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#8 of 33 Places to Visit in Coorg
Distance (From Coorg): 29 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
Place Location: Near Kushalnagar
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: 1. Golden Temple is about 7 Kms from Cauvery Nisargadhama and can be visited together.
2. Harangi Dam is about 8.5 Kms from Cauvery Nisargadhama and can be visited together.
3. Dubare Elephant Camp is 12 km from here and are usually visited together.
About Cauvery Nisargadhama
At a distance of 3 km from Kushalnagar, 7 km from Bylakuppe, 12 km from Dubare Elephant Camp, and 29 km from Madikeri, Cauvery Nisargadhama is an island formed by the River Cauvery in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is one of the most scenic Coorg tourist places and also a famous picnic spot for the people of Coorg.
This island was developed as a tourist spot in 1988 by the Forest Department. Spread over a sprawling 64-acre land, the island is filled with thick bamboo groves, sandalwood, and teak trees. The island is accessible through a hanging rope bridge. This island also features a deer park, Rabbit Park, Peacock Park, and Orchidarium. The Island is perfect for a picnic with the children. It is also an ideal destination for those who love nature and spend time by themselves. It is a very good site for seeing parakeets, bee-eaters and woodpeckers, and a variety of butterflies.
Things to do at Kaveri Nisargadhama
Elephant rides and boating in the Kaveri river are the major attractions here. Tourists are also allowed to get into the water at a few safe points along the river. People can also look at the rabbits at the lovely Rabbit Park, the elegant deers at the Deer Park, and the Peacocks at the popular Peacock Park.
Stay at Kaveri Nisargadhama
There are treetop bamboo cottages and forest department guest houses for accommodation. With River Kaveri flowing by its sides and surrounded by the refreshing greenery of the forest, these cottages create an ideal accommodation for everyone. The tariff for cottages ranges from Rs.700 to Rs.1000 per night.
Best Time to Visit Kaveri Nisargadhama
October to April is the best time to visit this island when the lush greenery of the forest and the resulting coolness of the atmosphere makes it ideal to visit. During winter months, the temperature drops to a considerable degree, making the forest quite cold to stay in. The monsoon season sees moderate to heavy rainfall and hence very less number of tourists visit the area. However, the ambiance is wonderful with fresh air and greenery all around.
Kaveri Nisargadhama Timings
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Kaveri Nisargadhama Entry Fee
Entry: Rs. 10 for Adults & Rs. 5 for Children
Elephant Ride: 25 for Person
Boating: Rs. 100 for Person
Forest Resort Accommodation: Rs. 700 - 1000 per Night
How to Reach Cauvery Nisargadhama
Kaveri Nisargadhama is about 29 km from Madikeri, and 3 km from Kushalanagara, the nearby connecting junction off the Mysore-Madikeri Highway. Almost all the buses that go to Madikeri from Kushalnagar, stop at the highway near the forest. From the bus stand, it takes around 15 minutes for tourists to reach Cauvery Nisargadhama Forest Park. Tourists can also hire a taxi and travel directly to Kaveri Nisargadhama Forest Park from Madikeri or Mysore.