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.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Madikeri is from November to June
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Madikeri Golden Temple
Madikeri is 135KM from Mysore. One of the best roads for a drive in India. Road with trees on both sides, cool breeze and few shops in between for a pit stop. Our first stop was famous "Golden Temple" in Kushal Nagar. Also known as "Namdroling monastery", it's a huge area and a neat place.
Dubare Elephant Camp
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.
Mountain View Homestay
This was a beautiful cottage owned by a middle aged man named Ganesh and he stayed in the same premises with his wife and a daughter. He charged us Rs.3000 for 2 days and also offered home made tea with KrackJack and a blissful breakfast consisting of Neer Dosa, Sambhar and Chatni prepared by his wife. Full of flowers and a perfect terrace which could capture the Madikeri's true beauty, this Home Stay was the best decision made.