Tucked away to the south of Karnataka is the evergreen hill station of Coorg, or Kodagu. Here, the forests line the farms, and you're surrounded by nature as you walk through the verdant surroundings and breathe in that fresh air that makes you almost dizzy with excitement. When it comes to a calm family vacation, we can't think of a better destination than Coorg to relax for a while and enjoy living life in the lofty lap of Mother Nature.
If you've chosen Coorg as your holiday destination, then you absolutely must book your stay at the Club Mahindra Madikeri Resort. One of the finest resorts in Coorg, this retreat is nestled between forested hills and aromatic coffee and spice plantations. Built in the traditional Ainmane style, the quaint retreat perfectly blends into its surroundings. From here, you can choose to stroll around the coffee plantations, or treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment. Honestly, there is no end to the number of amazing things to do in Coorg, Karnataka.
If you're a foodie, then we're happy to let you know that you've come to the perfect place! The in-house restaurants, Aromas and Coorgenburg, at the Madikeri Resort will allow you the opportunity to truly relish the local Coorgi cuisine. On the menu, you will find everything from the ever-so-popular pandi (pork) curry to the peppery mango curry. Of course, almost every dish is served along with piping hot rice dumplings, which as known as kadumbuttu in the local language. But, what makes Coorg food so amazing?
Well, the Coorgis, who were originally a warrior tribe, have always been non-vegetarian, as they generally only eat whatever can be found locally. This means that they started eating a lot of pork, which they got from the wild boars that roamed through the forests. Of course, this wasn't the only thing they ate. Bamboo shoot, jungle mango, and jackfruit, are also eaten whenever they are in season, and mostly, they're prepared in a curry form too.
Most dishes here are prepared in a Kachampuli sauce. This is made from the concentrated juice of the Kachampuli fruit, and most Coorgi houses will have the paste ready to preserve their chicken, mutton, and pork. Typically, you'll find that cooks here prefer to use green chillies instead of the red ones, as they cut more fat and are believed to be healthier.
Rice is another staple in a Coorgi meal. You'll find most of your dishes will be served with traditional rice dumplings, steamed rice, or rice-based breads. Wheat and lentils aren't as popular here as they are in the rest of India, and are only being introduced to the area now. Apart from relishing delicious Coorgi food there are plenty of things to do in Coorg such as Elephant safari at Dubare Elephant camp and Quad biking in Coorg, which are sure to give you a memorable family time.
As you can tell, Coorg is clearly the place to be for any food-lover. If you're heading this way, we strongly suggest you check out the Club Mahindra reviews, before you book rooms in Coorg resort in Karnataka.