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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Giridhar Gowda

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"Mesmerizing Mercara" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days 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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Heralad

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"A place with beautiful sceneries" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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Shweta

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"Overall, a good destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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Amruthesh

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"Good place with many sightseeing"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Madikeri a place which has all types of tourist places. You can enjoy falls, viewpoints, estates and temples. Mandalpatti is a must visit place as the view is too good, also it is a shooting spot.
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Chekuri Raju

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"Excellent and beautiful hill station"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a beautiful hill station in Karnataka where you can enjoy the nature's beauty. No words to describe the view from Raj Seat during sunrise.

The home stays are better option than budget hotels. But the problem is no good restaurants. We used to take dinner from the home stay but didn't get good lunch/breakfast.

The cab we booked was affordable and driver was also friendly and cooperative.
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Prashant Dobhal

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"Wait till the monsoons reaches the end of their cycle for a better experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Destination:

Coorg is pretty small place, low on traffic, low on pollution, fresh air, and not to forget fresh coffee & spices. I believe the best season is monsoon & early post monsoon days, when it's all green, waterfalls are tanked up, & the proper rafting season.

Places to visit:

Abbi Falls, Raja's Seat, Omkareshwara temple, Talacauvery, Tadiandamol trek, Chelavara Falls. And a few en route to Bangalore are Dubare Elephant Camp, Nagarhole National Park, Nisargadhama.

Food:

Found it pretty normal. Need to find some authentic coorg food joints next time.

Route from Bangalore:

It is pretty straight forward, good road, safe. Roads are being laid after Malavali, so if someone is planning to take Kanakapura roads I would suggest switch to Mysore road after Malavali junction (atleast till the roads are laid).

Kanakapura road is much better than Mysore road, less traffic, better road condition, no speed breakers, but needs proper driving as the roads are curvy.
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"A pace like scotland"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2014
It was good as Coorg is called scotland of India. No pollution, less vehicle movement, calm atmosphere ,no honks. The city is surrounded by greenery, your breathe good air. Except for the tourist population, local population is very less & is scattered. I recommend this place for a holiday if you are not able to visit scotland.
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"A good place to visit"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2014
We have been to the following places Mallalli Falls, Abbey Falls, Raja's Seat ViewPoint, Dubare Elephant Camp, Golden Temple. Out of which Mallalli falls and the golden temple is a must go. Mallalli falls need a bit of trekking around 30-45min. Golden temple is nice piece of Buddhist architecture. Dubare Elephant camp offers a good experience if you go in the morning. Rest are just okay and definitely Raja's seat is the worst place to visit.
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