Hill Station | Historical & Heritage

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Trip Starting Point: Bangalore City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 2 Days

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM (Day 1) & 9 AM (Day 2)

Total Places Visited: 7

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
Day 1 Attractions | Day 2 Attractions


Travel from Bangalore to Coorg (Madikeri)

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 10 AM to 5.30 PM, closed on Mondays
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 1 km from Madikeri Bus Station, Madikeri Fort is a historical landmark and one of the most famous tourist attractions of Coorg. The fort stands in the center of the Madikeri town, still preserving its old charm. Some of the elevated structures inside the fort present astounding view of the surrounding areas.

Madikeri Fort was first built by Mudduraja in the last quarter of the 17th century. The mud fort was rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan in 1781 and named the site as Jaffarabad. In 1790, Dodda Vira Rajendra took control of the fort. The palace was renovated by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II in 1812-1814. In 1834 the fort was captured by the British rulers of India.

The king Mudduraja had also constructed a mud palace inside the fort premises. This two storied structure is 110 feet in length. It was renovated by the British rulers and added a grand clock tower in 1933. The palace also has a sculpture of a tortoise with the initials of King Vijayarajendra engraved .....


Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 1 Km from Madikeri Bus Station near Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara Temple is a magnificent temple built by Lingarajendra in 1820. The temple was built in both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. According to the legend, the Shiva linga installed inside the temple is believed to be brought from Kashi. The king Lingarajendra killed an honest and pious Brahmin to fulfill his political ambitions. That Brahmin became a Brahmarakshasa and started teasing the king with troubles. It left the king only when the king brought a Shivalinga from Kashi and installed it in the temple. The shivalinga was named as Omkareshwara and regular rituals were performed. The bars of the windows of the temple were made of Panchaloha.

A huge tank situated opposite the temple is populated by large fishes and devotees are allowed to feed them. There is a footpath leading to a small Mantap. The walls of temple are decorated with intriguing paintings.

Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM


Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 8 km from Madikeri Bus Station, Abbey Falls or Abbi Falls is a wonderful waterfall situated amidst the mountains of Western Ghats in Coorg. This falls is one of the best places to visit in Coorg and it is also one of the most visited waterfalls in Karnataka. It is one of the places most commonly represented for Coorg Tourism.

British called Abbey waterfalls as Jessy waterfalls in memory of Jessy, the daughter of Madikeri's first British Captain Chaplain. Abbey Falls is situated in the middle of a private coffee plantations and spice estates. Numerous small streams and abundant rainfall combine to form the Abbey waterfalls. It is one of the best waterfalls in Coorg region. This waterfall flows to unite with the River Cauvery. Abbey Falls cascades down the rocky slopes from a height of 70 feet in to a pool. A hanging bridge has been built across the gorge here, from where the visitors can get a beautiful view of the falls. .....

Nature & Scenic | Park

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 5.30 AM to 8 PM
Entry Fee: Entrance Fee: Rs. 5

At a distance of 1.5 km from Madikeri Bus Station, The Raja's Seat is a beautiful scenic place towards the south of Madikeri Fort with wonderful views of the valleys of Western Ghats. This is a top tourist place to visit in Coorg an also a famous sunset point in Madikeri.

The Raja's Seat, which means the Seat of Kings, is a brick and mortar structure with four pillars connected by arches. This place is surrounded by beautiful valleys of Coorg region. It is built on a high elevation with a commanding view of the cliffs and valleys to the ghats. This lovely spot was a favorite place of recreation for the Kings of Coorg. Raja's seat stands inside a splendid garden of seasonal flowers and musical fountains developed by the Karnataka government. The garden becomes a colorful sight when the plants are in full bloom. The fountains dance to the tune of rhythmic music and gush out colorful water.

The spot attracts lot of tourists and morning walkers. The best time to visit Raja's Seat .....

Overnight Stay in Coorg (Madikeri)


Lake & Backwaters | Wildlife

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: Elephant camp: 9 AM - 11. 30 AM & 4.30 PM - 6.30 PM
Entry Fee: Entry - Rs. 20. Activity Fee: Rs. 700 to Rs 1400

At a distance of 29 km from Madikeri and 15 km from Kushalnagar, Dubare Elephant Camp is an elephant training center situated on the banks of the river Cauvery in the district of Kodagu, Karnataka. It is an important base for the Karnataka Forest Department's elephants. Dubare elephant camp is a project undertaken by forest department and jungle lodges & resorts. It also offers river rafting facilities in River Cauvery. Dubare is one of the most famous places to visit in Coorg. Rafting at Dubare is one of the top things to do in Coorg. Also, Dubare is one of the places most commonly represented for Coorg Tourism.

This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists. The Elephants used for Mysore Dussehra are trained at this camp. Dubare Forest is a natural island formed by Cauvery River. The trainers explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. The .....

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 29 Kms from Madikeri, 3 Kms from Kushalnagar, 7 km from Bylakuppe & 12 km from Dubare Elephant Camp (close to the main road between Madikeri - Kushalnagar), Cauvery Nisargadhama is an island formed by the River Cauvery. This man-made island was built in 1988 and is spread over a sprawling 35-acre land. It is one of the most scenic places in Coorg and famous picnic spot for families.

The island is filled with thick bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees and surrounded by the Kaveri River. The island is accessible through a hanging rope bridge. There are deer, rabbits, peacocks, and a children's playground and orchidarium.

Machans (tree top shelters) and pargola (wall less shelters), pedal boating, elephant riding and a deer park are the major attractions here. Accommodation facilies are provided by the forest department.

October to April is the best time to visit this island.

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 34 km from Madikeri, 4.5 km from Kushalnagar, 7 km from Cauvery Nisargadhama & 87 km from Mysore, the Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery is a beautiful Buddhist Monastery situated at Bylakuppe. It is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Coorg. Bylakuppe is the second largest Tibetans settlement in India after Dharamshala.

Bylakuppe is a Tibetan refugee settlement area established by Lugsum Samdupling in 1961 and Dickyi Larsoe in 1969 and is situated to the west of Mysore district close to Bangalore - Coorg route. The main tourist attraction here is the magnificent Buddhist Golden Temple. Namdroling Monastery is the largest teaching center of Nyingmapa (a lineage of Tibetan Buddhism) in the world and houses over 5000 monks and nuns. Bylakuppe is one of the prime attractions of Coorg.

The Namdroling .....

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