Madikeri Tourism
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Madikeri Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Madikeri, also known as Mercara, is a lush hill station in the Coorg region of Karnataka. Situated at a height of more than 1500 m above the sea level, the natural splendor of the town has made it famous as the ‘Scotland of India’. Tributaries of the River Kaveri run through the town.

Madikeri's misty hills, waterfalls, dense forests and vast tea and coffee plantations have made it a popular holiday destination. Madikeri is the heartland of Coorg kings who ruled the land since the late 17th century.

History of Madikeri

The Kodagu (Coorgi) people were the earliest inhabitants of Madikeri and for centuries they lived as agriculturists. Since the late 9th century, a number of famous royal dynasties like the Gangas, Cholas and the Hoyasalas ruled the land. The kings of Haleri are believed to have been the last royal family of the region.

People & Culture of Madikeri

The River Kaveri is sacred to the Coorgies. With reverence to the ancient river, they proudly call themselves as children of the Kaveri. They are regarded as skilled agriculturists and are equally famous for their hospitality. During the Kaveri Shankaramana Festival, people from all over Karnataka gather at Talakaveri, about 50 km from Madikeri to take a holy dip in the waters.

Kailpoldu is a harvest festival that is celebrated every September. Here men worship their weapons and agricultural implements and indulge in sports and outdoor activities. Puttari is another festival that is celebrated during the rice-harvest season. Coorg cuisine with its Panndi curry, Koli Barthad and Kaipulli is famous all over India.

Things to do in Madikeri

Some of the popular attractions of Madikeri are the Abbey Falls, Rajah’s SeatOmkareshwara Temple, Madikeri Fort, etc. Madikeri is known for its forest honey as well as select grades of rubber, teak and cocoa.

Three wildlife sanctuaries – Bahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Tala Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and one National Park – the Nagarhole National Park, provide habitat and protection to the many varieties of animals, trees and herbs. To explore the region comprehensively and according to one’s preferences, several Madikeri holiday packages are provided by various tour agents and operators.

Madikeri offers tourists endless opportunities to indulge in adventure activities and water sports like trekking to Thandiyandamole and Pushpagiri which are the highest peaks in the region. Trout and mahaseer fishing can be done at Valnur Fishing Camp near Kushalnagar. The best time for fishing in Madikeri is from October through May. Elephant rides at Dubare Elephant camp and white water rafting in Upper Barapole river are other things to do in Madikeri.

Food & Shopping in Madikeri

The cuisine of Coorg, and thereby Madikeri, comprises mainly of non-vegetarian delicacies.The staple food of the area is fragrant rice, which is known as sannakki and is cooked in various different ways like aaki oti (rice chapatti), kadambuttu (rice balls) and nool puttu (rice noodles).

Aaki oti is generally served with either pickle made from tender bamboo shoot or mudrakani-bengal gram chutney. Nool puttu is mostly eaten with Coorg's special chicken curry. The unique pork dish, which is the speciality of Coorg, is served with kadambuttu. Some of the popular vegetarian delicacies are baimbale curry, kemb kande curry, kumm curry, therme thopp curry and mudure kanni.

Shopping in Madikeri mostly consists of local handicrafts that can be purchased from shops along the streets. Madikeri has numerous shops, where tourists can purchase coffee, tea, cardamom and other spices. The Friday Market is a good place to buy perfumes, sandalwood oil, bidriware, rosewood and sandalwood carvings, ethnic jewellery etc.

Travelling to Madikeri

Madikeri can be reached by flights, trains and buses. The nearest airport is over 130 km away at Mangalore. The nearest international airport is at Karipur in Kozhikode of Kerala, which is 180 km away from Madikeri.

The city does not have its own railway station. However, it can be reached from the railway terminals of Mangalore, Hassan, Kannur and other places. Mysore Junction and Mangalore Junction railway stations are the two major railheads that can be used to reach Madikeri. Mangalore Junction Railway Station is located around 155 km away from Madikeri and can be reached within 2 hours and 50 minutes. Taxis charge between INR1500 and INR2500, while buses charge INR50.

KSRTC buses as well as private buses provide services to Madikeri from nearby cities in the region.These buses connect Madikeri to Bangalore, Ooty, Tirupathi, Mumbai and Kasargod. KSRTC operates Rajahamsa Executive bus, Volvo 6x2 Multi Axle Inter City bus, Deluxe, Semi deluxe and Express buses to this station.


Travelling within Madikeri

For travelling within the town, walking is considered as the best option. The only available mode of transportation within the region is taxis. Tourists can avail taxis for sightseeing in and around the hill station. Taxis charge around INR1000 to INR1200, for commuting within the region.

Accommodation options in Madikeri

Madikeri hotel options range from budget to luxury ones. For backpackers and budget travellers the best hotel options are near the fort and Raja’s Seat. There are also a number of homestays in and around the region.

