Mountains, villages, the River Kaveri, temples and a fascinating culture - Coorg, nestled amid ageless hills is home to the unique Kodava race

Worshippers of the goddess Cauvery

TALAKAVERI

45 Kms from Madikeri - this is the source of the holy river Cauvery, captured in a small well less than a meter square.


In October on Sankaramana day, thousands gather to see a miracle - the sudden bubbling and frothing of the small well, symbolising the appearance of goddess Cauveri.


RAJA'S SEAT

A favourite tourist spot in Madikeri, according to legend, the kings of Kodagu spent their evenings here enjoying the spectacular sunsets from the top of a hill.


OMKARESHWAR TEMPLE

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple in Madikeri, built in 1820, is a mix of Islamic and Gothic styles of architecture.



MADIKERI FORT

In the centre of Madikeri, this 19th century fort was once the scene of many a fierce battle. Today, it houses a temple, a chapel, the prison, and a small museum and also offers a panoramic view of Madikeri from its walls.
  1. ABBI FALLS
    ABBI FALLS
    Just 5 kilometres outside Madikeri, Abbi Falls situated in a private coffee estate is a great place for a picnic. The Falls cascades 70 feet down to flow as a small but gorgeous river. "Abbi" in Kodava tak means waterfall.
  2. BHAGAMANDALA TEMPLE
    BHAGAMANDALA TEMPLE
    36 Kms from Madikeri, built in the Kerala style at the confluence of three rivers (the Cauvery, the Kannika and the Sujyothi), this temple houses a variety of smaller shrines dedicated to various gods.
  3. RAJA'S TOMB, GADDIGE
    RAJA'S TOMB, GADDIGE
    Situated at the northern extremity of Mahadevpet at Madikeri, are the tombs of Kodava royalty - Veeraraja, 1811; Lingarajendra, 1820 along with royal officials, Biddanda Bopu - the Warrior of Veeraraja and Biddanda Somaiah, Bopu's son.
  4. DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP
    DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP
    15 kms from Kushalnagar, on the road to Siddapura, is the elephant camp of Dubare. It is situated on the banks of the Cauvery and at the edge of the Dubare Reserve Forest.
NAGARHOLE

Nagarahole is derived from the combination of two Kannada words-'nagar' meaning snake and 'hole' meaning streams and true to its name a number of streams snake through its rich tropical forests.

Nagarahole is situated in the picturesque districts of Kodagu and Mysore in southern Karnataka. The Nagarahole National Park was first set up in 1955.

In 1975 its area was increased to include a greater expanse of forest reserve. Once an exclusive hunting preserve of the erstwhile rulers of Mysore, the terrain of this Park is gently undulating with lush green vegetation, swamps and numerous water resources, rendering it an ideal habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.


IRPU FALLS

Located 48 kms from Virajpet on the way to Nagarahole, the temple on the banks of river Lakshmana Theertha is a must visit. For the more adventurous, Irpu falls would be a trekker's point.