The charming little district of Kodagu nestling amidst the lush Western Ghats is popularly known as the ‘Scotland of India’ and the ‘Kashmir of the south’ for its immense natural beauty. Misty mountains, verdant valleys, serpentine streams, cascading falls, thick tropical forests and miles of spice, paddy and coffee plantations make the region a veritable paradise for nature lovers.
The name Kodagu is said to derive from a Kannada word “kudu” meaning steep or hilly. Coorg is the corrupt anglicized form of Kodagu. This “land of oranges, cashews, cardamoms and coffee” is also known for its distinct cultural heritage and martial traditions. The Coorgis hold military merit in high esteem and once contributed the highest percentage of men to the armed forces from any one community. Field Marshal K.M Cariappa, the army chief and general Thimmaiah are some of the most famous son’s of Coorg.
The district is also regarded as a ‘paradise for adventure sports enthusiasts. There are a number of trekking trails through coffee and pepper plantations dotted with little shrines along waterfalls and rivers. The rivers are well stocked with fishes and fishing amidst scenic surroundings is the favourite pass-time. Pollibetta and Madikeri also have fine golf course.