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Madikeri or Mercara, the capital of Coorg is a beautiful large hill town situated in Western Ghats. This hill station stands 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. 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. Chiklihole Reservoir is place to be visited if your time permits. The place is away from the usual crowd at popular tourist spots and offers some calm and peace to its visitors.
The water of the dam flowing beautifully and the lushness of area around create a refreshing atmosphere. The reservoir is at a distance of approximately 15 km from Kushalnagar and Madikeri and is nearest to the town of Nanjarayapattana.
On one of the tributaries of the River Cauvery, the reservoir offer tourists with seclusion and privacy unlike other tourist spots. The dense forest along with the rich flora and fauna add on to the charm of the place. It is a great picnic spot and thus perfect for family outing as well.
The place with amazing scenic beauty is nothing less than paradise for photographers. Sunset view is mesmerizing from here and an experience in itself. The place has no shops nearby and thus tourists are required to carry all the basic amenities with them while visiting the reservoir. The best time to visit the place is during the month of June to March that is in the monsoon and winter season. The reservoir is located quite close to the Dubare forest reserve which is just few kilometers away. One can visit the forest reserve as well which offers good opportunities for trekking and nature walks.
A popular tourist spots, the camp attracts tourists, especially wildlife enthusiast from all over the world. It presents tourists with an opportunity to be close to elephants and engage in various activities related to them. Elephant Camp at Dubare is the project undertaken by forest department and jungle lodges and resorts. Not just interaction with elephants, tourists also get mesmerizing natural settings consisting of lush greenery and refreshing environment to spend some memorable days.
Earlier at this place elephants used to be trained for Mysore Dussehra but now they are mostly used to jungle rides and other purposes. They are trained under naturalists. These trained naturalists assist tourists with details on Elephant history, ecology and biology. What makes this camp unique is the fact that tourists can participate in various activities with elephants which is three hour elephant interaction.
They can indulge in activities like 45 minute bath where they are allowed to give bath to elephants in River Cauvery, feeding them with ragi, jaggery, sugarcane, banana and coconuts. After this, they can go on a 45 minute elephant ride into the jungle. Elephant rides for tourists are scheduled between 10 am to 12 noon and in evening from 4pm to 5pm. These cottages offer comfortable stay amidst lush greenery and wild nature. An interesting tourist spot, Harangi dam is situated in the Hudgur village near Kushalnagar if Coorg District. Built across the tributary of River Cauvery, Harangi dam is the first dam that has been built across River Cauvery.
It has a height of 47 meters and length of meters creating a marvelous view of forceful streams of water. A popular picnic spot, it is good even for family outing where one can relax and spend some calm moments with his or her loved ones. It is located at a distance of approximately 36 km from Madikeri and can be reached without much difficulty. It is a good place offering some seclusion and privacy as it is comparatively less crowded.
So it you are looking for some break from usual hustle bustle of tourist spots, Harangi dam is the place for you. Calm setting and cool gentle breeze makes your time even more enjoyable. It is best to visit the dam is during the months of August to September as the water is more in the reservoir at time of the year.
If you like to stay over for a night or more, you can opt for the accommodation facilities available here. Tourists can opt for Guest house facilities are available here where tourists stay after reservation from the public works department.
Not just nature lovers, there is something for religious tourists as well. There is a Cauvery temple located quite near to the dam is a place worth visiting. Being the largest lake in the region of Coorg, Honnamana Kere attracts hordes of tourists every year. It is located in Daddamalthe, near to the village of Sulimalthe which is at a distance of 6 km from Somwarpet town.
Somwarpet is one of the taluks of Coorg. It has religious importance and is named after the after Goddess Honnamma. One can also see a temple dedicated to Goddess Honnamma, located near to the lake. It is believed that Goddess Honnamma sacrificed her life for the wellbeing of the people. The temple sees many visitors especially during the festival of Gowri Pooja.
Many newly wedded couples visit the lake and pay their offerings and seek blessings of the Goddess. The Lake offers captivating scenic beauty as well. It is a place where one can just relax and enjoy some quality moments with their loved ones. It is surrounded by mountains, cliffs and huge expanse of coffee plantations along with two hills named Gavi Betta and Mori Betta. After having some good time at the lake, tourist scan visit other beautiful tourist spots in the town of Somwarpet. Some of the places worth visiting are Mallalli Falls along with wild life sanctuaries named as the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
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 le to the Mandap. Here the Sivalinga was named as Omkareswara. Regular rituals were performed here. One of the popular tourist spots in Coorg, Kotebetta is third highest peak in Coorg region after Tadiyandamol and Brahmagiri. At a height of approximately m above the sea level, Kotebetta is situated in Madapur which is located between the Somwarpet and Madikeri towns.
It is at the border between the Dakshina Kannada and Coorg districts and can be easily reached without much of a hassle. This is because the hill resembles a fort in its appearance. One can also find a temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva at the peak of the hill. Kotebetta offers tourists with amazing trekking opportunities. It is 10 km away from Hattihole. Tourists start their trek from the Hattihole and ends at the peak. Along with lush greenery and especially huge expanse of coffee estates accompany you on your trekking. The captivating natural settings make trekking all the more enjoyable and refreshing.
The peak offers mesmerizing view of the area around making the trekking worth all the efforts. The best time to go for trekking at Kotebetta is during the months of October to March. While going for trekking, it is better to have a guide with you.Looking some to show me around
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