Important Phone Numbers of Coorg

The Important Phone Numbers of Government offices and officers of state and central governments. Emergency numbers police, fire department, Ambulance. And other important numbers peoples want.

Madikeri

DepartmentsPhone Numbers
Ambulance102
Police08272-229333 or 100
Fire08272-229299 or 101
Govt. Hospital08272 - 223444
KSRTC08272 - 229134
Electricity08272 - 228454
Water Supply08272 - 228478
LPG service08272 - 229647/228339
Department Of Posts08272 - 228592/228954

Somwarpet

DepartmentsPhone Numbers
Ambulance08276 - 282027 or 102
Police08276 - 282040
Fire08276 - 284101/274777/274222
Govt. Hospital08276 - 282027
KSRTC08276 - 281709
Electricity08276 - 282005
Water Supply08276 - 282037
Department Of Posts08276 - 282030

Virajpet

DepartmentsPhone Numbers
Ambulance08274 - 257324
Police08274 - 257333
Fire08274 - 2799000
Govt. Hospital08274 - 257324
KSRTC08274 - 256767
Electricity08274 - 257319
Water Supply08274 - 257332
LPG service08274 - 257048
Department Of Posts08274 - 257350

State Government Offices

  • Deputy Commissioner: 08272 – 225500
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner: 08272 – 225811
  • Assistant Commissioner: 08272 – 225469
  • Chief Executive Officer: 08272 – 228905
  • Deputy Secretary: 08272 – 221391
  • Chief Planning Officer: 08272 – 228909
  • Chief Accounts Officer: 08272 – 228908
  • Project Director: 08272 – 229042
  • Tahsildar Madikeri: 08272 – 228396
  • Tahsildar Somwarpet: 08276 – 281766
  • Tahsildar Virajpet: 08274 – 257045

Geography of Kodagu District

Kodagu is a mountainous district, bordered by six districts, three districts (Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, and Mysore) in Karnataka state and two districts (Kasaragod and Kannur) in Kerala state. As it located on the eastern slopes of Western Ghats range the whole district covered by beautiful mountain ranges, the green trap of forest, waterfalls, the misty climate in monsoon and winter season. It has a total area of 4,102 sq km with the density of 140 per sq km.

Coorg Geography

Madikeri is the capital of Coorg District and also the major town. There are hundreds of Villages and several towns in this district. The significant towns are Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Somwarpet, Gonikoppal. There are several tiny towns including Siddapura, Ponnampet, Ammathi, Thithimathi, Suntikoppa, Bhagamandala, Napoklu, and Murnad. Kodagu divided into three talukas they areMadikeri, Virajpet, and Somwarpet.

Peaks and Elevation

Kodagu lies on the Western Ghats range means on the highland, there are many peaks nearly touch clouds. Thadiyandamol is the highest peak, reaches 1,750 meters above sea level, Pushpagiri is the second highest peak the elevation at 1,715 meters. There are many peaks and mountain ranges in the district that reach high above the cloud. The lowest elevation is at 900 meters above sea level.

Rivers and Streams

Kaveri or Cauvery is the main river in the district and in the state of Karnataka, is starts in Talakaveri (located on the border of Kerala State on the Western Ghats) in Kodagu and merges to the Bay of Bengal in Tamilnadu. There are dozens of small river and streams (seasonal, only flow in rainy season). There are many rivers originated in Coorg and Kodagu is the main water source of the rivers.

Rainfall and Climate

Kodagu is a cool and rainy district, average rainfall is 160 inches (in some areas). Usually, raining heavily in the high grounds and dense forests, may showers into November from June.

This district has the moderate temperature, the average temperature in summer (March, April, and May) may exceed 28o C, and an average temperature in Winter (November, December, January, and February) drops up to 14o C.

