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Glimpses of India Part 2 Summary
Coorg Summary of the Lesson
Coorg is situated midway between Mysore and the coastal town of Mangalore (now Mangaluru). It is a heaven on earth carried gently by the air with great efforts from the kingdom of God. Here one can find the martial men who have shown their valour in the war.
It is a home of evergreen forests, spices, coffee, wild animals and other kinds of shrubs. During the monsoon, it rains heavily and visitors fail to enjoy the perfect bliss of the earth. From September to March the weather is all-embracing and the air breathes of invigorating coffee.
In prime comers, one can see coffee estates and colonial bungalows. Coorg or Kodagu is the smallest district of Karnataka. Its people are possible of Greek or Arabic descent. As the story goes on that a part of Alexander’s army moved south along the coast and settled here since the return became impossible.
So these people married the locals and adopted their rites. Even today we can see some difference from the Hindu mainstream in that place. There is another theory of Arab origin that the Kodagus wear black coat with an embroidered waist belt known as kuppia, it resembles the kuffia worn by the Arabs and the Kurds.
Coorgi homes are very hospitable. There are so many tales of valour related to their sons and fathers. The Coorg Regiment is famous in the Indian Army. General Cariappa, the first Chief of Indian Army was a Coorgi. Only the Kodagus are the people in India who are permitted to carry firearms without a licence. They are famous for showing utmost bravery before the enemy.
There flows the Kaveri river from the hills and forests of Coorg. Fish like Mahaseer and kingfishers etc. are abundant in these waters. Other creatures like squirrels, langurs and elephants enjoy the splash and ripple effect in the clear water.
The elephants can be seen bathing and their mahouts scrub them. The games like rafting, canoeing, rappelling, rock climbing, mountain biking and walking trails are favourite with the trekkers.
There one can enjoy the birds, bees, butterflies, Maquis, Malabar squirrels, langurs and slender loris are there to company us. The birds sit on the trees and keep a watchful eyes on the visitors.
The ride on the elephants is very joyous. One can enjoy a climb on the Brahmagiri hills. It provides a clear worth seeing view of Coorg. There one can see the rope bridge which leads to the sixty-four-acre island of Nisargadhama. Walking over this rope-bridge creates trembling sensations in, the body.
There one can come across India’s largest Tibetan colony. It is run by the Buddhist monks. It is near Bylakuppe. It is inhabited robes by monks who wear red, ochre and yellow robes. A number of visitors visit to discover the heart and soul of India in Coorg. One can reach there by reaching Madikeri.
It is the district headquarter. The misty hills, lush forests and coffee plantation will cast a spell on us. From Bangalore (now Bengaluru), Mysore and Mangalore one can reach Coorg by air and rail.
the rainy season. There is the smell of coffee in the air. The people of Coorg are martial men. These people are of Greek or Arabic descent. According to a legend, a part of Alexander’s army stopped and settled here. They married amongst the locals.
Their culture is seen in the martial traditions, marriage and religious rites, they are different from the Hindu mainstream.
These people wear a long black coat with an embroidered waist-belt. This is known as Kuppia and it resembles Kuffia that is worn by the Arabs and the Kurds.
They love traditions of hospitality and this quality makes them unique.