Coorg is a paradise of India. It is situated in the midway between
Mysore and the coastal town of Mangalore. It is inhabited by a
proud race of martial men and beautiful women. This area is
famous for coffee estates, forests and spices. We can reach Coorg
by rail, road and air. By road we can go there from Bangalore. By
rail we can go to Mysore,Mangalore and Hassan. By air we have
to reach either Mangalore or Bangalore for onward journey to
Coorg. People of Coorg are very hospitable . The river Kavery is
used for numerous water sports.
Situation of Coorg- Coorg is situated midway between Mysore
and coastal town of Mangalore .It is a heaven on earth carried
gently by the air with great efforts from the kingdom of God.
Origin of people of Coorg- Coorg or Kodagu is the smallest
district of Karnataka .Its people are possibly of Greek or Arabic
descent. As the story goes on that a part of Alexander’s army
moved south along the coast and settled here since the return
became impossible. So these people married the locals and
adopted their rites.
There is another story of Arab origin. The Kodagus wear black
coat with an embroidered waist belt known as Kuppia, it
resembles the Kuffia worn by the Arabs and the Kurds.
Famous for valour- Coorgi homes are very hospitable. There are
so many tales of valour related to their sons and father. Coorg
regiment is famous in the Indian army . General Cariappa, the first
chief of Indian army was a Coorgi. Only the Kodagus are the
people in India who are permitted to carry firearms without a
Water games of Coorgi – There flows the Kaveri river from the
hills and forests of Coorg. Mahaseer and Kingfishers etc. are
abundant in this water. Other creatures like squirrels, lingurs and
elephants enjoy the splash and ripple effect in the clear water . The
elephants can be seen bathing and their mahouts scrub them. The
games like rafting , canoeing, rappelling , rock climbing, mountain
biking and walking trails are favourite with the trekkers.
Other surprises of Coorg- The ride on elephants is very joyous.
One can enjoy a climb on the Brahmagiri hills . It provides a
clear cut worth seeing view of Coorg. There one can see the rope
bridge which leads to the sixty four acre island of Nisargadhama.
Walking over this rope – bridge creates trembling sensations in
the body. There one can come across India’s largest Tibetan
colony. It is run by the Buddhist Monks. It is near Bylakuppe.
It is inhabited by monks who wear red , ochre and yellow
MANISH SEN (T.G.T. ENGLISH)
J.N.V. KACHNARIYA , RAJGARH