We’ve never spoken at length about Coorg (or Kodagu as we prefer to call it) on our travelogue. While the numerous sights and places alone are enough to entice people into paying a visit to Coorg, there’s so much more to it than just that. Here’s a few reasons why Kodagu is so captivating!
Located 3000m above MSL, Coorg is nestled amidst the Western Ghats, near the Karnataka-Kerala border. This positioning of the land is interesting with respect to both landscape and culture. You have pristine jungles, towering peaks, vast coffee estates and acres and acres of paddy fields: all within an area of roughly 4000sqkm.
Adding to the point above: the landscape dictates the type of wildlife in the region. The Western Ghats is a biodiversity hotspot, with over 139 mammals, 179 amphibians, 508 species of birds(and don’t even get us started on the insects!). Coorg is birdwatcher’s heaven, which is why we pay attention to it on our trips.
The Kodavas are renowned for their culinary prowess, drawing inspiration from multiple cultures. Sumptuous kadubu, delectable pork preparations, and of course, the legendary Kodava coffee, are just a small part of the Coorg culture that makes you want to tuck in!
A relatively lesser-known part of Coorg are its pristine night skies. Being located in the Western Ghats(which is a dark-site of its own), Coorg is home to some of South India’s darkest skies.
Lastly, the people. A proud people that consider themselves warriors, the kodavas are as fierce as they are kind and hospitable. Venture into any homestay in Coorg and you’ll never leave without having had at least one coffee and a pleasant conversation.