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The Early Coorgs

Author of the book

Mookonda Nitin Kushalappa

About the book

This was the author’s first book, where he speaks of his reading and analysis of the origins of the Coorgs based on gene reports, racial studies and other works. This book also chronicles the early history of the inhabitants of Kodagu, before the rule of the Lingayat Rajas (1600-1834). It speaks of the local mythology as well.

The author completed this work in 2013. It began as a germ of an idea in 2004.


The year is 1174. The place is Kodagu. The event is the siege of a fort. The fort of Palpare is taken by a neighbouring army. The Raja calls the Kodavas from all the regions and leads them on a campaign to regain the lost fort. Over the ages the Kodavas of Kodavu came to be known as the Kodagas of Kodagu and as the Coorgs of Coorg.

Historian Mark Bloch had once said that to write a history such that it entertains both the layman and the learned is a great thing in itself. This book is part of a three book series on Kodagu history. In this present book is a decipherment of the origins of the Coorgs, while speaking of their mythology and their early history, by means of folklore and inscriptions.It is a work of narrative non-fiction and of popular history.

The book records the interesting history of the Coorgs over the centuries. It begins with the mythology of Kodagu, both classical and folk. The tales of sages, gods and heroes are narrated. The megaliths built by the ancients of Kodagu are studied. The origins of the Coorgs are discussed. Religions, cultures and languages are compared in the process. The early history of the region is spoken of. The reign of various kings, lords and barons as deciphered from inscriptions is also spoken of. Kings of the Changalva, Kongalva, Hoysala and other dynasties have been involved in the region.

Publication history

This book was published in 2013 in two editions. The Indian edition was published by Notion Press, Chennai in November 2013. The US edition was published by Createspace in December 2013.

The Early Coorgs, Indian Edition,  2013

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