Whenever we think about traveling to Karnataka, there are just a handful of options that come to our minds. And when you plan a vacation during summer; Coorg becomes a hotspot. It is undoubtedly one of the best destinations to visit in Karnataka. Also known as the Scotland of the East or Scotland of India– Coorg (Madikeri) is a wonderful place to be at. It falls in the Southern part of the state and has wonderful weather throughout the year.
Coorg is loaded with wonderful sights and natural beauty. But that doesn’t mean you will fall short of adventure activities at any time in the entire year. For all the seasons you have a few universal things to do in Coorg (Madikeri) and some are seasonal activities. This blog will help you in finding the best activities you can enjoy while visiting the hill station on a vacation.
Here we bring you the list of 10 top things to do in Coorg
1. Explore the flora and fauna at Pushpagiri Sanctuary
If you are visiting Coorg sometime soon, then do miss out on visiting the beautiful Pushpagiri Sanctuary. It is one place where you get to enjoy the natural beauty in full swing. It is one of the prime attractions of Coorg which should not be missed. The entire sanctuary has a huge variety of flora and fauna to explore. Pushpagiri Sanctuary is not only an ideal place for nature lovers or birdwatchers but for adventurers too. There are several trekking trails throughout the sanctuary that can be used to explore the park.
|Location of Pushpagiri Sanctuary||Subramanya Road, Kumarahalli, Karnataka|
|Timings to visit||5:30 am to 5 pm (Monday to Sunday)|
|Entry fee at the checkpost||75 INR per person|
|Things to do in the sanctuary||
|Best time to visit the sanctuary||October to April|
2. Go for the thrilling Waterfall hikes
There are fewer numbers of unique things to do in Coorg (Madikeri) but there are surely a few of them. One of the most interesting and best activities for adventure seekers is to go for the thrilling waterfall hikes. If you didn’t know that something like this is offered in this hill station, now you know it. While this is not just for adventurers, still fewer people turn up for this adrenaline-rushing activity. Also, if you are planning to go for this activity, we suggest you should check the safety parameters and get hiking shoes, just to be on the safer side. Here are some of the best hiking trails that you can pick from.
|Burude Falls||Hattihole Falls|
|Abbey Falls||Chelavara Falls|
|Iruppu Falls||Mallalli Falls|
3. Enjoy the adrenaline-rushing White-Water Rafting
There is no dearth of activities to do in Coorg as it is one of the prime attractions of the country. If you are here during monsoon, it counts as a wonderful time for visitors enthusiastic for some white water rafting fun. And one of the finest places where you can enjoy this activity is at Barapole River. While there are patches in the rafting Trail where you get a grade 4 to enjoy, do not worry if You Are a beginner because there are multiple grade 2 areas as well. This means every traveler can enjoy this activity during their visit to Madikeri.
|Best time to enjoy the activity||June to September|
|Best season to enjoy the activity||Monsoon (when the river is full of water)|
|Distance of the rafting point from Coorg City||25 km (approximately)|
|Grades available here||Grade 2 to Grade 4|
4. Visit Tibetan monasteries in Bylakuppe
If this is the first time that you have heard about this place; Bylakuppe is also said to be a small portion that has come out of Tibet. It is a mirror of Tibet but is located in Karnataka. This place is developed and settled in such a way that it seems like living in Tibet itself. Also, it is known to be the largest Tibetan settlement. People here are humble and enjoy greeting visitors with warm hearts.
You will see the entire place following Tibetan culture and spiritual practices. So while visiting Madikeri, you can surely take out some time and visit the monasteries here in town. It is also one of the best things to do for couples, as they can seek blessings at these places.
|Sera Jey Monastic University||Bylakuppe Nyingmapa Monastery|
|Namdroling Monastery||Tashi Lhunpo Monastery|
5. Hike to the top of forest-covered mountains
If you are on a quick trip here then do not miss out on the enjoyment offered by one of the most exciting activities in Coorg which is mountain hiking. Located in the Western Ghats, this place is quite a beautiful one and interestingly settled amongst the high hills from all sides. It gives all travelers an opportunity to not only hike but explore the offbeat regions of the place. And if that’s what you are looking for- Coorg can be an ideal place. In your list of things to do in Coorg in one day; do mention hiking the hills here. Some of the hiking summits are given below; you can check their trek distance, and route, and pick the ones that you wish to go for.
|Tadiandamol Peak||Brahmagiri Peak|
6. Try zip-lining at Nisargadham
In the list of things to do in Coorg in two days, you must put zip-lining at Nisargadham. It is a fine place filled with natural beauty around and serenity at many places. If you are a newlywed couple looking for some quality time, then visiting here will surely serve the purpose. Also, it’s not just the zip-lining activity that draws the attention of travelers but many others.
If you plan to visit here, you can indulge in activities like boating, wildlife spotting, and hanging bridge. So there are loads of things that can be done here.
7. Pedal up hilly trails on a mountain bike
To maximize your fun and enjoyment, adventure seekers can go and explore multiple places while enjoying mountain biking. There are many trails across Coorg that offers an exotic environment, natural scenery, a variety of flora and fauna, and so much more. This is one of the most astonishing activities to do in Coorg (Madikeri) for those who want adventure from their trip.
But before you head out on your biking trails, make sure to be very cautious about things like food, water, shoes, clothes, and other things. Keep yourself protected because this will elevate the experience of visiting here by many folds. Here are some popular biking trails in Coorg!
|Madikeri to Abbey Falls||Kushalnagar to Nisargadhama||Madikeri to Dubare Elephant Camp|
|Madikeri to Chelavara Falls||Madikeri to Chelavara Falls||Somwarpet to Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Kushalnagar to Harangi Dam||Gonikoppal to Tadiandamol Peak||Madikeri to Raja’s Seat|
|Madikeri to Mandalpatti||Kushalnagar to Nisargadhama||Siddapur to Mallalli Falls|
8. Have a look at the ancestral homes in Karada village
If you are one of those people who love interacting, being friends, and knowing different people; then visiting Karada Village will be bliss. This place is still intact and you will get a lot of old-age vibes from the entire village. People here still love their lives while welcoming outsiders with warm hearts. The ancestral houses of this village show the culture, tradition, and local architecture expertise to the visitors. While you visit here there are multiple activities you can indulge in, that includes; getting the homestay experience, walking the lanes, interacting with locals, and participating in local fests.
9. Birdwatch near Chiklihole Dam
Birdwatching is one of the best and most unique things to do in Coorg for all the visitors who are interested. And for enjoying this activity you can head straight to the Chiklihole Dam. It is one of the finest places to spot birds of different kinds. You need to just carry essential items while visiting here. Also when you wish to enjoy this activity, you can explore the surroundings and nearby places too. There are many species of birds that can be spotted here.
10. Enjoy a Coffee plantation tour
How delightful it can be for coffee lovers to see and understand the making of their favorite drink. From learning the cultivation to harvesting procedure, the estate and factory will give a quickie on all the aspects. You can have a self or a guided tour, whatever and whichever is preferred.
Coorg (Madikeri) is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Karnataka. And hundreds of people visit here every year. Owing to its beauty, you will surely love to spend some time here. And this blog bears all the top-notch activities that can be enjoyed and indulged in while visiting here. Make sure you include them while visiting here. And do make sure you have all the gears, caution elements in mind, and other important things while enjoying them. It is true that some unique activities of Coorg will surely make you happy and excited but make sure to stay alert in the forest area. Or one of the best things you can do is hire a guide.
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