Tourist place in Madikeri, Madikeri, a hill station situated in Kodagu (also known as Coorg) district, Karnataka state in Southern India. Madikeri is also known by the name of Mercara. It is the headquarters of the district of Kodagu. It is a popular tourist place in Southern India for its beautiful hills.
It is 252km far from Bangalore and 115.0 km from Mysore which is situated 1525m above sea level in Coorg. Kodagu was originally called Kodaimalenadu which means dense forest on the steel hill. Coorg or Kodagu district is famous for its coffee plantation. Coffee estate here has some of the world’s best coffee.There is a tallest mountain peak which is around 6000 feet high.
History of Madikeri
The history of the Madikeri is related to the history of Kodagu district. In the century of between 2nd and 6th AD, northern part of the Kodagu was ruled by the Kadambas. In the century of between 4th and 11th Southern part of the Kodagu was ruled by Gangas. In the 11 century, Cholas defeated the Gangas and ruled over the Kodagu. After that in the 12th century, the Cholas lost Kodagu to the Hoysalas. Kodagu fell to the Vijayanagar kings in the 14th century.
After their fall, local chieftains started ruling directly on those areas. As they were defeated by the Haleri Dynasty ( founded by the Veeraraju).
From 1600 to 1834 AD, the descendants of the Veeraraju ruled over Kodagu who known as the Helari Dynasty. The king of the Helari, Mudduraja built the fort in Madikeri and declared it as their capital. This fort was originally built of mud which was replaced by the Tipu Sultan. After 1834 AD Kodagu district became the part of British India.
Some of the famous places to visit in Madikeri
This place is regarded as the favourite destination for the travellers. There is a Mandalpatti View Point which has the power to attract people yo visit that place will beckon them to come back here again and again. When you visit this make sure that you have something to eat and water bottle because you will not find any shop once you start the trail uphill.
During the adventure the greenery sorounding your will make you fall in love with them from all the sides of the trek. After reaching at the top you recognise the magical aura of Coorg and for a spectacular panoramic view of the areas around Mandalpatti.
2. ABBEY FALLS
This is a waterfall which is also known as the Abbi Falls and is admist of huge spread of coffee plantation and is situated at about 10 km from the town of Madikeri, Western Ghats.
This water join the river Cauvery, proves to be the trekkers delight.
There’s a hanging bridge one must walk to get a good view of the falls. During the monsoon is the best to visit this place when the waterfall is in full gushand and also you can visit during the beginning of winters.
3. RAJA’S TOMB
This tombs was built in Muhammadan style with tombs at the center and turrets at the corners.
Entrance of the tombs has carvings. Since when the king was Hindu, Shiva is placed and worshipped inside the tomb. Due to it is Hindu tomb, it is very fascinating because all the tombs belong to Muslim kings and Dynasties.
Three tombs have been built for the royal dynasty. Central tomb is the largest among three is of Kodava king Dodda Veera Rajendra. Right tomb was built by Chikkaveera Rajendra for his father in 1820 AD. Left tomb belongs to the Vira Rajendra’s guru Rudrappa built in 1834 AD.
4. CHELAVARA FALLS
Chelavara falls is a beautiful waterfall dropping from height of about 150 feet. It takes a distance of 43km from Madikeri, 23 km from Virajpet and 13km from Kakkabe.
This waterfall is a quite famous and seasonal for the tourists and their love for the nature.Locally, this waterfall is called as Emepaare, which means tortoise in local Kodava language. It is called because the water cascade which is over the rock is shaped like a tortoise. Best season to visit this place is monsoon.
Kotebetta which means Fort Hill. It takes about 22 km from Madikeri. It is located in Madapur which is in between Somwarpet and Madikeri. It is the third highest peak in Coorg about 5400ft after Tadiyandamol and Brahmagiri. On the peak of the hill Shiva temple is located. It is an amazing place to trek and the best season for the trekking is from October to March. For the help there should be a good local guide during the trek.
6. NALKNAD PALACE
In local Kodava language it is known to be Naalnaad Aremane (which is a kannada name). This place is located in the Kodagu district near a village named Yavakapadi of the Indian state of Karnataka.
An actor of kannada film Shanti, was shot in the sorounding of the palace. This place was last refuge of the Haleri kings of Kodagu.
7. MADIKERI FORT
Madikeri fort is a historical landmark of Coorg. This fort is one of the tourists attraction of Coorg. It was constructed in the 17th century by Muddu Raja and after that it was built by king Coorg. Some of the elevated structures inside the fort present outstanding view of the surroundings areas. Today the fort premises house the Madikeri Deputy Commissioner’s Office.
8. OMKARESHWARA TEMPLE
Omkareshwara temple, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in the town of Madikeri in Coorg, Karnataka. This temple famous for its amazing construction which reflects a mix of Gothic and Islamic styles. It is a popular religious destination for the tourists who visit Coorg. Speciality of this temple is that it brings a large number of devotees and tourists everday.
This is a beautiful park for the people who love nature and would like to spend time by themselves. Most dominating feature of its is there is a number of rivers around it which gives an outstanding view for this park.
