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14 Nov 2011  Stay close to nature & experience Coorg as a Kodava
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Weekend getaway at Ginger Homestay, which also includes the places to visit when you are in the pictureque town of Madikeri

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Kodagu (Coorg), Madikeri
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Fall
  • 1. Dubare Elephant Camp
    Dubare Elephant Camp, Kodagu (Coorg), Karnataka

    Dubare elephant camp is a project undertaken by forest department and jungle lodges and resorts.The elephants for the Mysore Dussehra were trained at Dubare elephant camp. At present the elephants have been practically retired except for giving some rides to tourists.

  • 2. Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery

    Located amidst the sandal groves a few hours from Bangalore and Mysore, in Karnataka state, South India, Namdroling was established by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche shortly after he came to India from Tibet. With only 300 rupees in his hand and with just a handful of monks, he laid the foundation stone of the three-storied main temple that then covered an area of 80 square feet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama consecrated the spot and bequeathed the name "Namdroling Monastery." Today the monastery is home to nearly 5000 monks and nuns, renowned as a center for the pure upholding of the teachings of the Buddha.

  • 3. Nisargadhama Forest
    Nisargadhama Forest, Kodagu (Coorg), Karnataka

    Kaveri Nisargadhama is an island formed by river Kaveri and is used as a picnic spot near Kushalnagar in the district of Kodagu in Karnataka. It is approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) from Kushalanagara, off the State Highway and 30 km (19 mi) from Madikeri and 95 km (59 mi) from Mysore.

  • 4. Talakauvery Temple

    Talacauvery is the place that is generally considered to be the source of the Cauvery River. It is located in the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka, 1,276 m. above sea level. A tank or kundike has been erected on a hillside, at the place that is said to be the origin. It is also marked by a small temple, and the area is frequented by pilgrims. The Kaveri River originates as a spring feeding this tank, which is considered to be a holy place to bathe on special days. The waters are then said to flow underground to emerge as the river some distance away.

  • 5. Bhagamandala

    Bhagamandala is a pilgrimage place in Kodagu, Karnataka, in India. It is situated on the river Kaveri in its upstream stretches. At this place, the Kaveri is joined by two tributaries, the Kannike and the mythical Sujyoti river. It is considered sacred as a river confluence point.It is a common practice for pilgrims to take a dip in the triveni sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talakaveri, the birthplace of Kaveri.

  • 6. Abbi Falls
    Abbey Falls, Madikeri, Kodagu (Coorg)

    The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. The falls appear suddenly, the water cascading over rocks into calm pools. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls comes in handy for the Tourists. There is a Kali Mata temple on the other side of the bridge and Coffee and Black Pepper trees on the other side.

  • 7. Madikeri Fort

    Madikeri Fort was first built 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. In 1790, Doddavira Rajendra took control of the fort. The British who added to the fort in 1834. 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.

  • 8. Raja's Seat

    Raja's Seat (Seat of the King) is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains. It is one of the most important tourist spots in Mercara of Coorg District. A pleasant spectacle of refreshing layers of greenery, chain of high and low-rise-mountains attired with mist, the Raja Garden is one-time-favourites of Kings of Kodagu who use to watch the setting sun, and spend time with their queens here. The structure is small square in brick and mortar of four pillars bridged by arches, enhanced by beautiful surroundings.

  • 9. Omkareshwara Temple
    Omkareshwara Temple, Kodagu (Coorg), Karnataka

    It is located just 1 Km away from the heart of the Madikeri, the capital of Coorg. In 1820 a significant building built by Lingarajendra was Omkareshwara temple. This has both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. There is a tank in front of the temple. There is a footpath leading to a small "Mantap". The walls of temple are decorated with intriguing paintings, including Sai Baba and Raghvendra Swamy. A huge tank situated opposite the temple is populated largely by fishes; devotees are allowed to feed them. According to the legends, the Shiva Lingam worshipped in the temple has been imported from Varanasi.