KODAGU as the name describes land surrounded by the Majestic Western Ghats well known for its coffee, tradition and its people.A diverse culture with its popular cultural heritage and mesmerizing scenic view, Kodagu is every poet’s fantasy and a travellers yearn.
Exclaimed for its evergreen flora and fauna, Kodagu is called as the Kashmir of Karnataka and the Scotland of India.With a population around 548,561,the land in Ghats is situated 260kms away from Bangalore.
For some,Kodavas are descendants of the warrior Kshatriyas where few believe Kodavaorigin from Aryans and Babylonians.[read more="Read more" less="Read less"] The origin is of multiple theories as Kodava community is a martial race of brave men and women who are known for their hospitality, courage and beauty. Most of the people from Coorg serve in the Indian Army. In the past Kodavas have a great history as a warriors and people from coorg always made a great contribution for the Indian Army.[/read]
Kodavas attire is not just unique but also pleasing in appearance and highly representative of their land, customs and traditions. [read more="Read more" less="Read less"] Kodava Men wear a traditional ‘Kupya’ a black or white long ,short sleeved V-neck coat that is wrapped around robes reaching below the knees and a ‘chaley’, a long and narrow piece of silk fabric, It is usually red or dark pink highlighted with gold brocade wrapped and tied in an elegant knot in the front , around the waist. The ‘peechekathi’ or dagger is tucked at the right side and Odikathi,(Traditional knife), is also tucked into the Chale, at the back.. The ‘Mande Thuni” or turban is flat at the top with red and white check scraf .
KodavathiWomens wear the sari in a distinct way where sari is pleated at the back and its pallu is also wrapped in a unique way, pallu doesn't go over the shoulder but goes around the back, over the right shoulder beautifully crafted pin on the right collarbone holds it in place.[/read]
‘Namme‘, Kodavas celebrate their festival based on the pattern of Kodava calendar which is different and vivid from other Hindu festivals.[read more="Read more" less="Read less"] The festivals follows the trail of paddy season where at the end of sowing Kodavas celebrate the festival of weapons calledKAILPODH or KAILMUHURTHA and during the harvest season Kodava’scelebrate PUTHARI NAMME (The harvest festival)
Kodagu,being the birthplace of the sacred river Kaveriwhich isalso worshipped by Kodavas as their sacred goddess protecting the trait .The annual rebirth of river Kaveri is celebrated as a festival called as KAVERI SANKRAMANA.Other than this Kodavas have a lot of regional Nammes celebrated according to distinctive cultures spread within Kodagu. [/read]
Hockey festival in Coorg
Coorg is considered as a land of Hockey. More than 50 Coorgs has represented Indian Hockey team. A Hockey Festival is held in [read more="Read more" less="Read less"] Coorg where more than 270 Kodava families participate. This has also been referred to the Guinness book of world records.Any member from the family can participate in this tournament including Women. This Tournament occur during the month of April and May. People who visit Coorg during April- May don’t miss to watch this hockey tournament. [/read]