Travel : Coorg, Scotland of India – IRCTC Tour Package and More

IRCTC has a Chennai – Mysore – Coorg – Chennai  package of 4 nights departing every Thursday night and arriving on Monday early morning.

Day 1

Night departure from Chennai central at 21.30 hrs Chennai – Mysore express

Day 2

Arrival at Mysore junction and proceed to coorg. The journey takes approximately 3 hours. On the way visit Cauvery nisargadharma and check into hotel at Madikeri. Go on an evening sightseeing tour covering abbey falls, madikeri fort, raja’s tomb and raaja’s seat. You stay overnight in Coorg.

Day 3

Check out from hotel and proceed to see talacauvery, baghamandala and head towards Mysore. On the way see Buddhist monastery and check into hotel at Mysore. See brindavan gardens in the evening.

Day 4

Proceed to chamundi hills, maharaja palace, art gallery, monolith of nandi, tipu’s summer palace and temple. Leave mysore  at 20.15 hrs by mysore-chennai express to Chennai.  There is 2 hours time in the station before boarding the train for Chennai according to itinerary for shopping.

Package Cost

Single occupancy – 8950

Twin Sharing per pax – 4800

Triple Sharing per pax – 3700

Child (5-11 years) – 1800

For more details and Bookings Contact

IRCTC – Tourism Information and Facilitation Centre

Chennai Central Railway Station

ph no. 044 – 64594959,  25330341

9003140681 / 9003140682

email : tourismmas@irctc.com

website  www.railtourismindia.com

Whether you are travelling by a rail package or on your own, Coorg will be definitely an exclusive, sophisticated hideaway for those seeking intimate experiences in a natural, relaxed retreat.

For more details on what Coorg has to offer read on..

All about Coorg

Coorg is one of the best tourist place in South India. It is also called as “Scotland of India’ for holiday makers and the tourists who visit there.

Falling asleep at night in a cosy home stay or travel on a tour package, you will love the atmosphere of staying surrounded by coffee estates, plantations and dense forests; the only sound you’ll hear comes from the birds chirping around and leaves bustling to the tune of breeze.

Kodagu is a district of Karnataka State in southern India. It is well-known by its anglicised name of Coorg. It occupies about 4,100 square kilometers (1,580 mi²) of land in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. Kodagu is on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats.

Kodagu’s capital is Madikeri. The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada District to the northwest, Hassan District to the north, Mysore District to the east, the Kannur District of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad District of Kerala to the south.

Occupation

Much of the district is under cultivation: characteristically and historically, paddy fields are found on the valley floors, with agroforestry in the surrounding hills. Ginger crops and meadows can also be found in the valley. The most common plantation crop is coffee, especially arabica and robusta variety. Kodagu is the first coffee production region in India.

Many other crops are also cultivated, including para rubber, teak, and cocoa. There are also large areas of natural forest, especially in the forest reserves in the south and east.

Flora and fauna

Kodagu is considered rich with wildlife and has three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park: Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park.

The fauna include the Asian elephant, tiger, leopard, dhole, gaur, boar, and several species of deer.

People:

Kodagu is home to many communities with diverse ethnic origins, with Kodavas being the main ethnic group. Other communities are Bhase, Gowda, Devanga, Beary Muslims (Byari), Malayali.

You can enjoy the fresh Coorg Coffee and lose yourself!And, almost all hotels and homestays in Coorg offer  local cuisine Kodagu food that is spiced up with coconut, ginger, chilli, pepper and cardamon, and they are grown in Coorg’s own spice plantations.

