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The Fort


          Madikeri Fort was first built as a mud fort by Mudduraja in the last quarter of the 17th century. He also built a palace inside the fort. It was eventually rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan who named the site as Jaffarabad.

Madikeri Fort, built of brick and mortar, had witnessed several fierce battles. In 1790, Doddavira Rajendra took control of the fort. The palace was renovated by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II in 1812-1814.

In the north-east corner at the entrance are two life size masonry elephants and a church is present in the south-east corner. The fort offers panoramic views of the city from its walls. This is a fort with archaeological value and a marvel of architecture. The centuries old Madikeri Fort with its stone ramparts houses the prison, a temple, a chapel, a small museum, and assorted government offices.


Omkareshwara Temple


          Omkareshwara temple was built by Lingarajendra in 1820. It is located very near to the heart of the Madikeri. The temple has both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. There is a tank in front of the temple and a footpath leading to a small "Mantap".

It is said Lingarajendra killed an honest and pious Brahmin to fulfill his political ambitions. That Brahmin became a "Brahmarakshasa"and started troubling the king. The king got rid of him only when he brought a Shivalinga from Kashi and installed it after building a temple. The Shivalinga was named as "Omkareshwara" and regular rituals were performed.

The bars of the windows of the temple were made of Panchaloha and an alphabet lim has been placed in between the bars.


Raja Seat


          Raja’s Seat, literally meaning Seat of the King, is located at the western end of Madikeri and is a well maintained garden with a great views of the hills and the valley below and having a small pavilion inside.

According to legend, the kings of Kodagu spent the evenings here and also used this pavilion for relaxing from the tiring royal duties. But what's unforgettable about Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset that one can enjoy from this place. The beautiful sunset and the far stretching Blue Mountains will take ones breath away. This beautiful hilltop offers spectacular view of the Coorg Valley studded with paddy fields and forests.


Bhagamandala


          Bhagamandala, also known as Bhagundeshwara Kshetra, is a temple town. When the river Cauvery flows downhill, two more tributaries namely Kanake and Sujyoti join it. The spot where all three converge is called Bhagamandala.

The temple in Bhagamandala is a religious attraction to Madikeri. This temple at the confluence of the three rivers. The temple is built in Kerala style and has smaller shrines dedicated to various gods.

There are three other temples also, which are dedicated to Lord Ganapathy, Subramanya and Vishnu. An annual festival that falls in October / November invites a substantial number of devotees. Thousands of oil lamps are lit in the temples during the festival.


Tala Cauvery


          Talacauvery, from where the Kaveri River originates in the Brahmagiri hills, is considered among the most sacred places in Karnataka. It is at a height of around 1276 m above sea level. This is a sacred pilgrim center among the Kodavas. This place is marked by a tirtha kundike or Brahma kundike (small spring/pond) from where the river emerges as a small perennial spring, but flows underground again to emerge a short distance away.

From Talakaveri, steps lead up to the nearby Brahmagri peak, where the 7 great sages called the Sapta Maharishis had performed a special yagna. From the peak, as well as on the drive to Talakaveri, tourists can enjoy a good view of the misty blue Brahmagiri hills.


          A small water tank has been constructed at the point of origin. There is also a temple build at the spot where regular puja rituals are done. The temple is dedicated to Lord Agastheeswara, who is considered to be the link between great Sage Agasthya and river Cauvery.

An important day here at Talacauvery is the first day of Tula month according to Hindu calendar. The day is called Tulasankramana. Thousands of devotees come to Talacauvery on this day to witness the rise of fountainhead sprouting water at a specific time. It is considered auspicious by devotees to take a dip in the holy waters. The day is celebrated on various places along the banks of river Cauvery where devotees take a holy dip in River Cauvery.

Apart from devotees, it is a great place for tourists as well, as the entire area is surrounded with breathtaking sceneries.


Abby Falls


          Located near to Madikeri, the main attraction of Madikeri, Abbey Falls is a breathtaking waterfall where the Kaveri river cascades down a rockface from a height of 70 feet. A hanging bridge has now been built across the gorge here offering a good view of the falls.

