Get summary, textbook solutions, questions, answers, notes, extras, MCQs, pdf of the chapter “Coorg” by Lokesh Abrol for SEBA, (Assam Board) and TBSE (Tripura Board) Class 10 English from the book First Flight. However, the given notes/solutions should only be used for references and should be modified/changed according to needs.
Summary: Coorg is a tiny district in the state of Karnataka. It is also known as Kodagu. Coorg is located between Mangalore and Mysore on the coast. It’s a stunning location. According to the author, it must have come from God’s kingdom. It is Karnataka’s smallest district.
It is well-known for its coffee plantations, evergreen rainforests, and spice plantations. Evergreen rainforests cover 30% of the country’s land area. The best time to visit this location is from September to March. The weather is ideal. The aroma of coffee pervades the air. Beautiful colonial bungalows can be found in prime locations.
The people of Coorg are self-sufficient and brave. They are of Greek or Arabic origin. According to legend, a portion of Alexander’s army did not return and ended up settling here. They got married to locals. This culture can be seen in martial traditions, marriage customs, and religious practises. Another theory holds that these people descended from Arabs. It is clear from the people’s long, black coats. It’s comparable to the kuffia worn by Arabs and Kurds.
Coorgi residences have a hospitality tradition. They are strong individuals. Their heroic stories are well-known. One of the most decorated regiments in the Indian Army is the Coorg regiment. General Cariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, was a Coorgi. Even today, the Kodavus are the only people in India who can carry firearms without a licence.
Tourists can enjoy a wide range of natural scenery. The water for Kaveri, the area’s only river, comes from Coorgi hill. Mahaseer, a large freshwater fish, abounds in this river. Elephants, kingfishers, squirrels, and langurs can all be seen enjoying nature’s splendour. Birds, bees, and butterflies keep one company in this area.
Elephants enjoy having their mahouts bathe them here. River rafting, canoeing, rappelling, rock climbing, and mountain biking are just a few of the adventurous activities available on the river and mountain. In this area, hikers will find a plethora of walking trails. The Brahmagiri hills provide a panoramic view of the entire landscape. Nisargadhama, a 64-acre island nearby, is nearby. It is accessible via a rope bridge. Buddhist monks live in Bylakuppe, which is very close to this location. Their red, ochre, and yellow robes are very appealing to the eye.
Thinking about the Text
1. Where is Coorg?
Answer: Coorg is located in the state of Karnataka. It is located halfway between Mysore and Mangalore.
2. What is the story about the Kodavu people’s descent?
Answer: The Kodavu people are thought to be of Greek or Arabic ancestry. When returning became impractical, it is said that a portion of Alexander’s army moved south along the coast and settled in Coorg. These people then married among the locals, and their culture can be seen in martial traditions, marriage customs, and religious rites that differ from the Hindu mainstream. The traditional Coorgi dress Kuppia lends support to the Arabic descent theory because it closely resembles the kuffia worn by Arabs.
3. What are some of the things you now know about
(i) the people of Coorg?
(ii) the main crop of Coorg?
(ii) the sports it offers to tourists?
(iv) the animals you are likely to see in Coorg?
(v) its distance from Bangalore, and how to get there?
Answer: (i) They belong to a proud race of warrior men and beautiful women. The Kodavu people are thought to be of Greek or Arabic ancestry. The people of Coorg have a long history of hospitality.
(ii) Coffee is the main crop, and there are many coffee plantations in Coorg.
(iii) Coorg offers a variety of adventure sports to visitors. River rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, rappelling, and mountain biking are among them.
(iv) Coorg is home to a variety of wildlife, including macaques, Malabar squirrels, langurs, and slender loris. There are also Kingfishers and Mahaseers. Aside from them, there are wild elephants as well as domesticated elephants.
(v) Coorg is located 260 kilometres south of Bangalore. The only way into Coorg is through Madikeri, the district headquarters. It can be reached by air, with the nearest airports being Mangalore and Bangalore, by rail at Mysore, Mangalore, and Hassan, and by road via Mysore or Neelamangal, Kunigal, and Chanrayanapatna.
Additional/extra questions and answers/solutions
1. Give a brief overview of Coorg.
Answer: Coorg is Karnataka’s smallest district, located between Mysore and Mangalore. It is well-known for its rainforests and spices, but it is also home to some of the best coffee in the world. Despite heavy rains during the monsoon season, the weather is pleasant from September to March. The district’s topography is one of rolling hills, making it appear to be a piece of heaven itself, enriched by the presence of the river Kaveri. Coffee plantations, colonial bungalows, and a canopy of tree canopies add a magical touch to the setting. Macaques, squirrels, langurs, slender lorises, and numerous birds, bees, and butterflies can be found in the forests.
2. Which are the months of seasonal joy in Coorg and why?
Answer: The season of joy in Coorg, according to the author, begins in September and lasts until March. Because the weather is ideal during this time of year, these are known as “months of joy.” The occasional shower adds to the region’s beauty. And Coorg is filled with the invigorating aroma of coffee.
9. The people of Coorg have a long history of bravery and courage. In modern India, how has it been recognised?
Answer: Coorgis are a proud people with strong men and beautiful women. They are very hospitable and entertain their guests by telling stories about their sons and fathers’ bravery. Coorg soldiers are valiant. One of the most decorated regiments in the Indian army is the Coorg regiment. Corgies are the only people who can carry firearms without the need for a licence.
10. Where in India the largest settlement of Tibetians can be found?
Answer: The largest Tibetan settlement in India is located in ‘Bylakuppe’ in Coorg.
11. What is Coorg well-known for? When is the best time to visit Coorg?
Answer: Coorg is well-known for its coffee plantations, evergreen rainforests, and spice plantations. The best time to visit this location is from September to March.
12. Describe the Coorg people and culture.
Answer: The inhabitants of Coorg are a proud race of martial men, beautiful women, and wild creatures. Coorgi homes have a hospitality tradition. The Coorg people are the subject of numerous bravery stories. The Coorg Regiment is the Indian Army’s most decorated regiment. General Cariappa, the Indian Army’s first Chief, was a Coorgi. In India, Kodavus are the only people who are allowed to carry firearms without a licence.
13. Describe Coorg’s climate, birds, and animals.
Answer: Coorg receives a lot of rain during the monsoon season. It rains heavily enough to keep many tourists away. The best tourist season begins in September and lasts until March. Coorg’s very air smells of coffee. Coorg’s rainforests are teeming with kingfishers, squirrels, langurs, wild elephants, bees, and butterflies.
14. Describe the Coorg people’s possible ancestry.
Answer: Coorg’s people, ceremonies, and customs are quite distinct from the Hindu mainstream. According to one version of events. As their return became unfeasible, a contingent of Alexander’s army travelling the coast settled here. As a result, they are thought to have Greek ancestors. The Coorgi costume, a long black coat with an embroidered waist-belt, is similar to the Arab Kuffia: As a result, some believe they are of Arabic ancestry.
15. How do the most laid-back people in Coorg become the life of high-energy adventures?
Answer: Coorg has a plethora of high-energy outdoor activities. Even the most laid-back people are converted to a life of high-energy adventures. River rafting, canoeing, rappelling, rock climbing, and mountain biking are among their favourite activities. Trekkers enjoy the numerous walking trails in Coorg.
Get notes of other boards, classes, and subjects