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Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Coorg (madikeri)

Nearest City to Coorg: Mysore (117 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Coorg: October to May

Peak Season: February to May

State: Karnataka | District: Coorg (Kodagu)

Coorg Weather: Summer: Maximum - 29°C & Minimum - 18°C
Winter: Maximum - 24°C & Minimum - 13°C

At a distance of 265 km from Bangalore, 117 km from Mysore, 132 km from Mangalore, 322 km from Coimbatore & 362 km from Kochi, 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. Coorg is the most famous hill stations in Karnataka. It is also one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism.

According to Puranas, Kodava is the redefined 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 Cauvery. Coorg was under the Gangas rule during 9th and 10th centuries and Cholas in the 11th century followed by Hoysalas. Later Coorg was relatively independent under Haleri Rajas until British occupied the region in 1834. 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 and 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, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination. Madikeri is the heartland of Coorg region and was the seat of ruling dynasty. Places like Raja's seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare are the major attractions. The famous Cauvery River is originated in the hills of Coorg at Talacauvery.

Being a part of the Western Ghats, Coorg is rich in flora and fauna. It has three wildlife sanctuaries - the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries, and one national park, the Nagarhole National Park. Some of the animal species found in these wildlife parks include the Asiatic elephant, tigers, leopards and wild boars.

Coorg is also famous for trekking activities with peaks like Thandiyandamole, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri. Elephant rides at Dubare Elephant camp and white water rafting in Upper Barapole River are other interesting things to do in Madikeri.

Mangalore airport is the nearest airport which is 146 km from Madikeri. Mysore Junction and Mangalore Junction railway stations are nearest stations. Mangalore Junction Railway Station is about 131 km and Mysore Junction Railway station is about 117 km from Madikeri. KSRTC buses as well as private buses provide services to Madikeri from nearby cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Ooty, etc.

Coorg has pleasant weather throughout the year, though October - June is the best time to visit Coorg. It usually takes about 1-2 full days to visit the important places in Coorg.

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STD Code: 08272
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Kodava
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HOW TO REACH COORG (MADIKERI) / KODAGU


By Air

Nearest Airport: Mangalore - Mangalore Airport (146 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Mysore Junction (117 Kms)
Mangalore Central Railway Station (131 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Madikeri Bus Station (0 Kms)

22 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN COORG (MADIKERI) / KODAGU


Historical & Heritage

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 .....


Nature & Scenic | Park

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 .....


Waterfall

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. .....


Lake & Backwaters | Wildlife

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

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

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 .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 43 Kms from Madikeri, Tadiyandamol Peak (about 8 Kms trek from Nalknad Palace Estates) near Kakkabe is the tallest peak in Kodagu. Tadiyandamol peak lies at an altitude of 5730 feets and it is the second highest peak in Karnataka after Mullayangiri in the Baba Budan Range. Tadiyandamol is one of the top places for trekking in Coorg and also a well known destination for trekking in Karnataka.

Derived from Malayalam, Tadiyandamol means 'I am the tallest'. The trek from Nalknad Palace is moderate and takes around 2.5 hours one way. There is another trek route from Honey Valley which takes around 3.5 hours (one way) and passes through thick rainforest & more scenic terrain. Trekking the Tadiyandamol Peak usually starts in the morning and can come back by evening.

September to May is the best time to trek Tadiyandamol. It is advisable to hire a guide to trek the peak. Several home stay options are available near Nalknad .....


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 44 km from Madikeri & 9 km from Bhagamandala, Talacauvery is a beautiful place and the origin of the Cauvery River. It is situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri mountain ranges near Bhagamandala at an altitude of 1276 m above the sea level. It is one of the prime attractions of Coorg region.

At Talacauvery there is a small square tank called Cauvery Kundike or Brahma Kundike, which is considered to be the birth place of River Cauvery. Here, River Cauvery emerges as a perennial spring and disappears underground. River Cauvery again emerges at Nagathirtha near Bhagamandala and joins with Kannike and Sujyoti at Triveni Sangam. It is one of the popular pilgrimage sites in Karnataka.

According to legend, Cauvery was held captive by sage Agasthya in a Kamandala, a pot carrying the sacred water. Lord Ganesha in the form of a crow made the Kamndalu to topple at this hill when Sage Agasthya was meditating. This place .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 45 Kms from Madikeri & 28 Kms from Somvarpet, Mallali Falls is a magnificent falls in the foothills of Pushpagiri hills. It is a famous waterfall in Kodagu with a height of 120 feet. It is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Karnataka.

Formed by Kumaradhara River, Mallali falls is about 7 kms from Bidahalli junction (which is on the way to Pushpagiri). There is motorable road for 4 Kms from and the remaining 3 Kms needs to be trekked down through thick forest (moderate trek). The falls are breathtakingly beautiful in serene location. It is possible to get into the waters at bottom and play in the pool, but not safe during peak monsoons.

