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Coorg / Madikeri
Madikeri is headquarter of Coorg disrtict (Coorg is district name not any specific place name) One of the best holiday destination for those who loves greenery. Coorg is land of coffee estates. You can find greenery throughout year. Waterfalls, trekking, water sports and temples are the main attraction places in Coorg. Coorg is also know as "Scotland of India"  

How to reach Coorg:
Coorg is 270 km from Bangalore and 106 km form mysore.  
Buses : Well connected with buses from Bangalore and Mysore. Buses will take 5-6 hr from Bangalore. Three are 10+ buses(AC, Delux, Express) runs from Bangalore to Coorg. Price ranges from Rs 250 to Rs500 depending upon class of service like AC,Deluxe and Express.
Please check : ksrtc.in for more details.

Map1: Driving routes from Bangalore to Coorg

If you are planning for drive then there are 3 drive routes:
Route - 1 : Bangalore - Mandya - Srirangapattana - Hunsur - Kushal nagar - Madikeri   [ preferred route ]
Route - 2 : Bangalore - Mandya - Srirangapattana - Hunsur - Gonikoppa - Madikeri
Route - 3 : Bangalore - Chnnarayapattana - Holenarasipur - Kushalnagar - Madikeri
 
While going you can take route 1 and while returning you can take route 2. If you want less drive in ghat section then take route 1 for both sides (you will be skipping Irpu and Nagarahole National Park)

 

Map 2 : Coorg drive route [From Kushalnagr to Hunsur, by covering major trip destination places in Coorg]

Best time to visit coorg: 
Avoid rainy season i.e June to September. October to May is best time to Visit Coorg. In Winter average temperature will be 14 degree C. Many tourist chooses this season for coorg Visit. In Summer Coorg will be best place to relax. 
 
Itinerary:
Day 1 : Saturday

6 AM: Leave from Bangalore
8 AM : breakfast : Plenty of options : Bidadi tatte idli or Kamat Lokaruchi(52 KMS from bangalore) or Vasudev Adiga’s A2B (80km from bangalore) or maddur tiffany's
11 AM : Reach Golden temple Bylakuppe (tibetan monastery)
12 noon : leave to Madikeri
1 PM : Reach Madikeri and checkin to Hotel and Lunch 
3 PM : Visit to Madikeri fort. You can spend 1 to 2 hr over there
5 PM : Visit to Raja's seat garden
7 PM : Visit to Omkareshwara temple
7.30 PM : Walk on Madikeri streets to get feel of Madikeri
9 PM Dinner

Day 2 : Sunday: 

 8 AM : Breakfast 
9 AM : checkout Hotel and journey towards Bhagamandala 
10 AM : Visit Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple and Triveni  sangama
11 AM : start towards Talakaveri 
11.30AM : Visit Talakaveri 
1 PM : start towords Irupu falls(You can Have lunch in Bhagamandala or in Virajpet) 
4 PM : reach Irupu falls 
6 PM : start your journey towards Bangalore
11.30PM : reach back to Bangalore

Places to visit in Coorg :

1) Golden temple (tibetan monastery)
2) Abbey falls
3) Raja's seat Madikeri
4) Omkareshwara temple Madikeri
5)Bhagamandala  
6)Talakaveri
7) Tadiandamol trek
8) Irpu falls

Golden temple (Bylakuppe Tibetan monastery) :

Tibetan monastery is located near to Kushalanagar. Buddha statue is attraction of this place.   Bylukuppe is a Tibetan settlement in which approx 70,000 Tibetans stays after the Chinese took over Tibet.
Distance from Madikeri : 35 KMS
Food and Stay : Near by town is Kushalnagar which is 5KMS from golden temple. Good restaurants and hotels are available.
Golden temple visisting Timings : 7AM to 6 PM 
Time Required
 : 1 to 2 hours
Entrance fees : None

Golden temple 

Buddha statue  : Buddham Saranam Gacchami

Garden around Golden temple

Side view of Golden Temple 

Tibetan monastery model

Abbey Falls :

It is beautiful water falls just 6 kms away from Madikeri. Falls is located in private coffee estate. Post monsoon is best time to visit Abbey falls. In summer you can expect less water. If you can hire jeep/Auto in Madikeri to visit Abbey falls. 

