"THE LAND OF THE BRAVE & THE BEAUTY"
Kodagu or Coorg called as the Scotland of India is a marvellous hill station located in the southern part of Karnataka. It is a small district of the state with distinct culture, unique customs and traditions. The people of Coorg are known as Kodavas or Coorgies. The misty hills, lush green valleys, evergreen forests, breath taking water falls will difenitely lure one’s eyes. The region is surrounded by coffee plantations, orange groves, cardamom, pepper plants and dense forests. The people of Kodagu are known for their hospitality and bravery. Coorg is connected to the other parts of the state and the neighboring state of Kerala by road. One trip to Coorg and the memories will linger in you for the rest of your life.
Cauvery one of the major rivers of South India takes birth at Talakaveri in Coorg.
In Coorg district, the Arabica variety covers 26,100 hectares with an annual production of around 25,000 metric tones and the Robusta variety spans across 56,250 hectares with a production of around 67,000 metric tones. Pepper is also grown extensively in Coorg. Cardamom is another crop grown in the hilly and moist parts. The cultivation of paddy, once the principal crop, has declined over the years. The coffee boom, a decade ago, led to the shrinkage of the paddy area, as paddy fields were converted into coffee estates. Coorg was once synonymous with oranges. Oranges have now become scarce due to pest and disease. Coorg, located on the slopes of the Western Ghats, has abundant forest wealth, covering over 30 per cent of the total area of the district.
Coorg is famous for its "sacred forests" granted by the erstwhile rulers, adjoining village temples or local deities. These forests have helped in maintaining the ecological balance in the area. Rosewood is the most valuable timber found in abundance in the area which is generally used for making furniture. Sandalwood is also found in Coorg. There are no major industries in Coorg, except for timber-based units and coffee curing works. Coorg is one of the heavy rainfall regions in India and the annual average rainfall ranges from 2,000 mm in the lower reaches of the Western Ghats to 7,000 mm in the Bhagamandala region, close to Talacauvery, the birthplace of river Cauvery. Climatically, the year may be divided into four seasons. January and February are the winter months, marked by clear skies, and March to May are the summer months when the mercury shoots up. The South-West monsoon sets in around the first week of June and lasts till September and the North-East monsoon commences in October and goes on till December.
Huttari, which means "new rice" in Kodava tak .Observed on Karthika Poornima(full moon day) (November~December).This marks the biggining of the rice harvest.The kodavas traditionally offer pooja to deities before beginning the harvest .The family along with friends and workers led by one of the women carrying the traditional lamp, go to the fields and cut a few sheaves of paddy. These sheaves signifying fertility, are then woven into garlands and adorn all imprortant plcaes like the main door, prayer room, well.etc..The week that follows Huttari witnesses rich cultural activities of singing and group dancing like rhythmic and brisk Kolata for the men and graceful swaying of ummatata for the women. Cane reeds are used as swords in the traditional game called periyakali which is played to the tune of beating drums at the village pastures. .
Mercara Dasara, second only to the Mysore Dasara, is celebrated in a unique way with decorated tabloos (Dasha Mantapas or The Ten Tabloos). Traditonal dancers, singers, fun games, archestra, cultural programs are held round the clock. Mainly celebrated at night Mercara Dasara is the right time to rejoice. Music of all kind blend through hill station inducing everyone to dance it out.
It falls in the month of September, men show of their fine armsand workmanship and invoke the blessings of gods upon their weapons. This marks the end of transplanting in the rice fields and worship use of arms and rededication to the cause of the land
Celebrated on an auspicious day of Tula Sankramana in the month of October, this festival marks the emerging (taking birth / Theerthodbhava) of Goddess Cauvery (The River) at a place called Tala Cauvery in Bhagamandala. Devoties throng to the holy place from various parts of India.
Coorgi Food (Cuisine)
Coorg cuisine is considered one of the most delicious among all the south Indian dishes and a hot favorite of one ,varieties of food are prepared by a typical Coorg family.Rice is the staple food. In a kodava family pork is considered the main dish and it is served on special occasions such as festivals or any other grand events in the family.Traditional dishes include pandi curry (pork),koli curry(Chicken curry),Baimbale curry (tender bamboo shoot curry),Kadambutu (rice dumplings),nool puttu(rice noodles),rice roti etc....