Coorg was previous name of the Kodagu district. Madikeri is head quarters of the Coorg distric. It is one of the most affluent hill stations in Karnataka. Located among the lush greeneries of the Western Ghats, Coorg offers unequal luxurious vacation period to its guests with its natural splendor and exotic scenic environment. Coorg is praised as the 'Scotland of India' because of the majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station at an altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level. Dense teak wood forests, lush green valleys, breathtaking coffee plantations, undulated challenging mountain ranges and gushing waterfalls to make Coorg an exquisite location for the tourist seeking natural scenic spots and challenging treks.
Kodagu region (anglicised as Coorg) native people are considered a patrilineal ethno-lingual group called Kodavas, who natively speak the Kodava language and quite obviously speak an old form of Kannada.
Places in and around Madikeri, Coorg
Raja's Seat (13km): It is a well maintained garden offering a great view of the hills, which is where the kings spent their evening hours. A truly remarkable thing about Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset that you can enjoy from here.
Madikeri Palace (15km): This 19th century fort situated in the centre of Madikeri houses Kote Maha Ganapathi temple, St. Mark's Church turned as museum, Mahatma Gandhi Library and a prison. Once you reach its ramparts, catch a stunning view of the city. Open Hours: 10 am to 5.30 pm (Monday closed)
Omkareshwara temple: Built in 1820 by King Lingarajendra, the temple is dome shaped with beautiful minarets at each corner. Its architecture is a unique mix of South Indian, Gothic and Islamic architectural styles.
Tala Kaveri: Located in the Brahmagiri hills, is the origin of Cauvery River as a small spring, Brahma kundike, situated 1276 m above sea level. It is one of the 7 sacred rivers mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. From its bank, steps lead up to the nearby Brahmagiri peak, where it is believed that 7 great sages performed a special yagna. Enjoy amazing views of the Brahmagiri hills from here. There are 2 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha and Agastheeswara.
Bhagamandala Temple (20km): Bhagamandala, also known as Bhagundeshwara Kshetra is a famous pilgrimage site. Bhagamandala is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Cauvery and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi is said to join from underground. The famous Sri Bhagandeswara Temple located here is built in Kerala style of architecture and has smaller shrines dedicated to various gods.
Cauvery Nisargadhama (40km): A beautiful island located in the middle of Kaveri River, surrounded by thick foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. An interesting things to do in Coorg would be to stay in the treetop bamboo cottages here, and enjoy the elephant rides and boating on the river side.
Dubare Elephant camp (15km): This is a popular elephant training camp organized by the Forest Department at the edge of the Dubare Forest on the banks of Kaveri River. These elephants are tamed for various jobs during the day. In the evenings, they are scrubbed and cleaned by their mahouts and offered special laddoos made of ragi and jaggery! Later, you can also enjoy take an elephant ride within the camp.
Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement (9km): This Tibetan settlement is the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. There are over 7,000 monks and students at the Tibetan monastery. Among the monasteries of this settlement, Sera Ja Monastery, Sakya Monastery and TashiLunpho Monastery are some of the popular ones.
Golden Temple (3km): The major attraction of Tibetan settlement is the Golden Temple. This Golden Template houses a 40ft tall Buddha Statue.
Irupu waterfalls (25km): This sacred spot is believed to have miraculous powers to cleanse one's sins. A Shiva temple on the banks of the Lakshmanatirtha River is exceptionally crowded especially on Shivratri. The Falls are best visited during the rains when it is gushes down with all its force and the surroundings turn a lush green.
Abbi Waterfalls: A stunning waterfall, its unique feature is the roaring sound that is clearly audible from the main road. Walk through the lovely coffee and cardamom plantations right up to the falls.
Mandalapatti View Point: Mandalpatti is one of the best tourist spots to indulge in the adventurous activity. Climb up towards the Mandalpatti View Point via the scenic Makkandur route but be sure to pack some water for the way!
Pushpagiri Hills or Kumara Parvatha: Pushpagiri Hills and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Subramanya Hills) lies at an altitude of 5626 ft and it is the second highest peak in Coorg. The Harangi River originates from the top of this hill. Covered by lush green forests, valleys, and hills, the area is perfect for trekking expeditions. Trekkers can also exit through the Kumara Parvatha trek route to Kukke Subramanya.
Mallalli Waterfalls: Formed by Kumaradhara River, Mallali Falls is a magnificent falls in the foothills of Pushpagiri hills. It is a famous waterfall in Kodagu with a height of 120 feet.
