The rise in tourists influx over the years has taken a huge toll on the natural beauty of the place and resulted in polluted water that stinks during the summer season and unaccountable amount of plastic littering throughout the estate and the river. The river is part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. Abbey Falls waterfall is situated in the middle of spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines and private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes. It was earlier called Jessi falls named after a British officer's wife. However, the place was a thick jungle area back then. Flow is much higher during the rainy season season.A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls. Years later, the beautiful waterfall was discovered by Mr Neravanda B Nanaiah who bought the place from the government and converted it into a coffee and spices plantation that is surrounding the waterfall today.
Nagarhole National Park:
It houses not just multiple species of plants and shrubbery but also mammals, reptiles, rare birds and crawlers. With its diversity of flora and fauna, the Nagarhole National Park is one of the best known wildlife reserves in India. Tiger, Indian bison and Asian elephants are found in large numbers inside the park. Other species include leopards, wild dogs, jackals, grey mongoose, sloth bears, striped hyena, spotted dear (Chital), sambhar, four-horned antelopes, wild boars, Indian porcupine. Reptiles including the crocodiles, vine snakes, wolf snakes, rat snakes, bamboo bat viper, Russell's Viper and Indian Rock Python are also found here. The national park has over 270 species of birds including the critically endangered Oriental White Backed Vulture, the Greater Spotted Eagle and the Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon.
Coorg is home to the well-known Namdroling monastery, also called the Golden temple on account of the gold work done on every painting. Namdroling monastery is situated just 6km from the town of Kushalnagar and 35km from Madikeri. It belongs to the Sangha community. It is a typical Tibetan monastery, presided over by a 18m-high gold-plated Buddha. Children are also taught outside the temple. The paintings inside the temple describe the gods, demons, culture and also some of the phases of Buddha's life.
White River rafting in Barapole River:
Barapole river is a famous white river rafting destination in Coorg. The white frothy river with speedy waters and rapids, flowing through beautiful landscapes, makes for an ideal river rafting experience. Set against the backdrop of the Western Ghats and bordering the Deccan Plateau, Coorg is a popular destination among travelers. Experience the thrill of adventure as the choppy waters of the river toss you about and the wind rushes through your hair. White water rafting is organized in Upper Barapole are called Kithu-Kakkatu River which is a strong catchment area for the monsoons, thus providing a some of the most challenging stretch of rapids. The rapids have some fascinating names like Morning Coffee, Grass Hopper, Ramba Samba, Wicked Witch and Big Bang. The Barapole River surges through dense forests and offers rafting participants a breathtaking view of the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Bhagamandala is situated on the river Kaveri and is a pilgrimage place in Kodagu. The place is popularly known as Triveni Sangham since, it is on the banks of three rivers, Cauvery, Kannike and the sub terrain Sujyoti. There is spot known as the Bhagandeshwara Kshetra inside the temple complex, where there are temples of Bhagandeshwara (Ishwara), Subramanya, Mahavishnu and Ganapati. The pilgrims take a dip in the holy water and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talacauvery, the birthplace of Kaveri. Pilgrims assemble here in large groups on the 17th or 18th of October during the Tula Sankramana.
The route traverses lush forests, green grasslands and countless small streams and rivers. Taking individuals deep inside the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, the Brahmagiri trek is a delight with its myriad offerings. It is located on the border between Wayanad District of Kerala state on the south and Kodagu District in Karnataka on the north side. The peak of the hill is well-forested and is rich in wildlife. The primary attractions around this trek are the Iruppu Falls, the Thirunnelai Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Pakshipathalam which has a cave that is legendary for being a haven for ?rishis? primeval times.
Mallali Falls lies in the northern region of Kodagu district in Karnataka. These falls lie 26 km away from the town of Somwarpet. They lie at the foot of Pushpagiri Hill Ranges, where the Kumaradhara river takes a deep plunge of over 200 feet. Since they are seasonal falls, the water pretty much disappears into thin air while falling from a height of just 60 meters in two tiers. The river flows down towards Mangalore passing through Kukke Subrahmanya. There is never-ending debate regarding the beauty of Abbey Falls and Mallali Falls.It is one of the most mystifying waterfalls in Coorg, which lie in the Bettadahalli Gram Panchayat in Somwarpet Taluka.
Angling (Fishing) in Coorg:
Primarily, you need a license to fish which can be issued at Coorg Wildlife Society's office in Madikeri. Also, fishing at Valnur has to follow 'Catch and release' principle - the fishes you catch need to be released back into the water. This is a part of conservation drive in the region. Valnur, a village near Coorg, is famous for its fishing camps. River Cauvery has lots of fishing camps located on the banks.Although, you will have to be a little careful about the rules and restrictions on fishing in this area.