Abbey falls : You will find plenty of shops, you will get cooldrinks, Maggi, coconut water, Omlet, Plenty of space for parking   

You required to walk approx : .5 KM to reach falls  

Abbey Falls : Swimming and taking bath is not allowed.

Abbey Falls : This image explains you that you can expect overcrowd specially on weekends

Raja's seat Madikeri :

Raja's seat is garden where you will find spectacular valley view. Raja's seat name is because of Raja's(Raja = King) of Coorg used to like this place and there is small structure in which Raja's of coorg use to sit and enjoy beauty of Nature. 

Entrance fees : Rs 5 

Raja's seat entrance 

Raja's seat, This is structure in which King use to sit and watch valley view and sunset. 

Valley view from Raja's seat

Raja's seat garden, There is fountain in the centre of the garden

Raja's seat garden view

 Next to Raja's seat garden you will find Toy train. fee : Rs 20 per person 

Toy train with two bogies. Train will take you small circuit of .5KMS and will cross small tunnel    

Omkareshwara temple Madikeri

Omkareshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a ancient temple built in 1820. Temple will be open from 6:30AM to 12 Noon And 5 PM to 8 PM. 

Pound in front of Omkareswara temple

Omkareswara temple madikeri

Front view of Omkareswara temple. Temple is in Mumammadan style of architecture with a dome in the center and four turrets at four corners. Photography inside temple not allowed. 

Bhagamandala:

Sri Bhagandeshwara temple is place to visit in Bagamandala. Just opposite to temple you will find triveni sangam where 3 rivers Kaveri,Kannike and the mythical Sujyoti river joins.

Triveni sangam : Massage from fish ???, Can take bath in this place, Rest room and dress change rooms are available. Water in this place depends on season in which you are visiting. Generally Monsoon and post Monsoon you will find water. In summer water will be very less and taking bath in this river may not be possible 

Sri Bhagandeshwara temple:Photography inside temple not allowed. Prasad (Lunch) will be available in the afternoon 

Talakaveri :

Birth place of famous river Kaveri. There is a small temple temple near to origin of the river Kaveri. Talakaveri place is 44 Km away from Madikeri and 8 km away from Bhagamandala. There are private buses from Madikeri to Bagamandal. You need to change bus in Bhagamandala for next 8 kms journey   

Talakaveri entrance  

Way to Bramhagiri hill 

Top view of Talakaveri , You can see pond in above image. Just in front of that pond is birt place of river Kaveri 

Steps to reach Brahmagiri hill, you will find 300+ steps to reach peak

Top view of Talakaveri.

Montain range view from Bragmagiri hill, First peak in image is known as Nishanimotte. You can trek to Nishanimotte peakfrom Talakaveri 

Mountain range view from Brahmagiri hill

Tadiandamol trek:

If you want to experience Coorg and you like trekking then Tadiandamol trek is must thing to do. Only thing it requires full day. For more information refer : Tadiandamol trek

Irupu falls:

Its located in south coorg. throughout year you can expect water in this falls. This falls is also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. Total height of the falls is 170 ft. you can visit Rameshwara temple situated banks of river.

 

Other Photos :

Every where greenery and flowers 

This is falls near to Honey Valley Estate

Honey valley estate, Nice to stay for those who want to relax and enjoy nature and coffee estate stay

If you are one loves plants then you must visit Coorg,

Misty Madikeri

Don't miss Sunset and Sunrise in Coorg 

journey it self destination for those who loves to drive.

If you travel in Monsoon then you will come across Clouds, Mist and Waterfalls   

Statue of Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa who was the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Army

 

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