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Coorg. Known throughout the world as the ‘Coffee Cup of India’, is a perfect home away from home for the discerning traveler. A lush plantation paradise punctuated by pristine forests, this land has a unique charm of its own which has not been spoilt by the intrusive hand of man. Fresh air, captivating sounds of nature and the heavy fragrance of seasonal coffee blossoms refresh one’s senses.

In this Blog on Coorg, we take you on a trail of tropical evergreen forests, to a long – gone era of tales of a land in sprawling homesteads. Spiced with a dash of the local lore and sprinkled with a colonial legacy it is a bastion of an age bygone. And your experiences can find a place here as well. Come home to a Blog on Coorg!

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According to the Hindu calendar, Kakkada is the period from mid-July to mid-August. On the 18th day of this month in Coorg, the colour purple takes on a whole different hue. Falling approximately on the 2nd or 3rd of August each year, this is the day when the locals pick the leaves of a plant…

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In my previous article I discussed the seasonal nature of Kodava cuisine. Kodavas also have certain dishes that are connected to particular festivals. The Kodavas celebrate Kielpolud just after the rains in mid August or September. As paddy begins to ripen in the fields and huntsmen move through the jungle, they put away all their…

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On a grey, rainy monsoon day in Madikeri, I step into our family jeweller’s store. I see a lavish display of elaborately worked Kodava jewellery in gold and silver. My mind buzzes with questions about the possible origins and design influences. The kadagas (bangles), necklaces (kokkethathi, pathak, joomale and paunch) and the peechai kathi (the ceremonial…

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For centuries Kodagu (Coorg) was quite inaccessible – a landlocked region, making it almost essential for the locals to make the best use of local ingredients and spices, that spawned a cuisine like no other. Spread over 4,100 sq kms. Coorg’s delectable cuisine evolved with its unique landscape where farms and forests merged almost seamlessly….

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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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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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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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Veerarajendra & Gowramma in London - 1852

A remarkable event took place on 30 June 1852 in Queen Victoria’s private chapel at Buckingham Palace, London. An Indian princess was baptised in the presence of the Queen, her family, senior officials of the Government, and the Directors of the East India Company. The princess was 11-year-old Princess Victoria Gowramma, daughter of Chikka Veerarajendra,…

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