Coorg is located in the south-western
part of Karnataka bordering Kerala. Its maximum
length is 96 km (north-south) and breadth 64 km
(east-west). The area of the district is 4102.3
sq. km. The population estimated is 5 lakhs.
Places to visit around "Coorg Karishma"
"Coorg Karishma" is centrally located
to most of the tourist places of Coorg.
Temple | 20 kms from 'Coorg Karishma'
Just 1 km from Madikeri town is this beautiful
Shiva temple built by the King Lingaraja II in
1820 to appease the spirit of a Brahmin who was
killed by the king. The structure is a quaint
mix of Islamic and gothic styles of architecture
with a dome and four turrets at the corners. The
installed “Shivalinga” is specially
brought from Kashi. The main attraction is the
holy pond in front of the temple.
Madikeri Fort with Palace | 20kms
It is the fort crowning the town built in 1681,
with an imposing structure built in European style.
Inside is an English church in plain gothic style.
It is one of the most significant among the tourist
attractions in Coorg and should not be missed.
The palace within the fort was rebuilt by Tippu
Sultan in 1790 and again Lingaraja during 1820.
The palace of the Lingayat rulers is located inside
the fort walls. It is an imposing fort and there
is hardly any other fort that matches its grandeur.
Two life size elephants, made of mortar, catches
one’s eye on entering. It presently houses
few government offices, a public library and a
museum of historical relics which is not to be
Raja's seat | 20 kms
According to legend, the kings of Kodagu spent
their evenings here. This small pavilion at the
western end of Madikeri has breathtaking views
of the valley through which the road descends
to Mangalore. It is an ideal place to explore
the exquisiteness of Coorg and was one of the
most favorite spots of the Raja’s for enjoying
the panoramic beauty of the mist-covered blue
hills and valleys with green fields. It is this
place where the kings used to relish the sunset
and beauty of Coorg. Nowadays, it has been developed
into a public garden and is frequented by large
number of tourists. But what's unforgettable about
Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset that one
can enjoy from here.
Abbey falls | 26 kms
Located at a distance of 8 km from Madikeri, the
charming Abbey Falls is a perfect place for picnics.
It is one of the finest among the tourist attractions
in Coorg. It is a 70ft waterfall, formerly named
as Jessee Falls in honor of the daughter of first
Chaplain of Mercara. Bathing and swimming in the
deep waters is unsafe here.
Tibetan Golden Temple | Kushalnagar
A recently built “Namdrolling Monastry”,
a famous Tibetan Golden Temple, is a feast to
the eyes in Bylukuppe. The Golden Temple adorned
with a 60 ft Buddha statue and the recent addition
of Zamdong Palri the copper coloured mountain
is an exotic tourist attraction. Fascinating shopping
marts selling ethnic Tibetan artefacts and modern
fashion wares is a place to be visited. It is
also the second largest Tibetan settlement in
Cauvery Nisargadama | Kushalnagar
A beautiful, picturesque picnic spot, where the
river Cauvery splits forming an island with a
bamboo forest of 65 acres. There is a hanging
bridge, Deer Park, Boating, Tree House, Elephant
safari are worth going to. Ecofriendly cottages
are available here. It is at a distance of 27
kms from Madikeri.
Harangi Dam | Kushalnagar 49
The only reservoir in Kodagu built across the
tributary of Cauvery with a height of 47 mtrs
and 846 mtrs wide. It is a real picnic spot where
you can admire the gushing backwaters and natural
Dubare Elephant Camp | Kushalnagar
It is a natural island with an elephant training
camp on the banks of river Cauvery. People visitng
the place enjoy the unusual experience of bathing,
feeding and taming the elephants. Fishing and
elephant safari is an wonderful experience here
in Dubare. A journey of about 15 kms from Kushalnagar.
Bhagamandala | 40 kms
This is a shrine of Bhagandeshwara . The name
is derived from Bhaganda Maharshi who installed
a Shivalinga here. It is also the “Thriveni
Sangama” of the sacred rivers of Coorg Cauvery,
Kannike and Sujyothi, a sub-terrain stream. It
has an important piligrimage centre called Bhagandeshwarea
Kshethra, where piligrims take bath, offer oblations
to their departed ancestors, then ascend the hills
for a holy bath at Talacauvery.
Talacauvery | 55 kms
The worshipping deity of Kodagu, River Cauvery
takes her origin as a spring in Talacauvery situated
on the slopes of Brahmagiri Hills. On the auspicious
day of “Tula Sankramana” which generally
falls in October 17th every year, the holy Cauvery
appears by sudden upsurge of water in the Kundike
– The Pond. It is an ideal place for a visit
by any tourist for its natural beauty. Lakhs of
people throng every year for a ‘holy dip’.
Nalknad Palace & Igguthappa temple|
A two-storeyed Palace built by King Dodda Veera
Rajendra in 1792 at the feet of the highest peak
of Kodagu “The Thadiyandamol”. This
peak is an irresistible challenge to trekkers.
Paadi Igguthappa temple is a deviation from Kakkabe
on the way to this palace. This temple was built
by King Lingarajendra during 1810. To visit "Paadi
Igguthappa" temple one needs to take a deviation
on the way to Nalknad Palace from Kakkabe village.
Irrupu Water falls| South Coorg
The river Lakshmana Theertha runs down 60 feet
from a hill to form this waterfall. This waterfall
is situated in Kurchi village of South Coorg.
There is also a shiva temple dedicated by Lord
Sri Rama on the banks of this river where pilgrims
congregate on “Mahashivarathri”. The
natural beauty is a treat to the eyes.
Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park
| South Coorg
The Rajiv Gandhi National Park was constituted
in 1955. It extends over 650 Sq.Mtrs and is a
well-maintained sanctuary. A large quantity of
teak wood, rose wood and sandal wood is extensively
grown here. It povides an excellent opportunity
to watch wild animals like elephants, tigers,
deer, bison, and peacocks in the vehicle safari.
Destinations from Madikeri