Beautiful Hill Stations In India - Madikeri

Madikeri is a city located in the Kodagu district of Karnataka state, India. It is also the district headquarters.Madikeri is called Scotland of the South. The misty hills, green forests, coffee plantations and beautiful views of nature make Madikeri an unforgettable tourist destination. There are many historical and religious sites in and around Madikeri. It is located 125 km west of Mysore and is also very famous for its coffee gardens. 

After 1600 AD, Lingayat kings ruled Kodagu and made Madikeri the capital. He also built a clay fort in Madikeri. In 1785, Tipu Sultan's army captured this kingdom and took possession of it here. Four years later, Kodagu gained independence with the help of the British and King Veer Rajendra did the reconstruction work. In 1834, the British took possession of this place and prosecuted the last ruler of the place and put him in jail.


TOURIST PLACES IN MADIKERI


ABBE WATERFALL

This beautiful waterfall is about 5 kilometers from Madikeri. This waterfall is located within a private coffee plantation. A large number of tourists visit this place. During the monsoon days, the beauty of the place is seen here.


MADIKERI FORT


Initially this fort was made of clay. Tipu Sultan rebuilt it and used stones in it. Tipu Sultan ruled here for some time in the 18th century. Inside the fort is the palace of Lingayat rulers.


RAJA'S SEAT

Raja's seat is located at Madikeri, the headquarters of Kodagu district in Karnataka. This is the place from where the kings of Kodagu used to see the waning sun. Views of every paddy field, valley, gray-blue ghats spread far and wide can be seen from here. Along with the seat of the king is an ancient temple called Choti Mariamma.


NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

If you want to be exposed to wildlife, then you must visit Nagarhole National Park, 93 km from Madikeri. Apart from reindeer, bishan, elephant, wild bear, wolf, various species of monkey and huge tigers can be seen here. Spread over an area of 284 sq km, the park is surrounded by tropical deciduous forests.


BHAGAMANDALA 

Bhagamandala, 40 km from Madikeri, is also called Dakshin Kashi. Ever since Bhagand Maharshi got Shivling installed here, it is known as Bhagmandal. Talakaveri is 8 km from here. Mahavishnu, Subramanyam and Ganapati temples are also near Bhagamandala.



IRAPPU WATERFALL

Irappu, 91 km from Madikeri, is famous as a pilgrimage site, which belongs to Ram, the hero of the Ramayana. There is a temple of Lord Shiva on the banks of the river Ramathirtha. Thousands of pilgrims take a dip in this river on the occasion of Shivaratri.


TALAKAVERI

Talakaveri, 48 km from Madikeri, is the origin of the river Kaveri, so it has great significance from a religious point of view. It is situated on the slope of the Brahmagiri mountain. The elevation of this place is 4500 feet above sea level.


HARANGI DAM

Harangi is popular for its tree houses, about 36 km from Madikeri. Harangi Dam is a scenic picnic spot near Kushalnagar in North Kodagu. This dam built on the Kaveri River is 2775 feet long and 174 feet high.


NALKNAD PALACE

Nalknad Palace, built at the bottom of the highest hill of Kodagu, is a beautiful tourist destination reminiscent of the past. This palace, 45 km from Madikeri, was built in 1792 by Dodda Veeraj. This two-volume palace enchants everyone with attractive paintings and architecture.


HOW TO REACH 

BY AIR
Mangalore Airport is the nearest domestic airport to Madikeri which is 135 km away. There is a direct flight to Bangalore from here.


BY TRAIN
The nearest rail head of Madikeri is Mysore. Mysore is connected to major cities of India by train.


BY ROAD
Madikeri is well connected to major cities of Karnataka by a better road network. Madikeri can be reached by State Transport Corporation buses.


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