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At a distance of 254 Kms from Bangalore & 118 Kms from Mysore, Coorg or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka and Madikeri is the district headquarters. At an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats, it is also known as the Scotland of India. According to the Puranas, Kodava is the redifned name of Krodhadesa, meaning Land of Anger, said to have been inhabited by the Kodava tribe. Some historians believe that it is named after the River Cauveri. Coorg was a separate state before its merger with Karnataka in the year 1956. Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with highest rainfall in India. The Kodagu district comprises different communities like 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.Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination. Places like Raja's Seat, Abbey falls, Irpu falls, Talacauvery, Nagarahole, Dubare are the mojor attraction. The famous Cauvery River is originated in the hills of Coorg at Talacauvery. Coorg is also famous for trekking activities with peaks like Brahmagiri, Pushpagiri including several other trails.October - June is the best time to visit Coorg.
At a distance of 244 Kms from Bangalore, 184 Kms from Mangalore, 70 Kms from Shimoga & 40 Kms from Chikmagalur, Kemmangundi is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district.At an altitude of 1434 meter, Kemmangundi is a beautiful and picturesque hill station, situated on the Baba Budan range. This was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Kemmangundi derives its name from three Kannada words - Kempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit) and means a place with red soil.The hill is blessed with mountain streams, waterfalls and lush flora. The main attractions of Kemmangundi are Raj Bhavan, Z point, Rose garden, Hebbe Falls, Kalhattagiri Falls and Bhadra Tiger Reserve. The sunset view from the Raj Bhavan is a photographer's delight. With wonderful view of the valleys, Kemmangundi is a trekker's paradise. At a distance of 30 Kms from Kemmangundi, Tarikere is the base station for Kemmangundi. December is the best time to visit Kemmangundi.
At a distance of 85 Kms from Mysore via T Narsipura, Sante Marahalli & Honganuru, The Biligiri Ranga Hills, popularly known as the BR Hills are located between the Cauvery and Kapila (Kabini) rivers. At an altitude of about 5,091 feet, the lower hills are covered with rich forests that form BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. Lord Biligiri Ranganatha temple is situated at top of the hill. It is about 500 years old temple built in Dravidian style. The temple premises offer wonderful views of the valleys of BR Hills. During February-March, a car festival is celebrated which attracts thousands of devotees from whole of South India. To visit the temple on top of the hill you can either climb the 150 steps leading to the temple or drive through the lush green forests. There is a guesthouse maintained by the temple authorities that provides accommodation as well.From Bangalore, this place can be reached via Malavalli & Kollegal.Timings: 6 AM-12 PM.
At a distance of 135 Kms from Mysore via T Narsipura & Kallegal, Male Mahadeshwara Hills, also known as MM Hills is situated at an altitude of about 3000 feet. It is also famous for Malai Mahadeswara Temple dedicated to Lord Mahadeshwara, the incarnation Lord Shiva. The place is also known for its scenic beauty.The forests are inhabited by a variety of animals, birds and reptiles. They are found in large numbers too. Elephants are the most prominent species. The temples of Gangadhareswara and Lakshminarayana are worth visiting. Rare images of Hamsa Gayatri, Dakshinamurthi and Sri Adi Sankara are worshipped at these religious places.The main festival of the temple is Maha Shivratri. During Deepavali festival a grand celebration can be seen in MM Hills. Timings: 6 AM-8 PM.
At a distance of 45 Kms from Udupi, 88 Kms from Shimoga & 92 Kms from Mangalore, Agumbe is a cute hill station located between Udupi & Shimoga. At an altitude of 826 meters, Agumbe is great trekking destination. It is also the place where RK Narayan has filmed his novel Malgudi Days. Agumbe is also known as the Cherrapunji of South India. It is also famous for 14th century temple with Hoysala-style sculptures and a beautiful sunset. Agumbe is the base station for several trekking destinations & waterfalls spread around the hills:- Jogi Gundi Falls - 3 Kms (towards Tirthahalli) - Barkana Falls - 8 Kms (towards Tirthahalli)- Onake Abbi Falls - 8 Kms (near Someswar)- Jomlu Theertha Falls - 25 Kms (via Hebri)- Kudlu Theertha Falls - 30 Kms (via Hebri)- Narsima Parvatha trek (2 day trek via Barkana Falls)- Kunchikal Falls