Coorg is the famous hill station of South India. Situated in the state of Karnataka, this place can make anybody’s vacation memorable. It must always be kept on a list if you are planning a trip to South India.

If you are among those people who are fed up with your life, your regular job and you have a lot of mental pressure, then this destination may become something which can impart positive energy in your body and relax your mind, thereby improving your overall health & mood.

But are you familiar with the history of this beautiful place? From Ancient history to medieval history (18’s & 19’s), Coorg has served as a very crucial place for the various dynasties, their rulers & Britishers.

Let us talk about the history of Coorg in detail

Ancient History

Coorg has been a magnet for most of the sovereigns of ancient India. Due to its beauty, abundant water resources, mountain range and fertile soil, most of the invaders attacked the Kodagu state and tried to conquer it.

According to the record, most of the Hindu dynasties had ruled the Kodagu state.

Coorg Map

According to the record, most of the Hindu dynasties had ruled the Kodagu state.

Furthermore, during the 14th century, Coorg was under the influence of the Vijayanagar dynasty. The rulers of the Vijayanagar empire ruled here for some time. Moreover, Coorg had witnessed an invasion by Hyder Ali and her son Tipu Sultan. But none were successful.  In the 18th century, the last ruler of Kodagu kingdom Chikka Veerarajendra lost the support of his people and was later deposed by the Britishers

Medieval History

Kodagu (former name is Coorg) was used to be an independent state before 1956. In the 1960s, it was merged with the Mysore State. It occupies an area of over 4100 m² in the western ghat.


In the 18th century, the Kodagu kingdom used to rule here. However, in the 1830s, the East India Company annexed Kodagu into the British empire by deposing the Kodagu king Chikka Virarajendra.

The introduction of the British Empire brought some positive changes to Kodagu. It led to the establishment of some great educational institutions, the introduction of coffee cultivation, spice cultivation, the introduction of colonial lifestyle, better administration along with a better law for the society. All these changes improved the overall economy of the Kodagu state.