Coorg Attractions

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Madikeri

Madikeri is a hill station town in Karnataka state, India. Also known as Mercara, it is the headquarters of the district of Kodagu (also called Coorg). It is a popular tourist destination.Madikeri was formerly known as Muddu raja keri.Madikeri features a tropical highland climate as it has an elevation of 1061 metres.Madikeri lies in the Western Ghats and is a popular hill station.The mean daily minimum temperature is lowest in January at about 11 °C.Maximum temperature in summer is around 24 °C to 27 °C.With the onset of the south-west monsoon, the temperature decreases in June and the weather becomes chilly.The lowest temperature recorded is 4.5 °C.Madikeri lies on the Karnataka State Highway 88 that runs from Mysore to Mangalore.Mysore is the nearest airport and recently spicejet (www.spicejet.com) has connected Mysore to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkatta, Chennai, Hubli, and Dubai via Bangalore. Mangalore International Airport at Manglore (140 km) is another alternative with flights from Mumbai, Bengalooru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Gulf countries.Madikeri Dasara is a ten-day celebration, which is beautified by 4 Karagas and 10 Mantapas depicting killing of Asuras (demons) by Suras (God/Goddess). In recent days Madikeri dasara is gaining more attraction compared to Mysore dasara, as Mysore dasara is held at day light but Madikeri dasara begins at Midnight of Vijayadashami.



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Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls (also spelled Abbi Falls and Abbe Falls) is in Kodagu, in the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India. It is located 8 km from the town of Madikeri and 268 km from Bangalore.'Abbi' in coorgie means a waterfall .A waterfall you don't want to miss.It is located in a private property and decently maintained.Abby cascades 70 ft down to flow as a small river.A path through coffee and cardamom plantation off the main road adds to the attraction of the falls. The water flow is very high during the monsoon season.A hanging bridge has now been built across the gorge here offering a good view of the falls.The best time to visit is early winter when the monsoons bring plenty of water. A misty cloud hangs over the falls. From here the water flows into the Kaveri River.A path through coffee and cardamom plantations leads to the waterfalls. The roar of the falls can be heard from the road.The short journey from the highway to the waterfall can be quite an adventure. The best time to visit is early winter when the monsoons have brought plenty of water.



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Omkareshwara Temple

Located at the heart of the Town, Omkareshwara temple was built by king Lingarajendra in 1820. The temple has both Islamic and Gothic styles of architecture, built around a central pool. It is said Lingarajendra killed an honest and pious Brahmin to fulfill his political ambitions. That Brahmin became a "Brahmarakshasa" and started troubling the king. In order to purify himself for the killing of a Brahmin, he was advised to construct a temple to Lord Shiva. He brought a Shivalinga from Kashi, and the temple was built and named "Omkareshwara". There is a pool in front of the temple with tons of fresh water fishes in it. The temple has four minarets around it and a dome in the center. There is a water tank in front of the temple and in the middle of the tank there is a "mantapam" connected by a causeway. There are plenty of fish in the tank which is an attraction for children.

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Talakaveri

Talakaveri is the place that is generally considered to be the source of the river Kaveri. It is located by Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka, 1,276 m. above sea level. However, there is not a permanent visible flow from this place to the main rivercourse except during the rainy season. Bhagamandala is the meeting of three rivers and is also referred to as Triveni Sangam. Dakshin Kashi is another name given to Talakaveri temples.Talacauvery is about eight kilometres from Bhagamandala. There are many small temples here. A small spring of water originates from this place and hence it is referred to as Talakaveri.The entire view is scenic and very beautiful and many tourists come here for a holiday.

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Golden Temple

The Tibetan Monastery or the Tibet Camp as locally called is located around 6 kms from Kushalnagar town towards Mysore.The Golden Temple is an Unforeseen attraction of Coorg, but one that’s definitely worth seeing. The monastery is home to hundreds of monks, with the Tibetan settlement apparently being the second largest in India. The area is full of culture. There’s a small shopping centre selling colourful Tibetan products as well.Namdroling Monastery hosts several ceremonies yearly. Of particular interest is Tibetan New Year (Losar), based on the Lunar Calendar.The monastery hosts traditional Lama Dances, oversize Thankga hanging from the sides of its buildings, as well as solemn processions throughout the monastery grounds spanning approximately two weeks.

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Dubare Forest

Dubare is known for its elephant camp, a forest camp on the banks of the river Kaveri in the district of Kodagu, Karnataka. It is an important base for the Karnataka Forest Department's elephants.There are opportunities for trekking, elephant rides, fishing, and river rafting. These activities are hosted by jungle lodges and resorts. The Forest Department also conducts some treks along well-defined routes.The moist deciduous forests of Dubare are home to many wild animals and birds. Sightings of wild Asiatic elephants are regular and so is spotting the sambhar, the spotted deer, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, and gaur. Bears are also seen in these forests. Crocodiles can be seen in the river. The forests are also home to many reptiles and non-venomous snakes.Before reaching the Elephant Camp there are local people who will provide you the joy of still water rafting. It is an enjoyable ride which you can enjoy in very cheap price.Dubare has 10 luxurious cottages with attached bath. As this is a comparatively new camp there is no electricity here. However, electricity is provided through electric generator in the mornings and evenings.

