You Perfect 3-Day Coorg Itinerary

From vast coffee plantation, old forts, dense greenery and iconic hairpin bends in the hills, check out our our 3-day itinerary for a memorable Coorg tour
Tea Plantations at Coorg, India
Tea Plantations at Coorg, IndiaShutterstock

Nestled amidst the lush Western Ghats of Karnataka, Coorg, also known as Kodagu, beckons travellers with its rich landscapes of misty hills and coffee expanses. The hill station is known as the "Scotland of India" and is home to vast coffee plantations, including TATA and several other independent plantations, cascading waterfalls, serene ponds and lakes and a lush biodiversity. Adventure seekers can trek through rugged terrains or indulge in river rafting along the gushing rapids. For a cultural immersion, you can explore ancient temples, monasteries and forts steeped in history. Coorg's warm hospitality, delectable cuisine featuring aromatic spices, and serene ambience make it a haven for nature lovers and urban escapists alike, promising an unforgettable retreat in the lap of nature. Here is a thorough three-day itinerary that you can follow to find a fulfilling Coorg tour.

Day 1: Exploring Coorg Town

The front view of the Buddhist Zangdog Palri or Golden Temple in Namdroling Monastery in Karnataka
The front view of the Buddhist Zangdog Palri or Golden Temple in Namdroling Monastery in KarnatakaShutterstock

Begin your Coorg tour by visiting the Namdroling Monastery, also called the Golden Temple. It is situated in Bylakuppe, one of India's largest Tibetan settlements as well as the world's largest teaching centre of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was established in 1963 by Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche, the 11th throne holder of the Palyul lineage. You can witness the intricate architecture and serene surroundings while the monks carry out their daily rituals. You can take a short drive from Coorg town to get to the monastery.

The entry gate to Dubare Elephant Camp
The entry gate to Dubare Elephant CampShutterstock

Later, make your way to Dubare Elephant Camp,  located on the banks of the Kaveri River and was once a camp of the Karnataka Forest Department, for a unique experience with these majestic creatures. Participate in activities like elephant bathing and feeding, or opt for an elephant ride through the lush greenery.

After exploring the monastery, return to Coorg town for lunch and indulge in local cuisine at a nearby restaurant. Try dishes like Pandi Curry (pork curry) or Kadambuttu (rice dumplings). You can head to places such as Thaliya, a traditional Kodava restaurant (INR 500 for two) or Hotel Udupi Garden, serving vegan to all non-vegetarian dishes you wish to try (INR 1200 for two).

A misty day at the Raja's Seat
A misty day at the Raja's SeatShuttestock

Towards the evening, return to Coorg town and visit Raja's Seat, a popular viewpoint overlooking the hills. Witness a mesmerising sunset as you relax in the tranquil setting. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, savouring more Coorgi specialties.

Day 2: Nature and Adventure

A view of the Abbey Falls
A view of the Abbey FallsShutterstock

On your second day, you should visit the Abbey Falls, one of Coorg's most picturesque waterfalls. You can enjoy the place's scenic beauty and take memorable photographs while immersing yourself in nature's tranquillity. After that, you can head to the Madikeri Fort and Museum to delve into the history and culture of the region. The fort was built in 1681 by King Mudduraja and has been occupied by many dynasties and kingdoms, including the British East India Company, the Mysore Sultanate and the Vijayanagara Empire. Don't forget to check out the panoramic views of the town from the fort's vantage points.

Inside the Madikeri Fort,  built in 1681 by King Mudduraja
Inside the Madikeri Fort, built in 1681 by King MuddurajaShutterstock

In the afternoon, you can go on a trekking adventure to Mandalpatti. The trek will allow you to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. It is located at an altitude of 1,800 metres and overlooks the grasslands of Pushpagiri forests in the Western Ghats. It is also known as "Muguli-peth", which translates to "market of clouds." If you are a photography enthusiast, you will have ample opportunities to capture stunning landscapes.

View from top of Mandalpatti
View from top of MandalpattiShutterstock

As the evening approaches, you can witness the breathtaking sunset from Mandalpatti and take in the beauty of nature's canvas. Afterwards, you can return to your accommodation and relax after an adventure-filled day.

Day 3: Plantation Tour and Relaxation

Inside a coffee plantation at Coorg
Inside a coffee plantation at CoorgShutterstock

Start your day with a plantation tour at one of Coorg's coffee estates. You can head to the expansive TATA plantation site and learn about the process of coffee cultivation and indulge in some freshly brewed coffee straight from the source. You can also hire a local coffee guide who will tell you all about the origin of coffee and the story of how Baba Budan Giri got the seeds in India and started the legacy of rich coffee plantations. At TATA's coffee site, you can also check out the pepper plants and witness a massive amount of Mexican avocado being grown.

After the tour, enjoy lunch either at the plantation or back in town, sampling more of Coorg's delicious cuisine. You can head to the Riverside Coffee Estate and the Riverside Cafe, where you can have a hearty lunch, sample more homegrown coffees and take a tour of an independent family-owned coffee plantation.

An aerial view of the Talakaveri Temple
An aerial view of the Talakaveri TempleShutterstock

In the afternoon, visit the Talakaveri Temple, the source of the River Kaveri. It is a pilgrimage site in the Kodagu district and is dedicated to the Goddess Kaveriamma. Explore the temple complex and take in the serene surroundings of this sacred site.

As the sun begins to set, take a stroll through the local markets in the evening and pick up souvenirs and handicrafts to remember your trip. End your day with a traditional Coorgi dinner, savouring the rich flavours of the region's culinary delights.

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