Coorg

Koorg or Kodagu(originally called Kodaimalenadu) means 'dense forest on steep hill'. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.

Destinations in Coorg

Madikeri Fort

The Palace of the erstwhile kings located inside the Fort, now houses the offices of the Deputy Commissioner. The brick and mortar Palace was built in 1814 by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II.The strong fort of Mercara explains the tale of bravery and battle. In the inner Fort, a temple of Virabhadra was removed by the British in 1855 and in its place built an Anglican Church. The Church, in Gothic style, with color stained glasses has now been converted into a museum. The museum, run by the state archaeology department, is a repository of many antiques of Coorg. The original mud fort was rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan.

Abbey Falls

'Abbi' in coorgie means a waterfall .A waterfall you don’t want to miss. The British called it the Jessie waterfalls in memory of Jessie the daughter of Madikeri's first captain. It is located in a private property and decently maintained. Abby cascades 70 ft down to flow as a small river .The falls appear suddenly, the water cascading over rocks into calm pools. A path through coffee and cardamom plantation off the main road adds to the attraction of the falls.

Iruppu Falls

There is a sacred spot called Iruppu in south Kodagu on the Brahmagiri range of hills. River Lakshmana-tirtha flows nearby. Legend says that Rama and Lakshmana, warrior Gods, passed this way while searching for Rama's concert, Sita. Rama asked Lakshmana to fetch some drinking water for him. Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being river Lakshmanatirtha.

Pushpagiri wild life sanctuary

It is recognised as one of the most important bird areas of the world and many endangered bird species like the grey-breasted laughing thrush, black, orange flycatcher and Nilgiri flycatcher, take shelter in this sanctuary.Kadamakkal reserve forest is part of the sanctuary and it adjoins Bisle reserve forest at the north and the Kukke Subrahmanya at the west.The height of the sanctuary varies from 160m to 1712m in different places. The highest peak here is the Pushpagiri hill and the sanctuary also includes the Kumaraparvat peak. The steep hilly terrain of this sanctuary is full of swamps and waterfalls. NagarHola national Park

Nagarhole National Park

The place derives its name from the winding river - Nagarhole meaning "snake river" - which flows through the park. The 640 sq km of gently undulating terrain at the foothills of the Brahmagiri hills is covered with thick tropical forest, grassy swamps and numerous rivers and streams. The park and animal life is part of the country's first "bio-sphere reserve".
One can be sure of seeing the bison, elephant, tiger, spotted deer, sambhar, barking deer, wild boar, mongoose, peakcock, jungle fowl and many other birds and animals.

Dubare Elephant camp

Dubare Elephant camp is a project undertaken by forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists. A trained Naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can not only observe and learn but also participate in various activities involving Elephants. The Karnataka Forest Department has about 150 Elephants in various camps and Dubare has been historically an important camp.

Nalknad Palace

Nalknad Palace is located at the bottom of the highest mountain of Coorg Thadiyandamol. Nalknad Palace is 45 kms away from Madikeri via Napoklu in Kakkabe. Dodda Viraraja built this palace in 1792. The palace has stories and the walls and roof are decorated with beautiful ancient paintings and architecture. According to history after escaping from Tippu sultan’ s troops Dodda Viraraja (Doddavirarajendra) built this palace at Yavakapadi in Nalknad area. Dodda Viraraja married Mahadevammaji in this palace itself.

Golden Temple

The grand Golden Temple here has a sixty-foot statue of Gautam Buddha, flanked by two other equally grand images of Buddhas.Golden temple is around 8 kms from Kushalnagar towards Mysore. It is just 3hrs journey from Bangalore.The monastery is called the Namdroling Monastery.Namdroling was established by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche shortly after he came to India from Tibet

Talacauvery

River Kaveri which is one of the 7 sacred rivers of Sapta Sindhus of the Hindu scriptures, originated at a place is called Talakaveri in the Brahmagiri hills, at about 4,500 ft above sea level. This place is marked by a 'kundike' from where the river emerges as a small perennial spring, but flows underground again to emerge a short distance away. From Talakaveri, steps lead up to the nearby Brahmagri peak, where the 7 great sages called the Sapta Maharishis had performed a special yagna. From the peak, as well as on the drive to Talakaveri, tourists can enjoy a good view of the misty blue Brahmagiri hills.

Padi Igguthappa

Padi Igguthappa Temple recembling most of the ancient Keralite temples, in style, is situated in Igguthappadevara betta located in Aiyengeri forest near Kakkabe. It is the supreme deity of worship for the Harvesting Festival of coorg . Iguthappa is another name for Lord Subramanya. The Annual festival is held in the month of March during which time people from all over gather here to offer special prayers. “Tulabhara”, the art of weighing oneself against fruits, sugar, coconuts, rice etc, is an important offering here. This temple is also an important part of Kodava Culture and tradition.

Raja's Seat

One of the most enchanting places in Madikeri is the Raja’s Seat, where one can have exquisite views of the sunrise and sunset. This is called raja’s seat because the Coorg Raja’s were known to visit spot together with their consorts to watch the beauty of nature. it’s an Amazing park now.To left of raja seat is the Gandhi Mantap , where the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi is kept.Raja seat also has a train [goes around raja seat] and a dancing Fountain.Checkout the HQ Gallery for this HOTSPOT .. Raja seat which literally means “Seat of the Kings”. It’s a Feast for your eyes on an endless expense of sun –kissed greenery

Bandipur national Park

Bandipur National Park is one of India's best known protected areas and is an important Project Tiger reserve. It is located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka inSouth India.