Madikeri Tourism

Madikeri Tourism

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Madikeri Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Kodagu

History of Madikeri

The anglicised name of Madikeri, the headquarters of Kodagu (Coorg) district was Mercara. The name originates from the term ‘Muddu Raja Keri’, which means the town of Muddu Raja, an erstwhile ruler of the region. The Hoysalas, Pandyas, Cholas, and Kadambas have all ruled over Coorg at some time in history. However, during the war with Tippu, the locals chose to side with the British and remained under British rule until Indian Independence.

People and Culture of Madikeri

The Coorgis consider themselves the children of the River Cauvery and worship her. Their language is an amalgamation of Tulu, Kannada, Tamil, and Malayalam. The traditional dress of the locals is unique and is worn on festivals and special occasions such as weddings. The Coorgis consider themselves a martial race and most families have at least one member serving in the country’s armed forces. ‘Kail Podhu’, ‘Kaveri Sankramana’, ‘Puttari’, and ‘Dasara’ are some of their festivals.

Things to Do in Madikeri

Situated at an altitude of 3,838 feet, Madikeri has a pleasant climate all year round. Winters can get chilly with temperatures dropping down to the single digits. This makes it a popular tourist destination all year round with throngs not being unusual at the places to see in Madikeri. Raja’s Seat is one of the famous places in Madikeri. It is a garden with beautiful landscaping and fountains that offer a great view of the sunset. The 17th century Madikeri Fort was built by Mudduraja and houses a Ganesha Temple on its premises. Abbi Falls is one of the best places to visit in Madikeri.

Omkareshwara Temple, St. Mark’s Church, Bhagamandala, and Dubare Elephant Camp are some other Madikeri attractions that are easily accessible. There are also plenty of outdoor activities that figure among the list of things to do in Madikeri such as trekking, hiking, coffee plantation tours, and coracle rides.

Food and Shopping in Madikeri

The food options available to tourists on a Madikeri sightseeing trip are plentiful. From pure vegetarian fare to exotic and authentic non-vegetarian Coorgi cuisine, the choices are many. The famous ‘Pandi curry’ is a must for non-vegetarians while ‘Kuru curry’ and ‘Noolputtu’ are not to be missed by vegetarians on a trip to Madikeri.

Coffee powder or coffee beans are something that many visitors take home after sightseeing in Madikeri and nearby places. Honey, spices, and homemade chocolates are some of the other things you might want to shop for. These are available at most Madikeri tourist places.

Accommodation in Madikeri

The issue of how to reach Madikeri is not a very complex one. Travelling by road is the only option to get to Madikeri places to visit. The nearest airports are at Mysore (130 km) and Mangalore (140 km). The closest railway stations are at Hassan, Kasargod, Kannur, and Thalassery, which are almost equidistant from Madikeri at a 100-odd km. Many bus operators, private and government connect Madikeri to all these cities as well as Bangalore. Plenty of accommodation is available in hotels in Madikeri, which range from the super luxurious to budget. Guesthouses, home stays, resorts, eco-lodging, cottages, and villas are just some of the options available to visitors on a Madikeri tour.

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Madikeri Traveller Reviews

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Arun Mishra

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  • Arun Mishra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  384 readers

"Fantablous !!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I loved to stay in Madikeri, this is the place we can come again and again and every time we can feel always new. Highly recommended and best place for visit.

Kind of adventure activities shall also be entertained here. It's best visited places like Nisargadhama and Harangi back waters.

You can easily manage this trip within 2-5 days, and this place is enjoyable for all type of age guys, you can go with your parents, relatives, other family members.

