Kokernag in Anantnag
It surges out from the foothills of a densely forested hill in Brenghi Valley. This stream of water further disburses into several channels which make the formation of hen’s claws. Koker is a Kashmiri term meaning Chicken and Nag is a word from Sanskrit meaning springs. It is from here that this town derived its name so.
Legends of Kokernag in Anantnag
One such legend goes on to the ancient times when a saint or Gushwami visited this place with a bucket in his hand. He was resting here when some women spotted his bucket of water. Since these women were in quest of drinking water and came from the nearby thick woods, they were tempted towards this bucket of saint. The saint was fast asleep so, they opened the lid of bucket but to their amaze; they found a snake instead of water inside it.
That snake crawled out of bucket and soon after, it changed into chicken which is called Koker in local language. It started digging the soil with its paws and at all such places where it dug, water bubbled out in form of small springs. This whole incident took place in the dream of that saint while he was sleeping while legends held that this gushing out of water stopped soon after he opened his eyes otherwise the whole area would have flooded that day. This is how the name of kokernag was anointed to this place.
Places of Attraction in Kokernag
Papashudan Nag in Kokernag:
It is the most popular and revered spot for tourism in Kokernag. The medical properties of this spring are venerated since ages. It finds its citation in earlier scriptures as well. The water of this largest spring in Kashmir valley possesses curative powers to heal digestion related issues and hence, many sick are still brought to this place for remedy. This spring comes out of a thickly forested hill covered with pines and thus, it also features a scenic location. This spring forms a beautiful waterfall which is a panoramic spectacle for the onlookers.
Botanical Gardens of Kokernag:
There are more than 1 lac varieties of diverse flora in this Pleasure Garden. With passing of time, the garden was further infused with modern effects including Japanese bridges, rosary, water ponds, live garden seats, and topiary work. Due to its splendid ambiance and spring within its premises, this garden is a popular attraction in Kokernag thronged by tourists all through the year.
Kokernag Rose Garden:
Here, rose farming is also promoted by the state government for trading purposes. This garden allures hordes of tourist from around the world to witness the enchanting varieties of roses like musk roses, shrub roses, china roses, climbing roses, miniature roses, and garden roses that blossom in Kokernag Rose Garden.
Activities in Kokernag
Trout Fishing in Kokernag:
Camping in Kokernag:
How to Reach Kokernag from Anantnag
National highway 1A follows the route from Srinagar and passes by Sheer Pora and Doni Pawa before reaching Kokernag. If you wish to travel by rail, then Anantnag Railway station will be the nearest junction for Kokernag at a distance of 28 km. You can either take a state run or private bus from Anantnag station or hire taxi to Kokernag. If you approach from other major cities of state, then also, road transport is easily available for this place.