Emerald green till where the eye can see, Kodagu (in Kannada) or Coorg, as it is more famously known is a must visit destination in Karnataka, India.
Madikeri is the district headquarters of Coorg and also the chief town and transport hub.
The temple is built in a distinctive style unlike any of the 12th century temples in the region and is apparent of the artistry through its various stone carved pillars, towers and various flowers, elephants and garuda on the temple walls.
The mausoleum of Khwaja Banda Nawaz, a Sufi saint of the Chishti order, Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz is one of the most frequented places in Gulbarga.
The gorgeous landscape of Coorg is of rolling hills with acres of coffee plantations intermittently dotted with lush teakwood and sandalwood forests.
The villages and hamlets here exude a forever ambience, timeless in their beauty.
Located in the western ghats in the southwest part of Karnataka, Coorg has a very moderate climate all year round, with temperatures ranging from 19 to 34 C in summers to 14 to 29 C in winters.
It altitude is in the range of 3500 ft above sea level.
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The history of Kodagu is rich, replete with the stories of its brave warriors and worth exploring in its many historical monuments.
It was a state until 1956, when it merged with Karnataka.
Known the world over for its acres of coffee plantations, these also are the prime attraction of Kodagu.
It is but natural that coffee and spice production are the major economic activities of the region.