Madikeri’s climate is moderate and pleasant. The temperature in winters is mostly in the range of 15-20° Celsius. The river-forests-hills combination keeps the summer temperature between 25-35° Celsius. The monsoon season fills the waterfalls and the channels of the Kaveri which draws a lot of tourists. September-March is the best time to visit Madikeri.
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Charan

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"April - Not a good time to visit Coorg" new review

  • 5/7
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We started from Bangalore in 2 bikes at around 6 and reached kushalnagar at 10. The route you go from Banglore has various restaurants which includes McD, cafe coffee day everything so you need not carry any food items. In kushalnagar the main attraction is Buddhist Monastery (temple). You can visit cauvery nisargadhama but there is nothing much interesting but if you can ride over elephant in that place. Water rafting is one thing which I want to do but as it is summer there is no water to do rafting but they told us you can go for still water ride which I did not prefer. From there you can go to dubare elephant camp (timings morning till 11 and evening after 4 the camp will be open).

After visiting these if you are sport fanatic you can go for go karting, paint ball which will be available in the route you go to coorg from dubare elephant park.

After that we started to Coorg at 2 and reached there by 4 and we went to Ambika homestay kept our luggage and went to see Raja's seat. This place is too good and worth a while. The best timing would be evening 4-6. After that we went to eat food you almost have every type of restaurant domino's is also available.

Next day morning we started to Mandalpatti at 5. We need to take jeep(preferable and cars are not allowed bikers can go but very risky). We reached there for sunrise and its awesome. After that we came back to Coorg and roamed around the place and if you want you can visit thala cauvery but my friend told me it's not good so I left and next day we started our journey back to Coimbatore. April May is not the time to visit this place. We also went to some waterfall, I don't remember the name.
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Praveen Paleri

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"One day out" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
You can see lot of adventures and other things on the go definitely you will never forget the journey. Try to avoid nights so that you will miss the wonders. Best time is june july so that you can enjoy the rain too. On the way you will get so small hotels there you will get special coffee and neer dosa. And other coorg special items. In heavy rain with hot coffee and ice cold weather will take you in romantic mood definitely.
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"Nice place to visit in Summer" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
During Summer, it is a nice place to visit. Temperature is moderate. Lush green environment. Clean air and very peaceful place to spend your leisure with your family. Very small town but it is well maintained and planned. Lots of auto rickshaws are plying throughout the city. You have many options for food. Near by many places to see.
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Pranjal sharma

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"Adventure within Nature" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
If you like less crowded monsoon hill stations then this is the place. The falls, temples, Raja's Seat, Valleys, Trekking, Boating, wonderful resorts gives you ample reasons to visit it atleast once. Must try the local Non-Veg food and if possible stay in a home stay for enhancing your experience.
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Chrysann Pereira

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"I'm loving it"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
As we reached the place there was rainfall. We thought that this was a disadvantage as the rainfall was quite heavy but it was our luck that it didn't rain continuously the whole day. The rain was an added beauty to this nature covered place. The weather here is very pleasant and cool. One doesn't need a fan in the room. Around the place there are many hotels from where one can have breakfast and order lunch and dinner from their hotel itself as they do delivery. There are many wildlife sanctuary around the place. The place is well known for its pepper and coffee plantation. My trip went busy visiting the different temples, churches and the waterfalls which are located very far from the city. If one wishes to visit this place monsoon would be the best time to visit and yes one must visit this place.
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Giridhar Gowda

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"Mesmerizing Mercara"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Known as Scotland of India, for its Climate and greenery. Also known as the capital of Coorg. Remains cool and chills you throughout the year. Raja's Seat is the prime attraction in madikeri. Lots of Homestays and lodges are here. Eateries are also in good number best time to visit is during Monsoon and Winter.
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"A place with beautiful sceneries"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visited Madikeri for first time with family, so decided to stay in city. It is a small city. Easy to find way around. Travelling by car within city a problem cause of narrow lanes and one - ways. Some places to visit are close by. Others are far off and need to travel ~50 km in Ghat section to visit. Restaurant food is not good, try to have food at homestay. During our visit it was quite hot, hotter than Bangalore at that time! Scenery is beautiful. Don't forget to buy spices/coffee/honey etc. From wholesale stores within Madikeri city.
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Ganapathy Rajan

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"Nice place for both religious and outdoor experience"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Madikeri is a nice place for a quick short weekend. The following are the religious places must see: Bhagamandala & Thala Cauvery. For outdoor activities you can visit Dubbare elephant camp and Abbey falls. Rest of the tourist places are optional. While coming back, if you have time, please make it a point to visit Srirangapatnam.
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Rakshith Shenoy

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"An awesome destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Madikeri is an awesome tourist spot that you can visit. As it is very cool summer season is the best time for the visit. In Madikeri you have lots of places to visit..
1.Golden temple of buddhist monks
2.Abbi falls
3.Dubare boating spot
4.Raja seat (from this point you can view sunset and full scenery of Madikeri
Totally its an awesome place that one must visit.
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"Overall, a good destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The destination was good. And there was many coffee estate and the was neatly maintained. As there was shops which the people can purchase the things. There was shopping malls. We did not find any difficult in reaching the destination.
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