Weave your next travel tale amongst the hills and dales of Kodagu

Coorg, the land of coffee, cardamom, and the Cauvery, is nestled amidst the slopes of Western Ghats and allures you with its undulating hills, lush green forests and a spectacular landscape dotted with coffee plantations, vast tea gardens and orange groves. Aptly dubbed as the Scotland of India, Coorg or Kodagu is a visual treat with its cloud-capped peaks, chirpy birds and sparkling streams.

KSTDC’s Mayura Valley View Madikeri, like the name suggests, is perched on a hilltop and offers a bird’s eye view of the valley that beckons all kinds of travellers. The hotel is a compact property with 36 well furnished rooms, a swimming pool, a multi cuisine restaurant and facilities for indoor & outdoor games. During your stay, make sure you try some of the authentic Kodava delicacies on our menu. Afterall you haven’t fully experienced a place till you get a taste of the local cuisine.

With the implementation of our new safety protocols, we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure that you have a safe holiday. The USP of KSTDC properties is that our staff comes with an in depth knowledge about the place and can guide you to offbeat picnic spots, coffee plantation tours or adventure sports like trekking, mountain climbing, river rafting, zip lining and rock climbing.

If you would like to pre-plan your activities, KSTDC can also design a customized tour package keeping in mind your specifications. Fill out the details regarding your itinerary in the link below and we will get back to you soon.

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If you are one of those people who like to learn as much as possible about a place while planning your trip, we have got you covered with our compilation of places in and quick getaways from Madikeri that you could explore.

WHAT TO SEE IN MADIKERI

Madikeri Fort

The Madikeri Fort with its stone ramparts now houses a temple, a chapel, a small museum, a prison and an assortment of government offices. It was originally built as a mud fort by the Haleri Kings. Later, it was demolished and rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan. In 1834, the British seized the fort and renovated it.

Omkareshwara Temple

Just a stone’s throw away from the Madikeri Fort is the Omkareshwara Temple, built in 1820 it’s architecture features a blend of Kerala’s red tile roofing and Islamic-style domes.The Linga of this Shiva Temple is believed to have been brought from Kashi.

Raja’s Seat

The Raja’s Seat, atop a hill, is where the kings of yore spent many pleasant evenings watching the golden sunset. This vantage point offers a spectacular view of the distant mountain ranges. Another attraction here is the Baba Saheb Express, which is a toy train.

Raja’s Tomb – Gaddige

Also visit the tombs of Virarajendra, his wife and their son Lingaraja, which are built in Islamic style of architecture with domes and minarets embellished in trellis work. However, the entrance to each tomb has carvings of Hindu deities.

QUICK GETAWAYS

If you have an additional day or two to spare, we recommend you visit at least one of these destinations.

Abbey Falls (9 km)

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 in steps into limpid pools to join the River Cauvery. These falls are most impressive during the monsoon.

Cauvery Nisargadhama (25km)

It is a breathtakingly beautiful riverine island carved by the Cauvery River in the plains, 2km from Kushal Nagar. It can be accessed by travelling over a hanging bridge. Nisargadhama is teeming with lush foliage, thick bamboo groves, teak and rosewood. The sprawling 64 acre nature resort has a deer park, orchidarium, elephant and boat rides, etc. You can also picnic on the sandy beds of the river bank.

Cauvery Nisargadhama (25km)

It is a breathtakingly beautiful riverine island carved by the Cauvery River in the plains, 2km from Kushal Nagar. It can be accessed by travelling over a hanging bridge. Nisargadhama is teeming with lush foliage, thick bamboo groves, teak and rosewood. The sprawling 64 acre nature resort has a deer park, orchidarium, elephant and boat rides, etc. You can also picnic on the sandy beds of the river bank.

Dubare Elephant Camp (30 km)

If you are an elephant lover, Dubare Elephant Camp is simply the right place for you. Uniquely placed between the Cauvery and the reserve forests, the Dubare Elephant Camp – once the training camp of the Mysore Dasara elephants – is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts as well as travelers. Observe the elephants in action, learn about their habits and take part in various activities of the Camp such as feeding and bathing the elephants. A trained naturalist is at hand to explain the different aspects of elephant history, ecology and biology.

Virajpet (32 km)

Virajpet, the second biggest town in Coorg, is acclaimed as the largest producer of honey in Asia. The Sri Rameshwara Temple, located adjacent to the Lakshmana Theertha River, is believed to have been dedicated to Lord Shiva by Lord Rama himself. A prominent pilgrim destination, Virajpet is a favourite haunt of picnickers and pilgrims, especially during the Shivaratri festival.

Bhagamandala (36 km)

Situated on the foothills of Talacauvery, Bhagamandala is the meeting point of the three sacred rivers; the Cauvery, Kannike and the subterranean Sujyoti. An important pilgrimage centre that draws thousands of devotees every year, Bhagamandala has three temples dedicated to Bhagandeshwara, Brahma/Subramanya and Mahavishnu. It is customary for devotees to take a dip and worship here before journeying to Talacauvery. The spot also offers a splendid panoramic view of the Brahmagiri Peak.

Harangi Dam (38 km)

Situated in North Kodagu, this dam is a beautiful reservoir, ideal for a weekend holiday. Harangi Dam was the first dam to be built across river Cauvery. Harangi dam is a popular picnic area, particularly during the post-monsoon season.

Bylakuppe (41 km)

One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India, Bylakuppe is a fascinating blend ofmonasteries, prayer wheels and fluttering flags. A refugee settlement that has transformed into a township, it stands out for its splendid monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and incense factory. The Tibetan culture thrives in the well-constructed and beautifully maintained Sakya Monastery, Golden Temple and Kagyur Monastery.

Nalknad Palace (41 km)

Nalknad Palace, the summer home of the Kodagu kings, is situated close to Tadiandamol, Coorg’s highest point. With its interiors replete with ornately carved pillars and friezes, the 200 year old palace is an architectural gem.

Talacauvery (45 km)

Located 44 km from Madikeri, on the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hill, is Talacauvery or the ‘Head of the Cauvery’; the place where the mighty Cauvery is born. Here, the river originates as a small spring. A small rectangular pond and a shrine mark this spot.

In mid-October, on Tula Sankramana day, the spring miraculously wells up and the water gushes over. According to legends, this is the time when Goddess Ganga visits her sister Goddess Cauvery. Thousands of devotees from across the country throng the place to take a dip in the waters on this auspicious day.

Tadiandamol (45 km)

The highest peak in the Coorg region and the second highest in Karnataka, Tadiandamol is a trekker’s paradise. Located at an elevation of 1,748 m, the gentle slopes and grassy terrain lures you with their scenic charm and serene ambience. A major attraction here is the Eshwara Igguthappa Temple, where the deity Subramanya is worshipped as the ‘Giver of Grain’.

Iruppu Falls (85km)

Surrounded by lush greenery, the Iruppu Falls is at its splendid best during the monsoons. Originating in the lofty Brahmagiri peaks, the magnificent falls plunge 170 ft in two different phases. Another major attraction is the Iruppu Rameshwara Temple that draws a throng of devotees every year during the Shivaratri festival.