Evolve Back Coorg
Evolve Back Coorg, formerly Orange County Coorg is a luxury resort in an untouched part of India but still offering plenty of activities. Perched 800m above sea level, it sits within 300 acres of a working coffee and spice plantations.
At a Glance
Located in the heart of a 300 acre working coffee and spice plantation on the hilly Western Ghats
A large, child safe, communal swimming pool to splash around in with the entire family and an exclusive infinity pool for couples.
Perched 800 meters above sea level
Coorg alone accounts for over 25% of all bird species in India
Relax in the Coffee Lounge on stilts, overlooking lush paddy fields and the coffee and spice plantations
Previously known as Orange County Coorg, Evolve Back Coorg on the Chikkana Halli Estate is located far from the main tourist routes, and as such retains a sense of being away from it all. There are a number of different villas which offer a living cum sleeping area with attached bathroom.
For families, there is a family pool whilst guests looking for some down time can relax in the reading lounge which overlooks lush green paddy fields below. Dining options include three restaurants, Peppercorn is a must for a delicious grilled dinner, whilst for couples private dining can be arranged by the lake or in your own villa.
Evolve Back Coorg is an excellent intimate retreat for discovering the local surroundings. Close to the hotel you can take a plantation tour, take a boat out on Cauvery River, or take a walk with a guide through Dubare Reserve. Among the attractions outside the estate is Bylekuppe, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. The Golden Temple has some very impressive 40-foot high golden idols of Buddha. The prayer sessions are a sight to behold too, as more than 400 monks chant in unison.
There are also a number of temples and local villages in the area that you can explore. In short, Evolve Back Coorg is perfect for a few days relaxing, or for the more active, a good base to explore what the local area has to offer.
Evolve Back Coorg offers 42 Cottages. Each room is very rustic in style and have very natural looking interiors. The attention to detail in each cottage makes for an extremely luxurious stay.
Children are welcome at Evolve Back Coorg and there is a children's activity center with board games and table tennis. Children will be able to enjoy the nature walks in the Dubare Reserve Forest, plantation tours and birdwatching.
Facilities at the resort include reception, children's activity center, swimming pool and infinity edge pool, gym, Ayurvedic spa, a restaurant, coffee lounge overlooking the paddy fields and the coffee and spice plantations, and a library.
The resort offers a range of activities including a tour of the 300 acre working coffee and spice plantation, guided bird watching, coracle (boats made of bamboo and cane covered in animal hides) rides on the river Cauvery and nature walks in the enchanting 50,000 acre Dubare Reserve Forest. Activities further afield include the Dubare elephant camp and visits to Bylekuppe, the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet.
Location & Directions
Orange County resort is nestled in the Western Ghats, perched at 800 meters above sea level and set amidst 200 acres of coffee and spice plantations. Located in Siddapura, Coorg at a distance of 235 kms from Bangalore.
When to go
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.