Decent weather, lovely food, good locations, guys must visit one time in there life.. Once you reach, you will definitely come again.
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Darshit mehta

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  • Darshit mehta
  • 2 Reviews
  •  94 readers

"Coorg"" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
" Madikeri is the land of coffee, Cardamom, Colonels and the Cauvery. One of the coolest and nature's gift down is at Madikeri. Quite a kind of adventure activities shall also be entertained here. It's best visited places like nisargadhama and harangi back waters ... "
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  • Srikudoc
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1236 readers

"Lovely Coorg"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
What to write about a place where I lived ?. Simply superb. Although some years of my childhood was spent in Coorg, I did not get a chance to explore it until much later. I have travelled to Madikeri with my family and we all love this place. The Golden temple of Bylkuppa, the water falls of Madieri, religious Talakaveri- Bhagamandala are simply fine. The elephant camp of Dubare on the Kaveri banks is good. The Nisargadhama is quite enjoyable. Overall a 10/10 to Coorg.
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Chidanand becv

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  • Chidanand becv
  • 1 Review
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"Madikeri trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
One of the coolest and nature's gift down is at Madikeri. QUite a kind of adventure activities shall also be entertained here. It's best visited places like nisargadhama and harangi back waters keeps human amazed of its aesthetic beauty. Few good old traditions from Karnataka diverse culture keeps human spell bound. It's district with highest water falls and small ponds which are amazing to be visited at rainy season. The Buddhist peeta is peace lending enlightenment tressure anyone can afford to at Madikeri. Kodagu being capital has deverse kodva culture and huge number of non-veg dishes feast all nerves to heaven.
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Lalit kumar Bagaria

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  • Lalit kumar Bagaria
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  3406 readers

"Madikeri- Coffee capital of India"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A small average hill station. For Abbey water fall viewing, Aug & Sept are best. Mild cool weather. Pure veg. Food in Ambica Upahar is best. Choci Coorg is best for purchasing choclates of different flavours. Temples are clean and having large compound.
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Amit Nanchahal

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  • Amit Nanchahal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 10 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  2815 readers

"Coorg is one of the best places around Bengaluru"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
After driving down for 270 km from Bengaluru along with the entire family, I made a silent prayer .. Coorg better be good and I happy to say I was not disappointed
While the weather helped us a bit, the entire place is serene and simply beautiful. Don't miss the abbi falls and the tomb.
Also do visit the monastery along with the Dubare elephant bathing point. All in all a pleasant stay. And yes do have some filter coffee:))
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Thejasvi. Bhat.

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  • Thejasvi. Bhat.
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 36 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  213 helpful votes
  •  4202 readers

"A place to remember"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 17, 2016
Weekend getaway from Bangalore, this place is known for its lovely weather and lush green outdoors. Carrying a unique culture and tradition, this has very rich background. There are many sightseeing to visit around, Abbe falls and Raja seat are not to miss.
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  • 3 votes


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  • Baskar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1498 readers

"A place that can be visited once in lifetime"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jun 9, 2016
We had selected the place in May as the temperature showed up to 21 degree. We started our journey and had a relaxed drive to Madikeri, the climate was around 24 degree and all our expectations went off since the temperature was high. We had stayed in hotel and the food was not up to the expectation. The stay at Madikeri was high (we opted non-AC room), the stay had coasted us around 6000 (non AC room).
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Ajith G a

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  • Ajith G a
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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  • 48 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  30014 readers

"A nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 27, 2016
Must Visit Places in and around Madikeri are:
1. Golden Temple
2. Nisargadhama
3. Bhagamandala
4. Talacauvery
5. Abbey Falls.

Mandalpatti is also a good place but the journey to Mandalpatti is bit adventurous. One has to travel in a Jeep on the roads which bumpy.
Also it is better to visit Mandalpatti in the early morning.
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Hemanth Kallakuri

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  • Hemanth Kallakuri
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1603 readers

"Cool place to beat the heat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 25, 2016
Places to Visit at Madikeri without fail :
1) Abbey Falls
2) Thalacauvery
3) Dubare Elepahnt Camp
4) Still-Water River Rafting
5) Golden Temple

Places NOT to Visit at Madikeri :
1) Raja's Seat
2) Raja's Tomb
3) Fort & Museum
4) Omkareshwara Temple
5) Bhagamandala
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