Coorg – Snuggled in the Western Ghats, Coorg (anglicised name for Kodagu) is one of the most beautiful hill stations with verdant valleys, imposing mountains , rivers, wildlife and teak wood forests. The region is also referred as ‘Scotland of India’. It is well known for its remarkable natural beauty, delicious cuisine and the strong aroma of coffee and oranges. Coorg is a romantic getaway and a delight for the adventures right from trekking to hiking and angling. The wholesome climate and lush natural beauty will definitely keep you coming back for more.
Total time taken for travel 6-7 hours
Quality of Road: 8/10
Distance covered: 250 Kms
Here’s a visual guide for the route from Bangalore to Coorg. For a road trip, you can hire a car on rent via Zoom Car. You can easily sign up and book a car online from their site by giving security deposit and bring over the car to the location and you’re all set.
Up to Mysore
The route leading to Coorg from Bangalore up to Mysore just after crossing an outer ring-road connecting the city around is full of exciting activities. We can see a large number of landscapes ranging from man-made attractions to natural rock clusters, slowly merging into lush green fields and terminating in extravagant architecture. A railway track up to Mysore running along the highway might add a little delight to the eyes of the viewer.
Mysore to Coorg – While travelling through the city, one will notice the landscape taking a transition from wild forest cover to tea, coffee and spice plantations. There are mainly two routes that leads to Coorg, you can choose either of the two:
- Via Kushalnagar
Approximate driving distance through Mysore SH17 and Kushalnagar SH88 would be around of 251 kms*.On the route, approaching Coorg district, wild bamboo and other grass enter the landscape. Wildlife and nature admirers have few options like the camp in Dubare, earlier known as an elephant training site for Dusshera, provides chance to get up close with elephants and opt for a ride.
Also, you can visit Namdroling Monastery in Bylekuppe which is regarded as the largest Nyingmapa teaching centre in the world and is home to a Sangha community to immerse yourself in Tibetan culture. The Main attraction of the complex is golden temple, however it also has other temples, a nunnery and souvenir shops. A Protected Area Permit (PAP) is required in order to get access to few parts of the complex and to pass the night at the monastery.
If you have time you can visit Nisargadhama, an island on river Cauvery near Kushalnagar, filled with bamboo groves, a botanical garden having small birds and different species of animals. Accessible via a rope bridge, this place is one of the desired picnic spots for number of tourists from all over the country. The district of Coorg has numerous grasslands spread across which offer great golfing experiences. Alternately, Eagleton Golf Resort in Bidadi which is closer to Bangalore offers the best golfing packages.
2.Via Nagarhole and Gonikoppal
Opting a route through Nagarhole and Gonikopppal (Distance of almost 311 kms*) ; one could spend more time on the road journey . This route is part of Nilgiris biosphere and Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary (06:00 – 18:00 hrs) which has the best kind of habitat for Asiatic elephants and is a perfect place to visit for wildlife lovers but is closed during certain days of monsoon. If you drive through Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, ensure that you reach by sunrise for wonderful wildlife sightings.
There is a access through a short walk to view Iruppu waterfall, located at the foot of Brahmagiri peak, bordering the district of Wayand in Kerala. This adventurous journey could follow the trails of dense forest, trekking and camping at Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary; but for this you will need permissions and also you can take a guide from the forest office at Srimangala closeby.Kabini Reserve Forest is considered as the best destination for wildlife in the state. A very rich diversity of flora and fauna of this place attracts number of wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.
Necessities –Being a popular route, large number of good fuel stations and restrooms are present all along.
You can also take this route to Madikeri and return via Kushalnagar. On Highway SH88, your drive could extend to Mangalore with an urge to view scenic grasslands, jackfruit, arecanut and rubber plantations between teak forests. A sudden change in style of architecture, cuisine and weather is noticeable as you head towards the coast.