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  • Writer's pictureNischal Shrestha

LOST IN COORG: My COorg Escape

Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is a place that whispers promises of rolling hills, endless coffee plantations, and the refreshing aroma of freshly brewed coffee. If you're seeking an escape from the daily grind and a chance to reconnect with nature, Coorg is the perfect destination. But before you pack your bags and hop on a plane, let's delve into the wanders (wonders!) of Coorg and some things to consider before your trip.

Planning Your Coorg Escape:

  • Season's Greetings:  Coorg is beautiful year-round, but the season you choose can drastically alter your experience. The monsoon season (June-September) paints the hills emerald green and creates cascading waterfalls, but be prepared for some rain showers. For pleasant weather and clear skies, aim for the post-monsoon (October-November) or winter months (December-February). The summer (March-May) can be quite hot, but offers stunning flower blooms.

  • Where to Stay:  Coorg offers a variety of accommodation options. Nestled amidst coffee plantations, homestays provide a local experience with delicious home-cooked meals. Resorts offer luxurious amenities and stunning views, while budget travelers can find comfortable guesthouses.

  • Getting Around:  Coorg's beauty is best explored on your own terms. Renting a scooter or motorbike allows you to stop at scenic viewpoints and hidden waterfalls at your own pace. Taxis are readily available for day trips, and some resorts offer guided tours.

The Wondrous World of Coorg:

  • A Coffee Connoisseur's Paradise:  No trip to Coorg is complete without indulging in its world-famous coffee. Visit a coffee plantation to learn about the bean-to-brew process, take a cupping session to explore different roasts, and stock up on freshly roasted coffee beans to take home.

  • Trekking Through Verdant Hills:  Lace up your hiking boots and explore Coorg's lush trails. Trek through verdant coffee estates, discover hidden waterfalls like Iruppu Falls or Abbey Falls, and witness breathtaking panoramic views from Tadiandamol peak, the highest point in Coorg.

  • A Cultural Tapestry:  Coorg is home to the Kodavas, a martial tribe known for their rich cultural heritage. Visit a Kodava house to experience their unique architecture and hospitality. Witness a vibrant folk dance performance, and explore local markets selling handmade crafts and spices.

  • Spice Up Your Life:  Coorg is a land of aromatic spices. Visit a spice plantation to learn about cardamom, pepper, and other spices that grow in the region. Stock up on fresh spices to take home and add a touch of Coorg magic to your cooking.

  • A Feast for the Senses:  Coorg cuisine is a delightful blend of Kodava and South Indian flavors. Sample Pandi Curry, a flavorful pork dish, or Kachampuli, a tangy fish curry. Don't miss the opportunity to try local favorites like bamboo shoot curry and steamed rice cakes (akki rotti).

Coorg is a place that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to experience the magic of Coorg!

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