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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!

Category: Destination

Throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia, the Bulbul has a reputation in folklore and culture that is rivalled only by the nightingale in Europe and the Koel in India. At an esoteric level, the Bulbul has inspired poetry, spiritual metaphors in literature and featured largely in musical renditions of romantic lyrics in many languages…

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Posted in: Destination Nature

On the outset, the wild, wet flora of the Western Ghats that oppressively surrounds the visual senses is an unending canvas of green monotone. The only aspect of the forest that breaks the monotony is the spectrum of strange sounds it emanates. You hear bird songs, drones of insects and startlingly eerie whistles whose source…

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Posted in: Destination Nature

wild food

Tasting the Wild

Shonali Madapa

Living in wild, remote areas throws up questions of survival and sustainability. The choices one makes are limited to what is available at a particular point in time. More importantly in terms of cuisine, the sensibility of eating the right food at the right time is driven largely by the seasons. In Coorg, the long…

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Chikka Veerarajendra coorg

Chikka Veerarajendra, the last king of Coorg (Kodagu), was 34-years-old when he was evicted from the throne by the East India Company. He was ignominiously exiled first to Vellore, and then permanently at Benares. On 24 April 1834, the Raja along with his thirteen wives, and an entourage of other women and servants, exited Madikeri…

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Posted in: Destination People

In my previous article I discussed the seasonal nature of Kodava cuisine. Kodavas also have certain dishes that are connected to particular festivals.  Mid august or September, is the calling of the huntsmen. They would put away all their agricultural tools and bring out their guns and weapons of their clan, which was cleaned and…

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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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Kodava cuisine is very dependent on seasonal produce as the region was inaccessible for many centuries. This resulted in a cuisine very unique compared to its neighbours. Foraging was the way of life for the locals. Now, Coorg is easily accessible and has become a tourist destination. Coorg has all year round produce from its…

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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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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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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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Posted in: Destination Nature

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