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Fantastic Festivals in Coorg You Cannot Miss Out On

The rich culture of Coorg finds expression in its festivals. Peppered across the year, each festival is as amazing as the other. What sets them apart is the celebration of nature where the community joins hands to celebrate the natural elements through ceremonies and rituals.

Here are six of the most fantastic festivals in Coorg for you to get lost in. Why not plan your vacation around them?

Also known as the Edamyar Ond, this day is celebrated in April to welcome a new year as per the solar calendar. This festival symbolizes the beginning of the agricultural cycle in Coorg. The cattle and ploughs used for farming are worshipped and the locals offer prayers and meedhi (food offerings) to the gods.

Highlight of the festival: After worshipping the cattle, people yoke them to the plough and the field is ploughed thrice.




Puttari

Puttari, meaning ‘new rice’, is one of the traditional harvest festivals in Coorg. Each year, in late November or early December, when the crops are ready for harvest, families from the nearby villages gather on a full moon night to offer thanks to the gods for giving them a bountiful year. The houses are adorned with fragrant flowers, banana and mango leaves, while the aroma of authentic Coorg cuisine, including kari, thambuttu, kadambutt, and pandi curry fill the neighbourhoods. Firecrackers and loud chants resound through the day and mark the beginning of the harvest season.

Highlight of the festival: A woman from each family leads a procession to the paddy fields with a lit lamp, while the head of the family follows her with a sickle in their hands.

 

 



Madikeri Dasara


Kakkada Padinett


Kakkada signifies the season of heavy rainfall in Coorg, a time when people work hard in the fields to plant paddies. On the 18th day of the month of Kakkada, which roughly falls in the first week of August, the local women collect the leaves of a plant named madd thoppu which is believed to contain 18 varieties of medicine. These leaves are boiled and their blue extract is used in making delicious Coorg dishes, including puttu and payasa.

Highlight of the festival: Kakkada Padinett is signified by a grand feast which consists of delicious food like Kakkada koli and Kakkada nyad.

Like the rest of the country, Coorg also celebrates Navratri with splendour. The 10-day festival is characterized by processions, religious dances, and midnight revelry. On the last day of the festival, colourful tableaus from 10 temples are taken on a huge procession through the streets, each tableau a depiction of a scene from the Hindu mythology.

Highlight of the festival: An adorned idol of the Goddess Mariamma placed on a pot, locally called the Karaga, is filled with rice, grains, and holy water. It is then carried by the priests on their heads through the town, where people give their offerings to the deity.

Kalipodhu


Kalipodhu signifies the completion of the plantations of paddy. Locals take out their weapons – knives, guns, and swords – from the puja room and clean them before worshipping them. Kalipodhu in Coorg is the day when people begin taking measures for safeguarding the crops from wild boars and other animals.

Highlight of the festival: Apart from feasting and drinking, Kalipodhu includes outdoor shooting competitions and other fun games.

 


Kaveri Sankramana

Associated with the river Kaveri, this festival is celebrated on Theerthodbhava, celebrating the birth of the sacred river. As the water level of the river rises during this time, thousands of people take a dip in it to cleanse their souls. Once the ceremony is over, people feast on delicious dosa, curry, and payasa.

Highlight of the festival: Each family arranges a food platter which includes rice, betel leaves, betel nuts, coconuts, and cucumbers. They then throw the rice on the coconuts and cucumbers to invoke the goddess Kaveri and seek her blessings.

Thinking of where to stay in Coorg? If you wish to make the most of your vacation in Coorg, Danta Resort is here to help! Our location is perfect for sightseeing and celebrating the best festivals in Coorg. For more details, reach out to us at dantaresortcoorg@gmail.com or connect with us on social media!


Everything You Need to Know About Trekking in Coorg

Coorg. Bounded by mountains, the quaint hill station has several adventures up its sleeve. From river rafting to elephant safaris, it is peppered with adrenaline-inducing activities. One such activity that people must enjoy during a vacation in Coorg is trekking. The gorgeous trekking trails that are perfect for all age groups, traverse cascading waterfalls, little hamlets, and lush coffee plantations. In addition to the mesmerizing beauty that surrounds you, the very thrill of the adventure sport is enough to make you fall in love with the region.

 

Madikeri Trek

 

Best Trekking Trails in Coorg

To go on a trek in Coorg, first you need to decide which trail to explore. Listed below are some of the best trekking trails in Coorg, each having a unique treasure in store.

