Popularly called the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is one of the most enchanting hill stations in Karnataka and among the popular tourist places to visit near Mysore. Known for its astounding natural beauty, encompassing towering mountains, meandering rivers, gushing waterfalls, intense forests, Coorg offers something for everyone. Besides, one can also visit many breathtaking attractions on the way to Coorg from Mysore. These places provide you the benefit of making a wholesome, authentic, and unforgettable experience as part of Coorg Tour Packages.
Nagarhole National Park
Spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts, Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka and among the top attractions you must include in Coorg tour packages. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this forest area was originally the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Mysore and was declared a National park in 1988. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is bestowed with the best of wildlife, forest cover, gushing streams, gentle slopes, and shallow valleys.
Covering an area of 258 sq. km, Nagarhole is home to a wide range of fauna including tiger, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, the hyena, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope, gaur, wild boar and elephant. One can also found marsh crocodiles, monitor lizards, rock python, and several other species of birds here.
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Golden Temple – Bylakuppe
Home to magnificent Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe is a Tibetan refugee settlement area situated on the Mysore-Coorg route and among the must include in Coorg tourist places. Fondly known as Golden Temple, the Namdroling Monastery was established by Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche in 1963. It is one of the beautiful Buddhist monasteries in India and the second largest Tibetans settlement in India after Dharamshala.
With its Colorful murals, 40 feet high gilded images of Guru Padmasambhava in the sanctum, peaceful temple complex and unique Tibetan prayer rituals, the Golden Temple attracts a huge number of tourists from all over India and abroad as part of Mysore-Coorg Tour Packages. Tibetan New Year (Losar) is the main festival celebrated here in the month of February / March over a period of fifteen days with much fervor.
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Formed by the River Cauvery, Nisargadhama is a beautiful island located in Kodagu district and among the most scenic places to visit in Coorg. Developed as a tourist spot in 1988 by the Forest Department, the island is accessible through a hanging bridge which is also an ideal destination to spend some quality time with your friends and family.
Spread over an area of 64-acres, the island is filled with lush foliage of thick bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. Also features deer park, Rabbit Park, Peacock Park and Orchidarium, the place lures thousands of tourists as part of the 3-day trip from Mysore. The other attractions here are Elephant rides and boating.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Positioned on the banks of the river Cauvery, Dubare Elephant Camp is an elephant training center and also one of the top tourist attractions you must include in Coorg Packages. A project undertaken by the forest department and jungle lodges & resorts, Dubare is an important base for the Karnataka Forest Department’s elephants.
This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalist including the elephants used for Mysore Dussehra, among the top festivals of Karnataka. Tourists have the opportunities for trekking, elephant rides, coracle rides, bird watching, fishing, and river rafting here. The other activities like 45-minute bath in the River Cauvery where tourist can give bath to elephants, feeding them with ragi, jaggery, sugarcane, banana and coconuts.
Placed near Hudgur village in Kodagu district, Harangi Dam is the first dam to be built across the River Cauvery and formed by masonry-dam built across the river Harangi, a tributary to Cauvery. With 846 meters long and a height of 47 meters, the dam is one of the popular sightseeing places to visit near Mysore. Known for its natural beauty and soothing atmosphere, the dam attracts huge crowd during the monsoon season when the gates are opened, and the water is released. Besides, there is a small garden and a stone statue of Goddess Cauvery near the dam.
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