Undulating green hills with bright blue skies throughout the year, no wonder Coorg is heralded as the ‘Scotland of India’! The picturesque region is known for its high-quality coffee, but there is so much more to see and do in Coorg. Nature lovers, food connoisseurs, photographers, adventure enthusiasts and culture vultures, every type of traveler will find interesting activities in Coorg. And like all good things in life, some of the best things to do in Coorg are completely free of cost!
The Best Things To Do In Coorg
1. Bathe elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp
Playing and taking care of elephants is the most fun activities in Coorg. The elephant camp in Dubare has a large herd of elephants that you can feed, bathe and ride. Located on the river bank, it’s the perfect place to cool off in summer and is among the best things to do in Coorg in May.
Location: Kushalnagar, Coorg District, Nanjarayapatna
Average cost: INR 670 per person
2. Experience Tibetan culture at the Golden Temple
Coorg is the only place in Southern India with a Tibetan settlement. The Namdroling Monastery, better known locally as the Golden Temple is a beautiful Tibetan monastery. It’s a great way to introduce children to a different culture. The surrounding stalls also have Tibetan food like momos and thukpas! Visiting Bylakuppe is truly one of the best things to do in Coorg.
Location: Arlikumari, P.O. Bylakuppe
3. Photograph the Abbey Falls
Coorg is blessed with nature’s bounty and photographing it is one of the best things to do in Coorg. The milky waterfall located in a scenic coffee and spice plantation offers a great view for that perfect Instagram photo. So don’t fret wondering what to do in Coorg, just head to Abbey falls!
Location: Near Madikeri
Average cost: INR 15 per person
4. Trek through the hills and jungles
The verdant Western Ghats dot Coorg offering ample opportunities for hiking and trekking. Some of these treks include Tadiandamol, Kodachadri, Kumara Parvatha, Mullayanagiri, and Brahmagiri. Trekking is ideal during winters when the forests are dry but green, which is why it features among the popular things to do in Coorg in December.
5. Relish ‘pandi curry’ and ‘akki rotti’
Coorg cuisine is unique and different from the rest of Karnataka. It’s predominantly non-vegetarian and uses local ingredients like forest produce, meat, rice and rice-based products. Eating their famous pork or pandi curry is one of the must things to do in Coorg India. For vegetarians there is akki rotti, nool puttu, and koovaleputtu.
6. Take a walk in a coffee plantation
Coffee bean picking is one of the best things to do in Coorg. The region is the largest producer of coffee and you will find coffee and spice plantations all over the area. The coffee picking season is usually between November-January. You can also explore the plantations via nature walks on a one day trip to Coorg!
7. Camp under the stars
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Camping in Coorg has become popular over the past few years with several campsites to choose from. In fact, with a camping trip you don’t have to worry about what to do in Coorg. You can simply pick, book, and relax in your tent with a cup of coffee during the day and count the stars at night!
8. Go fishing in the rivers and lakes of Coorg
Coorg has many lakes and rivers. In fact, the river Kaveri originates at Talacauvery near Madikeri and is rich in aquatic life and ideal for fishing. Angling and fishing are some of the most popular things to do in Coorg. The rivers abundant with food for these fish during monsoons turn fishing into one of the best June activities in Coorg.
9. Live the Coorgi lifestyle at a homestay
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Homestays are a popular accommodation option in Coorg. Many coffee and spice estates have colonial bungalows that have been turned into homestays by their owners. Here you can experience Coorgi lifestyle and enjoy home cooked meals. If you are lucky, you can visit a Coorgi wedding which is definitely one of the best things to do in Coorg.
10. Enjoy river rafting in the Barapole
One of the most underrated activities to do in Coorg is river rafting. Coorg is in fact a great place for whitewater rafting, especially during monsoons. The Barapole river has grades ranging from I to V offering the ultimate adventure experience to travelers. You must add it to your list of things to do in Coorg in August!
Location: Virajpet Taluk
Average cost: INR 1200 per person
These are our choices for the best things to do in Coorg. They sound awesome, don’t they? Book your trip to Coorg with TravelTriangle for a fun-filled and memorable holiday with friends and family.