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The Most Exclusive Holidays in India
BUSINESS TODAY MORE, luxury and lifestyle magazine, December 2007



The Orange County Resort, it's bound to leave you mesmerised forever

About The Place
Situated on the western Ghats in Karnataka, Coorg, the beautiful hill resort, is best known for its famous export to Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai .One trip to Coorg (also known as Kodagu) and its lush green valleys and teak wood forests are bound to leave you mesmerised forever. Coorg is known as the land of warriors and is one of the few places in the country that boasts of having a pleasant, temperate climate all the year round. The mountainous region is home to the Kodava people, known for their martial traditions and hospitality. If the Kodava texts are to be believed, the 2,500-year-old civilization of the Kodavas originated from a synthesis of people that formerly lived in the region of Oman and Yemen. Another belief claims that Scythian Greek soldiers brought by Alexander stayed on after his return and married the local women of Kodagu, to form a new, distinct race. It’s also called the ‘Scotland of India’ and ‘Kashmir of the South’ by people who visited and were enchanted by the hill station. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantations. Orange groves are what make Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination. It’s the land of chivalry and pride, where you get to live a life in solitary splendor. So wake up and smell its coffee.

What To See
Visit the Dubare Elephant Camp set up across the river Cauvery. Bylekuppe, the second –largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet is also a must-see.

Where To Stay
Opt for the Orange County Resort, situated in the tiny hamlet of Siddhapur. Located amidst 200 acres of coffee and spice plantations, the resort offers luxury tents, cottages, pool villas and presidential villas.

What To Eat
Coorg’s cuisine is best known for its distinct flavour and subtle use of the spices. Interesting specialties include the kadambattu, akki rotis and pandi curry.





 
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