We left Madikeri after another round of tasty breakfast prepared by Mrs. Thimaiah at 11:00 am. We had planned to go to Thalacauvery and then reach Kutta in the evening. Thalacauvery is another beautiful destination to visit in Coorg if you have enough time to spend travelling. It is nearly 50 kms from Madikeri and the route has curvy roads. Thalacauvery has religious significance as it is origin of the Cauvery River. It has a temple and a pond to signify its religious importance. The real fun is behind the temple. You have to climb nearly 350 stairs without your shoes/sandals to find a beautiful view in the valley facing a national park. The place was covered in fog, so much so that the temple below was not at all visible from the top and the valley on the other side was hiding like shy bride giving its glimpse.
Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! I kept on telling myself, I wanted to fill my lungs with this air as much as possible. The total environment was charismatic and although I couldn’t see anything because of the fog, everything seemed beautiful.
Talacauvery is situated in the Brahmagi Hill which lies in the Kodagu district.
The good time to visit b/w Oct - Jan.
It is about a distance of 44 kilometres from Madikeri. Talakaveri lies about 1276 metres above the sea level. The entire panorama is scenic and very beautiful and many tourists come here for a holiday. Bhagamandala is the meeting of three rivers and is also referred to as Triveni Sangam. Dakshin Kashi is another name given to Talakaveri temples.
A good place to test your cardio-pulmonary strength, "pun intended" :-)
Tala cauvery is a pilgrim place geographically falling on the northern part of the Bramhagiri hill range, which is also believed to be the originating point of the river Cauvery.
This place is located on the peak of the range, surrounded by lush green trees, smoky clouds, cold and pure during the pre monsoon or summer end.
In order to to view the falls from where the cauvery originates, one has to climb over an approximate 350 steep rock steps, all by bare foot. The climb is tiring but not impossible & trust me, at the top of the summit you will win with the immense beauty mother nature offers.
1.Families with young kids
2.Newly wedded couples
3.Friends on day trek
Not recommended for:-
1. Old people (only the climb)
2. People with breathing ailments
P.S. - Photography of the inner shrine is not allowed.
Talakaveri: Kaveri (River Cauvery) as a talab(pond).
On the slopes of the Brahmagiri mountain ranges at an altitude of 1276 m above the sea level, it is believed that this place is the origin of the holy River Cauvery. River Cauvery, considered among Sapta Sindhu or seven holy rivers, is the Ganges of South India.
A small square tank, the holy pond, called Cauvery Kundike or Brahma Kundike, which is the Ugama Sthana or the birth place of River Cauvery. Here, River Cauvery emerges as a perennial spring and disappears underground. River Cauvery again surfaces at Nagathirtha near Bhagamandala and joins with Kannike and Sujyoti at Triveni Sangam and meets the Bay of Bengal after her sojourn of 800 km through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
There is also a small shrine dedicated to Lord Vinayaka at the premises of this temple.