People trekking Pushpagiri Hills can visit this falls with 2-3 hours additional effort. There are buses running between Somvarpet & Pushpagiri via Bidahalli. Pushpagiri Forest Checkpost (where the trekking starts) is about 5 Kms from Bidahalli junction.


Waterfall

At a distance of 248 km from Bangalore, 110 km from Mysore, 75 km from Madikeri, 48 km from Virajpet, 32 km from Gonikoppal, 20 km from Nagarhole National Park, 10 km from Kutta & 10 km from Srimangala, Iruppu Falls is a magnificent waterfalls situated in Brahmagiri Hills between Srimangala & Kutta in Coorg district of Karnataka State, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is one of the best waterfalls in Karnataka and also one of the well known Karnataka tourist places.

The Irupu Falls or Iruppu Falls are also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls locally. It is formed by Lakshmana Teertha, a stream originated in Brahmagiri Peaks and joins Kaveri River. According to the legend, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana passed along .....

Distance (From Coorg (madikeri)): 75 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coorg (madikeri) - Including Travel): 4-6 Hours
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Wildlife

At a distance of 10 km from Kutta, 20 km from Iruppu Falls, 62 km from Kalpetta, 88 km from Mysore, 88 km from Madikeri and 218 km from Bangalore, Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in South India. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts in Karnataka. It was converted into a sanctuary in the year 1955 covering an area of 258 sq. km and subsequently enlarged to include the adjoining areas of Mysore district and now extends over an area of 643 sq. km.

Nagarhole got National Park status in 1988 and declared as 37th Project Tiger Reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats Nilgiri sub-cluster of 6,000 Sq km, including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage for World Heritage Site status. The original forest was once an exclusive hunting ground for Maharajas of Mysore. .....

Distance (From Coorg (madikeri)): 88 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coorg (madikeri) - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage

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


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 1.5 Kms from Madikeri Bus Station, Raja's Tombs (Gaddige) is important for both history lovers and nature lovers, you can get a commanding view of one part of Madikeri city from this place. It is one of the top sightseeing attractions in Coorg.

There are three structures in this complex. The monument was built in Indo-Sarcenic style in 1820. The tombs are in the style of Muslim architecture with domes in the center and turrets at the angles. Two main tombs, one of King Veera Rajendra and his wife, another of his brother Linga Rajendra are housed here. A Shiv linga is installed in the tomb. There are also the tombs of Raja's priest and that of two army commanders. The bravery of General Biddanda Bopu who fought Tipu Sultan has been recorded by Dodda Veerarajendra in an inscription.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 28 Kms from Madikeri (close to Dubare Elephant Camp), Valanoor is a fishing destination on the backwaters of Cauvery. Varieties of fishes are found here including Golden Masheer, Maral, Maap, etc. It draws fishing lovers from all over Karnataka and it is one of the most beautiful angling sites in Karnataka.

Permits for fishing need to be obtained in advance (can be arranged through local tourist agents). Valnoor is also a haven for birdwatchers, with numerous species can be spotted here.

The best season is from October to May.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 34 Kms from Madikeri & 10 Kms from Kushalnagar, Harangi Dam is built against a small stream, a tributary of river Cauvery at Hadgur village. The dam is 846 meters long with a height of 47 meters. The dam attracts large crowd during the monsoon season when the gates are opened and the water is released. It is one of the popular sightseeing places in Coorg. The backwaters are spread across several acres with small islands in the middle and thick forest on the banks.

There is a small garden near the dam and a stone statue of Goddess Cauvery. Just around the reservoir there is Chamundeshwari Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvathi.

August to October is the best time to visit the dam. Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 35 Kms from Madikeri, Nalnad or Nalknad Palace is situated at Kakkabe. It is located at the bottom of Thadiyandamol Peak, the highest mountain of Coorg. The palace was built by Kodava king Dodda Vira Rajendra in 1792. Chikka Vira Rajendra, the last king of Kodagu was captured by British in this Palace.

The palace is an architectural asset with the walls and roof decorated with beautiful paintings. According to history, Dodda Vira Rajendra built this palace after escaping from the attack of Tipu Sultan during his invasion of Coorg. In the front of the Palace, there is beautiful mantapa, built in 1796 for marriage ceremony of the Mahadevammaji. It is a double storied structure used by the Kodava kings.

The palace has intricate wood carvings all around the structure. The palace was neglected but there are plans to renovate the palace and convert into a museum. The palace is about 3 Kms from Palace Bus Stop (on Virajpet .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 35 Kms from Madikeri & 3 Kms from Kakkabe, The Paadi Iguthappa Temple is considered to be the most important temple of the Kodavas. It was built around 1810 Linga Rajendra and resembles Kerala style of architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya, also known as Igguthappa by the Kodavas.

