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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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Nitin Khandelwal

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"Perfect place to visit in rainy season" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Madikeri is a good town where you will find good accommodation and some very nice places to visit. We had some difficulty in finding good restaurants but it was acceptable in a place away from home. Rain Tree restaurant was good. Though it was little expensive, but the food was good. You must go to the Tibetan Temple which is on the way to Madikeri from Mysore. Must go to Talcauvery, Abbey Falls, Dubbare Forest, Nisragdhama and Mandalpatti.
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Ashok

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"Madikeri - a relaxing place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Madikeri is a nice place for relaxation. For youngers adventurous. For nature lovers students perfect place. We love Abbey fall. We love mandalpatti for superb scenic view and adventurous route to reach. We should take short but adventurous tour at Mandalpatti. Nisargadhama is a nice place to visit not only for deer park but to see wooden logs of different shapes.

Dubare rafting spot is a adventurous for rafting lovers. We, as a family purchasing spices and coffee is a value for money in this city. Overall, Madikeri suits to all walks of life.
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Josh

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"Relaxing Madikeri" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A beautiful hill station that offers nothing extraordinary if you have been to other hill stations. But all that would be required for a perfect relaxation. A place to be if you want to feel that tranquil after months of strain and hard work. Go when it is not raining.
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Mallikarjuna

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"Beautiful Madikeri"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We left the hotel at morning 9 clock. We reached Madikeri at 10 clock and first we went to the raja seat, it is very beautiful and marvelous. This scene was wonderful, our children enjoyed that place. Next we went to the temple. That temple was very religious. Then we went to the Abbi falls which was very beautiful.
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Pradeep Gn

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"Overall, a pleasant trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Had a pleasant trip overall. Always a pleasure to visit Madikeri. Visited Nalknad palace about 50 km from Madikeri- has some interesting history behind it.

Don't forget to purchase some Coorg coffee or honey. If visiting the restaurant near the town square, allow plenty of time close to peak hour.
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Soumik

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"Good place to unwind in the lap of nature"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a quiet, nice place for weekend travellers who just want to unwind in the lap of nature. No wow factor in there, don't expect anything great. Just a day or two of freshness, unwinding from the hustle and bustle of city life. Yes for that Madikeri is perfect.
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Sandeep Gudala

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"Must Visit place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We are a group of 8 people went and enjoyed a lot.

People suggested not to go in the month of june but we tested our luck and went. But last we enjoyed going in June.

We started from Bangalore early in the morning 3 AM and first reached Wild life forest ---> Irupu falls --->Madikeri--->Talacauvery ---->Abey Falls--->Omkareshwari Temple---->Raja Seat ---->Tibetan Golden Temple.

We had only 1 and half day to travel all the place.
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Shridhar S

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"Escape from City life to Greenery"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Madikeri located in Coorg is one of the beautiful tourist destinations in Karnataka. Its 230 km away from Bengaluru and is known for Greenery, Falls, Homemade Wine, Spices, Honey, Rich cultural hereditary. The main places include Abbi falls, Irupu falls, Raja seat light show, Fort, Golden Temple, Tibetan s refuge and many other exciting destinations.

One can visit this place to escape from city/noisy life & find greenery/peace and relax. There are many Home stay/Lodges/Estate Stay/Resort available. Madikeri is also called as Kashmir of Karnataka. It is believed to be famous Honeymoon destination. The Best time to visit this place is from Raining season to Winter. A family trip would be great too.
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"April - Not a good time to visit Coorg"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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"One day out"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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