Harangi Dam: The dam attracts large crowd during the monsoon season when the gates are opened and the water is released. The backwaters are spread across several acres with small islands in the middle and thick forest on the banks.
Nalknad Palace: Nalknad Palace is located at the bottom of the highest mountain of Coorg Thadiyandamol. Dodda Viraraja built this palace in 1792. Nalknad palace was the last refuge of the last king of Coorg, Chikka Veerarajendra before he was deposed by the British. The palace has 2 levels and the walls and roof are decorated with beautiful ancient paintings and architecture.
Thadiyandamol Betta: Tadiyandamol Peak near Kakkabe is the tallest peak in Kodagu. Tadiyandamol peak lies at an altitude of 5730 feets and it is the second highest peak in Karnataka after Mullayangiri in the Baba Budan Range. The trekking route is about 8kms.
Chelavara Waterfalls: Chelavara Falls is a beautiful waterfall dropping from a height of about 150 feet. This waterfall is seasonal and is quite famous with tourists and nature lovers. The waterfall is locally known as Emepaare, which means tortoise in local Kodava language.
Spectacular, cool and misty hills view from Raja seat
A beautiful coffee town, hill station, spiritual centre
Attractive for tourist with its cool and misty weather
The hills, mist, valleys, streams... everything exites a visitor
The waterfalls, coffee plantations, rare flora and fauna
Sightseeing in Coorg
At Madikeri Town-
Madikeri to Tala Cavery Direction
Bhagamandala Temple - 36km
Talacauvery - 44 km
Brahmagiri hills - 45 km
Madikeri to Bylakuppe Direction
Kaveri Nisargadhama - 28 km
Dubare Elephant Camp - 36 km
Golden Temple - 34 km
Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement - 35 km
Madikeri to Irrupu waterfalls Direction
Polibetta peak - 40km
Irpu waterfalls - 80 km
Madikeri to Pushpagiri Direction
Abbi Waterfalls - 6 km
Mandalapatti Hills - 18 km
Mallalli Waterfalls - 60
Pushpagiri Peak - 63 km
Kumara Parvatha peak - 64 km
Harangi Dam - 33 km
Somvarpet Coffee Plantations - 39 km
Madikeri to Chelavara falls Direction
Nalknad Palace - 35 km
Thadiyandamol Betta - 41 km
Chelavara Waterfalls - 40 km
Where is Coorg
Coorg hill town is located in Madikeri Taluk, Kodagu district of Karnataka state, India - 571201
How to Reach
Distance From: Mysuru - 118 km, Hassan - 103 km, Mangaluru - 138 km, Bengaluru - 250 km, Iritty - 73 km
Nearest Airport: Mangalore, Bangalore
Nearest Bus Station: Madikeri
Nearest Railway Station: Hassan, Mysore
Transport: Coorg is well connected by road. Frequent buses are available from different parts within the state as well as neighbouring states.
Where to Stay
Hotels and Resorts in Coorg range from budget to 5 star with all the facilities.
What to Eat
Akki Rotti is a rice based roti item. Is made of rice flour salt and water. Akki rotti is most popular breakfast item used in Karnataka State. But the Akki Rotti preparation in coorg is the unique one.
Noolu Puttu is the popular noodles kind of rice based breakfast item used in coorg. Noolu in South Indian languages means a thread.
Kadumbuttu is also the round shaped rice based breakfast item.
Pandi Kari (Pork Gravy) is the traditional gravy in Madikeri. Kodava's are specialist in preparing the Pandi Kari. It is the most frequently and widely prepared gravy throughout the Coorg. Non-Vegetarians should not miss the taste of the Pandi Kari here.
And local fresh Coffee...!!
locally grown coffee is a must buy here
The Friday Market at Madikeri is a place to head out to. Here is where you can get your hands on some fresh local spices such as pepper, nutmeg and cardamom.
The shopping center at Kushal Nagar is another excellent place for browsing and bargaining for Tibetan artifacts. Known for its unique drape with pleats at the back.
the Coorg silk sari is an item of clothing you can find at almost all sari shops in the region.
Best Season & Time to Visit
There will be a high rainfall in Coorg during monsoon. It becomes tough to cover all the places and river rafting. So be prepared the rain if you are a monsoon time tourist.
Things to Take Care
It is better to hire cabs on tour basis rather than per km basis.