Madikeri -The Orange Hill Station Of Karnataka
   

Madikeri -The Orange Hill Station

 
Madikeri is the picturesque capital of Coorg, where time seems to have stopped. Dotted with a cluster of red-roofed dwellings and a bustling bazaar, the town situated at an elevation of 1525 m, has a charming old-world feel. The 19th century Madikeri Fort with its stone ramparts now houses the prison, a temple, a chapel, a small museum, and assorted government offices. Raja's seat perched atop a hill, is where the kings of yore spent many pleasant evenings watching the golden sunset.

Around Madikeri 

  

Abbey Falls (9km)

 
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 steps into limpid pools to join the river Cauvery. These falls are most impressive during the monsoons.
 

Iruppu Falls (85km)

 
Nestling beside the Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarhole) and 48km from Virajpet, Iruppu Falls presents a stunning sight during the monsoon. From its humble origins in the Brahmagiri Range , the falls plunge down 170ft. in two distinct stages. The never-ending music of the falls and the hush of the surrounding densely-wooded forest make this a great picnic spot. The Rameshwara Temple , located close to the Lakshmana Theertha river, attracts a large number of pilgrims during the Shivaratri festival. A forest trail leads from these falls to the Brahmagiri Peak in Southern Kodagu .
 

Cauvery Nisargadhama (25km)

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

Talacauvery (44km)

 
Set amidst the picturesque Brahmagiri hills is the source of Cauvery river, with the Talacauvery Temple built around it. On Tulasankramana day (October 17th) thousands of pilgrims flock to the river's birthplace to witness the miraculous rise of the fountainhead, when water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment. Steps lead from the spring to the summit of the hill, commanding superb views en route.
 

Bhagamandala (36km)

 
This is the confluence of three rivers: Cauvery, Kanika, and Sujyothi. Among many small shrines dedicated to various gods, the Bhagandeshwara temple, standing in a large courtyard surrounded by Kerala-style temples is the most impressive. Bhagamandala is known for its apiaries and Kodagu honey.
 

Virajpet (32km)

 
A small town, reputed to be the largest producer of honey in Asia . Iruppu Falls is 48km from here on the Nagarhole road. Close to the Lakshmana Theertha river, the Sri Rameshwara Temple , believed to have been dedicated to Lord Shiva by Lord Rama himself, is a place of pilgrimage. It is a favourite haunt of picnickers and pilgrims, especially during the Shivaratri festival.
 

Bylekuppe (40km)

 
One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India , it is known for its monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and an incense factory. The landscape is dotted with several monasteries; the main ones amongst these are the Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey. The Mahayana Buddhist University is located at Sera. It also has an enormous prayer hall. The other important monastery in the neighbouring settlement of Bylekuppe is Tashi Lhumpo monastery, renowned as the seat of Panchen Lama.
 

Dubare Forest

 
15km from Kushalnagar. The reserve forest is famed for its amazing variety of avian fauna, an elephant training camp, and angling possibilities on the Cauvery. 

Harangi Dam (38km)

 
Situated in North Kodagu , this dam is a beautiful reservoir, ideal for a weekend holiday.
 

Tadiyendamol Peak 

 
For those who have a head for heights, Tadiyendamol, the tallest peak in Kodagu, is a paradise. On a clear day you can view the distant Arabian Sea and the enchanting beauty of the whole of Kodagu from here. Situated in the heart of the Tadiyendamol range, in the village of Yavakapadi , Naalkunaadu Palace was constructed by Dodda Raja Veerendra, the king of Kodagu, in 1792. The palace, with its 12 magnificent pillars and walls adorned with beautiful carvings, tell many a tale of yore. It is now being used as a camping site for trekkers. Kakkabe, a small town 35km from Madikere, gives access to the highest peak in Kodagu. Nearby Padi Iggutappa is the most important temple in Kodagu.
 

Golf Courses 

 
Two of the best golf courses in Kodagu can be found at Pollibetta and Madikeri. Madikeri has a smooth 9-hole golf course spread amidst quiet and pastoral surroundings. Polibetta in South Kodagu also has a 9-hole golf course.
 

Valnur Fishing Camp 

 
Located near Kushalnagar on the banks of the river Cauvery is the Valnur Fishing Camp, where avid fishing enthusiasts can indulge in the luxury of angling for mahseer. Fishing permits can be obtained from the Coorg Wildlife Society. Valnur is also a haven for birdwatchers, with innumerable avian species to be spotted and identified.
 

Trekking 

 
The Kodagu region is full of trekking trails. The best season to trek is from October to the beginning of February. Simply follow the mountain trails dotted with little shrines - some beside waterfalls, and others on the banks of rivers. The other well-trodden trekking trails in Kodagu are in the Brahmagiri ranges of South Kodagu , where a forest trail leads from Iruppu Falls to the Brahmagiri peak. Another interesting trail leads to Pushpagiri (1712m,) Kodagu's second highest peak, which can be climbed via the village of Heggademane to the north of Madikeri.
 
 

 How to reach there 

  

District: Coorg

Mysore - 120km
Mangalore - 136km
Bangalore - 260km