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Map of Somwarpet Taluk in the Kodagu District
Map of Somwarpet Taluk in the Kodagu District
Somwarpet is located in Karnataka
Location of Somawarapete
Somwarpet is located in India
Somwarpet (India)
Coordinates: 12°35′51″N 75°50′59″E / 12.597387°N 75.849588°E / 12.597387; 75.849588
Country India
 • BodyTown Panchayat
 • Town8.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
 • Rural
990.85 km2 (382.57 sq mi)
1,130 m (3,710 ft)
 • Town6,729
 • Density760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
 • Rural
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA
Vehicle registrationKA 12

Somwarpet (somavārapēte, also written Somvarpet) is a panchayat town in Kodagu district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the main town of the Somwarpet taluk, in the north-east of the district. 2nd highest Administrative town in Karnataka in terms of elevation. The main crops grown in the area are coffee and spice crops such as cardamom, peppers, oranges, ginger and vegetables.


Based on the reports of KSNDMC taken from 2018 to 2020, Somwarpet Town received on an average, annual rainfall of 2125 mm.

In 2022, Somwarpet hobli received an annual rainfall of 2,250 millimetres (89 in).[1]


There are no National Highways passing through the town of Somwarpet. It can be reached by State highways 27, 85 and 112. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation provide inter-district bus connectivity. Private bus service operate within Coorg only. Somwarpet do not have rail connectivity. Nearest major railway junction is Hassan Junction railway station about 70 km. Nearest International Airport is Kannur International Airport (120 km) and Mangalore International Airport (160 km).


Coorg Apples in Sulimalthe village, Somwarpet
The Great White Egret or Bellakki a native of Sulimalthe

As of the 2001 India census,[2] Somwarpet had a population of 7218. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Somvarpet has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 70%. In Somvarpet, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Kannada, Tulu, Are Bhashe, Kodava Takk, Beary bashe, Konkani and English are spoken by the people.

Flora and fauna


Coffee is the major crop in the region. It is the major Arabica coffee growing region of India. Other crops like pepper, cardamom, orange, vanilla are grown. Rice, ginger is also grown.

Tourist attractions

Portico of the Coorg Rajah's Palace at Somwaspett (May 1853, X, p.48)[3]

Beluru Golf Club Beluru Golf Club is located 8 km from Somwarpet town. The lush green golf ground attracts movie makers.

Male Malleshwara Betta Male Malleshwara Betta is located 13 km from Somwarpet and 7 km from Shanivarsanthe. Pooja is conducted regularly and a Grand Celebration on Maha Shivarathri every year.

Kotebetta Kotebetta[4] is the third highest peak in Coorg after Tadiandamol and Kumara Parvatha, Kotebetta means "Fort Hill" because of its fort-like appearance. Its height above sea level is 1620 metres (5313 ft). It lies near the border between the Dakshina Kannada and Coorg districts. The trek starting point is a junction near a bridge called Hattihole. The peak is 10 km from Hattihole. There is a Shiva temple at the base of Kotebetta.

Makkalagudi Betta is located in Kiraganduru 10 km between Somwarpet and Madikeri road. There is a view of paddy fields, forest, and the waters of the Harangi reservoir.

Dubare Elephant Camp

One of the most interesting places in Coorg is the Dubare Elephant camp which is situated on the banks of River Kaveri. Here people can give a bath and feed elephants can also take a ride on the elephants and spot gaur, crocodiles, sloth bears, and wild creatures & lush greeneries.

Mallalli Falls (Kannada:ಮಲ್ಲಳ್ಳಿ ಜಲಪಾತ) Mallalli Abbi or Kumaradhara Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Coorg where the river Kumaradhara drops down 200 feet. Scattered along the stream are other misty waterfalls, situated on the foothills of the Pushpagiri hill-ranges, 25 km from Somwarpet.

"Beauty Spot" in mathanahaill, somwarpet, saniversante road. " Mountain Mist coffee valley"

Other attractions in the Taluk are



Somwarpet is well connected with major tourist attractions in the Coorg district. It is established with several hotels, homestays & resorts for accommodating travelers.

See also


  1. ^ "Annual State Report 2022" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Portico of the Coorg Rajah's Palace at Somwaspett". The Wesleyan Juvenile Offering: A Miscellany of Missionary Information for Young Persons. Wesleyan Missionary Society. X: 48. May 1853. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
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