Encompassed by towering mountains, the Madikeri trek is home to mesmerizing sites, including Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, and Madikeri Fort. The bubbling streams cutting across the dense forest, along with the scenic vantage points, add to the captivating beauty of the place.

 

Trek Distance: 12 kilometers

 

Level: Moderate



Tadiandamol Trek

The highest peak in Coorg, Tadiandamol offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding greenery. The trail starts from the gorgeous Nalknad Palace and travels through gurgling streams and bright flowerbeds. The camping spot, named Big Rock, is ideal for stargazing!

Trek Distance: 4.5 kilometers

Level: Easy


Kotebetta Trek

Commonly known as the Fort Hill of Kodagu, this wonderful trek starts at Madhapur. To complete the trek, you need to walk for a couple of days, so camping is a must! From dense forests to endless plantations, the views that Kotebetta Trek has to offer are breathtaking!

Trek Distance: 20 kilometers

Level: Moderate



Brahmagiri Trek

One of the more difficult treks in Coorg, Brahmagiri shares its border with Kerala. The breathtaking scenery the peak has to offer reaches its epitome during sunsets, painting the sky with bright vermilion. Camp for the night and take in the ethereal views the night sky has in store for you!

Trek Distance: 6 kilometers

Level: Moderate to Difficult



Pushpagiri Trek

Pushpagiri, also referred to as the Kumara Parvatha, is perched at about 5600 meters above sea level. With the Somwarpet Wildlife Range checkpost beneath its wing, this trek has hundreds of colours in store. It takes about 5 hours to complete the trek.

Trek Distance: 12 kilometers

Level: Moderate


What to keep in mind while trekking in Coorg?


Nestled in the lap of the pristine Western Ghats, Coorg is not free from hazards. While trekking in Coorg, you should keep the following things in mind:

  • ♦ Carry ample amounts of food and water while trekking.
  • ♦ Coorg trekking trails are dense and remote. It is not uncommon for amateur trekkers to lose their way. It is always recommended to trek with a guide.
  • ♦ Make sure to pack a first aid kit, in case of emergencies.
  • ♦ Trekking in Coorg requires permission. Do obtain it from the concerned authorities.
  • ♦ Thinking of where to stay in Coorg? If you wish to make the most of your vacation in Coorg, Danta Resort is here to help! Our location is perfect for going on treks in Coorg. For more details, reach out to us at dantaresortcoorg@gmail.com or connect with us on social media!

How to Make the Most Authentic Coorg Pandi Curry

Coorg Curries are in a league of their own. Be it Koli curry or Pandi curry, the flavourful, rich, and spicy dishes are perfect for a filling meal. And now that winter is almost at the door, nothing can be better than the melt-in-your mouth, steaming chunks of meat with sudden bursts of tamarind and pepper! Pair the easy Coorg Curry up with kadambuttu, akki roti, or neer dosa, and wash them down with some Coorg wine!

Let’s save Koli curry for another time, and get on with this authentic version of the mouthwatering Coorg Pandi Curry!

What will you need?

Pork – ½ kg (preferably cut into cubes)

Pork stock – ½ cup

Curry leaves – 10 to 15

Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Lime to taste

Kachampuli – ½ tbsp

For spice powder

Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp

Cassia bark/ cinnamon – 1 inch

Cloves – 6

Peppercorns – 10 to 15

Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 10

Curry leaves – 10 to 15

Cardamom – 4

For spice paste

Onions – 250 gms

Finely chopped garlic cloves – 150 gms

Finely chopped ginger – 50 gms

Finely chopped green chillies (deseeded) – 3 or 4

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Water – 1 cup

Oil – ½ tsp

Coriander leaves – ¼ bunch

 

 

Method:

For the spice powder

Heat a pan at low flame. Add the ingredients to it and roast them until they become brown. Grind the mixture into a fine powder.

For the spice paste

Heat a pan at low flame. Add the ingredients, except coriander leaves and oil. Keep stirring until the onions turn golden brown. Add the coriander leaves and oil. Mix well. Take it off the heat and grind them.

For Pandi Curry

Wash the pork chunks well and drain the water. Marinate the pork with chilli powder, Kachampuli, and turmeric powder for an hour. Heat some oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. One they start sizzling, add the spice paste and mix well. Add water, pork stock, spice powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder. Fry them together. Once fried, add the marinated pork, Kachampuli, salt, and lime. Make sure the meat is covered in the mixture. Stir thoroughly. Add water, if required. Cover the pan and cook until the meat becomes tender. Once cooked, add coriander leaves and curry leaves for garnishing. Serve with akki roti, kadambattu, neer dosa, rice, or any Indian bread.

