Activities Coorg

Birding

Being in the heart of Western Ghats, Coorg has many endemic bird species that a naturalist would be delighted to see. A sample list includes, but not limited to some colourful birds like scarlet minivets, flamebacks, oriental white eyes, yellow browed bulbul and barbets. Lucky ones may even spot some rare colourful gems like Malabar Trogons and Ceylon Frogmouth.

The winter months are especially exciting with the inflow of migratory birds.

Wild Life

The Brahmagiri Peak offers a very different way to see wildlife - on foot! Unlike the jeep safaris we are so used to in our national parks, you can wander here in the wilderness and see the animals grazing on the slopes. The trek takes you inside Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, rich with elephants, chitals, lion tailed macaques, nilgiri langurs and sambars. The trek begins from Irpu Waterfall, takes you through thick forests and later through wide open grasslands.

Off Roading

With its hilly terrain and a vast network of roads without tarmac, Coorg makes an interesting off roading getaways. You can get off the metalled road on your SUV and within minutes, you can find your vehicle trying to wade streams or climbing up a steep rocky road where lesser vehicles can not dare to venture.

Coorg also hosts several off roading events, competitions and rallies.

White Water Rafting

During the monsoon months, the Barapole River rushes down the slopes in a great hurry, creating an excellent environment for white water rafting. You go through several exciting class 3 and class 4 rapids in the river that runs through the forest. The rafting session lasts about 3-4 hours depending on the water level and rains. The trip includes a training session and familiarization along with mock rescue sessions. Expert instructors ensure your safety and make sure that your rafting experience is pleasurable. Explore the milky waters of Barapole and feel the excitement of rushing down with the stream.

Fishing

River Kaveri in Coorg is a rich habitat of Masheer and Lady Fish. Masheers weighing more than 40 kilos, some older than 80 years have been found in the river.

Angling p[ermission are issued by Coorg Wildlife Soceity in Madikeri. All the fish caught must be released back into the water. Fishing licenses will not be available during the breeding season, which coincides with the monsoons.

Trekking

Trek to Thadiyandamol

Thadiyandamol is the tallest peak in Coorg lying in the heart of Brahmagiri Ranges. The trek takes you through a road that initially alternates between coffee estates and thick forest. As you climb higher, you go above treeline and walk along wide open grasslands in the higher slopes. On a clear day, you can see Arabian Sea to your west once you are on the peak.

The moderate trek takes about four hours to go up and three hours to return.

Trek to Brahmagiri Peak

The Brahmagiri Peak offers a very different way to see wildlife - on foot! Unlike the jeep safaris we are so used to in our national parks, you can wander here in the wilderness and see the animals grazing on the slopes. The trek takes you inside Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, rich with elephants, chitals, lion tailed macaques, nilgiri langurs and sambars. The trek begins from Irpu Waterfall, takes you through thick forests and later through wide open grasslands.

The trek to the peak and back takes the entire day. You can also opt to camp in a log hut in the forest and split the trek into two days.

Coffee Plantation

Coorg makes a significant contribution to the coffee output in India. While you are in Coorg, do not forget to visit the sprawling coffee estates in the base of the verdant hills. Also remember to taste freshly brewed coffee offered by your gracious host at the estate.

March and April is the time when coffee flowers blossom and its perfume spreads all through the hills. The beans ripe in the end of the year and the beautiful red bunches of berries will be ready to be picked in December-January. Also grown along with coffee are cardamom, pepper and citrus fruits.

Nature Walks

The Ambatty Hills where the resort is located is an ideal place to go on long walks. Just next to the resort are these beautiful hills with gentle wooded slopes and long ridges. The adjacent golf course and lush green paddy fields also make great locations for leisurely walks.

Places to Visit in Coorg

Irpu Falls: At the base of Brahmagiri Hills, Lakshmana Teertha River emerges from the hills and tumbles down a rock more than 150-feet high to form Irpu Waterfall. The beautiful two-step waterfall at Irpu is surrounded by thick forest.

Access to the falls is through a small road bisecting lush paddy fields, followed by a short walk to the fall along a bridle path below a canopy of tall trees. The pristine waters if Irpu Fall is untouched by human hands when it comes down the rock, as it emerges from the woods of Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary where there is no human habitation.

Madikeri town : Madikeri is the district headquarters of Coorg located on a high hill. The road to Madikeri is a steep climb from any direction you approach it. The mornings tend to be foggy and beautiful for most of the year and the days are pleasant even in summers.

While you are here, visit Raja Seat, a small park with picturesque views of a valley where the kings of Coorg often spent their evenings. See the Omkareshwara Temple built in Indo-Saracenic style with large onion domes and colourful exteriors. See the palace and tombs of the kings who left a mark on this tiny hill-kingdom.

Abbi Falls: At the center of Coorg, just fifteen minutes away from Madikeri is the most popular waterfall in the district. Located inside a coffee-estate, you hear the sound of the fall much before you see its white waters coming down from a height of seventy feet. A picturesque hanging bridge across the stream in front of the waterfall gives you good views of the water falling down right in front of you.

Bylakuppe Tibetan Monastery: The small village of Bylakuppe in Coorg boasts of the largest Tibetan settlement anywhere in India. The Tibetan people in exile have now made Bylakuppe their home for nearly fifty years.

Located here are the Buddhist monasteries of Sera Je and Namdroling. The golden temple with its large prayer hall with colourful murals and tall statues of Buddha is a major attraction with visitors. See the gilded statues of Buddha Maitreya, Buddha Amitava and Guru Padmasambhava behind the rich decorations of the prayer hall. Looking at the monks stroll around in the campus in large numbers, you may wonder for a moment if you have suddenly been transported to a Himalayan Kingdom!

Bhagamandala and Talakaveri: River Kaveri originates at Talakaveri in the slopes of Brahmagiri Hills. A shrine has been built around the small tank where a perennial spring marks the beginning of the river. A flight of 350 steps from the shrine takes you to the ridges of Brahmagiri Ranges, allowing you a peek into the vast expanse of rolling hills and grassy slopes.

At the foot of the hill is the small village of Bhagamandala where Kaveri gains volumes with her confluence with Kannike River. The confluence is also believed to be the point where a mythical river Sujyoti emerges from the earth to form a Triveni Sangama - a confluence of three rivers. Also visit the well-known Bhagandeshwara Temple while you are here.

Kaveri Nisargadhama: A small island formed by two channels of River Kaveri has been developed into a recreation center by the local forest department. Access to the island is through a beautiful narrow hanging bridge across Kaveri. While you are here, visit the deer park, go on an elephant ride, take a walk in the bamboo groves or play in the shallow waters of the river.

Nagarahole National Park: Located at the edge of Coorg is the dry deciduous forest expanse of Nagarahole National Park, a project tiger reserve. The park is home to a large population of elephants, besides hosting several mammals like Gaur, samber deer, chitals and wild boar. Lucky ones may also spot tigers and leopards.

The approach road to Coorg from Bangalore passes through a stretch of Nagarahole National Park, where travellers often report sightings of elephants and other mammals.

Dubare Elephant Camp: Karnataka Forest Department manages a shelter for domesticated elephants in the small village of Dubare along the banks of River Kaveri. With more than a hundred elephants in the camp, taking care of them is a big exercise in itself. Visitors are welcome to watch the mahouts feed the elephants and assist them wash the pachyderms in the river. You can also go on an elephant ride.

Get up close with elephants of Dubare and be part of a day in their life!