Coorg(Kodagu) has been on my wishlist for a long time. Whenever I checked out the best places to visit in monsoon, the pictures of verdant valleys, cloudy skies, little streams and waterfalls peeked out at me, beckoning me to visit. Thus, my husband and I decided that Coorg would be a great weekend destination from Bangalore in June. Coorg is one of the best places to visit during monsoon (End June-End September)
However, I found it confusing to plan the trip because of the scattered information available on the Internet. While all the points to be visited are listed everywhere, I realized that many of those 'must visit places' are actually quite far off from each other. So if you are visiting Coorg for the first time, the following points may help you plan your trip better:
Places of Interest in Coorg
1. Madikeri is the main 'capital' city of this district. From here, one can visit Madikeri Fort, Raja's Seat and Omkareshwar Temple. Abbey Falls is about 20 km from Madikeri.
2. Kushalanagar is the entry to Madikeri when coming from Bangalore. Madikeri is around 35km from Kushalanagar and takes 45 min- 1 hour to reach. Kushalanagar is close to Bylakuppe(10 km) which houses the huge Namdroling Monastery, known as the Golden temple in South India. Nisargadhama Island is on the way, while Dubare elephant camp requires a little detour from here(about 15km).
3. Tala Kaveri, which is the origin of the river Kaveri, and Bhagmandala temple are other important places in Coorg. These places come highly recommended, not only for their religious value but also their scenic beauty. They are about 45 km from Madikeri(one way) and it easily takes half day to go and come back.
4. Iruppu falls and Nagarhole National Park are other points of interest in Coorg. These places are quite far from Madikeri- Iruppu falls in about 80km and Nagarhole is about 105 km. So they will ideally require a separate day and stay, or a separate short trip.
Depending on the number of days at hand, and whether you'd like a relaxed or hectic trip, the itinerary can be chosen.
We were looking for a relaxed trip after a really hectic couple of months, and chose an itinerary which involved rather less sightseeing and more rejuvenation.