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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Senthil Kumar

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  • Senthil Kumar
  • Lives in Tiruchirapalli
  • 1 Review
  •  30 readers

"Chill out zone" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
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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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 11 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Best place to taste coffee over here!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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
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"Mountain, wildlife & best place to relax!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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Kalyan Samala

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  • Kalyan Samala
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Good experience!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The place is very cool and there is a water falls which we can enjoy. There is a beautiful park in the heart of the town. Food was good. As we stayed in a hotel, there was no need of going and exploring a lot of local food. Ordered general food. Only thing is local vendors try to quote more price. You need to bargain a lot with these vendors.
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Niraj Adhikary

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  • Niraj Adhikary
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Find inner peace for your soul" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Its a nature hideout where one of the most sacred river of India, Cauvey started her journey. The temple named Tala Cauvey is the birth place of this holly river is a must visit place. The first water fall named abbey falls after Cauvey started her journey is another nice place. The river rafting is another must thing to do at the Dubare reserve forest. And I forgot to tell you about the coffee plantation of this beautiful place. Its a beauty that you can cherish in your whole life.
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Jose Dina

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  • Jose Dina
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"Right place for who likes to have weekend driving" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Travelers who like to enjoy the hill road and forest way, let them go to this place. Lot of trees and deep roads somewhere but be careful, while taking approaching turning roads since, most of the bends are bend and people will come fast ride. You can enjoy road side shops everywhere. Lot of seasonal fruits can be get on the way.
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Vipul Gavangave

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"Best place to enjoy the nature"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Madikeri(Coorg) is a city in the mountains of Karnataka, which embraces you to the beauty of Nature. It is the finest place to enjoy with family and friends. This city has more spots and sight seeing place where you can enjoy a lot. It is famous for its nature's choice, Coffee.
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Smruti ranjan Sahoo

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  • Smruti ranjan Sahoo
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"Good place to enjoy"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There are many nice places together made it a worth place to visit. Falls, mountains view, temples like byllakuppe, good staying arrangements etc. Please collect adequate information, places and distance, direction knowledge so that you will not waste ur time to decide which places to go on which day. Minimum of two-three days required to visit all the places.
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