Places to see in and around Kodagu

Kodagu is an historical place, there are some other places nearby to be visited, here is an glimpse about that.

Kodagu the best hill station in Karnataka which is often called as ‘Scotland' in South India, have many places to see in and around, the weather conditions, greenish lands, plantation backdrop, picturesque nature all these factors attracts many visitors not only from Karnataka and India but even from abroad.

Madikeri fort

It is said that this fort was initially mud was used for the construction, later years saw a strong fort which was under supervision of Tipu Sultan, hence this fort is considered as an landmark in Madikeri Town.

Raja's seat

One must visit this place to see the natural beauty in Kodagu, the Raja's seat was the most favourite spot for the erstwhile kings, as this place is with blue mist covered hills and green fields with many valleys, the erstwhile kings used to enjoy the evenings here with the sunset, now this area has been developed as a park around.

Omkareshwara Temple

This is one of the most ancient and also a very famous temple for locals and this is a cave temple the temple has deities of both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, this temple is said to be around 200 years old, but the surprising fact about this temple is its architecture, it is mixture of Islamic and Gothic style.

Abbey water falls

The Kodagu is famous for numerous valleys among them Abbey is the leading one for its natural and picturesque beauty, this water fall is just 8 km away from Madikeri and the best place for picnics, but the frequency of public transport bit less but comfortable those who come here in their own vehicle. This place needs more attention in terms of arrangement, in turn it will generate a huge revenue.

Iruppu water falls

This is another wonderful spot which 91 km away from Madikeri, this is a famous pilgrim centre also, according to history this place is associated with Rama of Ramayana. An ancient Shiva temple is here which is on the banks of the river Ramathirtha which is considered as the holy river which attracts thousands of visitors on Mahashivaratri.

Central Orange and Coffee Research Station

This research stations is on the way of Madikeri-Siddapur-Virajpet, this stations is run by the state government, March and April are the ideal months to visit this place, the beauty of coffee, pepper, cardamom are grown here along with the cherry fruit, the pulping of cherry fruit is an beautiful process to look at.

Nagarhole National Park

The Nagarahole National Park is considered as one of the best sanctuaries in India which 93 km away, many animals like spotted deer, elephant, bison, wild boar and jackal are housed here, different species of monkeys, mighty tiger are also seen here, this national park covers an total area of 284 sq. km, this is ideally an tropical and deciduous forest, very frequent bus services are made here.


This is the origin of holy river Cauvery which is situated at Bhagamandala 9 km away from Madikeri and this place is located at an altitude of 145.7 metres above the sea level, on the day of Tula Sankramana which usually falls on October 17th every year, the spring of water gushes forth from here with extra velocity, which attracts thousands of pilgrims across the state.

Kaveri Nisargadhama

This place is just 3 km away from Madikeri on the route to Kushalanagara, this is said to be the most beautiful tourist attraction centre in the district, the holy river Cauvery splits here and makes this place looks like an island, this centre is ably maintained by the state owned forest department, hence it attracts several tourists in the summer season. This places also consists of hanging bridge, boating facility is also here along with tree top shelters, elephant riding are the other main attractions, the state owned forest department has constructed the most elegant cottages here.

How to Reach Kaveri Nisargadhama

Many state owned KSRTC buses will ply to this place, as this Nisargadhama is situated enroute to Kushalanagara and Madikeri, many private taxis and autos are available, the visitors are requested to take necessary precautions when they prefer to swim here.


This place bridges the two districts of Kodagu and Mysore, this place is considered as an commercial place in Kodagu, this place has an very ideal weather condition hence most of commercial establishments were found here compared to other taluks in Kodagu, major establishments are coffee curing process centres.

Kushalanagara is just 34 km away from Madikeri which is another visiting place in the district, which contains the rehabilitation center of Tibetan refugees.

Padi Igguthappa Temple

This temple is having Kerala style of architecture, this temple governs traditional style of Kodavas, this temple is said to be constructed in the year 1810, an silver plaque elephant can be seen here, this temple was renovated again in 1834.

How to reach Padi Igguthappa Temple

This temple is just 45 km away from Madikeri, many private buses are available from other places like Napoklu and Virajpet also.

The Nalkand Palace

This palace is said to be constructed by Haleri dynasty, the name of this area is Yavakapadi, which was built in the year 1772, paintings and carvings are famous here, this palace is maintained by Archaeology department now, the highest peak of the district Thadiyandamole is situated here.


Bhagamandala in fact is a village which is situated at an distance of 34 km from Madikeri and very well connected through motorable road, this place is famous for origination of holy river Kaveri, here one can even witness the confluence of three rivers Kaveri, Kannike and Sujyothi, hence this place is also called Triveni Sangama

How to reach Bhagamandala

Talakaveri is just 48 km from Madikeri and 8 km away from Bhagamandala, this place is well connected by state owned and private buses from many places like Mysore, Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet, many accommodations are available here.

Dubare Elephant Camp

The Dubare Elephant Camp place looks like an natural island situated on the banks of the river Kaveri and very near to Kushalanagara and an opt place for picnics, here the trained elephants which belongs to forest department can be seen, fishing is an another activity here but with permission of Coorg Wildlife Society at Madikeri.

How to reach Dubare Elephant Camp

Many private taxis are available from Kushalanagara, Suntikoppa and from Siddapur, but all these place are bit tardy to travel as they are not well connected, the visitors are requested to take much precautions before swimming and one need to carry food as no shops are available here.

Harangi dam

This dam is situated at Kushalanagar and built across the tributary of river Kaveri, this dam is around 47 meters in height and 846 meters in length, which is considered as one of the most beautiful place for picnics, the beauty of this dam is more when the dam is fully filled, the ideal time to visit is August and September, many guest house facilities are available here which is maintained by state owned public works department.

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