The falls can be reached by a narrow road from Madikeri. Cars can reach the entrance of these falls from where a downhill walk of 500 metres (on slightly paved steps) takes one to the waterfalls.

Tucked away between private coffee and spice estates, Abbey Falls offers a splendid backdrop for picnics. As one makes the way past stocky coffee bushes and tall trees entwined with pepper vines, the falls make a sudden and dramatic appearance as they cascade their way down steps into limpid pools to join the river Kaveri River. These falls are most impressive during the monsoons.

However, note that swimming is dangerous here and is not recommended.


Trekking


          Madikeri is probably the best place in Karnataka to indulge in adventurous trekking. There are number of trek routes that turn out to be a great fun. Some of them are apt for starters, but there are few that are good enough to test even the most experienced.

Thandiyandamole and Pushpagiri, rising to a height of 5729 feet and 5626 feet respectively are the highest peaks of all in Madikeri. Though not very high from a good trekkers perspective, it is their steepness that makes them tough to conquer.

These trek routes still do not see a lot a lot of human intervention, due to which they are kept very clean and green. The picturesque surroundings only add to the allure of these trek routes.


Mandalpatti

          Madalpatti, A beautiful scenic place away from everything. Mandalpatti located 30 km from Madikeri is one of those less travelled perfect place for the casual adventurist.

Mandalpatti hillocks offers Breathtaking views of the mountain ranges swathed in mist and dew, gentle to moderate cool breeze wafting across, would inspire a visitor.. The route from Madikeri is a great drive through coffee plantains.. The view point is about 1600 meters above sea-level .


Nalknad Palace

          Nalknad Palace is located at the bottom of the highest mountain of Coorg Thadiyandamol. Nalknad Palace is 45 kms away from Madikeri via Napoklu in Kakkabe. Dodda Viraraja built this palace in 1792. The palace has stories and the walls and roof are decorated with beautiful ancient paintings and architecture. According to history after escaping from Tippu sultan' s troops Dodda Viraraja (Doddavirarajendra) built this palace at Yavakapadi in Nalknad area. Dodda Viraraja married Mahadevammaji in this palace itself. Igguthappa Temple is located in Kakkabe. The "Paadi Igguthappa' temple was built by Lingarajendra in the year 1810. This temple is considered very sacred and is of great importance to the people of Coorg.


Cauvery Nisarga Dhama

          Forest department is maintaining this wonderful picnic spot, on the banks of river Cauvery, near Kushalnagar. The hanging bridge, pedal boat center, tree top shelters, elephant safari, deer park is the main attractions of Cauvery Nisargadhama. Forest Department provides bamboo cottages and brick cottages for tourists. Situated at a distance of 2 kms from Kushalnagar on the Mysore-Madikeri Road. This is a man-made island with an area of 65 acres. It has huge hanging bridge at the entrance of this spot.


Harangi

          A reservoir with picturesque spot is one of the main attractive tourist centre at a distance of 9 kms from Kushalnagar. Best season to visit is between August and December. Private buses are available or you can hire a taxi from Kushalnagar.


Dubare Forest

          Another picnic spot near Kushalnagar on the banks of river Cauvery. Elephant Training camp belonging to forest department is situated here and they allow you to feed and bath the elephats. River Cauvery comes under Mahasheer fishing area, supported by Coorg Wild Life Society. This island situated near Kushalnagar is not connected by public transport. Hire a taxi from Kushalnagar.


Golden Temple

          This comprises of two universities and two monasteries and is inhabited by Tibetian Monks. This is situated near kushalnagar, 40 Kms from Madapur and known as "Byle Kuppe". Bylukuppa, a nearby village of Kushalnagar (belongs to Mysore district) houses refugees from Tibet. Although refugees, Tibetians have kept their culture and heritage intact. Tourists can witness their way of life, architecture; even taste Tibetian dishes and Tibetian handicrafts are also available. Regular buses operate from Kushalnagar to Periyapatna via Bylukuppa.


