Madikeri or Mercara, the capital of Coorg is a beautiful large hill town situated in Western Ghats. This hill station stands 1452 meters above sea level. The green woody slopes, colourful scenery, misty mountains, cascading falls, dense tropical forest, tea, coffee and spice plantations made this place a paradise of nature lovers.
This enchantingly beautiful place is popularly called as the ‘Scotland of India’ and also ‘Kashmir of South’. There are so many attractions in and around Madikeri, we have compiled the list of the best places to visit in Madikeri:
Abbey falls or Abbi Falls is situated 1 km from the town of Madikeri. This waterfall is famous for its natural beauty. This is a famous picnic spot and is called as Jesse falls in the olden days.
Abbey falls located between the natural greenery of coffee plantations and spice estates is blessed with stunning beauty and serene calm. The falls has a wild beauty. Water cascading over rocks into the pool. The roaring sound of the waterfalls can be heard from the road.
During Monsoon the water flow is very high and in dry seasons the flow is low. There is a hanging bridge here providing the amazing sight of this waterfalls. The best time to visit Abbey falls is early winter.
This historically important wonderful fort is a symbol of a glorious past. This fort explains the tale of bravery and battle of so many heroes. Madikeri fort was first built by Mudduraja in 17th century.
He also built a palace inside the fort. It was eventually rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan and he named the site as Jaffarabad. Two life-size Elephants made of mortar in the north east corner at the entrance of the fort and a church in the south east corner draws the attraction of tourists.
Raja’s seat, a small pavilion with surrounding garden offers a wonderful view of the valleys below. As per the legend the Kings of Coorg with their consorts spent evenings here. The picturesque beauty of the misty mountains, grassy meadow, spice plantations can be seen from here.
This is the best place to relax away from the tiring routine and hustle bustle of the city life. The sight of spectacular sunset and a walk through this beautiful spot is a refreshing experience. Apart from the mesmerising beauty there are many entertainment options here.
The park, Toy train and an amusement area specially for children made this place worth visiting. One can also enjoy the delicious local charmuri, pani-poori and gobi-manchurian in here.
Omkareswara Temple, the famous Siva temple in Madikeri is built by Linga Rajendra in 1820. The temple located at a distance of 1 km from Madikeri is an architectural beauty. The temple has both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture.
There is a wonderful pool in front of the temple. There are four Minarets around and a dome in the centre of the temple. A footpath leads to the Mandap. Here the Sivalinga was named as Omkareswara. Regular rituals were performed here.
This beautiful palace in Madikeri was built in the year 1814 by Linga Rajendra Wodeyar II. Present days the palace houses the offices of Deputy Commissioner, the museum which was a Church in the earlier days built by the British and now run by the State Archaeology Department. This is a favorite haunt of readers. The Mahatma Gandhi Public library, next to the museum, offers a great choice for reader.
Gaddige also known as Gadduge, the tombs of King Virarajendra, Linga Rajendra and one of their court priests was built in the 18th century. This tombs rest in the northern corner of the town is an important monument of the town.
There is two smaller tombs located in the same area belonging to their brave and loyal soldiers. The three main tombs, with a dome in the center and turrets at each end, built separately from one another on a hillock resemble a Muslim pilgrim center. From here a spectacular view of the town can be seen.