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Abbey Falls
A big attraction for tourists and filmdom alike is the Abbey Falls, 8 kms from Madikeri. Even during the summer there is plenty of water in these falls. The roar of the falls can be heard from the main road, from where a path goes through lovely coffee and cardamom plantations right up to them. The chirping of innumerable birds which are easier heard then seen, fill the air with sweet music. Do remember to take your binoculars and camera when you go there.
Bhagamandala Temple
When the river Cauvery flows downhill, it is joined by two more tributaries - Kanake and Sujyoti. The spot where all three converte (the Cauvery, the Kanika and the Sujyothi) is called Bhagamandala. The temple here, built in Kerala style, has smaller shrines dedicated to various gods. It is about 40 kms from Madikeri.
Dubare Elephant Camp
This is mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department, at the edge of Dubare forest, on the bank of river Kaveri, on the Kushalnagar - Siddapur road. The largest land animal is captured here with the help of tamed elephants and local tribals - the Kurbas - and is held captive for upto 6 months in large teak wood cages.
Gaddige or the tombs of Virarajendra and Lingarajendra at Madikeri is one of the important monuments of Coorg. It is located in the north of Mahadevpet in Madikeri city. The royal tombs on a hillock to the north of Madikeri provides a spectacular view of the town. Lingarajendra's tomb was built in 1820.
Golden Temple
Bylkuppe in Kushalnagar, where the tibetian temple Namdroling monastery is located is the second largest settlement outside Tibet. The 40 foot high gold polished idols of Buddha statue is a marvellous sculpture indeed. The golden temple houses over 250 monks. The Tibetian handicraft shops selling shawls, artifacts, costumes are the best places for shopping in Coorg.
Harangi Dam
Harangi dam is built across the tributary of river Kaveri near Kushalnagar. This dam with a height of 47 mts. and 846 mts. length, is an important picnic spot. One can acess its beauty when the reservoir is fully filled with water during August to September. Guest house facility are also available on reservation from the public works department.
Igguthappa Devara Betta
Igguthappa Devara Betta a peak and popular pilgrim centre is located at a distance of 45 km from Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu.
Igguthappa Devara betta, is located in the vicinity of the forest Aiyengeri near Kakkabbe. Igguthappa Devara betta is a lofty peak and pilgrimage centre.
Iruppu Falls
This waterfalls is amidst of lush green Western Ghats and is located at about 50kms from Madikeri and 20kms from NagarahoLe National Park. This stream will later join river Kaveri. This tributary is called LakshmaNa Teertha who origin is in the Brahma Giri peaks in side the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kotebetta is about 22 from Kms Madikeri and is located in between Madikeri and Somwarpet. Kotebetta measures 5400ft and is the the third highest peak in Coorg after Tadiyandamol and Brahmagiri. One has to cross a big bridge across a river in Hattiholeand take left. kotebetta is a trekkers paradise. It has become one of the famous trekking spots in Karnataka. The green flushy mountain will take ones breath away.
Madikeri Fort
This fort is built by Mudduraja in 1681. Its in the centre of Madikeri, houses a temple, a chapel, prison and a small museum. The fort offers a beautiful view of Madikeri
Madikeri Omkareshwara Temple
The Omkareshwara Temple, dedicated to both Shiva and Vishnu, is almost 200 years old and is a surprising blend of Islamic and Gothic styles.
Madikeri Palace
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 two-storied lofty and spacious structure is 110 feet long. The British renovated the structure twice and in 1933, a clock tower and a portico to park the commissioner's car were added.
Madikeri Raja Seat
If you have come away to enjoy the natural beauty in Coorg, come to Raja/’s Seat, a favourite spot of the kings from where one can see the sweep of the mist-covered blue hills and valleys with green fields. The kings used to sit here every evening enjoying the sunset and beauty of Coorg. Today, the area around Raja/’s Seat has been developed into a public garden.
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park is counted among India. s best wildlife parks. It has a large elephant and bison population. It also hosts a variety of animal species along with approximately 250 species of birds. On its northern confines is the Kabini River and on its southern fringes is the Bandipur national park. A dam on the Kabini River and its picturesque reservoir demarcates the two national parks. During the dry season (February. June), this artificial lake attracts a large number of animals, making it an ideal spot for sighting wildlife.
Cauvery Nisargadhama is a large island in the middle of River Cauvery about 25km of total area. Known for its calm, serene beauty, this place is an ideal picnic spot visited by hundreds of tourists throughout the year.
Pushpagiri Hills
The Pushpagiri or Subramanya hill, the celebrated mountain (5,626 ft.), is in the north-west of Kodagu, This is a remarkable two-pointed hill of precipitous height and peculiar shape and resembles, as seen from Madikeri, a gigantic bullock hump. The ascent, which, on account of precipices of the southern and western parts of the hill, can only be effected by a circuitous route, is more difficult that of Thadiandamol.
Talakaveri / 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 (head of Cauvery) in the Brahmagiri hills, at about 4,500 ft above sea level. This place is marked by a tirtha kundike or Brahma kundike (small spring/pond) from where the river emerges as a small perennial spring, but flows underground again to emerge a short distance away. It is about 48 kms from Madikeri.
Thadiyandamol Hills
Tadiandamol (5,724 ft) is the highest peak of the district. The peak is not altogether inaccessible; two-thirds of it can be negotiated on a jeep.
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