This place is perfect for the picnic spots and also offers boat ride in the calm atmosphere. Nisargadhama falls has a kind of peace beauty which feels like a very calm and relaxing body to every person visit in it. This falls is located at Nisargadhama Island.
10. NAMDROLING MONASTERY
Namdroling Monastery located admist sandal groves from Bangalore and Mysore, Karnataka state. It was established by the Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche when he came back to India from Tibet.
It covered an area about 80 square feet which laid the foundation stone of the three- storied main temple. Today the monastery is home to nearly 5000 monks and nuns, renowned as a center for the pure upholding of the teachings of Buddha.
11. RAJA’S SEAT
Raja’s Seat is one of the popular Madikeri tourist places. It is a sprawling garden as a place of relaxation and leisure. Sunrise and sunset views from this region are among the best in this place. At the time of sunset, light of the setting sun cast a colourful shadow in this place.
This is situated at the top of plane where you can get breathtaking views of the adjoining cliffs. At the some distance you can see huge mountains and valleys looks great. It would seem the magnificent nature creations are close to you. It is said that in this romantic garden Rajas used to played games and sang songs and regaled their queens. It has all the qualities of a garden that was once used by the mighty and powerful.
Talacauvery is situated on Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka. It is 1.276m above from the sea level. It is generally considered to be the source of the Kaveri river. This river is considered to be a holy river or place to bathe on special days and it originates from the spring feeding tank. This area is attend by the pilgrims for the worship and also marked as a small temple of Kodavas.
This temple is renovated by the state government recently in 2007.
13. DUBARE ELEPHANT
Dubare Elephant Camp, a famous elephant training camp situated in Madikeri. In this camp Asiatic Elephant, sambhar and the spotted deer are among some of the animals that can be easily spotted. Several species of the birds and the wild animals considered this deciduous forest of Dubare as their home. There can be more birds and animals can see like crocodile, peacock, Woodpecker, and kingfisher. The major attraction of this camp is wildlife Safari and joyride on the elephant.
14. GOLDEN TEMPLE
Golden Temple, this is a Tibetan settlement areas which was established by the Lugsum Samdupling and by Dickyi Larsoe in 1961 and 1969 respectively. This place is located in the west of Mysore District in Karnataka. This town is a delight to visit during the festival as the Tibetan New Year (which is Losar) and celebrated at the monastery. This temple is also one of the popular tourist attraction place which has a three amazing golden statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni, Padmasambhava and Buddha Amitayus.
15. NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK
The Nagarhole National Park was set up in 1955 as a wildlife sanctuary which is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Later on in the year 1988, it was established as a national park. Between the district Kodagu and Mysore this streches the park over 643 sq km. This national park forms one of the largest protected areas for the wildlife in Southern India. It is considered by the UNESCO for selection in World Heritage Site along with the Western Ghats.
Bhagamandala is situated on the Kaveri river and also a pilgrimage place in Kodagu. It is on the banks of confluence of the three rivers Kaveri, Kannike and the sub terrain Subjyoti which is popularly known as “Triveni Sangama”.
It is a rituals to their ancestors to dip in the Triveni Sangama and after proceed towards Talakaveri which is birthplace of Kaveri. It is located nearly about 38 km from the Madikeri district and connected from Madikeri and Virajpet nearby places in Kerala.
Government and private buses are available on all the these routes.
17. MALLALLI FALLS
Most Tourist place in Madikeri Mallalli Falls is located in the foothills of Pushpagiri which is nearly around 25km from Somwarpet in the Western Ghats region of Kodagu district in Karnataka. For its backdrops which is truly a breathtaking sight , Pushpagiri is also called as Kumaraparvata. It is surrounded with lush green mountain and steep valleys. Monsoon is the best time to visit this place which is July through December where there is plenty of water in the rivers. During the rainy season tress are lush green which gives a natural beauty to the falls.
18. BRAHMAGIRI HILLS
Tourist place in Madikeri Brahmagiri is situated on the border between Kodagu district and Karnataka state in North and Wayanad district of Kerala State in the south. It is a mountain range in the Western Ghats of South India. It’s height is around 1608 m which is a scenic tourists attraction. The top of this hill is well forested and has a lot of wildlife.
There is a temple of Lord Vishnu named Thirunelli Temple set up on Kerala side of Brahmagiri. It is also known as Dakshina Kasi and Kasi of South. According to the astrology, this temple was built by Brahma himself.
19. HARANGI BACKWATERS
Harangi Reservoir situated near Hudgur village, Somwarpet tulk in Kodagu district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The dam which is set up about 9 km away from the heart of kushalnagar town. When there is heavy rainfall from the south west monsoon which is a source of water in the catchment area of Harangi river then it is about 717 km. It originates in the Pushpagiri Hill of Western Ghats in Kodagu, Karnataka. Harangi join the Kaveri near kudige in Somwarpet taluk.
20. PUSHPAGIRI WILDLIFE
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kodagu district in Somwarpet taluk, Karnataka state and it is one of the most important bird sanctuaries of the world. This wildlife sanctuary is one of the 21 well known wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. It holds important because is is the home of endangered and very species of birds. It lies at a distance of 287 km from Bangalore and later on it spread all over areas of 102 km. It is one of the World Heritage Sites.