Virajpet Tourism
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Virajpet Tourism

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Virajpet Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Kodagu
Virajpet town is situated in the Kodagu District of Karnataka. It is considered as the main town of Virajpet Taluka. Located at a distance of 30 km from the district headquarters Madikeri, it shares its geographical borders with the major towns of the district Ammathi, Gonikoppal and Ponnampet.

History

Named after the former ruler of Kodagu, Virarajendra, Virajpet is an abbreviation for Virarajendrapete. The history of the destination is rich as it was ruled by various South Indian dynasties. The Gangas, the Kadambas, the Chalukyas, the Cholas, the Hoysalas, the Rastrakutas and the Vijaynagar Rayas also ruled the region. After the end of the ruling period, the region was segmented into three major towns namely, Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet.  
 

Things to do in Virajpet

The town is famous for its huge plantations of local coffee and spices. Situated at a distance of 250 km from Bangalore city, Virajpet is the largest honey producer in Asia. Ayyappa Temple and Shiva Temple on the top of Malethirike Hill, a semi-spherical hill at Kakotuparambu, are the prominent attractions that attract thousands of devotees.

Madikeri or Mercara Dasara is a prominent festival here, celebrated in the month of October. The celebration lasts for ten days along with cultural programmes depicting the victory of the Goddess of Power over the asuras. A huge procession constituting singers, traditional dancers and music along with beautifully decorated ten tabloos is carried out.

Virajpet can be visited in any season as the destination experiences pleasant climatic conditions throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Virajpet is from October to March. This is an ideal time for trekkers and nature lovers. Tourists can also try various attractive packages options to tour the town of Virajpet.

The summer months from March to May see temperatures over 30 Celsius with a lot of humidity. It is better to carry some light cotton clothing if visiting during this time. Winter, from November to February, is pleasant and mild with temperatures ranging from 15-24 Celsius. Light woollen clothing is essential.

Travelling to Virajpet

Tourists can reach Virajpet through air, rail and road transport. The nearest airport to Virajpet is in Mysore, which is a domestic airport. However, travellers from international destinations can arrive at Bengaluru International Airport, which is at a distance of 265 km.

The nearest railway stations are Kannur and Thalassery in Kerala. The other major rail station nearby is Mysore Junction, which is located at a distance of 105 km from Virajpet. Travellers can board buses from the airport and railway station that are operated by the State Corporation to reach Virajpet.

Accommodation options in Virajpet

Hotels in Virajpet range from homestays and budget hotels to resorts and mountain hotels.  Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.

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Virajpet Traveller Reviews

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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 77 photos
  • 28 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  174597 readers

"Calm and Refreshing"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It takes 5 hr from Bangalore to reach this place. Once you cross Mysore the road offers you some scenic view. Though the destination does not have any tourist place except Chelavara falls but this place is near to Madikeri where you can visit Rajas Seat during sunset. The place is really beautiful but don't expect much from here w. Are. T. Food, shopping.
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Abhay Mandot

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  • Abhay Mandot
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
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"Serene stay"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 19, 2016
This is just a place to lay back enjoy the serene nature, nothing much to do, few waterfalls, few historic places, all forest / wildlife sanctuary are 3-5 hours away. Just take a walk enjoy the hilly green area, not good roads though, the interiors are in a very bad shape.
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Giridhar Gowda

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  • Giridhar Gowda
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  • 34 Reviews
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"Calm and refreshing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 24, 2015
A small city in coorg, Scotland of India. One such place playing to be the natural psychiatry to flush out the tension and relax. You can find loads of homestays in and around the city. Also good number of eateries with wine can be found. Chelavara falls and Iruppu falls are near to the city.
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Nishitha K n

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  • Nishitha K n
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  • Lives in Mysore
  • 521 Reviews
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"Land of coffee estate"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2014
Virajpet is about 30 kms from Madikeri. This is place is not a great tourist place however you can see so many coffee estate. This city is border of Kerala state. You can visit St Anne's Chruch, Ayiappa Temple and Clock tower. Nothing much to see here. Overall a decent place.
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Chankey rajkhowa

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  • Chankey rajkhowa
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"Nothing great"

  • Posted Jul 2, 2013
Nothing great. Coffee plantations all over. Weather is very nice. Quality food is a big problem. Stay in higher end hotels/cottages if you want to enjoy.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Pathetic

Activities & things to do: Zero

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: roads are horrible
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