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district, southwestern Karnataka (formerly Mysore) state, southern India, at the southern end of the Western Ghats. Its 1,585-sq-mi (4,104-sq-km) area is rugged and hilly with a high rainfall and a climate tempered by the altitude. The thickly forested hills often exceed 5,000 ft (1,500 m) and rise from the Karnataka plateau. Notable summits, all above 5,300 ft, include Tadramol, Pushpagiri, and Kottebetta. The name Coorg is probably a corruption of the Kanarese kodagu ("steepness"). Coorg is drained by the upper Cauvery River and its tributaries, which in legend have some of the life-giving properties of the Ganges.