An annual festival called Kaliyarchi festival is held at the temple in the month of March where farmers offer prayers and make offerings for rain during the year. Offerings are made in the form of Tulabhara, where devotees weigh themselves against fruits, rice, coconuts etc and offer it to the deity.

Timings: 5:30 AM- 2 PM & 6 - 7 PM.


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 36 Kms from Madikeri, Bhagamandala, also known as Bhagundeshwara Kshetra is a famous pilgrimage site in Karnataka. Bhagamandala is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Cauvery and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi is said to join from underground. It is considered sacred as a river confluence. The famous Sri Bhagandeswara Temple located here is built in Kerala style of architecture and has smaller shrines dedicated to various gods. The Bhagandeswara temple complex though said to have been built by the Cholas prior to the 11th century follows the gabled roof style of the Kerala temple architecture. There are four temples in the complex of Shiva, Subrahmanya, Mahavishnu and Ganapathi.

A large number of tourists visit Bhagamandala particularly during the Thula Sankramana jatra and the entire Thula month (October-November). Thousands of oil lamps are lit in the temples during the festival.


Waterfall

At a distance of 43 Kms from Madikeri, 23 Kms from Virajpet & 13 Kms from Kakkabe, Chelavara Falls is a beautiful waterfall dropping from a height of about 150 feet. The waterfall is about 3 kms from Cheyyandane on Virajpet - Talacauvery road.

The waterfall is close to the motorable road (autos can be hired at Cheyyandane) and needs little walk downhill to reach the falls. This waterfall is seasonal and is quite famous with tourists and nature lovers. The waterfall is locally known as Emepaare, which means tortoise in local Kodava language. The rock over which the water cascades is shaped like a tortoise and hence the name Emepaare. The water drops into a big pool and it is the best place to play in the waters. The falls offer wonderful views in rainy season.

Monsoon is the best season to visit the falls.


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 70 Kms from Madikeri, 33 Kms from Somvarpet and 7 Kms from forest checkpost at Heggadamane village (near Bidahalli), Pushpagiri Hills / Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Subramanya Hills) lies at an altitude of 5626 feet and it's the second highest peak in Coorg. The Harangi River originates from the top of this hill. Pushpagiri is a popular destination for trekking in Karnataka. Covered by lush green forests, valleys, and hills, the area is perfect for hiking expeditions and it is one of the best places for trekking in Coorg and among top treks in Karnataka. Trekkers can also exit through the Kumara Parvatha trek route to Kukke Subramanya.

The trekking starts from the forest checkpoint at the base of Pushpagiri Hills (after Heggadamane). The Pushpagiri peak is about 7 Kms from the checkpost and takes about 3-4 hours one way (moderate to difficult level) through thick forest, wet grasslands & some rocky terrain. There is a small temple at the peak dedicated to Kumara .....


Hill Station

At a distance of 55 km from Kasaragod, 50 km from Bekal, 45 km from Kanhangad, 195 km from Kozhikode, 100 km from Mangalore & 80 km from Madikeri, Ranipuram is a hill station of Kerala located in Kasaragod district. It lies at an altitude of 750 m adjacent to Kottancheri-Talacauvery mountain range and sharing the border with Karnataka.

Ranipuram was formerly known as Madathumala. The extensive forests of Madathumala merge with the forests of Karnataka. It is a beautiful mountain terrain covered with evergreen shola woods, rain forests and grasslands.

The prime attraction of Ranipuram is Ranipuram National Park. The 50 sq.km sanctuary is bordered with Talacauvery in Karnataka. The national park is home to a substantial population of elephants and many fauna like deer, leopard, porcupine, butterflies and giant Malabar squirrels. There are more than 200 species of birds. Safaris can be arranged in the park and this is the best way to explore the sanctuary.

Ranipuram is .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 85 Kms from Madikeri and 10 Kms from Irupu Falls, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary on the border of Kerala and Karnataka is one of the famous sites for trekking in Karnataka and also one of the treks in Coorg. At an altitude of 5357 feet, the sanctuary is spread across 181 sq kms in the hills of Western Ghats with breathtaking views of the valleys.

It is surrounded by evergreen forests as well as shola grasslands. The 10 Kms trek strats from Irupu Falls. Capming is allowed only at Narimala Forest Camp which is on the mid way to Brahmagiri Peak (about 5 Kms from Irupu falls & 1.5 to 2 hours one way). Brahmagiri Peak is about 5 Kms from Narimala Camp (2 hours one way). The first part of the trek from Irupu to Narimala runs through thick forest & some grasslands and relatively moderate. The later part from Narimala to Brahmagiri Peak is mostly through grasslands & steep mountains .....

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