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   Kodagu is a district of Karnataka State in southern India.The name has alternative derivations in popular mythology, including: kudu from the Kannada language, meaning steep or hilly; Krodha desa from in the Puranas, meaning "Land of Anger" - the Kodavas here are described as Mleccha, meaning foreigners. It is also said that Kodagu is derived from the word Kodava: Kod means 'give' and avva means 'mother', i.e mother Kaveri, the river Kaveri.It is also known by its anglicised name of Coorg.The Wodeyars of Kodagu ruled from the 17th to the 19th century. The British annexed Kodagu in 1834 after dethroning Chikkaveerarajendra Wodeyar. It was administered by Chief Commissioners till Independence and then in 1952, as a category 'C' state, had a representative in the Rajya Sabha. Upon the reorganisation of states in 1956, Kodagu became a district of Karnataka State.

Kodagu in Karnataka India
Subdistricts Madikeri, Somwarpet, Virajpet
Headquarters Madikeri
Population 548,561 (2001)
Density 191 /km2
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area 4,102 km2 (1,584 sq mi)
Code Pincode : 571201 - 571256
Telephone ++ 91 (0) 8272
Vehicle KA-12
Website www.kodagu.nic.in
Madikeri Abbi_Falls Brahmagiri Harangi
General Profile
Number of Taluk Panchayats 03
Grama Panchayats 98
Habitation villages 291
Total forest area in hectares 134597
Geography: Kodagu is on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats. It is a hilly district with the lowest elevation in the district at 900 meters (2,900 ft) above sea-level. The highest peak, Tadiandamol, rises to 1,750 meters (5,700 ft), with Pushpagiri, the second highest, at 1,715 meters (5,600 ft).
Rivers:The main river in Kodagu is the Kaveri (Cauvery). The Kaveri starts at Talakaveri, located on the eastern side of the Western Ghats, and, with its tributaries, drains the greater part of Kodagu. Religion ,Castes : Kodagu is a land of many communities. Although Kodavas are the main ethnic group, Gowdas, Brahmins, Christians and Jains are other communities who live in Kodagu. Besides these communities, tribes such as Yeravas, Kurubas, Airies and Kudiyas, who are believed to be the original settlers of the area, also live in Kodagu. Muslims from the Malabar coast, the Mapilles, to have been here for several years as traders and businessmen
Madikeri,Abbi Falls,Bhagamandala,Talacauveri and The Nagarahole game sanctuary
Madikeri:The town is picturesquely situated on an elevated plateau on the Western Ghats. The main edifice at Madikeri is the fortress built on a flat topped hill providing spacious enclosures for the palace and its subsidiary buildings.Omkareshwara Temple,Fort and the Palace,Raja's Seat,Gandhi Mantapa are the main tourist's attractions here. Abbi Falls: is 6 Kms from Madikeri, where the Madikeri or Muttaramutta stream naturally falls from a precipice at a height of 70 feet in between huge boulders to a rocky valley. 'Abbi' in Kodava language means a waterfall. Bhagamandala: is on the banks of the confluence of three rivers, Cauvery, Kannike and the sub terranian Sujyoti, popularly known as "Triveni Sangama". Talacauveri: is the birthplace of the sacred river Cauvery. It is situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hills, and can be reached by a motorable road from Bhagamandala, which is at a distance of 8 kms. The Nagarahole game sanctuary :affords an excellent oppurtunity to the visitors to see wild animals of all kinds, from the magestic elephant and the gracefull deer to the wily Jackal moving about in their natural surroundings unmindful of intruders. Tibetian refugee Centre: Bylukuppa, a nearby village of Kushalnagar (belongs to Mysore district) houses refugees from Tibet.
Culture and Festivals:
  Guru Karona is a very important occasion for a Kodava family. It is a day chosn by the family, specially dedicated to paying their respects to their ancestors for seeking their blessings. This festival brings the family together and serves to cement a feeling of oneness. Cauvery Sankramana, the most auspicious day in the Kodava calendar, is celebrated on Tula Sankramana , when it is believed that goddess Cauvery appears in the form of a spring which emerges at Talacauvery. Huttari, which means "new rice" in Kodava tak is celebrated in the month of Marghashira (November or December).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.