Information on Kodagu

Kodagu is the ‘Scotland of India’. It has its own charm and is unique with lovely weather, green and dense coffee plantations. Coorg or Kodagu which is its original name comes from Kodimalenad, which translates as ‘thick forest land on the hills’. It has green Rolling Mountains. 4102 square kilometers of it is nestled in the Western Ghats. Crisp Herb scented air carries its therapeutic effect with miles of exotic spices and coffee plantations and extensive paddy fields sheathing the district. The misty hills, lush teak wood and sandal wood forests and acres of coffee plantations of Kodagu are breath taking. Kodagu is a picture postcard-perfect region of scattered villages and hamlets where time stands still. True, but there is a lot more to it. Elegant women with sharp features, daring and handsome men. A place steeped in old customs, where cultural norms are strong and ancestors are worshipped.

Kodagu district comprises of three taluks, Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet. The landscape from north to south varies considerably with hill summits covered in coarse grass, valleys with evergreen forests full of bamboo groves, thickly wooded mountain slopes, gently rounded hills with sloping glades interspersed with clumps of forest trees, makes for pretty sights with vast expanses of coffee and cardamom plantations, lush paddy fields and pepper vines climbing every tree you drive around. It is one of the south India’s most beautiful areas.

Kushalnagar

Kushalnagar is gate way town of Kodagu district with very pleasant weather conditions, not as harsh as in interior Kodagu. It is not connected by train or air. You can only drive to it from Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Mangalore or Tellichery. It is on the banks of river kaveri. In and around kushalnagar there are sight-seeing and tourist spots such as the Tibet camp, Dubare elephant camp, Harangi dam, Nisargadhama, so on and so forth.

Kushalnagar is also the coffee trading hub of India. 50% of India’s coffee production is getting sold from Kushalnagar town. A host of multinational coffee trading companies such as E-com Gill, Louies Dryfus, Olam International, Ned commodities have invaded kushalnagar for their coffee trading. The latest entry is star Bucks of USA. Recently in association with Tata Coffee Ltd., it has opened its State-of-the- art roasting unit. Kushalnagar also houses Karnataka’s 3rd instant coffee powder manufacturing unit, commissioned by SLN family.

Bylakuppe

Bylakuppe near Kushalnagar is one of the places where Govt. of India, has provided settlements to refuges from Tibet. These settlements home more than 40000 tibetans. This area is dotted with several monasteries, the most important being the tashi Lhumpo monastery, the seat of the panchen Lama. The gold coated Buddhist statues inside are very imposing.

Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare is just 10-kms drive from Kushalnagar. And if you wish to reach the Elephant camp in time to watch the bathing beauties and perhaps even give them a scrub, you have to leave the home stay early in the morning. The elephants are bathed around 10 am everyday experience of rafting in the fast flowing kaveri river.

Kaveri Nisargadhama

The state Government has developed 60acres of island formed by River Kaveri. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Kushalnagar. It is just 3-kms away from Kushalnagar town.