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Madikeri

Madikeri is the picturesque capital of Kodagu (also called Coorg) the land of coffee, cardamom, colonels, and the river Cauvery. The capital of Kodagu district is located in a beautiful hilly setting surrounded by the forested slopes of the Western Ghats. Here, time seems to have stopped. Dotted with a cluster of red-roofed dwellings and a bustling bazaar, the town, situated at an elevation of 1525m, has a charming old-world look. Madikeri provides access to some excellent picnic spots.


Madikeri Fort

The 19th century Madikeri Fort with its stone ramparts now houses the prison, a temple, a chapel, a small museum, and assorted government offices.


Omkareshwara Temple

The temple is built in the Islamic and Gothic style of architecture with a dome in the centre, comprising four turrets in as many corners.  The Raja got the history of the temple inscribed in a copper plate at the entrance of the temple. It was built by Lingaraja II,  ruler of Coorg in the year 1820. The âShiva Lingamâ installed here is said to have been brought from Kashi.


Abbey Falls

6 Kms away from Madikeri, tucked away between  private coffee and spice estates. Abbey Falls offers a  splendid backdrop for picnics. As you make your way  past stocky coffee bushes and tall trees entwined with  pepper vines, the falls make a sudden and dramatic  appearance as they cascade their way down steps  into limpid pools to join the river Cauvery.


Raja Seat

It is an enchanting picnic spot with a swathing in the natureâs lap. It is sure to enjoy the marvelous sight of Sun set and gorgeous valley and mountain ranges.  The former Rajas of Kodagu along with their consorts used to visit the place to savour the beauty of the nature here. Musical fountain has been attracting a large number of visitors to the garden.


Gaddige

Located in the northern extremity of the Madikeri city, Gaddige has two identical square structures, which are the tombs of the Rajas and their queens. They are situated close to each other built in Indo-saracenic style.


Bhagamandala

40Km from Madikeri. This is the confluence of three rivers: Cauvery, Kanika and Sujyothi. Among many small shrines dedicated to various gods, the Bhagandeshwara temple, standing in a large courtyard surrounded by Kerala-style temples is the most impressive. Bhagamandala is known for its apiaries and Kodagu honey.


Talacauvery

48Km from Madikeri. Talacauvery also known as Dakshina Kashi is the famous birthplace of river Cauvery at the foot of the breathtaking Brahmagiri Hills in Coorg.  The river flows down inconspicuously as âGuptagaminiâ from here before re-emerging a small distance downward at Nagateerta.  On Tulasankramana day (Oct.17th) thousands of pilgrims flock to the river's birth place to witness the miraculous rise of the fountainhead, when water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment. A Long flight of steps lead one upwards to the peak of the Brahmagiri Hills at Talacauvery from where a panoramic scene of nature unfolds.


Dubare Forest & Elephant Camp

35Kms from Madikeri and 15Km from Kushalnagar. The reserve forest is famed for its amazing variety of avian fauna, an elephant training camp and angling possibilities on the Cauvery. Elephant interaction in the morning time is the popular activity attracts hundreds of tourist daily. Best time to be there for elephant washing and interaction is at 08.00hrs in the morning.


Cauvery Nisargadhama

It is a breathtakingly beautiful riverine island carved by the Cauvery River in the plains, 25km from Madikeri. It can be accessed by traveling over a hanging bridge. Nisargadhama teems with lush foliage, thick bamboo groves, teak, and rosewood. The sprawling 64-acre nature resort has a deer park, orchidarium, and elephant and boat rides.


Bylakuppe / Golden Temple:

One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India. It is known for its monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and an incense factory. The landscape is dotted with several monasteries, the main ones amongst these are the Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey. The Mahayana Buddhist University is located at Sera. It also has an enormous prayer hall. The other important monastery in the neighboring settlement of Bylakuppe is Tashi Lhumpo Monastery, renowned as the seat of Panchen Lama.

The Golden Temple in Bylakuppe is an impressive monastery setup besides number of other monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It is a must visit place in Coorg though it is in Mysore district.  The place is very peaceful and charming a must visit place while in Coorg.


Harangi Dam

It is located near Hudgur village, 9 Km away from Kushalnagar. The reservoir is formed by a masonry dam built across Harangi River, a tributary of Kaveri River.



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