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Coorg is a region of scattered villages and small towns, with a few townships standing out. Pretty with their red tiled cottages and purple flowering shrubs, the Kodagu towns have an old-world charm about them.

Madikeri, the district headquarters at an elevation of over 5,000 feet above sea level, provides access to some excellent picnic spots including the picturesque Abbey Falls. Visitors can trek to the top of Tadeyendamol, the highest peak in the region and view the Arabian Sea in the distance. Alternatively, one may simply follow the mountain trails dotted with little shrines, some beside waterfalls, and others on the banks of rivers. The Nagarhole National Park provides excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing.

Kodagu has a few temples that are worth visiting. The Bagamandala Temple at the confluence of the Cauvery-Sujyothi Rivers is built in the multi-roofed Kerala style. The Omkareshwara Temple, dedicated to Shiva, is almost 200 years old and is a surprising blend of Islamic and Gothic styles.

Famed for their hunting skills, the Kodavas have now turned into devoted conservationists, assuming guardianship of their homeland’s natural wealth. Today, if you hear shots ringing out in Kodagu, rest assured that some Kodavas are only testing their marksmanship on the coconuts up in the trees.

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