  • Highest rainfall: In July and August
  • Highest Temperature: In April and May
  • Lowest Temperature: In December and January

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List of Tourist Places and Attractions in Coorg

Coorg, it is one of the top hill stations in India located in Karnataka State, it receives thousands of tourists daily and over a million annually. this page is created to list places to visit in Coorg filtered by Talukas (Subdivision of Coorg). Many tourist places listed here are accessible easily except some waterfalls and peaks, and some need to take permission from particular departments or administration. Here, the tourist places filtered by Taluka and Towns including Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet. This list will show you all tourist interesting places in Coorg district,

Tourist Places in Madikeri Taluka

  • Mandalpatti: A Grassland on the Chain of Peak, on the western ghat range.
  • Abbey Falls: Famous Waterfall, single drop and wide, best to visit in monsoon.
  • Bhagamandala: A place of Bhagandeshwara Temple and Pilgrimage place.
  • Talakaveri: The origin of the river Kaveri, attractions such as brahmagiri peak, wind mill.
  • Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: The reserved forest for the Animals and forest named after the brahmagiri peak.
  • Chelavara Waterfalls: A waterfalls within Coffee plantation with cool climate.

Attractions in Madikeri Town:

  • Raja Seat: On the top of the hill, best for enjoy scenery.
  • Toy Train: Puttani Train for fun for both children and adult.
  • Omkareshwara Temple: A Temple with unique architecture of Islamic and Gothic style.
  • Madikeri Fort and Palace: Fort and Palace of Madikeri with inetresting history.
  • Golf Ground: A Golf playing ground managed by the private Club.
  • Gaddige: A Raja’s Tomb which built in 1820.

Tourist Places in Virajpet Taluka

  • Thadiyandamol: The highest peak in Coorg District, and best for trekking.
  • Padi Igguthappa Temple: Temple dedicated to Igguthappa God, special for Kodava people’s.
  • Irupu waterfall: It is the beautiful waterfall with many drops, need to walk a kilomtre to get there.
  • Nagarahole National Park: One of the notable national parks in India with highest number of Tigers and elephants.
  • Nalknad Palace: A Palace of Coorg King, built in 1792, 2 kms from Napoklu town.

Attractions in Virajpet Town:

  • St. Anne’s Church: one of the oldest Church built with unique strucuture and artchitect.
  • Clock Tower: Built in the circle of road, it is old strucuture, and famous landmark.

Tourist Places in Somwarpet Taluka

  • Kaveri Nisargadhama: A small island created naturally by Kaveri River has lots of entertainment option inside it.
  • Tibetan Settlement: A Settlement of Tibetan, attractions are temples, monasteries and shopping.
  • Valnoor Fishing Camp: A Fishing spot in the Kaveri River, one can see lots of fishes here.
  • Harangi Dam: A Dam with beautiful garden, best for relaxation and peace.
  • Dubare Elephant Camp: A Elephant training camp on the bank of Kaveri river with boating and rafting.
  • Chiklihole Reservoir: A small reservoir within the reserved forest.
  • Honnamana Kere: A small lake with interesting history with temple.
  • Kotebetta Peak: third highest peak in Coorg, enjoy the scenery on the top of the peak
  • Mallalli Falls: This is the tallest waterfalls located within green lush forest.
  • Pushpagiri Peak: Second highest peak and best trekking route for adventurers.

Coorg Weather

Really pleasant in the winter and summer, Cool air and stabilized temperature gives Coorg perfect place to stay in the particular season, Monsoon is rainy and Very Cold that within June to November, winter feels very Cold December to March. The tourists and nature lovers are keen to visit the Coorg for its beauty of nature and the best place for weekends and Holidays to relax. Coorg is cool throughout the year which makes this place one of the hill stations in India. Madikeri center of the district where the climate is cool in the winter and monsoon and pleasant in the Summer.

Winters: (December to February) the minimum temperature above 11°C. The climate supports lush green forests and Cool climate, tourists like to visit during this season.

Summers: (March to May) the moderate and pleasant with maximum temperature is around 34°C. Thousands of tourists spend their weekends and Holidays in the season.

