Located on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, the district of Kodagu, also known as Coorg, is renowned for its lush landscapes and aromatic coffee and spice plantations. Thanks to its cool climate and hilly terrain, the region that is home to the Kodava community, is often referred to as the “Scotland of India”.
The origin of the Kodavas remains shrouded in mystery, with many unsubstantiated histories adrift in literary records. A martial race, the polytheistic Kodavas are known to worship nature, arms, and their ancestors with passionate fervour. The community is vibrant, colourful, and steeped in history, best reflected in their traditional attire, jewellery, customs, dialect, and cuisine. The Kodavas are known for their hospitality, hearty living and fierce pride in their heritage.