Land of the martial race

Coorg or Kodagu is a tiny district located in the Southwest corner of Karnataka, South India. Madikeri (previously known as Mercara), a picturesque charming town situated at an elevation of over 5,000 ft (1,525 m) above sea level, is the district headquarters of Kodagu.

Dubbed as the Scotland of India, Kodagu is the home of colourful, robust, martial race - the Kodavas. Said to be the descendants of the Greeks, the Kodavas are fiercely independent and are known for their bravery, beauty and pride for their land.

They were never conquered by either Tipu Sultan or the British. And so to this day, all Kodavas retain the privilege of carrying firearms without a license.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Western Ghats are internationally recognized as a region of immense global importance for the conservation of biological diversity, besides containing areas of high geological, cultural and aesthetic values.


GENERAL FACTS

Altitude: 5,000 Feet

Rainfall: 150 cms

Best time to visit: Although Madikeri is pleasant throughout the year, the monsoon lasts from June to August. The best time to visit would be October - April.

Electricity: 230-240V


Travel Facts
  1. Air: The nearest airports are Bangalore (260 kms) and Mangalore (135 kms). Train: The nearest railheads are at Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan (146 kms). Road: From Bangalore (around 250-260 kms), the route via Mysore, is the oft-frequented route. The stretch after Hunsur is scenic and the drive through the coffee plantations is absorbing. Bus: The local bus service in Madikeri has connections to almost every place in Coorg. Alternatively, there are regular buses to Mysore, Mangalore, Hassan, Chikmagalur, Shimoga.
    Getting to WindCrest
  2. - Pandhi Curry (Spicy Pork curry) - Kadumbuttu (Steamed rice dumplings) - Koli Curry (Chicken curry) - Nool Puttu (Rice noodles) - Bamboo Shoot Curry (Bamboo shoot curry) - Wotti (Rice pancake cooked over burning coals)
    Traditional cuisine
  3. 24 hour ATM facilities and other bank services are available in Madikeri.
    Currency
  4. Coorg is coffee and spice country,the estates here produce some of the world's best coffee. Honey, cardamom, pepper & oranges (in season) can be bought from most shops.
    Shopping
  5. Local directions: From Madikeri town centre [6 kilometers to WindCrest], take the Galibeedu road and travel for 4 kilometers, passing Mahindra Club on the right hand side. Carry on down the road till you come to a fork then take the right exit towards Kaloor. WindCrest is a 5 minute drive from this point. Taxis are available for local travel and sightseeing.
    Local directions