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.

Madikeri is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Mysore and Mangalore.

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Sundaresan ganesan

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  • Sundaresan ganesan
  • 3 Reviews
  •  281 readers

"Good climate"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice climate. Apart from dubara elephant camp nothing is there. Good natural beauty and climate. City is not clean and felt that the local body can develop the city as a good tourist place because lot of tourists visit are there. Tourism department can improve the city to attract more visitors
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Gaurav Kumar

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  • Gaurav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Awesome Experience in Madikeri"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2016
Hi, we went to Madikeri for 2 days. I think 2D1N are sufficient to visit this place. Elephant dubare and boat water rafting were awesome. Anyone can feel relax after visiting these sights. I will start with Talacauvery and Bhagamandala- these places are around 50 km from the city without any disturbance and noise. These are religious places with good view. You will feel that you are travelling in Scotland.

After this we went to Abbi falls. Good to watch but you can't fully enjoy at the falls. Then Raja seat, perfect place for Sunset.

Golden Temple - it is like heaven with good atmosphere and decoration.

Try to Book a cab to visit these places. We got a really good driver who knows English, Hindi, and Kannada. You can also contact him on this number - (Roshan). For 2 days sightseeing I feel he is the best guy. He will tell you everything where to do shopping, how much time you can stay at this place, where to stay, where to eat. He knows everything. You can try this driver.

All the best for your trip. We are again planning to visit elephant dubare and rafting.
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Vinay c vinay c

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  • Vinay c vinay c
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1600 readers


  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2016
It was located in cool temperature best for relaxation, and having good rooms, villas, and greenish plot having swimming pool for enjoying and also maintains a cleanliness weather. Good for spending in weekend for family. Destination also located in a good locality.
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Parag lunkad

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  • Parag lunkad
  • 8 Reviews
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"Beautiful Place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2016
The places near by Madikeri ware very nice. The Children's enjoyed the Dubara Elephant place. The water rafting in the river was very nice. We also enjoyed a lot for Shopping for Coffee, home made chocolates, Spices. The food at Ambica in the City opposite to Bus Stand was too Good. Being a vegetarian one must have food at Hotel Ambica.
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Arun Mishra

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  • Arun Mishra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Fantablous !!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 18, 2016
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
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2016
" 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
  •  5517 readers

"Lovely Coorg"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2016
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
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"Madikeri trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 12, 2016
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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"Madikeri- Coffee capital of India"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Aug 9, 2016
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
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"Coorg is one of the best places around Bengaluru"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
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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