CUISINE

Coorg cuisine is dominated with dishes prepared with meat, chicken and pork. The Pandhi (Pork) curry, Koli (chicken) curry, Akki Rotti (Rice Roti), Kadumbuttu (Rice dumplings) are some of the all time favorites.

Bamboo-shoot curry, wild mushroom curry and mango curry are some of the vegetarian delicacies relished by the Coorgs. These are seasonal. The masalas used for cooking are the same as the masalas used in south Indian cuisine.

ABOUT COORG

Coorg map

Kodagu, Coorg fondly known as Scotland of India is a small picturesque hill station, perched on the Western Ghats.

It is a small district of the state of Karnataka with a distinct culture, unique customs and traditions. The people of Coorg are known as Kodavas or Coorgs. They are supposed to belong to the Kshatriya clan. The misty hills, lush green valleys, evergreen forests, meandering brooks beckon nature lovers for a tranquil sojourn. The region is scattered with hamlets, villages and townships surrounded by coffee plantations, orange groves interspersed with cardamom and pepper plants and dense forests.

Cauvery, a major river of South India originates from the Brahmagiri hill in Kodagu. The people of Kodagu are known for their hospitality and bravery. Their distinguished martial tradition has given the Indian army several generals, officers and soldiers.

The women are both graceful and beautiful. Coorg is really an unforgettable holiday destination. There are lot of remote places in Coorg with tourism potential which is yet to be exploited. Not invaded by railway tracks or aerodynamics, Coorg is connect to the other parts of the state and the neighboring state of Kerala by road. Take a leisurely walk or drive along the roads and feel the cool crispy air tingling your skin.

Madikeri is the district headquarters of Kodagu.

HISTORY OF COORG

The Chengalvas, Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Kadamba Kings ruled parts of Coorg till the 7th Century A.D. respectively. The Haleri kings ruled Coorg from about 1592 to 1834. In 1834, the British annexed Coorg and ruled it till 1947. After India’s Independence as per the new Indian Constitution, Coorg became a ‘C’ State (Independent State). In 1956, Coorg was merged with Karnataka and become one of its districts. It has 3 taluks – Madikeri, Somwarpet & Virajpet. Kind Muddu Raja of Haleri dynasty established Madikeri in the year 1681. Formerly Madikeri was known as Muddu Rajakeri.


PEOPLE AND CULTURE

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The people of Coorg predominantly belong to Kodava community, but other communities like the Gowdas, Airis, Amnmakodavas, Heggades etc., also live here. The British called this land as Coorg and the Kodavas as Coorgs.

Their physical attributes strongly indicate an Aryan ancestry. There are different theories and opinions on their origin. The attire of Coorg men i.e., “Kuppya” and “Chele” or waistband shows Central Asian influence. The knot on the right shoulder of the saree of the women shows a similarity with the knot of the ancient Greek women called “Chitton”. The jewelry has a strong resemblance to Greek jewelry. They have a distinct culture, dialect, food habit, dress, ceremonies, festivals and customs.

Coorg language is called the “Kodava Thak”. This dialect which has no script is a mixture of Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam languages. Kerala influences Coorg architecture. All the temples and the ‘Iny mane’ (heritage houses) are built typically in Kerala style. Coorg women are known for their beauty and the men for their valor. Coorgs are friendly and hospitable people. They love to maintain a neat & elegant home.
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