Madikeri was formerly known as Muddu raja keri. Muddurajakeri which means Mudduraja's town, was named after the prominent Haleri king, Mudduraja who ruled Kodagu from 1633 to 1687. This town is situated at an elevation of over 5000 ft above sea level. Madikeri lies on the Karnataka State Highway 88 that runs from Mysore to Mangalore.
Madikeri lies in the Western Ghats and is a popular hill station. The nearest cities are Mangalore to the west, and Mysore to the east..
Talakaveri - origin of the river
Talakaveri (Kannada: ತಲಕಾವೇರಿ), is the place that is generally considered to be the source of the river Kaveri. It is located by Brahmagiri hill (not to be confused with the Brahmagiri range further south) near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka, 1,276 m. above sea level.
Talakaveri is about 8 km away from Bhagamandala and 48 km from Madikeri..
Bhagamandala is a pilgrimage place in Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is situated on the river Kaveri in its upstream stretches. At this place, the Kaveri is joined by two tributaries, the Kannike and the mythical Sujyoti river. It is considered sacred as a river confluence (kudala or triveni sangama, in Kannada and Sanskrit respectively).
Bhagamandala is located about 33 km from the district headquarters Madikeri and is connected by paved roads from Madikeri, Virajpet and nearby places in Karnataka and Kerala.
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.
The golden light of the setting sun is a splendor to watch. There is also an attraction of the Toy Train for children..
Sri Omkareshwara Temple, in Madikeri, Coorg, was built in 1741 by the King Lingarajendra II, for exculpation against Brahma Hatya. Built in the Mughal style, this temple involves Indo Islamic and Gothic architecture. There are not many Shiva temples in India that share similar architectural style. Also, Shivalingas that go by the name of Omkareshwara, are also a rarity in India.
The history of the temple is inscribed on a copper plate, which has been fixed at the entrance door frame..
A thrilling 8 kilometre drive amid forests and coffee plantations takes one to the most popular picnic spot the Abbi falls. The gush and the grandeur of the waters splashing down from 70 ft, can be witnessed from the hanging bridge. Although the crystal clear waters are inviting, bathing and swimming in the deep waters is unsafe.
Heavy vehicles cannot ply the narrow road leading to the falls and therefore jeeps and auto rickshaws come in very handy. .
Dubare Elephant Camp
Just about 15 kms from kushalnagar is a natural island with approximately 11 acres of land. The island has a wonderful wreath of water and trees around. The cool and gurgling waters of the river offer a pleasant and refreshing view. The Dubare Forest area is maintained by the forest department that runs an Elephant Training Camp here..
People visiting the place enjoy the unusual experience of watching the routine of 12 tamed elephants, their herd-behavior, their intake of enormous 'raagi' balls made specially for them by mahouts etc..
Bailkuppe near Kushalnagar is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in south India. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery and Namdroling monastery . The gold-coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are imposing and unique, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans.
The gold-coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are imposing and unique, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans.
Kaveri Nisargadhama is an island formed by river Kaveri near Kushalnagar in the district of Kodagu, Karnataka.
It is approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) from Kushalanagara, off the State Highway and 30 km (19 mi) from Madikeri and 95 km (59 mi) from Mysore. It is a holiday destination in Karnataka
The Tibetan Monastery or the Tibet Camp as locally called is located around 6 kms from Kushalnagar town towards Mysore. This Tibetan settlement at Bailkoppa or Baylkuppe is the the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. There are over 7,000 monks and students at the Tibetan monastery.
The monastery not only attracts large number of young Tibetans seeking enlightenment and education, but also draws huge tourists from all over India and abroad.
The district of Coorg harbours a number of tourist spots and Mandalpatti. Blessed with verdant green shola grasslands and a perfect climate to match it, Mandalpatti plays host to one of the most offbeat and picturesque trekking routes in the western ghats..
Mandalpatti is one of the best tourist spots in Coorg. Mandalpatti hills are located around 25- 30 km from Madikeri town en route to Abbi falls. A right deviating road just 4 kms before Abbi Falls will lead to Mandalpatti.
Nagarhole National Park
The birth of Nagarahole National Park can be traced to the notification of 285 Sq. km. Game Reserve way back in 1955, which included the reserve forests of Arkeri, Hatgat and Nalkeri in Kodagu.This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve .
Nagarhole National Park, is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India.
A forest trail leads from these falls to the Brahmagiri Peak in Southern Kodagu. 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, en route to the Falls. This temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri.
The Irupu Falls ಇರ್ಪು ಜಲಪಾತ are located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, India, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala.
Igguthappa is an important deity for the people of Kodagu, especially of the Kodava people, and is known as their Lord of rains and crops. He is also their Maha Guru (chief preceptor). His main shrine, known as Paadi Igguthappa, is in Kakkabe, Kodagu, Karnataka, India. The temple, located atop a hill in a forested area in Kakkabe, has been in existence since 1153..
The temple once again went through reconstruction in 2008. Descendants of Apparanda Bopu along with other devotees have provided silver cladding for the entrance door.
Nalknad Palace or Nalkunadu is a palace located in the Kodagu district of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located near a village named Yavakapadi and was built between the years 1792 and 1794 AD. This palace was the last refuge of the last king of Kodagu, Chikka Veerarajendra before he was deposed by the British. The Kannada film Shanti, which has only a single actor, was shot in the surroundings of the palace.
The palace is a protected monument under the aegis of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Karnataka.