If you try this recipe, let us know how it was! Drop a comment below!

Thinking of where to get the original Coorg flavours? If you wish to make the most of your vacation in Coorg, Danta Resort is here to help! Our location is perfect for sightseeing and gorging on some traditional Coorg cuisine. For more details, reach out to us at dantaresortcoorg@gmail.com or connect with us on social media!


Day 1: Friday

Our Recommendations For A Perfect Weekend In Coorg

Enveloped by thick drapes of green, Coorg is the ideal spot for a quick weekend getaway. The pleasant weather, mist-covered landscapes, and numerous tourist spots it has to offer are perfect to beat the Monday blues. Add to it the delicious Coorg cuisine, and you’re all set for the weekend!

So, how should you plan your trip to ensure that you make the best of it? Which places should you visit? Which ones can you skip? To lessen your worries, we have curated a short but informative guide, and we do hope it helps!

Upon your arrival in Coorg, we would like to recommend indulging in a serene activity while gearing up for a new adventure for the next day! A visit to the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery or Raja’s Seat is perfect for a half-day trip! If you are longing to spend some time amidst nature, watch the sunset at Harangi Dam while the cool air helps you unwind after the long week! You can also pay a short visit to the beautiful coffee plantations in Coorg that make up an important part of the destination. For dinner, our recommendations include some mouthwatering Koli curry or Panda curry with Kadambattu. If you are not a big fan of coconut, go for the latter! Wash it down with some delicious local Coorg wine.



Day 2: Saturday

Rise and shine! Tickle your tastebuds with some delicious Akki Roti with Ellu Pajji and wake up to the aroma of some local coffee before gearing up for an adventure-filled day! Coorg has a plethora of adrenaline-inducing activities that you just cannot miss! Our top five recommendations for the same are:

Microlight Flying: Enjoy flying high as you take in the picturesque view of Coorg from a height of 5000 meters!

River Rafting: The rapids and currents of the Barapole River are ideal for an exciting round of river rafting!

Quad Biking: Ride through the peaks in Coorg as the quad bike takes you through the lush greenery of this hill station.

Sunset Jeep Drive: If you are not one to enjoy activities that require physical exertion, this 5-hour long drive amidst Mandalpatti is perfect! Encompassing misty hills and sprawling grasslands, the fascinating view of the panorama looks enchanting during sunset.

Trekking: Trekking in Coorg through Brahmagiri is one of the best ways to spend your day. From little streams to large flowers, make sure to look for the hidden treasures on the way!

Our recommendations for lunch are some scrumptious Paputtu and Bamboo shoot curry!



Day 3: Sunday

After a day full of excitement, we are sure you will love to spend some time in peace! So our recommendation for today is a visit to the falls in Coorg. Set out and pay a visit to one of the popular spots in Coorg – the Abbey Falls, or explore the offbeat Chelavara Falls. After that, you can spend some time with the majestic elephants in Coorg at Cauvery Nisargadhama or the Nagarhole National Park.

If you are fond of cultural tourism, you can visit Chettalli, a quaint village in Madikeri. One of the famous attractions here is the Cherala Bhagavathy Temple. With the day coming to an end, we have Monday waiting to roll out, thus putting an end to the getaway. Until next time!

While you are here, Danta Resort is always open to assist you! Our location is perfect for sightseeing and indulging in the various activities listed above! Our restaurant specializes in delicious Coorg cuisine, and we are always at your service! For more details, reach out to us at dantaresortcoorg@gmail.com or connect with us on social media!

 



Chelavara Falls

Top Five Places to Visit Around Coorg That You Didn't Know Of

The picturesque beauty of Coorg is not unheard of and is one of the top places to visit in India. Rightly called the Scotland of India, this place is home to gurgling streams, cascading waterfalls, lush valleys, and towering mountains. Be it a hot evening in May, or a chilly morning in December, Coorg is always ready to welcome you with a breath of fresh air! Wondering what to see and do in Coorg? For those who wish to discover some hidden gems instead of following the trodden path, we have compiled a list of five lesser-known places around Coorg. Let’s read on, shall we?

