Noted Malayalam actress Lena, who travels extensively to tourist destinations in India and abroad, recently undertook a tour of Coorg, which unlike her usual long-winding excursions, was a brief one in search of the traditional tastes of the place.
Her travel videos have a large following. The video on her Coorg tour, too, has received wide acceptance. In this video, Lena is appears in the traditional dress of Coorg women. Coorg women drape their sarees in a very unique manner.
Coorg, also known as Kodagu, has a pleasant climate thanks to its geographical location in the Western Ghats. This climate has helped Coorg to win the sobriquet 'Indian Scotland.' Coorg with Mysore, Wayanad, and Kannur etc at its borders is famous for its coffee and the hospitality of the simple Kodagu people. Coorg is easily reached from Kerala and its geography is not altogether different from that of our own.
In her 'taste expedition,' Lena first visited 'Coorg Cuisine,' a restaurant renowned for conventional Kodagu food. Lena vouches that pork is an essential component of the Kodagu cuisine. Lena is a foodie by her own admission and she tries out the local food at the places she visits. She says that 'Kodagu pork fry' should necessarily be tasted by all visiting Coorg. Also, for coffee, there is no place in India better than Coorg.
There is more to Coorg than its mouth-watering cuisine. The Madikeri Fort, one of the rare forts in South India which has remained largely intact, is a 'must see' location. The Madikeri town spreads outward and around this fort. Talacauvery (Talakaveri), Bylakuppe etc are the other famous tourist centres around Coorg.