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Nested on the eastern slopes of the picturesque Western Ghats and also popularly known by its Kannada name ‘Kodagu’, Coorg; a legislative district in the state of Karnataka is hailed for its incomparable scenic pulchritude and fascinating natural splendor. Bordered by Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Mysore, Kannur and Wayanad districts, Coorg, perched at the elevation ranging from 900 meters to 1750 meters above the sea level covers the total area of about 4102 square kilometers. Glorified by the title ‘Kashmir of the South’, Coorg is also bestowed upon with the moniker, ‘The Scotland of India’.
The term Kodagu (formerly called ‘Kodaimalenadu’), which means ‘the dense forest on the steep hill’ is believed to have several origins. As stated in the Puranas, this terrain was originally inhabited by ‘Kodava Tribes’ wherein the word ‘Kodava’ has derived from ‘Krodhadesa’ meaning ‘the Land of Anger’. As the other notion goes, the district Kodagu has been named after the Cauveri River where ‘Kod’ means ‘to give’ and ‘Ava’ means ‘mother’. According to yet another explanation, Kodagu has been coined from the term ‘Kannada Kudu’ meaning ‘dense forest’.
Coorg, the land of misty mountains, flourishing valleys, meandering streams, surging waterfalls, thick tropical forests, teak woods, miles of terra firma carpeted with spices, coffee, cashew and paddy plantations and orange groves is indeed the ‘Promised Land’ descended on the earth. The vivid scenery, woody slopes, rolling landscapes, undulating mountain ranges and the old-world villages of Coorg intrigue its visitors to no limit. Visited by thousands of travelers, nature lovers and vacationers every year, Coorg; endowed with exotic beauty, majestic artistry and agreeable ambience offers luxurious holidays and perfect summer retreats to its guests.
Apart from relaxing in the panoramic lap of nature and relishing the infinite banquet of exquisite allure, Coorg also tenders various exciting activities such as Bird Watching, White Water Rafting and Trekking. Pushpagiri, Brahmagiri and Tadiandamol peaks of Coorg are particularly exalted for the challenging and at the same time pictorial trekking trails they proffer. Besides, Kodagu; the land of ‘Brave Warriors’ has also acquired fame in the area of military services. The Field Marshal ‘K. M. Cariappa’, who was the first Indian Chief of Army Staff and headed the Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pak War of 1947 belonged to Kodagu.