Kodagu is one of the smallest districts in Karnataka
. The hill station Madikeri
is the headquarters. The total geographical area is 4,102 sq km. It is the land of coffee, pepper, honey, cardamom and oranges.
Kodavas are the main ethnic group. Gowdas,
Brahmins, Christians and Jains are other communities who live in Kodagu. The local language, Kodava, has influences of
The largest river is the
Cauvery with principal tributaries the Hemavati, Lakshmanathirtha, Kakkabbe and Harangi flows in an easterly direction and the river Barapole flows towards west. Kodagu is mountainous with major peaks such as Tadiyandamol, Brahmagiri and
Pushpagiri hills. The major festivals are Dussehra,
Huttari (Puthari), Tula Sankramana, and Guru Karona.