Diploma in Kodava folklore from 2013

Karnataka folklore university academic council member and Kodava sahithya academy president Mr. Addanda Kariappa said that the university will start a one-year diploma course in Kodava folklore from the next academic year.

Students who have completed SSLC are eligible to study the course. For students from Kodava origin or Kodava speaking, pass in the 7th standard is considered eligible to take the course. The medium of instruction will be either Kannada or English.


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Taj Vivanta to open hotel and spa in Madikeri

Taj group’s Vivanta by Taj hotel and spa is all set to open in Madikeri this month.

Taj Vivanta Madikeri

Taj Vivanta Madikeri is located 7km from Madikeri and is spread across a 180-acre with 62 rooms and villas. The resort houses a Jiva Grande Spa spread across three levels and offers ayurvedic treatments, facials, massages, climate controlled indoor swimming pool, meditation area at the “Buddha Garden” and a strawberry farm.

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Green Fern Estate Stay

Located amidst the lust green coffee and pepper plantations the cottage makes you feel in the arms of Coorg’s lovely nature.

Accommodation & Facilities
Bungalow: – 3 bedrooms , a common kitchen, dining room to seat 6 persons,  outdoor patio, option for camp fire.

Food: Traditional Coorgi vegetarian and non-vegetarian food on request.

Nearest Tourist Spots:

  • Abbi falls – 18 Kms
  • Dubare Elephant Camp – 8 kms
  • Tibetan Camp & Monastery – 15 kms
  • Chicklihole Dam – 5 kms
  • Harangi Dam – 8 kms

Things to do : Trekking, Plantation walk, Bird Watching, Camp fire.

Location: Hosakote – 10kms from Kushalnagar towards Madikeri.


  • Bangalore – 245 kms
  • Mysore – 100
  • Mangalore – 145

Reservations to made 3 days in advance

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Elephant Mayhem in Dubare

A tamed elephant called Chandru in Dubare elephant camp created mayhem when it pushed a boat and a raft on the river banks.

Dubare ElephantThe people on the boat jumped into the river and were later saved by the Dubare officials. Mahouts with other tamed elephants managed to calm the elephant and chained it in the camp.

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Strict dress code from Oct 2nd in Bhagamandala & Talakaveri Temples

People visiting the temples of Bhagamandala and Talakaveri in Coorg will have to wear a decent and traditional or will not be allowed to enter the temple from October 2nd 2012.

Coorg Temple Dress CodeAs a trial run this rule will be apllied only at Bhagamandala and Talakaveri now and other temples in Coorg will also be following this rule soon. As per the dress code, visitors to the holy places, including men, will be requested to wear decent garments and costumes like shorts, tights and knickers are forbidden.

Devotees, especially women wearing jeans, T-shirts, sleeveless tops, shorts and other revealing dresses will not be allowed inside the temple and women are encouraged to wear saree, chudidar and salwar kameez to while entering the temples. To inform this change to the tourists, notice boards will be placed giving details about the dress code.

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Coorg to get 1000 crore investment

asia pacific project in CoorgAsia Pacific Industries Ltd has decided to invest Rs 1,000 crore in Coorg to boost tourism.  A mini-hydel project will be started by the company in the district assuring no harm to the environment and wildlife. The state government has also given a green signal for these projects which will be implemented soon.

Homestays and food processing units are also on the project’s pipeline. These projects are also aimed at creating employment opportunities in the district.

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Coorg will not to be tagged as a World Heritage Site – UNESCO

On the event of receiving objections globally and from Coorg UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has decided to drop the proposal to include Coorg among one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, at least not now.

In case if Coorg decides to join the list then the Ministry of Environment and Forest can submit a fresh proposal for nomination after three years to the UNESCO committee.

Madikeri Taluk Budakattu Krishikara Sangha had submitted an appeal to UNESCO opposing the tag in their respective areas quoting the reason as lack of implementation of the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in the context of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention.

Denying forest rights is a sheer violation of human rights of adivasis and even after six years, the Recognition of Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers Act-2006 has not been implemented and aadivasis are being evicted citing various Forest and Wildlife Acts. This and many other reasons are behind the opposing of this tag.

The World Heritage List includes 936 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. These include 725 cultural, 183 natural and 28 mixed properties in 153 States Parties. As of March 2012, 189 States Parties have ratified the World Heritage Convention. (Source: UNESCO)

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Coorg scores 83% in SSLC Exams this year

Coorg has scored 82.52 % in the SSLC examinations this year, ranking 13th in the State.
Coorg has scored 2.43 % more than last year. A total of 7,490 students had appeared for the examination in March and among them 6,199 students have passed.  245 students have passed with distinction, 2,161 with first class, 1414 with second class and 2,349 in general.

Shanthiniketan School Kodagarahalli, Makkandur Govt High School, Cherambane High School, Kanabile Govt High School are few of the schools which received 100 % result.

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Flower show in Madikeri

Madikeri’s Raja seat was decorated and filled with flowers and fruits on the occasion of the three day flower and fruit show organized by the horticulture department.

Flower show in MadikeriElaborately arranged flowers and the drawings of animals and birds using white stones were the highlight of the show. Around 6,000 flower pots of 125 varieties including medicinal plants were put on display.

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Honnamana Kere faces encroachment threat

Honnammana kere in Doddamalthe village of Somwarpet is under threat from land encroachers. Honnamana kere is about 16 acres and is the biggest lake in Coorg but recent findings from the revenue department show that around 5 acres of this lake has already been encroached by the public and the rest of it is under threat.

Honnammana Kere is the water source to over 200 acres of agriculture land to nearby villages and the lake never dries up during summer and water is available throughout the year.

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