Angling in Coorg has taken precedence and you can drop a line in the hope of catching some fish in one of the most scenic and lush towns in Karnataka, Coorg a.k.a. Kodagu.
An Overview of the Coorg Region
Coorg, better known as Kodagu with the locals, is a lush and green hill station and possibly one of the most visited tourist spots located in the southern state of Karnataka in India. Boasting of humble climate, exclusive culture and lip-smacking cuisine, Coorg is a must-see place on every traveler’s list not only in India but across the world as well.
Angling Opportunities in Coorg
India boasts of some of the longest coastlines in world and has one of the most water-bodies than any other countries. Being a country that has strong traditions and culture, water-bodies are revered and one of them located in Karnataka is the river Cauvery, which originates from the Brahmagiri Hill in the Western Ghats in Coorg district.
Anglers and fishing enthusiasts can throw in their line from the banks of the river in the hope to hook species like Ladyfish and Mahaseer. One such famous fishing spots is the Valnur Fishing Camp nestled near Kushalnagar on the banks of the river Cauvery.
Proper permission and fishing licenses are to be obtained by the anglers from the Coorg Wildlife Society. The licenses clearly spell out the particular stretch of the river that can be used for angling. They also specify the exact numbers of fish that can be caught per day and state that the fishes hooked are to be released back into the water. Licenses are usually not issued during the monsoon season as that is time when the fish breed.
Failure to obtain appropriate licenses by anglers can land them in trouble as they may be penalized by government authorities. Therefore, it is a must to visit the designated official before proceeding to hook a catch. The camp is also home to several species and varieties of birds, hence satisfying the tastes and passions of bird-lovers.
Angling is a sport that requires a lot of patience as you’ll need to sit for long in the same spot, but here in Coorg you can be assured that you hook a catch as the birds chirp away in delight amidst the pleasant noise of the Cauvery.
How to Get to the Fishing Camp in Coorg
- By Air: The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport. You can take a flight to Bangalore and later proceed with a connecting flight. The camp is situated around 136 km away from the airport.
- By Rail: The closest stations are the Mangalore Railway Station and the Mysore Junction Railway Station (around 120 km away).
- By Road: The Valnur Fishing Camp in Coorg is approximately a 250 km drive from Bangalore.
Coorg is an apt and ideal weekend getaway for the entire family. Not limited to angling, adventure sports enthusiasts can also indulge in some trekking and hiking across the several courses hidden away in the grasslands.
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