6 Spot On Reasons Why Coorg Is Acclaimed As The Scotland Of India
You don't need to think twice about taking a trip to Coorg, but we still went the extra mile and curated a list of 6 undisputable reasons that makes it clear why it’s earned the sobriquet ‘Scotland of India’, and is a must-visit. Scroll on!
1. The Rolling Hills
Lined by the Western Ghats, Coorg boasts of some of the most exotic ecosystems. The flora and fauna that flourish in the several hill ranges found here make Coorg one of the most sought-after natural retreats. Karnataka’s fourth highest peak, Tadiandamol, and other hills of the Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri ranges are absolutely an adventurer or naturalist’s delight. You go Coorg!
2. Refreshing Greenery & Gushing Waterfalls
You don't have to go too far to enjoy the best of nature here in Coorg. The ‘Land of Cauvery’ has vast expanses of the country’s most exotic spices and world class coffee growing here. The varying hues of green in the delicate pepper vines amidst the sprawling coffee plantations and scented cardamom fields offset by the gurgling Kaveri and its tributaries that plunge to form glorious waterfalls, makes Coorg a joyous place to be in!
3. Regal Warrior Culture & Heritage
The Kodava clan are the indigenous denizens of Coorg with a valiant history and a rich, deeply rooted legacy. Their courageous and fierce warrior-like traits are evident in not just their attire and weapons but cuisine and local customs as well, although it's the nobility that truly shines through these people!
4. Perfect Weather All. The. Damn. Time.
Being a hill station, one would expect Coorg to have pleasant weather, but what sets it apart from several other hill stations in India is that despite being in the tropics, it’s a favourable holiday spot at any given time of the year. We’d still suggest that you head down here to enjoy the monsoons with the valley bursting into fresh greenery and the aroma of coffee blossoms hanging in the air *dreamy sighs*!
5. Enchanting Forts & Palaces
The former kingdom of Kodagu has had a long line of warrior kings which obviously means there were forts and palaces constructed in the typical Kodava style which add to the unique beauty of this place. The Madikeri Fort, which also houses the Madikeri Palace, and the Nalknad Palace are just two examples of the ancient royal architecture that has stood the test of time and are important archaeological sites to this day.
6. Quaint Colonial Estates
The history of Coorg isn't martial alone and owes much to the British settlers who cultivated the coffee culture here (don't miss the Plantation Trails by Tata Coffee) and set up picturesque homes in the middle of these large estates. The romance of Coorg is heightened by these quaint bungalows and often attract scores of tourists for a taste of the colonial lifestyle without the cons of it, of course. In fact, it was the nostalgic Britishers themselves who fondly called this slice of heaven the Scotland of India.
The next time you're troubled by the idea of spending a lump sum on a trip abroad, consider this beauteous haven as a better alternative. It’ll be lighter on your pockets and just as lovely as that Highland holiday you've been eyeing!