Madikeri Tourism
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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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Bala Murugan

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  • Bala Murugan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  535 readers

"A great place to relax over the weekend" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Madikeri is the heart of Coorg, a great place to relax over the weekend. Not many activities to do, but if you are a nature and wildlife lover, this is a great place to spend your weekend.

The elephant camp was a good time pass for the kids, and they really enjoyed. There are many scenic places which requires you to walk for few km. But even otherwise this is a nice place to relax and spend your weekend away from the hustles and bustles of the city.
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Mukesh patel

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  • Mukesh patel
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1298 readers

"Average place"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was our family trip on week-ends in march, 2016. We were under impressions of good hills in surroundings and best view of it, but to our surprise only sloppy roads and hotels, market and traffic. No peace like in Ooty or some places in Kerala. Less number of good vegetarian and north Indian restaurants, if it is, they prepare south style north food dishes with great prices. Visit once and its ok for namesake.
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Zakir appas

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  • Zakir appas
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1554 readers

"Good place to visit, Coorg"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Madikeri is one of the greatest location to visit for groups, couples. If you want to see all the places in Madikeri, then you need to plan for 3- 4 days, then only it will be good to visit all the places. We visited Elephant camp, Thalakavery and some more places. Don't forgot to bring spices from Coorg at Madikeri. :D
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S Vedamoorthy

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  • S Vedamoorthy
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3584 readers

"Variety of interesting places to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visits to Thala Carvery, Abbey falls, the fort, temples were excellent. Must see Raja seat, Thala Carvery, abbey falls and Omkareshwar temple. Vegetarian food was in plenty to suit all tastes. Visit spice shops to buy all spices and local made sweet meats. Local auto rickshaw and tourist cars are friendly and affordable.
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Parthasarathi Srinivasachar

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  • Parthasarathi Srinivasachar
  • Lives in Mysore
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  10312 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is small hill station. During rainy season it will be raining almost. Hence travel during October to May to have a peaceful stay away from the crowded city life.

Those who want to trek they can go for trek for a day near Mercara & who wants to have a holy dip in the Triveni sangama in Bhagamandala or at Talacauvery the birthplace of Cauvery.

Raja seat, Omkareshwara temple, Abby falls, Talacauvery, Dubare elephant camp, Nisargadhama, Bailukuppe and Nagarahole (if, time permits).

A few veg hotels are there, but the outstanding is Udupi veg in and moderate is Neelsagar. Plenty of non-veg hotels are available and for those who wants to enjoy local dishes like Pandi curry etc (Pork).

Plenty of time to take rest and time to visit places.

Road is the only option. No rail connectivity. Nearest railway is either Mysore or Mangalore.
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Senthil Kumar

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  • Senthil Kumar
  • Lives in Tiruchirapalli
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1786 readers

"Chill out zone"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
Went on a Sunday with my family. Very crowded. Don't go there with lot of expectations. Children might face cleanliness is an issue in this place. Except that you can definitely enjoy the nature. Feel the fresh air. Shower in the heart of Cauvery. A cool place to hangout if you want to take long showers.
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Manu Prasad

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  • Manu Prasad
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 11 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Best place to taste coffee over here!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
I have visited this place on 23rd of January 2016. This is a good tourist place for weekend. I I have stayed hotel Chitra. This hotel is located near to bus stand. They have a restaurant but it is not good. Lot of coffee plantations and climate is very pleasant. Those who like trekking lot of scope is there. So start now. Don't forget to buy Coorg coffee.
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Pankaj Parekh

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  • Pankaj Parekh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
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"Mountain, wildlife & best place to relax!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
Madikeri is a hill station situated on western ghat in Coorg district of Karnataka state, is about 1150 mtrs above sea level. We visited Rajaji's Seat, Omkareshewar Temple, Dubare Elephant Camp, Golden Temple (Budhha Monastery) & Nisargdaama Jungle Walk, Tal Cauvery, Bhagamandala and Abbey Falls, Fort & Museum and left for Mangalore via Subramaniyam and Dharamsthan. For Site seeing, local Taxis are available. There are many Restaurants (Veg & Non Veg) & Hotels through out Madikeri for every budget. KSTDC is having good hotel. Coffee & Spices are speciality of Coorg. Best spices are available at shops outside of Dubare Elephant Camp & in a shop near KSTDC bus stand. Adventurous & like to trekking, should visit Mallali Falls & Mandalpatti Hills & wild life lover, should visit Dobare & Nagarhole National Forest. Overall our trip was excellent & most memorable.
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Anitha murthi

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  • Anitha murthi
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"Awesome place to go!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2016
Very pleasant place where people are helping us a lot. Food are good only in few hotels. It is the center place of Coorg. Had really great time here. Climate was marvellous. During morning it is hot but couldn't feel it that much because of chillness all the time.
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Rahul krishna Agarwal

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  • Rahul krishna Agarwal
  • Lives in Dehradun
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"Best of destination, Coorg"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
We visited Namdrolling Monestry on the way to Madikeri. We stayed at Misty Meadows Home stay. Visited Talakaveri, Bhagmandala Temple, Abbey falls, Raj's seat and Dubare Elephnt Camp. Overall the journey was quite enjoyable. Home stay at Misty Medows was in absolutely in Natural surrounding in Coffee Plantations and total Hospitality.
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