Monsoons: (June to September) time of growing plants and make entire district green, raining heavily in most part of the district.
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Coorg Cuisine

As located in the Malenadu region is rich in green cover, is the place to get many rare spices and edible mushrooms, fruits and nuts in the particular season. There are many special dishes prepare by locals, dishes here are entirely different compared to other regions.

In coorg, some dishes are prepared occasionally which in festivals and special occasions, the Mushrooms can be found in the rainy season, and mushroom is one of the rare dish of monsoon, there are many kinds of mushrooms called Naymari Alabe, Nuchi Alabe, Inajimara Alebe, Hegalalabe, Motte Alebe. In the paddy fields many farmers grow vegetables after monsoon ends, locals prepare vegetable dishes and Non-Veg Dishes frequently. Coorg Wines that prepares from Grapes, Nellikayi, and Rice are famous and tasty, tourists like wines which made in Coorg. Below given Special Dishes are came from Coorg origin.

  • Panndi Curry (Fork Dish)
  • Akki Rotti
  • Kanale Saru (Bamboo Recipe)
  • Kadumbutt
  • Paputt
  • Kaipulli Pajji
  • Koli Curry
  • Thambutt
  • Mangye Pajji
  • Alabe Saru (Mushroom Dish)
  • Kolli Saaru (Chicken Dish)

The Dishes above are special in taste and ingredients.

Festivals in Coorg

The Festivals in Coorg has perfect history and meaning behind each festival, every cultural activities that has been followed from their ancestors. The peoples are still follow their ancestor’s original traditional style in today’s society. The Ethnic groups of Kodagu celebrates their festivals even they are lives in out of the district, thousands of Coorg people’s living permanently or temporarily in Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore and established their community centres where the place to gather peoples to celebrate festivals and Events. The main festivals celebrates in Coorg are listed below,

Puttari or Huthari – November End or October Start

Puthari or Huthri the famous festival of Coorg, is celebrating to wellness of Harvest, the tradition takes place specially on paddy field in the month of November to December when the Rice come to cut off.
Puttari Event in Coorg

Kailmahurtha – September

Kailmahurtha or Kailpoldh is the event for worship their weapons such as knife, sword, guns, vehicles and other equipments used for agriculture. The event is celebrating with fork dish, other Non-Veg dishes and Bronx which happens in the month of September. The day of Kailmahurtha, the dishes usually prepare and celebrating in the morning to end of the day with wines.

Kaveri Sankramana – October

This is the festival belongs to Godess Kaveri between the month of October in Talakaveri, the Thirtha appears from the ‘Kunda’ (Believes the River Kaveri take birth) and thousands of deities gather here to watch and get thirtha to home. The peoples of Coorg are celebrating this festival on tradition in home and mainly in the holy place Talakaveri.

Madikeri Dasara

A grand celebration takes place in Madikeri town, is the festival similar to the Mysore Dasara, but the ‘Theru’ (decorated gods structure from particular temples located in Madikeri) are showing up in the night throughout the road. Thousands of visitors from domestic and other states gather here to see the Theru, at the time of Dasara, dozens of exhibitions, Orchestra, Stores, Dance competitions, and other entertainment events take place in Madikeri town.

Shivarathri – March

As popular festival celebrating in India, Coorg also celebrates with their tradition and culture, in the time of festival youths dresses using leafs and other costumes and take visits to every home in the night and collects rice and money till the sunrises after the day they making food what they collected last night, In the reality people’s believed God Shiva visits every home and collects food and other items for daily activities, the same style follow in the festival of Shivarathri.

Coorg Map – Detailed Route Directions

Coorg is the District dotted with hundred of villages and few towns, most land here used for agriculture, as one of the popular tourist destinations thousands of visitors want to know about the places here, keep Coorg map for easy access. The Map of Coorg powered by Google for easy and fast to understand the place location and distance.

