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Coorg or Kodagu Taluks / Provinces

Coorg was a state, before its merger with Karnataka in the year 1956, with an elected chief minister and The Legislative Assembly. At present it is a part of Mangalore Lok Sabha Parliament Constituency and three MLAs [One each from Mercara, Virajpet and Somwarpet] are elected from Coorg to Karnataka Legislative Assembly.

Coorg or Kodagu being the tinest district of Karnataka consists of few majour cities or large towns viz, Mercara / Madikeri, Virajpet, Somwarpet, Kushalnagar, Gonicoppa and Ponnampet. Out of which Mercara, Virajpet and Somwarpet are the only 3 taluks/provinces of Coorg District.

Madikeri Taluk / Province:

Madikeri or Mercara is the district capital. It is also called as the 'Scotland of India' and ' The Kashmir of Karnataka'. It is blest with romantic earlymorning mist, lofty mountains, the picturesque serene, eye catching water falls. Mercara is one of the best place to relax. Mercara attracts lakhs of people from all over during Dushera festival.

Virajpet Taluk / Province:

Virajpet, Gonicoppa and Ponnampet are the areas where coffee, cardamom, pepper, oranges and now vanila are grown in plenty. Virajpet, a small town, reputed to be the largest producer of honey in Asia. Virajpet is a hot spot especially during the Shivaratri festival.

Many Estate owners are willing to let people spend their holidays in Private Estate cottages and even taste typical local meal for a very nominal amount. The estate owners themselves play the host (Please remember, the people of Coorg are best known for their hospitality)

Somwarpet Taluk / Province:

Kushalnagar is another major town of Somwarpet Province/Taluk. This is more modernised than the others as it is very close to Mysore, say about 45 Kms or approximately 1.30 hrs drive. Kushalnagar also houses one of the largest Buddist Temples and a Tibetian camp.


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