Places  worth a Visit

Talakaveri Talakaveri is the place considered to be the source of the Kaveri River. It is located in the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka, 1,276 m. above sea level. However, there is not a permanent visible flow from this place to the main river course except during the rainy season. It is about 8 km away from Bhagamandala and 48 km from Madikeri.
Nisargadhama 3kms from Kushalnagar and 30 kms from Madikeri. In Kaveri Nisargadhama River Kaveri splits forming a beautiful island measuring 65 acres. Here you can find hanging bridge into the island, boating, tree top shelters and elephant riding and many more tourists attractions. You can also spot animals like deer, elephants, and peacocks.
Iruppu Falls It is a fresh water cascade and is situated at a distance of 48 km from Virajpet on the highway to Nagarhole. The Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls, the Lakshmana Tirtha River.
Abbey Falls Located at a distance of 9km from the town of Madikeri, the Abbey falls produces a spectacular sight of cascading water. The falls appear suddenly, the water cascading over rocks into calm pools.During the monsoon season the water flow is very high. During the dry seasons the flow is considerably diminished.
Dubare Mainly an elephant-capturing and training camp of the Forest Department at the edge of Dubare forest; on the bank of the river Kaveri along the Kushalanagara – Siddapur road.
Nagarahole Nagarhole National Park proves to be a great excursion from Coorg. Situated at a distance of 94 kilometers from Coorg.
Bhagamandala Bhagamandala is a pilgrimage place, situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi, is said to join from underground. The temples in this area are built in Kerala style which is also similar to the temples in Nepal.
Harangi dam A dam with a length of 2775 ft and a height of 174 ft is built across the tributary of Cauvery. This reservoir, 8 kms from Nisarga dhama on one side and 6 kms from Kushalnagar on the other, is the only reservoir in Kodagu. A true picnic spot where one can admire the gushing back waters and a cauvery temple nearby. A visit to the Kudige Dairy farm close by could be interesting.

Raja’s Seat Raja’s Seat, close to Coorg’s main town of Madikeri, is a popular Coorg tourist attraction. This garden spot was apparently a favorite of the Kings of Kodagu. If you want peace and quiet there, it’s best to go in the morning.

Omkareshwar Temple The temple is an attractive fusion of Indo-Sarcenic and Konkan Coast style of architecture, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The walls of temple are decorated with intriguing paintings, including Sai Baba and Raghvendra Swamy. A huge tank situated opposite the temple is populated largely by fishes; devotees are allowed to feed them.

Chelavara Falls A quaint little place, Chelavara Falls is majestic place worth seeing. Choc-a-bloc with natural beauty, the fall is located 16 km from Virajpet. The roars can be heard from a distance and the water gets dissected in two different streams. Two km from here is place is “Choma Kunda” Hills, famed for its mesmerizing beauty and sunset station.

Golden Temple, Kushalnagar The famed Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery) in Kushalnagar.Inside the monastery are three huge and beautiful statues of Buddhist god. The entire area, people and their lifestyle is completely different in its outlook than surrounding areas and reminds us of monasteries and Pagodas found in Thailand, Myanmar. The monastery area is huge and takes about 2 hours to explore the entire area. A Tibetan market is adjacent to this place and ideal for shopping for local items.


Coorg Weather

Coorg has a pleasant climatic condition with an average temperature of about 15 °C all round the year.

  • Summers (March to May) are pleasant with maximum temperature not crossing 28 °C. The best season is liked by tourists.
  • Monsoons (June to September) offer medium rainfalls and Coorg looks charming in rains.
  • Winters (December to February) are cool days with minimum temperature above 11°C. This climate with soothe winds and mild cols is liked by many tourists.

Best season to visit Coorg is all through the year; keep a watch on heavy raining days

  • October to May is ideal for sightseeing and outdoor visits.
  • June to September is good for short trips and indoor activities.

Transportation to Coorg

Transportation and Access to Coorg by Air:

Getting to Coorg by air transport is also quite convenient since there are three cities that are located nearby, i.e, Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore. Mysore is located at a distance of 105 km from Coorg, airport in Mangalore is at a distance of 135 km from Coorg and the Bangalore airport is located at a distance of 260 km from Coorg.

Transportation and Access to Coorg by Rail:

If you are wishing to travel to Coorg by the rail transport, then the nearest railheads would be Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan. Besides, these railheads also link the other major cities of India as well as Karnataka. The rail travel would be the ideal mode of transport if you want to reach Coorg.

Transportation and Access to Coorg by Road:

There are fine network of roads that connects Coorg with the various other cities of Karnataka such as Mysore, Nagarhole, Tellicherry, Virajpet and Bangalore (via Mysore).

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