In and around Coorg (Kodagu)

Coorg is the anglicised form of Kodagu. Kodagu is derived from the Kannada word "Kudu" which means steep or hilly & the people of this area are a handsome, martial race which have a long & distinguished tradition of joining the armed forces. Two well known generals of the Indian Army are Gen. Thimmiah & the 2nd Field Marshall of India - Field Marshall Cariappa. This charming Hill Station in southern Karnataka is nestled in the Western ghats and is also know as the land of coffee and spices. I had seen a much more lush green Coorg in my childhood days & am re-visiting the place after decades. Back then, the district headquarters, Mercara (Medikeri) was a quiet, peaceful and pristine place now replaced by a burgeoning population & lots of construction going on everywhere. Nevertheless, the area around Medikeri full of coffee & spice plantations and the commercial centres are testimony to this large trade. So is the honey from this area which is light in colour and little less sweet than what is normally found elsewhere.
Medikeri  is 120 kms from Mysore & 136 kms from Mangalore. The city has plenty to explore & the first day after our arrival in the evening we are guided by our smiling hosts - Suresh & Simi to take a short walk to Raja's Seat. It is a nice garden which is the hub for the local residents and tourists alike. Here are some photos of Coorg.

Moth found early morning at Aarthi Home Stay

Coffee Plant

Omkareshwar Temple built by the King Lingarajendra in 1820 is dedicated to Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva. (these are Indian deities)

near the temple - dredging operations

Mating of Damselflies - Coromondal Marsh Darts

View from the temple

Abbey falls - a short walk from the entry brings you to these gushing falls

Views of Medikeri town

Above & below - statue of Genl. Thimmiah

A small church

Part of the fort

above & below views of the Maqbara - interesting blend of Indo-Islamic archetecture

Long tailed Shrike

This beautiful butterfly is the Rustic - endemic to the Western Ghats

A warbler - Probably the Blyth's Reed Warbler


Yellow Wagtail

another view of the Leopard - butterfly named because of its similarity in colour & markings to the carnivore

Close to our resort, found this Snake slithering in the grass!
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