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27 / Jan / 2010
The Macedonians of Madikeri
Kodava Couple, Coorg Photograph: Balan Madhavan Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

The Macedonians of Madikeri

Legend has it that they are the remnants of Alexander’s army, who stayed on in India, when the conqueror marched back to Macedonia. The Puranas claim that the Kodavas are the children of the river goddess, Cauvery, whose waters irrigate the very soul of Coorg. Whatever their provenance, these hardy sentinels of the hills are legendary warriors whose martial spirit lives on to this day. Nowhere else are the implements of war so revered with the traditional gun and sword still being ritually worshipped in ceremonies and festivals. The birth of a male child is marked by a solitary gunshot, announcing, as it were, the arrival of a brand new warrior. And warriors, there have been plenty, with Coorg producing some of independent India’s finest soldier statesmen like Field Marshal K.M.Cariappa and General K.S.Thimmaiah. While on the matter of famous names, the Kodavas habitually append the clan name to theirs, so one instantly knows the lineage of the person you’re just meeting. Comes in handy in ensuring good behavior, as you wouldn’t wish to pick a quarrel with an entire clan. Especially when you run the risk of not being invited to their homes to partake of the divine pandi curry and kadumbuttu, and potent brews served with a large measure of backslapping bonhomie. The hardiness of the Kodavas is only matched by their generosity of spirit, and we guarantee it won’t take long before you arrive at a rather profound discovery: that you’re in no hurry to go back home. Just like the Macedonians of yore.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. KARNIK SHAH says:

    Just Beautiful!

  2. Raghu Poonacha says:

    Thanks really make us feel great…Many people have arrived in Coorg and have made this their own home..But no one else has promoted Coorg better than you. I still remember my first visit to your great resort as an NRI visitor curious to know about your resort. I am proud to say you have exceeded my expectations.. Keep up the wonderful PR job you are doing for Coorg…Best of luck and may your resort reach much greater heights!

  3. Robin Raj, Branch Head, Kuoni says:

    Dear Team,
    I am delighted to receive such beautiful article about your locality.Thank you very much and please keep us updated about such interesting thinks in Future. We shall update the same to our Delhi office who in turn will update our foreign partners.

  4. sunil says:

    Kodagu is the most beautiful place on earth and Kodavas are sorrounded by beauty from within and outside.

  5. Dr. Vijay Kakatkar says:

    Thanks. It is good information & will add to the pleasant memories of our stay in Orange county.

  6. Diwakaran Nair says:

    Very well presented piece as usual, though the photo doesn’t seem to ‘belong’ in the usual Lifescapes style. More like a studio portrait, but still well shot and a good representative couple. Well done Orange county.

  7. Anupama Anantharaman says:

    Dear Lifescapes contributors,
    This is Anupama Anantharaman nee Krishnamurthy, a food blogger, writing from Pleasanton, California. I am writing to tell you how much I love your fortnightly essay. I have been to two of your resorts in Karnataka with family and we have enjoyed it immensely. I find all your photo-essays very interesting. The writing is beautiful too. Thank you for bringing India’s nature and culture alive through your work.

  8. Catherine Bernard says:

    Most elegant couple whom I greet happily from far away…Belize and a wonderful legend that reminds me once more of your country to which I am so attached and which I miss…

  9. Lovely Devaya says:

    Thanks very much for the background on Kodavas … I am a kodavathi and very proud of my lineage.

  10. Raghunath says:

    Traditional !! Lovely picture of the Kodava couple, known for their Hospitality as much as for their Valour.

  11. priya mukund says:

    Wonderful picture of a coorgy couple. It was lovely to read about the kodavas and their lineage. Hoping to visit coorg soon and discover more about them and their culture.

  12. Shruthy Nanaiah says:

    That’s a great story to bring about awareness and also a great attempt to preserve the culture.

  13. Muthanna says:

    Brilliant picture………just reflects the true blue blood!

  14. Huda says:

    It’s actually very beautiful.
    And I hope to visit you soon!

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