Irupu Falls

          This refreshing Irupu Falls is situated at a distance of 48 kms from Virajpet on the way to Nagarhole. The Shiva temple here is said to have been dedicated by Lord Rama himself on the banks of River Lakshmanatheertha a tributary to the river Cauvery. This place is believed to cleanse one's sins and is visited by thousands of devotees from far places on Shivaratri day. There is temple dedicated to Sri Ram, surrounded by paddy fields, from where it is a climb up to the falls through natural forest.


Chelvara Falls

          Chelvara Falls located at a distance of 16 kms from Virajpet, the Chelvara falls is one of the most beautiful water falls of Kodagu. The Water here plunges in two different streams. Just 2 kms from the falls is the 'Chomakund' hill, renowned for its mind boggling scenic beauty.


Nagarahole

          The Nagarahole game sanctuary was constituted in 1955, and extends over 111 sq. miles of reserved forests in the eastern region of the district. The game sanctuary comprises three forest ranges namely, Nagarahole, Kallahalla & Thitimathi. The sanctuary is situated at the distance of 105 kms from Madikeri, and is close to Heggadadevanakote of Mysore district. It is accessible by a good all weather motorable road from Thithimati, which branches of from Mysore & Madikeri.

There is a forest lodge here. The sanctuary affords an excellent opportunity to the visitors to see wild animals of all kinds, from the majestic elephant and the graceful deer to the wily Jackal moving about in their natural surroundings unmindful of intruders. Most of the South Indian species of animals are represented in the game sanctuary, wild Elephants, Bison, Spotted Deer, Sambur, barking Deer, wild Pig and sloth Bear are commonly met with. Tigers and Panthers are also occasionally seen. The elephant camps of forest department, on the banks of the Lakshmanatheertha river, are another attraction to the visitors. There is a motor van for the visitor to go round the sanctuary and provision of other facility.


Mallalli Falls

          Mallalli falls is situated in the foots of pushpagiri hills. It in about 18 kms from somwarpet, the falls is 2 kms inside the main road. Mallalli Falls is situated in Coorg and is around 25 kms from Somwarpet and 260 kms from Bangalore. The exact location of Mallali falls is in Bettadahalli Gram Panchayat in Somwarpet of Coorg. It's is an eye feasting sight of river Kumaradhara gushing through the valley and falling into a gorge, with lush green mountains around.


Gaddige


          Rajara Gaddige is also one of the attractions in the district. The tourists who pay visit to Abbey falls will get Rajara Gaddige en route to it. However, it is in deplorable condition owing to the negligence of the government. The Hitharakshana Samithi which was formed to maintain Rajara Gaddige is reportedly inactive. As a result, the Gaddige has been converted into cricket ground for children. In fact, the land has also been encroached. A survey was conducted to evict the encroached land belonging to Rajara Gaddige one and half years ago. However, after the survey, none of them took care of it.

Initially the Gaddige had 18 acres of land. However, the land has been encroached. Some have even built houses on the encroached land. Even government building have come up on the Gaddige land. The authorities concerned are not worried over the Gaddige land. As a result, the Gaddige area has become land for immoral activities in the evening.


          When Rani Sathish was Minister for Kannada and Culture in S M Krishna government, she had promised to protect the land by fencing around it and making arrangement for sound and light system. However, the promises have remained only in paper. The Rajara Gaddige situated in a hilly region at Mahadevapete has been built in such a way that it can be seen from all the four directions. The tomb of the wife of king Veerarajendra is situated next to his tomb. Even Lingarajendra gaddige is situated nearby which was built by his son Chikkaveeraraja in 1820. The former diwan Cheppudira Ponnappa built the tomb of Rudrappa, guru of the king in 1834. One can also find the tombs of Biddandra Bopu and his son Biddandra Somaiah. In fact, Dodda Veerarajendra had erected a plaque in the memory his soldiers in 1779.

According to the edicts, Bopu Dandanayaka was killed in a war against Tippu Sultan. All the gaddige’s have been built on Indo-Saracenic style. On a whole, the Rajara Gaddige has been neglected. If the district administration lays park or fountain, then it will attract more tourists, feel the citizens of Madikeri. DH News Service


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