Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is a gorgeous hill stations in Karnataka, and one of the popular Honeymoon destinations in South India. Gifted with dense forests, cloudy hills, placid lakes, fascinating gardens, and soul-soothing temples, the place is among the prominent weekend getaways from Bangalore that draws huge number of tourists. Also, Coorg is home to various beautifully sculptured temples which exhibit treasured ancient history of the place. Don’t miss out these popular temples in the city while holidaying in Karnataka.
Built in 1820 CE by Lingarajendra, Omkareshwar Temple is one of the popular and ancient shrines located in Coorg. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the the must-include places in Coorg Tour Packages. The Shivalinga installed inside the temple is believed to be brought from the divine land of Kashi. Constructed in both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture, the structure of the temple comprises of a large central dome with four minarets standing at four corners. The walls are decorated with intriguing paintings and the bars of the windows were made of Panchaloha. Surrounded by a beautiful pond, the temple is frequented by thousands of local devotees and tourists who come here to catch a glimpse of the pristine Shivalinga placed inside the sanctum. The main festival here is Mahashivaratri that is celebrated with much fervor.
One of the popular temples in Coorg, Talakaveri Temple is situated on the slopes of Brahmagiri Hills at an altitude of 1276 m. The place is known as the origin of the Kaveri river that flows through Karnataka and Tamilnadu. It is one of the prime places to visit in Coorg. The temple premises have a square tank called Cauvery Kundike or Brahma Kundike, which is considered to be the birthplace of River Cauvery where it emerges as a perennial spring and disappears underground. Then, it emerges at Nagathirtha near Bhagamandala and joins with Kannike and Sujyoti at Triveni Sangama. Also, there is a shrine dedicated to Kaveri Amman near the Kundike. Taking bath at this spot during Tula Sankramana is considered very sacred as it is believed that on this day Goddess Cauvery appears on earth, that is indicated by a sudden upsurge of the water in the Cauvery Kundike. During this day, the area becomes very attractive with thousands of lights lit in the temples which lures millions of tourists as part of Coorg tourism.
Bhagandeshwara Temple, also known as Bhagundeshwara Kshetra is an ancient sacred shrine situated in the Bhagamandala village. It is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Karnataka, and among the top places to experience Coorg Tourism. The confluence of three rivers namely Kaveri, Sujyoti and Kannike is well-known as Triveni Sangama and also considered as Dakshina Kashi. Also, there is a practice that pilgrims to take a dip in the sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talacauvery. Enclosed with huge walls and facing east, the temple complex is said to have been built by the Cholas prior to the 11th century follows the gabled roof style of the Kerala temple architecture. Apart from Bhagandeshwara, one can also see the beautiful sculptures of Lord Narayana, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Subramanya. The temple attracts huge crowd during the Thula Sankramana jatra and the entire Thula month (October-November) in which thousands of oil lamps are lit in the temples.
Padi Igguthappa Temple
Built in 1810 by Linga Rajendra, Padi Iguthappa Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated in a small village called Kakkabe. It is considered to be one of the most important temples of the Kodavas and among the best Coorg tourist places. Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, the deity is important for the people of Kodagu, especially Kodavas and also known as the lord of rains and crops. Later, the temple was reconstructed by Karnataka Government in 2008 and the descendants of Apparanda Bopu along with other devotees have provided silver cladding for the entrance door. As the temple is placed on the hillock, it has a long stretch of steep stairs that connect the temple to the base and resembles the Kerala style architecture. Besides, Kaliyarchi festival is an annual event held in the month of March where farmers offer prayers and make offerings for rain during the year.