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Harangi Dam

The Harangi originates in the Pushpagiri Hills of Western Ghats in Kodagu, Karnataka. Heavy rainfall from the south-west monsoon is the source of water in the catchment area of Harangi river which is about 717 km.Harangi dam is built across the tributary of river Kaveri near Kushalnagar. This dam with a height of 47 mts. and 846 mts in length is an important picnic spot. Harangi Dam is the first Dam build across river Kaveri. One can access its beauty when the reservoir is fully filled with water during August to September. The dam is an ideal place for picnic, and there are some short walks along designated paths.

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Mallali Falls

Mallalli falls is situated in the foothills of pushpagiri mountains, around 25 km from Somwarpet and 265 km from Bangalore.The Kumaradhara river is the main watercourse for this waterfall.Mallalli Falls is one of the most beautiful water falls in Coorg. One would not disagree if someone says Malalli Falls better than Abbey Falls. Monsoon as usual is the best time to see the real Mallalli Falls as there will be plenty of water which gushes down from the river and the mist and the green hills around adds to the beauty of Malalli Falls and the water usually dries up during summer.The best time to visit the falls is between 10 am to 4 pm; after which the area becomes dark and it is not safe for the people visiting the falls as there is no basic security provided to this place since it is out of bounds for any of the authorities to reach this location to secure and safeguard the people visiting thee place.

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Irpu falls

Irpu falls is a fresh water cascade and is situated at a distance of 48 km from Virajpet on the highway to Nagarhole.The Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. Irupu falls is a major tourist attraction as well as a pilgrimage spot. A famous Shiva temple, the Rameshwara Temple is situated on the banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River.This temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri.This place is believed to possess the power to cleanse one’s sins and is visited by thousands of devotees from far and near on Shivaratri day.The best time to visit the Falls is during the monsoons, when the Falls is at full capacity and is a breathtaking sight.[4] Irupu is situated at 48 km from Virajpet, 260 km from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The Falls can be visited by the highway from Gonikopal to Nagerhole National Park.

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Chelavara Falls

Chelvara Falls is near Cheyyandane which is around 16 kms from Virajpet and is one of the most beautiful water falls in Coorg. Chelavara Falls is also called as Embepare by the locals meaning Tortoise Rock.The water fall is really a wonder full view as the water gushes from the top amidst the green coffee plantation.The best part of visiting Chelavara falls is that ‘Chomakund’ a renowned hill is just 2 kms away from here. Chomakund is an awesome place surrounding with lush green shrubs and trees and is almost covered in fog most of the time. One can also get a glance of the Arabian Sea from here.


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Kaveri Nisargadama

Kaveri Nisargadhama is an island formed by river Kaveri near Kushalnagar in the district of Kodagu.Visitors are allowed to get into water at a few shallow and safe points along the river. Elephant rides and boating are some of the other attractions. It also has a forest department-run guest house and treetop bamboo cottages.The Nisargadhama can be accessed by walking across a hanging bridge.Kaveri Nisargadhama also has a forest department run guest house and treetop bamboo cottages. The Kaveri Nisargadhama resort has 10-15 cottages and 5 bamboo cottages. Kaveri Nisargadhama is an ideal place to spend vacations on the sandy beds of the river bank in Kodagu district.Best time to visit Kaveri Nisargadhama is between October and May.

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Raja Seat

Raja's Seat (Seat of the King) is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains. It is one of the most important tourist spots in madikeri of Coorg District. It is 270 km away from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.A pleasant spectacle of refreshing layers of greenery, chain of high and low-rise-mountains attired with mist, the Raja Garden is one-time-favorites of Kings of Kodagu who used to watch the setting sun, and spend time with their queens here.Early in the morning as the sun is just rising in the east, the mist shrouded valley below offers a rare sight. The golden light of the setting sun is a splendor to watch. There is also an attraction of the Toy Train for children.Raja seat which literally means "Seat of the Kings". Its a Feast for your eyes on an endless expense of sun kissed greenery.

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Nagarahole forest

Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India.The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls. The park has a healthy tiger-predator ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants.Nagarhole National park derives its name from the combination of two Kannada words. 'Nagar,' meaning snake, and 'hole,' meaning streams. True to its name, quite a few serpentine streams fork through the rich tropical forests of the park.Besides offering wildlife and eco tourism activities it has been our constant endeavour to offer more nature oriented activities to our guests with varied interests. Hence we have ventured into areas such as trekking, rappelling, still and white water rafting and boating.