Our private jet was a very important part of our trip. Most of the legs were less than 30 minutes, compared to six to 10 hours if we traveled by road. Overall, we had a fantastic trip to a new country for us. Remote Lands never fails!
Coorg, also known as Kodagu, was an independent kingdom before its annexation in 1834 by the British East India Company. Because of its cool temperatures, lush countryside and abundant wildlife, it soon became a prominent hill station and holiday resort for the British colonial elite. Today, because of its natural and scenic charms, Coorg remains a popular destination for nature lovers.
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Raja’s Seat, or "The Seat of the King,” is a park of fountains and flowers. Named for the kings who once spent their evenings here, Raja’s Seat offers a panoramic view of a nearby valley, and is an excellent vantage point from which to view the sunset. Alternately, travelers may visit this park early in the morning, when the greenery is shrouded by a series of jagged mountains and a thick morning mist.
Built in the 1600s, Madikeri Fort has seen chaotic and tumultuous times; it was bitterly contested by a number of powers, finally falling to the British. Today, the grounds of this well-preserved building are home to a church, an archeological museum, and two life-sized elephants cast in masonry.
A giant monastery home to over 4,000 monks and nuns, Namdroling was established by Pema Norbu Rinpoche after his arrival from Tibet. With 150 buildings, a hospital, and a religious college, Namdroling is one of the largest centers of Tibetan Buddhism in the world – and was consecrated by the Dalai Lama himself.
Situated amid private coffee plantations and spice estates, Abbey Falls is one of Coorg's standout sights. A roaring cascade of water that plunges deep into an emerald pool, Abbey Falls is surrounded on all sides by thick forest – making for a picturesque, relaxing stop.
Constructed in 1820, the Omkareshwa Temple is built in the Mumammadan style, featuring four turrets (one at each of its corners) and a large, central dome; the grounds of the temple also house a large water tank filled with fish. Dedicated to Shiva, one of the most influential deities within Hinduism, Omkareshwa is also home to a lingam, a colorful, ornate representation of the god.
Orange County Coorg
This stunning, all-villa resort is located on a plantation in the green hills of Coorg. All villas offer a private pool as well as flat-screen TV, fridge and tea and coffee facilities. Dining options include the open-air eatery Plantain Leaf, which is set amidst coffee and spice plantations, and features vegetarian cuisine; the Peppercorn, which overlooks a quiet lake and serves kebabs and grills; and the Granary, a luxurious, indulgent restaurant that evokes the genteel, bygone days of the British Raj. Amenities include a large communal pool and an exclusive infinity pool, a romantic coffee lounge and library, and an Ayurvedic Spa. The Orange County Coorg is a two-hour drive from Mysore airport.
Vivanta by Taj' Madikeri
Set in a 180-acre rainforest, the Vivanta by Taj Ã¯Â¿Â½ Madikeri lies amidst gentle hills and forests with over 250 species of flora, and a natural spring. The resort is designed with eco-friendly materials, allowing for a harmonious relationship between nature and luxury. The 63 cottages, suites, villas and rooms are inspired by Coorg-style houses, with sloping roofs, pillars and mundu mane, or open-to-sky entrances traditionally used by brides-to-be as a means of examining eligible bachelors from a distance. Each of the rooms feature all-day room service, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, telephones, climate control, and mini-bars. Restaurants include the Fern Tree, an all-day eatery that serves Continental, East Asian, and south Indian cuisine; the Nellaki, which serves fresh, local produce and meats prepared in the local style; Dew, a healthy, organic eatery; and a poolside grill. Amenities include a climate controlled indoor swimming pool, an open-air pool situated under the stars, and a spa and wellness space that sports eight private treatment rooms, a relaxation deck, a wellness cafÃ¯Â¿Â½ and the Gudda, a wood-fired bath in an outdoor pavilion that ranks as a signature experience of Coorg.