The book has practical hints on where to go and what to see in Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka in south India, which has emerged as a top holiday destination, especially for nature lovers.
The book also showcases the writings of some of the finest writers in Coorg on the unique culture and history of Coorg.While researchers Boverianda Chinnappa and Nanjamma Chinnappa have contributed articles on Kodava customs, writer C.P.Belliappa has written on Coorg history.
Textile designer Chindamada Arati Monappa has contributed articles on Coorg lifestyle. The foreword for the book has been penned by writer Pattamada Sundar Muthanna.
There is an exclusive chapter on the unique and colourful Kodava wedding with pictures. There is a write-up on the clothing and textile traditions of Coorg.
The book also explains the concept of home-stays which has become very popular in Coorg. Visitors to Coorg can stay in the homes of the local people and get to know about the local customs and also taste the unique Kodagu cuisine. There is a chapter on what are the items the tourists can buy in the local shops.
The pictorial book has also pictures from internationally renowned wildlife photographers, Krupakar-Senani.
Much like the Nano car, ‘Coorg: Land of Beauty and Valour’, is meant for the people. Medium sized, low priced but not lacking in quality.
Commenting on the book, the author says: “I felt that only a coffee table book could capture the natural beauty, the unique culture and the colourful lifestyle of the Coorgs (Kodavas), known for their martial traditions and hospitality. At the same time, I wanted to make the book affordable. Generally, a coffee table book is beyond the reach of the average reader.”