. Coffee estates and colonial bungalows are scattered around the forests.
2. Of Greek and Arabic Descent: The people of Coorg are possible of Greek and Arabic descent. It is said that a part of Alexander’s army settled here. These people married among the locals. Their culture and traditions are different from the Hindu mainstream. According to another theory, they are of Arab origin. Their long, black coats with embroidered waist-belts resemble the Kuffia worn by the Arabs and the Kurds
3. Brave People: Coorgi people and their homes are known for their hospitality. There are endless tales of valour related to the people of Coorg. The Coorg Regiment is one of the most decorated in the Indian Army. The first chief of the Indian Army, General Cariappa, was a Coorgi. Even today Kodavus are the only people in India permitted to carry firearms without a licence. In Coorg, you can take to high-energy adventures like river-rafting, canoeing, rock climbing and trekking.
4. A Tourist Paradise: Birds, bees and butterflies give you company everywhere in Coorg. Macaques, Malabar squirrels, langurs and wild elephants are found in large numbers in the forests. On the top of Brahmagiri hills, you can have a panoramic view of the entire misty landscape of Coorg. The largest Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe is famous for its Buddhist temple.