Coorg - The Scotland of India

Why Coorg is called the Scotland of India. 

The British planter community were mostly Scots. It was they who affectionately called Coorg ‘The Scotland of India’ because of the many uncanny similarities.

Cloud Valley, Coorg  |  Coorg - The Scotland Of India

Both Scotland and Coorg were cold, misty, mountainous regions. Both had potent local brews.

Both peoples thought of themselves as being very distinct from their neighbours. They loved their independence, their dances, rough sport, a good hunt, and a fierce fight. The Scots and the Coorgs, stood their ground almost right through their history against vastly superior neighbouring kingdoms.

The Coorgs, like the Scots are divided into clans. There the Stuart and the MacLeary, here the Pattamada and the Kambiranda. The clans warred constantly in both lands, in the early days, fortunately clan memories are short and today there is complete peace.

Both the Scots and the Coorgs had, actually still have, a distinctive dress. Though worn on ceremonial occasions today - the knee length kilt and the knee length kupya, were designed for quick movement in wet, grassy hills. 

A love of arms . . . while the Scots had their dirks (short daggers), the Coorgs had their peechekathis, carved, sheathed daggers which they kept tucked into the cotton cummerbunds, which held together the wraparound cloaks they wore.

If Scotland has the Highland Games, Coorg has its own flavour of the same. Rough and tumble contests, including the ritual sharp-shooting of coconuts placed on trees during the Festival of Arms. And what is probably the largest hockey tournament in the world. Over 300 clans compete for the Coorg Family Cup every year.

Fittingly, many of the estates in Coorg have Scottish names. Names that roll off the tongue like the rain off the red-tiled roofs. Names that remind you of childhood, of days gone by, when things were slow, gentle, and perfect.

Dalquarren, Craigmore, Dunkeld, Glenmore . . . sometimes the semi-Indian name like Coover Colly (‘colly’ means a ‘little pond’ here). Or the local but curious names like Nari Kad, meaning Tiger’s Forest. And Karadi Gud which means Bear Cave.

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At Cloud Valley, Coorg, we make sure that you have a holiday to remember. Here, you will get all the comforts of home. You can also take part in several activities like nature walks, bird watching, trekking and more, or you can sit in the verandah of Cloud Valley and soak in the greenery, and the peace and quiet.

Whatever’s on your itinerary, you can be sure of a once-in-lifetime experience
at Cloud Valley, Coorg.  

Cloud Valley, Coorg  |  All the comforts of home
at Cloud Valley

Cloud Valley, Coorg is a typical Coorg plantation cottage from the British Raj, that gives you a glimpse of a quaint old-fashioned way of life!

At Cloud Valley, you can expect all the comforts of home.

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What you can do
at Cloud Valley

There's so much to experience at Cloud Valley! Walk along the banks of the River Cauvery, play Frisbee or Cricket, explore the rising and dipping country roads . . . or sit in the verandah of Cloud Valley and soak in the greenery, and the peace and quiet.

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What to see
in Coorg

Coorg is a 360-degree visual spectacle. All of it is beautiful. Some of the attractions are - Talacauvery Hill, Abbey Falls, Bhagamandala Temple Complex, Tadiyendamol, Kopatti Maley, and Madikeri itself, with its many surrounding attractions.

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A typical Coorg plantation cottage, from the British Raj. Surrounded by estate with a valley in front. Quaintly styled, with a red tile roof and a large compound.