Chelavara Falls is one of the most serene destinations around Coorg. Falling from a height of 150 meters, the majestic water body is surrounded by tortoise-shaped rocks, which only enhance its scenic beauty. Since it is less touristy, Chelavara Falls is an amazing spot for a quiet picnic or some alone time amidst nature. Monsoons are the best time to witness this place in all its glory. However, it is important to stay safe, since the area around the waterfall often becomes slippery.



Honnamana Kere

One might think that the biggest natural lake in Coorg would receive tourists all year round, but fortunately, it remains the perfect place for a peaceful couple of hours most of the time. Named after the goddess Honnamana, the lake has a temple nearby. The pristine surroundings encompassing the lake are perfect for unwinding after a long day.


 

Harangi Backwaters

About 36 kilometers from Madikeri is a place straight out of a fairytale. Harangi Backwaters is a piece of paradise for nature lovers and photographers. Flowing at the foot of the Western Ghats, it is a perfect spot for taking a deep breath in and relaxing as you leave your worries behind!

 


Nalknad Palace

A place of utmost historical importance, Nalknad Palace quietly sits at the foot of the majestic Tadiandamol Peak. This is where the former Haleri kings used to hide from enemy attacks. The intricate interior decorations are masked by a humble façade, and the enchanting scenery surrounding it only enhances the beauty of this palace, thus making it a perfect spot off the beaten tracks.



Chikli Hole

Nestled in between Kushalnagar and Madikeri, Chikli Hole is a calm, secluded reservoir peppered with vibrant flowers and vibrant greenery. The dense forests set against the open spaces make for picturesque scenery, and the soft sounds of the tiny waves coupled with the rustling of leaves ring like music in our ears. A truly offbeat destination, Chikli Hole is also great for birdwatching, and can be included in a weekend getaway plan.




Thinking of where to stay in Coorg? If you wish to make the most of your vacation in Coorg, Danta Resort is here to help! Our location is perfect for sightseeing and discovering the unexplored treasures as well as popular spots. For more details, reach out to us at enquiry@dantaresort.com or connect with us on social media!


Picking a place to travel is easier now. Because you can whittle your list down to places that are safest to travel! Check government sites and the news to rule out destinations or shortlist potential ones.

5 Practical Tips for Traveling Safely During the Pandemic

Missing the serenity of mountains? The calm whispers of the sea by a beach? It’s the beginning of the festival season in India. Every year, this is the time when schools are closed, there’s a lull in the workplace, and it’s the peak season for travel.

But everything changed this year with the pandemic impacting normal working, shopping, and other lifestyle patterns. Travel has been the most affected, and there is, perhaps, not a single person out there who doesn’t long to ‘go somewhere for a change.'

Now you can. Travel is slowly getting back to its feet, but it’s important to continue taking precautions to keep yourself and the people around you safe. What will travel look like this year?

Here are five practical tips to keep in mind when planning your next weekend getaway or short vacation.

Look out for deals

The pandemic has come down hard on travel and tourism, and businesses are struggling to get back on their feet. Part of that process includes offering massive deals and discounts to entice travelers back and get the party going. Look out for the best ones out there, cash in on your loyalty programs, and make sure to choose properties that sweeten the whole package with special offers.

Picking a place to travel is easier now. Because you can whittle your list down to places that are safest to travel! Check government sites and the news to rule out destinations or shortlist potential ones.

Get travel insurance

Trip booked? Now it’s time to get insurance. It’s imperative that you are covered for COVID, especially when you travel to other States. There are lots of companies offering COVID-19 insurance covers out there. Pick the one that suits your travel plan the best and offers the most flexibility.

Pack smart, pack safe

Pack light is our motto, always. But needless to say, your light pack must contain the essentials - mask, hand sanitizer, and gloves if need be. If you are using public transport, make sure to wash your hands, sanitize yourself, and wear your mask every time you are with other people.

And also stay safe

Spend some time sorting through your stay options. You would want to choose a property that meticulously follows a hygiene protocol and sanitizes all spaces frequently. Try and pick a property that is situated slightly away from the most touristy spots but is also accessible to the places you want to visit. This will let you take small excursions during the day to limit your exposure. You could also come back to the property to avoid using public restrooms.

Follow these top tips to make your trip both enjoyable and safe! Do you have some of your own to share? Head on over to our social media and tell you.

Danta Resorts prioritizes our guests’ safety over everything else. Come on over, and you can be assured of a safe yet memorable experience with us!