Coorg was a state of British India from 1834 to 1947 and the Dominion of India from 1947 to 1950. Mercara was its capital. It was administered by a Commissioner and later, Chief Commissioner appointed by the Government of India. The Chief Commissioner was usually based in Bangalore. From 1834 to 1881, the Chief Commissioner, was also the Commissioner of Mysore. From 1881 to 1940, the Chief Commissioner was usually the British Resident to the princely state of Mysore. Coorg is a tranquil, little town in Southern Karnataka, cradled in the Western Ghats. It is famous mainly for its austere sights, varied wildlife, world-class coffee and the Kodavas, the ethnic warrior people of Coorg.