June 30, 2009

Nisargadhama forest, Coorg


Nisargadhama is a lovely picnic spot in Coorg. This is located at a distance of around 30 kms from Madikeri. If you reach Kushal Nagar town, this place is hardly 2 kms from there.

The entire forest is located inside an island. You need to cross the river Kaveri through a hanging bridge to reach the place. The sprawling 64 acre forest has a deer park. You can also get elephant rides. Boat rides are also available.

Nisargadhama is a treat to our eyes with thick bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees surrounded by river Kaveri. You will also get to spot rabbits and peacocks in the forest.
Nisargadhama also has a beautiful children park. This is a perfect picnic spot where you can get elephant ride, boat ride, bird watching, watching deer, peacock and rabbits, children parks and beautiful sight of bamboo trees along the banks of river Kaveri. If you want to stay in the forest and enjoy the nature, there are facilities of resort inside the forest.


Let me provide more information on various other places of interests in Coorg in my forthcoming posts.

Till then...


Happy Travelling...

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June 25, 2009

Bylakuppe Golden Temple, Coorg

"Is this a place in India? Or else, have I come to Tibet?" - This is what you will ask yourself when you visit Bylakuppe Golden Temple in Coorg.

Let me give you a background about the place first. Bylakuppe is a Tibetian settlement, and this is the settlement with maximum number of Tibetians in India outside Himlayas. This settlement is located very near to Kushal Nagar town. Kushal Nagar is located at a distance of around 40 kms from Madikeri.



Bylakuppe houses the beautiful golden temple, which has become one of the most important destinations of Coorg. The temple complex is huge, and it houses a main shrine and two sub-shrines too.

The temple tower is highly ornate. The outer walls flanking the doorway are decorated with huge colorful murals. The doors are huge in size and colored red. The main shrine has the 40' high gilded images of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni and Amitayus. The walls are totally covered with exotic paintings. The altar is highly ornate with spiral columns separating the three idols. They are surrounded by dragons and divine figures.



The complex has beautiful green garden with fountain, which enhances the serenity of the place.

Watching hundreds of Buddhist monks doing religious rituals and offering prayers loudly is an exciting sight.



Please do visit to this beautiful place for sure when you visit Coorg. Let me explore Coorg in deep in my forthcoming posts. Till then...

Happy travelling.




If you are planning to travel to Coorg, you can buy the book named "Explore Coorg - the Scotland of India" here. The travel guide is very informative and consistently getting good reviews and ratings from the readers.

June 24, 2009

Dubare Forest, Coorg

As I promised in my previous post, I am starting my posts on few important destinations outside Madikeri in Coorg. Let me start with Dubare forest, first.

Dubare forest is an elephant capturing and training camp of Karnataka forest department. It is located on the banks of the river Kaveri at a distance of around 45 kms from Madikeri. You can hire a cab from Madikeri to reach the place. To reach the forest, you need to cross the river by boat.

This place is one of the best attractions for natural lovers as well as kids in Coorg. The wild elephants are trained and tamed by the tribals with the help of already trained elephants.

If you want to stay in this forest, there are cottages available here. You need to book with Karnataka tourism for the same. A trained naturalist would explain you about the various aspects of elephants and their life. You can also observe various activities of elephants.

Water rafting facility is also available here, however that is not the main attraction.

Do visit Dubare forest. Your kids will love watching elephants. We will meet soon here on my next post on yet another beautiful place of Coorg. Till then...

Happy Travelling.



If you are planning to travel to Coorg, you can buy the book named "Explore Coorg - the Scotland of India" here. The travel guide is very informative and consistently getting good reviews and ratings from the readers.

June 22, 2009

Raja's Seat, Madikeri (Coorg)

Raja's seat is well located at the heart of Madikeri city, and this is one of the very important places to visit in Coorg.

It is believed that Kodagu Kings used to enjoy their evenings here, and that's why this place is named as Raja's seat.

You can get a spectacular view of sunset and far reaching mountains and valleys from this place. Raja's seat will give you a complete aerial view of Madikeri city.

