History of Coorg Kodagu

History of Coorg Kodagu

history-coorg-at-a-glance-search-coorg-safariFrom the 2nd to the 6th century, the Kadambas ruled its northern province. The southern parts were successively connected to the Ganga Dynasty from the 4th to the 11th century. After a war with the Gangas in the 11th century, the Cholas emerged as the sole rulers of the whole of Kodagu. During the 12th century the Hoysalas, who were in Belur, Hassan district, drove away from the Cholas from Kodagu. From the 14th century, the Vijayanagara Kings ruled supreme. After their fall, the local chieftains or Nayaks and Palegars became independent and started ruling from wherever they stayed.
  Later on, the Haleri Kings defeated them all and ruled Kodagu from 1600-1834. From then on Kodagu came under the direct rule of the British.  When India became independent in 1947, Kodagu (Coorg) also became a free land.  In 1950 as per the new Indian Constitution, Coorg became a state. In 1956 a state reorganisation took place. Coorg was merged with Karnataka and became a district in Karnataka, which it remains till today.
  It has 3 taluks or districts, Madikeri, Somavarapete and Veerajapete. Madikeri is also the district headquarters of  Coorg. Origin of  NameThe Puranas refers to this land as Krodadesa or the land (desa)  of the people blest by mother Goddess, River Cauvery (kod, meaning bless, and avva for mother Cauvery).  The Puranic name for  Coorg was also Matsyadesa (Matsya, meaning fish) as is recorded in the Kaveri Purana. Down the ages, it came to be known as Kodagu and the people, Kodavas. This has further changed to Coorg. According to some sources, the word Kodagu is derived from the word “Kudu”, which means “Hilly place

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