- Charming district of Kodagu nestling amidst the lush Western Ghats is popularly known as the ‘Scotland of India’ and the ‘Kashmir of the South’.
- Misty mountains, verdant valleys, serpentine streams, cascading falls, thick tropical forests and miles of spice, paddy and coffee plantations makes the region a veritable paradise for nature lovers.
- Name Kodagu is said to derive from a Kannada word “Kudu” meaning steep or hilly.
- This “land of oranges, cashews, cardamoms and coffee” is also known for its distinct cultural heritage and martial traditions.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Bajpe Airport, Mangalore (IXE), 136 kms away from Kodagu town.
- Rail: Mysore Railway Station, Mysore, 120 kms away from Kodagu town.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
Madikeri (Mercara) Raja’s Seat
FORT & MONUMENTS
Omkareswara Temple Bhagamandala Bylekuppe
Abbey Falls Iruppu Falls
Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole
ATTRACTIONS OF KODAGU
- Madikeri (Mercara):
- Pictureque hill resort perched at an altitude of 4,000 feet is the district headquarters of Kodagu.
- It was founded by Muddu Raja of the Haleri dynasty in 1681.
- It became the favourite resort of Britishers, as it reminded them of scenic Europe with lush hills and verdant valleys.
- Raja’s Seat:
- This fine view point is truly spectacular during sunset time.
- Madikeri Fort:
- Hill top fort was built by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II between 1812 – 1814.
- Fort has a small museum in St. Mark’s Church.
- Omkareswara Temple:
- Unique shrine in the middle of the lake is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
- It was built by King Lingarajendra in 1820.
- A fine blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND KODAGU
- Abbey Falls:
- 5 kms away from Kodagu town.
- Beautiful falls are surrounded by coffee and pepper plantations.
- 35 kms away from Kodagu town.
- Pilgrim centre on the confluence of three rivers – Kaveri, Kanike and the underground Suiyothi is famous for Bhandeshwara temple.
- 40 kms away from Kodagu town.
- One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India.
- Famous for monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories and an incense factory.
- Iruppu Falls:
- 85 kms away from Kodagu town.
- Cascading falls descent down from a height of 170 feet in town distinct stages, amidst dense forest near the Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarhole).
- Rameshwara Temple near the Lakshmana Theertha River attracts a large number of devotees.
- Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole:
- 77 kms away from Kodagu town.
- Delightful Park covers an area of 284 sq. kms along river Kabini.
- Jungles full of rosewood, teak, sandal, silver oak, are a safe haven for a rich and varied wildlife.
- Key fauna includes elephant, tiger, panther, gaur, deer, wild dog, langur and reptiles like king cobra etc.
- One can undertake jungle safaris on elephant back.
- Best season to visit is from June to October.
- The Heballa elephant cap is a must visit site.
- Tala Kaveri:
- 40 kms away from Kodagu town.
- It is the source for sacred river Kaveri, which originates on the slopes of Brahmagiri Hills.
- Every year on the auspicious occasion of Tula Sankaramana (17th October), a spring of water sprouts at a particular and foretold moment.
- Bathing in this water is considered to be very beneficial.