The Coorg (also known as Kodagu) region sits on the southernmost edge of Karnataka, right on the border with Kerala, and encompasses several towns and hamlets sprawled across the luscious Western Ghats. Like much of this part of southern India, its highland climate has provided a centre for spice production. The area is known for its nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, pepper, and also coffee – the latter grown in much wider abundance than tea. As well as visiting plantations and learning about the local trade, the region is also ripe for exploration on foot, with hikes and treks available to suit all tastes. The main transport hub of the region is Madikeri, the outskirts of which is where one finds most of the region’s best accommodation.