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Coorg People

Kodagu is a place for many religions, the religion Hindus are the majority in the district with many sub castes, Kodavas and Arebhashe Gowdas are the prominent Ethnic Groups in Kodagu District. The culture and Festivals are followed from hundreds of years by their elders. The Ethnic Groups of Coorg have a deep historical background and followed by their culture and tradition. The dress called “Kuppasathatti” wear on the special occasion, and their traditional dress too. Kaveramma is the Goddess of Kodavas amd the Godess Kaveramma temple situated at Talakaveri, thousands of deities visiting here to take darshan of the goddess and celebrates some festivals on the particular season. As ruled by the British peoples many traditions and speaking words usually followed by the Kodagu peoples.

In the Time of the British rule, Kodavas and Arebhase Gowdas are the landowners, Yeeravas, Kurubas and other tribes are laborers on Agriculture. Coffee, Pepper, Cardamoms, Rice, and other Spices are the main crop in the district usually and cultivation is the main income source of the farmers. At present day’s, tourism improved, and became one of the top hill stations in the country, thousands of tourists visit here in the pleasant season, planters and investors interested to put their money in tourism, also selling local products including Wines, Honey, Orange and Spices.

Society: Arebhashe Gowdas, Kodava, Beary, Bunt, Amma Kodava, Kodava Maaple, Konkani, Kudiya, Kuruba, Lingayat, Malayat, Tuluva, Vokkaliga, Yerava.

Languages by racial

Peoples who Speak Kodava Takk:

  • Kodavas and Amma Kodavas (Language Name: ‘Kodava Takk’)
  • Eimbokalas
  • Hegades
  • Benepadas
  • Airis
  • Madivalas
  • Kavatis
  • Naindas
  • Koyuvas
  • Kudiyas
  • Medas
  • Holeyas

Peoples who Speak Separate Languages:

  • Roman Catholic Christians
  • Sivacharies
  • Arebhashe Gowdas (Language Name: ‘Are bhase’, one of the Main Ethnic Group in Kodagu)
  • Palayaas
  • Maleyass
  • Kurubas
  • Adias
  • Yeravas
  • Kaplas

Culture of Coorg

Coorg is the Place with deep History of Kings and Rulers, the culture here completely different by other parts of the Karnataka State. Main ethnic group and majority are Arebhase Gowdas and Kodavas as they settled in the Kodagu from the time of British and south Indian dynasties rule. Women’s in the Coorg wear Saree which completely in different way compared to other communities and people. The Swords and Guns are ritually worship by the Coorg people, Coorg peoples are born fighters from time of Kings to nowadays.

Attire

‘Kuppasathatti’ is called the traditional dress which once their regular dress of Kodavas and Arebhase Gowdas, nowadays the dress wear only for some local festivals, tradition and special events.

Dities

The Kodavas worship a number of deities, Kaveramma is the main Goddess of Kodavas, besides the Goddess Kaveramma, they idolize Igguthappa, Muthappa, Bhagwathi, Mahadeva, Bhadrakali, Subramani swamy and Ayyappa. The Ariri, Meda, The kembatti and the Amma Kodavas are very similar in culture and language.

Wedding

At the wedding of Kodavas the banana stems are sliced by short Coorg traditional Sword. The Feasting, Dancing, Colorful tradition which makes Coorg wedding as a beautiful event.

Festivals

The Culture in the the festivals like Puthari, Kailmahurtha and Kaveri Sankramana goes with rich tradition before the events starts. The culture is almost same both for Kodavas and Arebhase gowdas and celebrates festivals such as Puthari, Kailmahurtha, Kaveri Sankrama and Dasara.

People

The Kodavas are the prime and oldest community of Coorg, they lives here from hundreds of years and appeared in wars for Kodagu Empire. Arebhashe gowdas also one of the major ethnic group in coorg and they wear white ‘Kuppasathatti’.

Food

Coorg People prepare many kind of special dished on festivals and special events, the dishes are Kadumbutt, Koogalet, Paputt, Pandi karri and ext.