Well...with this, I have covered all the important places of Madikeri. When you go to Coorg, please do visit all these places and write to me about your trip. Also, do not forget to buy Coorg Coffed at Madikeri.

As I promised in my earlier blogs, I will write about the surrounding towns of Madikeri in my forthcoming posts. Till then...

Happy travelling.


If you are planning to travel to Coorg, you can buy the book named "Explore Coorg - the Scotland of India" here. The travel guide is very informative and consistently getting good reviews and ratings from the readers.


June 20, 2009

Raja's Tomb (Gaddige), Madikeri (Coorg)


Raja's tomb a.k.a. Gaddige is one of the most important places in Madikeri, Coorg. This is important for both history lovers as well as for natural lovers, as this monument is located at a place from where you can get a commanding view of one part of Madikeri city.

Raja's tomb is located at around 1.5 km towards north of Madikeri city. You may have to hire a taxi to reach this place.

There are three structures in this complex. The monument was built in Indo-Sarcenic style in 1820 CE. The Indo-Sarcenic style appears to be popular during that period. The tombs are in the style of Muhammadan edifices with domes in the center and turrets at the angles.


Two main tombs, one of King Veera Rajendra and his wife, another of his brother Linga Rajendra, which mark the place’s significance are located in the central structure. You can find Shiva Linga symbols in the tomb, as the King was a Hindu. This is something different, which cannot be found in any other tomb in India, as most of the tombs belong to the Muslim kings. The tombs of king’s priest and the two army commanders are located in the surrounding structures. There is a plaque in the name of General Biddanda Bopu, which calls the remembrance of the brave General who fought against Tipu Sultan.

When you visit Coorg, please do visit this important place to enjoy the nature and monumental beauty. Let me post more interesting places of Coorg. Till then...

Happy Travelling.



If you are planning to travel to Coorg, you can buy the book named "Explore Coorg - the Scotland of India" here. The travel guide is very informative and consistently getting good reviews and ratings from the readers.

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June 18, 2009

Abbi Falls, Madikeri (Coorg)

Abbi falls, also called as Abbey falls, is located at a distance of around 5 kms from Madikeri city. Abbi falls is the second most beautiful falls in Coorg region. The word 'Abbi' means waterfalls in the local language of Coorg.

Abbi falls is located inside a calm and pleasant coffee estate. The vehicles can go only till the entrance. From the entrance, a downhill walk of about half a km will take us to the waterfalls. On the way to the waterfalls, we can watch beautiful coffee plantations on both sides.

You can visit Abbi falls throughout the year, though the best season is during monsoon. During monsoon, the water flow is very high.

Taking bath in the waterfalls is not allowed. We can watch the beauty of waterfalls by standing in the hanging bridge in front of the falls. Don't miss Abbi falls if you visit Coorg. This is definitely one of the best destinations in Coorg.

Watch this blog for more travel tips. Till then...

Happy Travelling.



If you are planning to travel to Coorg, you can buy the book named "Explore Coorg - the Scotland of India" here. The travel guide is very informative and consistently getting good reviews and ratings from the readers.

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June 17, 2009

Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri (Coorg)


Welcome back to my posts on Coorg travel. As I promised in my last post, I will provide details about the destinations in Madikeri.

Let me start with Omkareshwara Temple. This temple is located in the heart of Madikeri city. This is a small beautiful temple built by Kodagu King Lingaraja in 1820 AD. A well maintained tank in front of the temple enhances the beauty and serenity of the temple.

In India, all the temples have a legend apart from the historical information. This temple too has its own legend. It is said that the king Lingaraja killed a "Brahmin" (a person belonging to Hindu priest community) for his political ambitions. That Brahmin became a "Brahma rakshasa" (a powerful demon) and started troubling the king. To get rid of the "rakshasa", the king brought a Shivalinga idol from Varanasi (Kasi) and installed it in this place. He named this Shivalinga as "Omkareshwara".

