How we like to think of ourselves
We Kodavas have some interesting mythologies about our origins. Some say we’re descendants from Greeks (which is fun to throw around at parties), others say we are a band of warriors that broke away to settle down cause our commanders were shite, making me think that we just needed a place to chill and enjoy life.
A little bit about the geography of our territory
Situated in the southern part of Karnataka along the Western Ghats, home to the river Cauvery that rises at Talakavery in the Brahmagiri hill – also known as the “Ganges of the South” albeit, cleaner. We tend to hold this place with some religious significance, so we’d sure appreciate your sensitivity if you do visit. Technically, Kodavas worship their ancestors, but they do also follow the general beliefs.
What we love about Coorg, and think everyone else should and would
So if you’re looking for a place to relax or get away, say from the rest of the world, and one that has the cleanest air, freshest foods, purest spring water (unless someone pees upstream), friendly people even when sober, a unique culture, well, Kodagu is the place to go to.
It might sound like I’m selling the place but to tell you the truth, it’s as it sounds and even better when you visit.
When you should visit
The best time for trips to Coorg is October to March; after that it gets hot. But a nice hot, nonetheless. In June, the rains usually make an appearance. So, if you like it wet – the weather I mean – this is the ideal time to visit. After the monsoon, if it lasts till September, a chill sets in; the air gets crisp, and at night, the temperature plummets to a whiskey-chilling cold. Do take socks – you will need them. At no time, however, will you have difficulty finding a place to stay. You will find a variety of home stays all with their own individual touch of hospitality. They are not too pricey or too cheap and offer home-cooked meals.
Need a little more by way of suggestion? Try Kabbe Holidays Homestay and Coorg Adventure Club if you’re seriously into the outdoors and trekking is something that doesn’t drive you back into bed. Honey Valley and Keemale Homestay are two other spots I’d recommend to fastidious travellers.
What to eat (without any beating around the bush)
Who’re we kidding?
The Pandi curry (Kodava special spiced pork curry, to aliens and foreigners) tastes excellent with any alcohol and keeps vegetarians at bay. Mind you, we’ve got some awesome vegetarian food as well. Ask for the bamboo shoot curry, tasty enough to make a panda migrate.
Try East End Hotel or Coorg Cuisine in Madikeri for the best pandi curry. As for Coorg wines? Try any shop in the main town. If you’re thirsty for more, you don’t need to look or walk very far to find yourself a friendly local bar.
Condescending advice for greenery-starved Bangaloreans
So, if chilling at a coffee estate, trekking, playing bedroom golf and sightseeing are starting to build up your resistance to leaving, and if getting back to dust, pollution and long work hours seems more than a little unfair, well, chin up. Remember that Coorg is only five hours by bus or three hours of maniacal driving away.