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MADIKERIBack to the Destination

    Madikeri is a mountainous area in the south-west of Karnataka where the Western Ghats start to tumble down towards the sea. Located at an altitude of 5,000 feet, Madikeri, rules Coorg as the district headquarters. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri the ‘Scotland of India’. The Kodagu district comprises different communities - Kodava, Tulu, Gowda, Moplah out of which the largest is the Kodava community, both economically and politically. The economy depends on agriculture, coffee plantations, forestry and tourism. Madikeri, being a ‘Coffee Country’, offers every tourist a perfect retreat of a holiday hill station. The most visited tourist spot near Coorg is the Nagarahole National Park which is known for its wild-life population. Some of the important places to visit around Madikeri are Raja seat-a well maintained garden with a great view of the hills, Abbi-Falls a beautiful waterfall, and finally Tala-Kaveri- the birth place of river Kaveri, is an astoundingly beautiful place which is surrounded by mountains.


                                                                       How to reach  

 By Air

  The nearest airports are at Bangalore (260 km) and Mangalore (135 km  

 By Rail  

  The closest railway station is at Mysore (146 km)  

 By Road  

  The Mysore - Mangalore highway (NH48) passes through Kodagu. The district headquarters Madikeri (Mercara), is 260 km from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The distance from Mangalore is 136 km and from Cannanore and Tellicherry, it is about 115 km.  

                                                               Places to Visit  

 Abbey Falls  

  Abbey Falls, a big attraction for tourists is the, 8 kms from Madikeri. The waterfall is located between coffee plantations with coffee bushes and spice estates with dense bushes and green trees where the Kaveri River cascades down a rock face. The chirping of innumerable birds, fill the air with sweet music. A hanging bridge has now been built across the gorge here offering a good view of the falls. The best time to visit is early winter when the monsoons bring plenty of water. The falls can be reached by a narrow road from Madikeri. Cars can reach the entrance of these falls from where a downhill walk of 500 meters on slightly paved steps takes one to the waterfalls.  

 Talakaveri / Talacauvery  

  Talakaveri, which is in the Brahmagiri hills, at about 4,500 ft above sea level, is the origin of River Kaveri which is one of the 7 sacred rivers of Sapta Sindhus of the Hindu scriptures. This place is marked by a tirtha kundike or Brahma kundike (small spring/pond) from where the river emerges as a small perennial spring, but flows underground again to emerge a short distance away. It is about 48 kms from Madikeri. There are 2 temples, a Shiva temple and with a rare and ancient Shiva Linga, and another temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. From Talakaveri, steps lead up to the nearby Brahmagri peak. From the peak, as well as on the drive to Talakaveri, tourists can enjoy a good view of the misty blue Brahmagiri hills.  

 Iruppu Falls  

  There is a sacred spot called Iruppu in south Kodagu on the Brahmagiri range of hills. River Lakshmana-tirtha flows nearby. The river is said to be blessed with powers of cleansing one\'s soul, it is a pilgrim point for many devotees. The river descends perpendicularly into a great cataract known as the Iruppu Falls. There is temple dedicated to Sri Ram, surrounded by paddy fields, from where it is a climb up to the falls through natural forest. This place can be visited from Gonikopal on the way to Nagerhole National Park by taking a detour after Srimangala, situated in the Kutta Road.  


  Dubare is mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department, at the edge of Dubare forest, on the bank of river Kaveri, on the Kushalnagar - Siddapur road. Elephants are captured here with the help of tamed elephants and local tribes. Then these elephants are held captive for up to 6 months in large teak wood cages. . In the evenings, tourist those who are interested can do elephant rides.  

 Nagarhole National Park  

  Nagarhole National Park, the country\'s first \"bio-sphere reserve\", derives its name from the winding river - Nagarhole meaning \"snake river\" - which flows through the park. The 640 sq km of gently undulating terrain at the foothills of the Brahmagiri hills is covered with thick tropical forest, grassy swamps and numerous rivers and streams. The NP is just 90 Kms away from Madikeri. The Forest Department conducts tours along well-defined routes for tourists, in the early mornings and evenings. One can be sure of seeing the bison, elephant, spotted deer, sambas, barking deer, wild boar, mongoose, peacock, jungle fowl and many other birds and animals. Lucky people may see a tiger or panther or even a King cobra. Both trekking and going by private vehicles is allowed, though permission has to be taken first  


  Cauvery Nisargadhama is situated about 36 kms from Madikeri on the State Highway. This is an ideal picnic spot. It is an island in the middle of the river connected by a rope bridge. The cluster of wooden huts, Nisargadhama is built to blend with the sandalwood forest around. You can do boating or go for elephant rides as well as visit the elephant training camp run by the Forest Department at Dubare (8 kms further).  

 Raja's Seat  

  Raja's Seat is a small pavilion with a garden surrounding it. According to legend, the kings of Kodagu spent their evenings here. But what\'s unforgettable about Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset and the far stretching Blue Mountains will take ones breath away  

 Madikeri Fort  

  Located at the centre of the Madikeri town, this 19th century fort was once the scene of many fierce battles. Now it houses a small museum, a chapel and the prison. The fort also offers a panoramic view of Madikeri. The Fort situated on an elevated ground, has a palace inside.Two life-size elephants built in mortar catch the eye as one enters the fort.  

 Omkareshwara Temple  

  Built by Kodagu King Lingaraja in 1820, this temple is remarkable for its square shape in the Islamic style, with an impressive dome in the centre and four minarets - like tumets at the corners, surrounded by Basavas or sacred Bulls. On the top of the dome is a guilded ball, with a weather clock. All window frames are tastefully sculpted blocks with solid brass bars. A large tank in front of the temple gives it a serene atmosphere.  

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