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The very mention of Coorg, conjures up images of lush green driveways, sweet aroma of seasonal coffee beans, emerald green paddy fields, pepper harvests in bounteous plantations, nifty homestays and luxury resorts. No wonder Coorg was a prized possession during the British era in India – after all, it isn’t called ‘Scotland of India’ for…

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The Nadkerianda Ainmane in Karada, Coorg is a magnificent specimen of a mund mane or house with an inner courtyard. Typically, most Ainmanes face east, unless there is a shrine nearby, in which case the entrance faces the shrine. Like most traditional houses, Ainmanes have a host of interesting architectural details, where form follows function….

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Posted in: Culture People

Looming grey clouds on the horizon and a patchwork of tilled fields, soon to be transplanted with paddy, accompany me as I make my way to the Nadkerianda Ainmane (clan house), in Karada, Kodagu. Ainmanes are the traditional homes belonging to a particular Kodava okka (clan or family), situated on the jamma (ancestral) land of…

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Lingarajendra, the penultimate Raja of Coorg, secured the throne for himself after cleverly ousting his minor niece Devammaji in 1811. Dodda Veerarajendra had named his daughter Devammaji to succeed him and had requested the East India Company to execute his Will. But Lingarajendra manipulated the British with his machinations. He soon named his 9-year-old son,…

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A strategic friendship treaty was signed between Dodda Veerarajendra and the British East India Company in 1790. This was primarily to jointly fight their common enemy: Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Coorg thus became a quasi-protectorate of the British. As a token of tribute, two elephants were presented annually by the Rajas of Coorg to the…

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Posted in: Destination

photographer's guide

Once you explore the nearby places in Madikeri for a day’s excursion, as noted in my previous article ( Photographer’s Guide ) it’s time to explore other areas that are sure to thrill you. Let’s look into some photogenic and must-visit places in Coorg for a serious photographer. Mandalpatti (famously known as Mugilpete) Coorg’s best-kept…

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Kopi Luwak

Vikram Nanjappa

One evening while walking through the coffee plantation at Evolve Back, Coorg I came across something unusual – civet droppings with undigested coffee beans! Kopi Luwak in Evolve Back, Coorg! While coffee aficionados the world over are familiar with the world’s most exotic and expensive coffee – Kopi Luwak also known as Civet Coffee –…

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When you think of Coorg, you’ll invariably think of lush green meadows, waterfalls, temples, monuments, and culture. There’s something for everyone. This means as a photographer you have a variety of choices in front of you. So, here’s a Coorg guide from a photographer’s perspective that might help you immensely in planning your trip around…

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The Enchanted Woods!

Kanishka Sarangi

We limbered as we walked through the exhausting, yet enchanted woods of Coorg in search of those brilliantly colored inhabitants of the forest. The fascinating tune formed by the dwellers as they sang synchronously, was so misleading. But then a glimmer of bright green caught the eyes of the earthy, uprising the slightest sense of…

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were most disappointed on hearing from the Logins of the developments in Rome. Once again, the Queen was surprisingly compassionate towards her goddaughter, and pinned the blame on her son and heir, Bertie. Now that all hopes of uniting Maharaja Duleep Singh of Punjab and Princess Victoria Gowramma of Coorg in matrimony…

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