Coorg Tourism and Tourist Destinations
Coorg is one of the top hill station destinations in India. Some of the most popular tourism attractions in Coorg district include:
Talacauvery: Talacauvery is located in the Brahmagiri hills near Bhagamandala and it is the place where River Kaveri takes her birth. A small tank or kundike has been erected on a hillside, at the place that is said to be the origin of River Kaveri. There are two temples dedicated to Lord Agastyaeshawara and Lord Ganapathi respectively and the area is frequented by many visitors.
Bhagamandala: Bhagamandala is one of the important Hindu pilgrimage centers of Coorg district. Bhagamandala is the place, where River Kaveri is joined by two other tributaries, the Kannike and the mythical Sujyoti river and therefore the place is considered as sacred as a river confluence (triveni sangama). It is a common practice for pilgrims to take a holy dip in the triveni sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talacauvery, the birthplace of River Kaveri.
Cauveri Nisargadhama: Cauveri Nisargadhama is a beautiful island formed by river Kaveri and is used as a picnic spot near Kushalnagar in Coorg district. Cauvery Nisargadhama is spread across a 64-acre, with lush foliage of thick bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees and surrounded by the River Kaveri. This beautiful island is accessible through a hanging rope bridge. There are deer, rabbits, peacocks, and a children's playground and orchidarium. Elephant rides and boating are other attractions of this place.
Abbey Waterfall: Abbey Falls is one of the important waterfalls of Karnataka. This beautiful waterfall is located at a distance of 8 Km from Madikeri town. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. The Abbey waterfalls appear suddenly, the water cascading over rocks into calm pools. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls comes in handy for the Tourists.
Dubare Elephant Camp: Dubare Elephant Camp is located on the banks of the river Kaveri in Coorg district. It is an important base for the elephants of Karnataka Forest Department. The elephants used for the Mysore Dussehra are trained at Dubare elephant camp. There are opportunities for trekking, elephant rides, fishing, and river rafting. These activities are hosted by Jungle Lodges and resorts.
Omkareshwara Temple: Coorg is not only popular as Hill station but also known for beautiful temples. One such temple is Omkareshwara Temple located in Madikeri Town. As per the legend of the temple, the temple is built by Lingrajendra II in 1820 CE. The king put to death a pious Brahmin who dared to protest against his misdeeds. The spirit of the dead man began to plague the king day and night. On the advice of wise men, the king built this temple and installed a shivlinga procured from Kashi.
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