The temple's architecture is both Islamic and Gothic style. The temple's main deity is Shivalinga (Omkareshwara). There are also small shrines of Lord Ganesh and Lord Subramanya in this temple. In front of the tank, there is a small shrine where the idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi are installed.

The temple's "prakara" (corridor surrounding the main shrine) is full of paintings and photographs of various Hindu Gods, Goddesses and temples.

Do travel to this holy place, which is the most important pilgrimage at Madikeri. We will explore together more places in Madikeri (Coorg) in my next post. Till then....

Happy travelling. :-)

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June 16, 2009

Madikeri aka Coorg

"Are you making fun of me, my dear friend" - one of my American friends asked me.

"What made you to think so?"

"You claimed that Coorg is one of the most beautiful places in India and all....but, I don't find a city named Coorg in the official tourist site. Are you kidding?"

My friend was showing me the official tourism site of Karnataka state. Yes, he was correct. He couldn't figure out the city named Coorg in the site, because there is no such city in India. People who visit the beautiful cities of India, such as Ooty, Shimla, Manali, Darjeeling, and so on assume themselves that Coorg must be a city. Even a lot of Indians think that Coorg is a city. But the truth is that the city Madikeri and the surrounding regions are together known as Coorg. Madikeri is the most important place in the Coorg region.

If you want to roam around Coorg, Madikeri is the best destination for lodging. The nearest airport is at Mangalore (around 140 kms), and the nearest train station is at Mysore (around 120 kms). From Mangalore or Mysore, you will easily get a cab till Madikeri. There are a lot of hotels (high budget as well as medium budget) in Madikeri. Or else, if you want to have a taste of traditional food and culture, there are hundreds of "Home Stay" options available in Madikeri.

You can also find many decent non-vegetarian restaurants. However, vegetarian restaurants are very few.

You can book a cab at Madikeri and cover all the surrounding places in just three to four days. You can also explore trekking options in Madikeri, if you are interested.

The best time to visit Madikeri (Coorg) is from January to December. :-) Yes, Madikeri has a pleasant climate all over the year. However, it's really a pleasant experience to visit the place during rainy days.

Omkareshwar temple, Abbi falls, Raja's tomb and Raja's seat are the places of interest in Madikeri. We will explore these places as well as the surrounding towns of Coorg in my forthcoming posts.

Till then....Happy Travelling.

If you are planning to travel to Coorg, you can buy the book named "Explore Coorg - the Scotland of India" here. The travel guide is very informative and consistently getting good reviews and ratings from the readers.

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June 15, 2009

Coorg - the Scotland of India



I am planning to write series of posts on Coorg and provide a complete travel guide. Before I start, let me warn you. If you are a kind of person who would not love to visit the same place again and again, you better do not travel to Coorg. Or else, you will fall in love with this place and you will hardly like travelling to other places.

People call this place as 'the Scotland of India'. Well, I have never been to Scotland. So, I cannot say if Scotland is as beautiful as Coorg. But, for sure, Coorg is one of the best hill stations in India. If you are travelling to India for the first time, Coorg is one of the 'must visit' places.

Coorg is a trekker's paradise. If you are a trekker, get your boots on and get moving. Else, if you are a natural lover, then also you would love Coorg. Coffee and pepper plantations, waterfalls, paddy fields, Western Ghats mountain range, bamboo forests, sandalwood forests, wild life sanctuary, flowers.....the list is endless. :-)

Coorg, one of the best kept secrets of India, is a district located on the Western Ghats mountain range in Karnataka state. Madikeri is the capital of Coorg district, and it is one of the main attractions of Coorg. Dubare forest, Bylakuppe, Nisargdhama, Bhagmandala, Nagarhole, Tala Cauvery and Iruppu falls are other places of interest. I will write about all these places in detail in my forthcoming posts. Till then....

Happy Travelling! :-)


If you are planning to travel to Coorg, you can buy the book named "Explore Coorg - the Scotland of India" here. The travel guide is very informative and consistently getting good reviews and ratings from the readers.


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