Best things to do in Madikeri and sightseeing in Madikeri
A bustling market town surrounded by lush green hills, Madikeri has a pleasant climate to unwind in and various treks and picnics to enjoy. A major attraction is the Raja Seat, a seasonal garden, where children can even enjoy a ride on the toy train. Other places include the Chiklihole Dam, Madikeri Fort, a 17th century marvel, and the Omkareshwara Temple, a 19th century place of worship, possessing both Gothic and Islamic styles of architecture circumscribing a central pool. The best trekking expeditions are to Chomakund, which is close to the beautiful Chelavera falls, the 16 km trek to Kote Betta where one can also choose to stay overnight in a picturesque village and Thadiyandamole, perched at a height of 5729 ft, from where breathtaking views of the Arabian sea and Kerala coast can be enjoyed. More stunning waterfalls to visit are Mallalli Falls, Iruppu Falls and Abbey Falls. Animal lovers will have a hard time leaving after a visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp, a protected forest in Coorg reached by crossing the river by boat, where elephants are trained by naturalists and can also be learnt about and bathed by visitors. One can also choose to enjoy various adventure sports there such as river rafting, boating and elephant riding. Some popular places to eat are Taste of Coorg, Coorg Cuisine and Beans n' Brew cafe for delicious Coorgi dishes and cafe meals and drinks.
Dubare Elephant Camp - Madikeri
This elephant camp has about 30- 40 elephants which are bought for bathing to the river in the morning. This is when you can take turns to wash and brush these elephants and jumbos and also click photos with them. The only criterial is that you need to reach the spot before 9:30 AM in the morning or after 5:00 PM in the evening. These are the time when you get this place a little less crowded as otherwise the queue is usually too long to end.
We reached Dubare Elephant Camp at 5:00 pm in the evening. Till the time we were thinking about to visit this place or not, the motorman on the boat screamed ‘Last boat, last boat’ so we hurriedly hopped in, (paid the ferry fees of 60 INR to and fro for two people) and reached the other bank of Cauvery. I was sad to see the chain clad huge animals, and more sad when I saw cute baby elephants following their parents. They were well fed, taken good care of, but freedom is something that makes anyone happy. We just saw these elephants enter their areas and that was all. However, the official website of Dubare claims that they organize elephant interactions with the tourists. Sadly, we didn’t find any maybe because we were late, except that one mahut made one elephant push a tree using the front legs as if it was climbing. It was time to go back on the other bank. Feeling sad!
Worth a visit, you can actually bathe elephants here and feed them too ... Quite crowded during the holidays though ... Rafting is possible too, but can be enjoyed only after the rains. Parking issues and a lot of time to be spent in boat queues ( The camp is on the 'other' side of the river ) if you don't arrive early.
A must-experience for the elephant lover,this camp has plenty of elephants which are trained well.
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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camp tours, photography
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Raja Seat Mantapa - Madikeri
Built on a high level ground, this was a viewing spot for the Rajas that showcases the beautiful valleys and cliffs , bounded by beautiful surroundings.
From Bagamandala just take a bus to return to Madikeri and in between just again "ASK" the driver to drop you near Raja Seat Garden. A beautiful garden with an entry fee of Rs. 5 per Adult, you will find a fantastic view point, a toy train ride, musical fountain and a place to chillax on green grass along side a small temple. After getting drenched in the "Lean On" music in Raja's Seat, I urge you to take a "Bhelpuri" from outside and have a calm and serene walk till Omkareshwara Temple, just 20 minutes walking from the place.
Relive the life of Kings here, watching the rising sun or setting sun. Raja's seat offers an incredible view at golden hours.
It is said that Rajas Seat is where the king of Madikeri used to relax at evenings . Located very near to the Madikeri fort in the middle of the town , it is built on the edge of a hill with a beautiful garden and artificial fountains. The view from Raja's seat is a pleasant spectacle of several layers of greenery and an unending chain of hills . Every evening one can witness the sun-kissed mountains with flamboyant colors of the blue sky as dusk begins.
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Omkareshwara Temple - Madikeri
Vivanta By Taj - Madikeri - Madikeri
Taj Vivanta was the perfect choice for celebration, relaxation and an experience in the lap of nature & luxury. Its a huge, 180 acre property, with the rooms and other buildings occupying under 20% of the area and the rest is a lovely rainforest. The rooms are large and luxurious. There are enough activities to keep you occupied, with 2 swimming pools, a spa, indoor games etc. The staff is very friendly and eager to please.
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