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Popular as the Switzerland of the East and the Kashmir of the South, Kodagu is a leisure activity destination in the making. The scenic landscape of Kodagu with its vast expanse of forests, plantation, and cultivations - that once were driving this primarily agro-based economy is now adding momentum for eco-tourism in the region.
Located in the southern part of Karnataka, It is the birth place of river Kaveri or Cauvery often called Jeeva Nadi (River Of Life) of Karnataka. Kodagu is spread across 4,102 sq.km with 3 Talukas Madikeri, Virajpet, and Somvarpet. The district has a literacy rate of 85%

Economic Snapshot

Kodagu’s total GDP is INR 39.30 billion contributing 1.3% to state GSDP. It’s per capita annual income in the district being INR. 1, 16, 533. However, the GDDP trend is a strong 16% CAGR from 2007-8 to 2012-13; with the agriculture and allied industries at the top with 8.7% contributions.

Agriculture in Focus

Kodagu devotes 88.64% of its cultivated land to produce Cereals, 1.60% to Oilseeds and 0.10% to Pulses; with varied other crops like Horticulture - Banana, Citrus, Guava, and Sapota; Plantation crops like Coffee, Tea, Rubber, Teak, Areca nut, Tapioca; Spices - Black pepper, Cardamom, Vanilla and Flower – Anthuriums form the rest 11.55%. The awe-inspiring climatic conditions also offer special demand for one of the best naturally maintained plantation coffee in the region. The district stands notified as an agro -export zone for its plantation range of pepper, cardamom, and oranges with plantation and horticulture crops account for 87% of the net sown area

Industrial Landscape

Kodagu 2,774 MSME industries with aggregated investment INR 5.577 billion form the mainstay of the industrial landscape here. Rated as one of the top hill station destinations in India coupled with the presence of hospitality giants like Vivanta by Taj only inspires this strong sector for a more strength and vitality in hospitality sector here.
Well set with 2 operational industrial estates and a massive industrial area of 250 acres in Kushalnagar, business is seeking to boom in happy laid back sectors. Urban infrastructures, Agro-processing including coffee curing, honey and pepper processing, Leisure activities and hospitality sectors with an avenue for health tourism are set to lead the way through this district that holds 10% of the forest region of the state of Karnataka.

Earmarked for its distinct culture and tradition, Kodagu’s experience as destination leisure are loaded with a vibrancy rich and alluring like the growth prospects of the region itself. Presence of various golf clubs like Coorg Golf links, Mercara Downs Golf Club, Bamboo Club, Tata Coffee Officers Golf club makes it a haven for leisure activities.

Land and Soil

Kodagu has 28.88% of land as forest cover that accounts for 10% of the total forest area in the state. It has 21.12% uncultivable land and 14.26% remaining land as they cultivate a net land of 35.74% only. The soil is suitable for different crops with varied Agro climatic conditions. The district has natural reserves of Reddish Brown soil and Yellowish Grey to Greyish Sandy loam available.

Water Reserves

Kodagu largest river is Cauvery that flows along with its principal tributaries Hemavathi, Lakshmana Theertha, Kakkabbe and Harangi rivers in the eastern direction. Barapole flows towards west. However the groundwater availability in the region is still moderate. Plans are on to focus on expanding irrigation network and watershed management.

Watershed Projects under operation in the district are the National Watershed Development Programme in Rainfed Areas (N.W.D.P.R.A.) Sujala 2 and Western Ghats Development Programme (W.D.G.P)

Power Supply

Transmission in the district is being done by
Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company Limited (CESCOM). However the power is fed from master receiving station on 110 KV and 66 KV transmission lines. Hydroelectric power plant is commissioned in the year 2000 at Harnagi Reservoir.

The state continues to make consistent efforts to enhance the power resources in face of growing demands due to increasing population and industrialization in the area. This include exploring biogas based projects in rural areas and introducing major public investments in power generation and transmission in the region

Knowledge Capital

Kodagu educational networks are growing to include 10 Degree colleges, 3 ITI’s, 2 Engineering colleges, 2 Polytechnics, 1 Dental College along with 30 computer training centers in the district. However, some of the key educational institutes are niche like College of Forestry - Ponnampet, University of Agricultural Sciences (B) and School Of Nursing Madikeri Education amongst others.

Medical Resources

The basic civic necessity of good quality healthcare is available in Kodagu. The district has 32 Primary healthcare centers, 41 Government hospitals, 6 Community health centers and 3 Indian System of Medicine Hospitals that are geared to meet the healthcare needs for a health and lifestyle tourism destination.


The support Infrastructure is well laid out to offer a high degree of connectivity in the region. By road, it has accesses across State Highway 88 with 538 km of SH running across the district. It has easy access to 3 international airports and 2 domestic airport plus the Mangaluru (Mangalore) Karwar, Goa and Chennai seaports too.

ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ, ಸಣ್ಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನಾಲಯ
ನಂ.49, 1ನೇ ಮಹಡಿ, ಸೌತ್ ಬ್ಲಾಕ್,
ಖನಿಜ ಭವನ, ರೇಸ್ ಕೋರ್ಸ ರಸ್ತೆ,
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು - 560  001

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