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Top Tourist Places To Visit In Coorg
Far from the bricks and mortars and bustling city life, Coorg (Kodagu) offers the perfect hideout for the worn out souls. Popularly referred to as the Scotland of India, Coorg is one of most fascinating and beautiful hill stations of the country. It is famous for its sprawling coffee estates, mist covered hills, teak wood forests, trekking routes and white water rafting facilities. An absolutely enchanting ambience combined with gastronomic delights makes Coorg a peaceful refuge of absolute bliss, giving us these top tourist places to visit in Coorg.
Considered to be one of the most scenic spots in South India, Raja’s Seat in the town of Madikeri is the place from where the kings would sit and watch sunsets. One of the finest viewpoints, Raja’s Seat offers a panoramic view of the towering hills and the valleys. Sunsets at Raja’s seat are an enchanting experience.
Raja’s Seat is open from 6am to 7pm with an entry fee of Rs. 5.00. A toy train ride costs Rs. 10.00.
Abbi Falls is located 8 kilometres from Madikeri in the mountains of the Western Ghats. Nestled between coffee plantations and spice estates, the waterfall descends into the Cauvery River from a height of 70 feet. The best time to visit the waterfalls is in winter when the fall is flooded with water brought by the monsoon.
Built on an elevated land atop Madikeri, Mercara Fort, originally made of mud was rebuilt by Tipu Sultan in stones. In 1812-1814 the fort was once again reconstructed in brick and mortar by Linga Rajendra Wodeyar II. Today the fort functions as the office of the district collector.
Open from 10am to 5.30pm, Madikeri fort remains closed on Mondays. Entry is free.
Omkareshwara Temple built by Linga Rajendra II in 1820 is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple however reflects Muhammadan style of architecture with dome and turrets and like a Muslim dargah, the Shiva Linga is placed near the door. According to the legend the king murdered a pious Brahmin and later built the temple to appease the Brahmin’s spirit.
Omkareshwara Temple remains open between 7am and 6pm.
This is the largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. It has several monasteries and prominent among these are Sera Mey, Great Gompa of Sera Je, Namdroling monastery and Tashi Lhumpo monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama. The imposing gold-coated statues reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans.
This is an interesting place. Every year at a particular time of the year water flows out from a pond at Talacauvery which is the birthplace of river Cauvery. Located 44 kilometres from Madikeri the place is popular for its natural beauty. Entry to Talacauvery is free.
Gaddige is the tomb of the Rajas Virarajendra, Linga Rajendra and one of their court priests. The tombs are constructed in the Muhammadan style with dome and turrets.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Located near Madikeri, Dubare is a popular elephant training camp. Apart from this it is the home to several species of animals and birds. Spotted deer, sambhar and Asiatic Elephants are commonly seen here. The camp has jungle lodges where guests can put up for the night.
Elephant ride at Dubare Elephant Camp is between 8.30am to 12.00pm. Entry fee to the camp is Rs.20.00 and elephant bathing is Rs.100.00.
Nisargadhama is a beautiful island surrounded by Kaveri River 28 kilometres from Madikeri. With thick foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees Nisargadhama is a charming picnic spot with river-side cottages. It is complete with elephant rides, deer park, children’s park and orchidarium.
Nisaragadhama is open from 9am to 5.30pm with an entry fee of Rs.10.00.
Valnur Fishing Camp
Situated on the banks of river Cauvery is the Valnur Fishing Camp. It has a wide variety of fish including golden mahaseer and maral. For those enthusiastic about angling, this is a great recreation spot.