Coorg , is a picturesque highland in the summits and slopes of the western ghats. Coorg in general, extremely rugged and covered with forests, abounding in some parts in sandal and other valuable woods, but overgrown in others with a dense jungle, the resort of wild animals and beasts of prey. Some of the mountain cliffs are steep and terrifying to the very sight. The climate is temperate and healthy.
Coorg is known to visitors and tourists as the Scotland of India and the Kashmir of the South for it's scenic beauty. The plateau of Madikeri, the principal town of Coorg, is 3900 feet above the sea level. The correct name of Coorg is Kodagu , which is said to be derived from a kannada word ' Kudu' meaning steep or hilly.