Talakaveri, rested atop the Brahmagiri Hill adjoining Bhagamandala approximately 43 kilometers away from Madikeri is a 'Kundike' i.e. water tank from where the holy River Kaveri (Cauvery) is believed to be originating. However, to the surprise of the tourists, no undying water flow is evident from this spot, except for the monsoon season. The devotees hold a belief that a tiny perpetual spring initiates from here, flows below the ground indiscernibly and later comes into sight at the little distance aloof. According to the Hindu scriptures, the river Cauvery is venerated as one of the 'Sapta Sindhus' i.e. the seven sacred rivers. A small shrine devoted to Goddess Kaveriamma and two sub shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha can be spotted in the propinquity with Talakaveri. The Talakaveri Kundike is also referred to as 'Tirtha Kundike' or 'Brahma Kundike' amongst the locals as the water surging from this tarn is supposed to be sin cleansing and purifying. Pilgrims regularly pay a visit to Talakaveri and bathe in the sanctified and 'moksha giving' waters of this Tirtha. As per the prevailing legend, when the Hindu Trinity viz. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh along with Lord Ganesha had materialized before a righteous sage named Agastya, the river Kaveri emerged out of the Kamandalu of the sage and started flowing onto the earth. Thousands of devotees congregate at Talakaveri on the auspicious occasion of 'Tulasankramana' which falls in the month of October and worship the holy water spring that gushes out of the 'Talakaveri Kundike'. It is believed that at this time of the year Goddess Parvati; the consort of Lord Shiva arrives at Talakaveri and Kaveri starts flowing in profusion to pay respect to the Mother Goddess Parvati. 'Tula Snanam' (a ceremonial holy bath) is observed both at Talakaveri and also on the banks of the river Cauvery on the day of Tulasankramana. A climb of about 365 steps from Talakaveri will reach you to the Brahmagiri Peak from where superlative prospects of the surrounding countryside and the majestic Mangalore Sea can be perceived.


Positioned about 3 kilometers away from Kushalanagara and located at the distance of nearly 30 kilometers from Madikeri Nisargadhama is an island in the Kodagu District that is formed by the River Kaveri. Renowned all over the Karnataka as a well-liked picnic destination and a popular holiday retreat, Nisargadhama Island is a favorite hangout junction both amongst the locals as well as the tourists. Covering an extensive area of about 64 acres and confined by the Kaveri River on all its sides, this dandy atoll is brimming with the dense foliage of bamboo groves and teak and sandalwood trees. To access the Nisargadhama Island one will have to cross the hanging rope bridge that has been installed here. Some of the not to miss attractions of the Nisargadhama Island comprise, the Rabbit Park, Deer Park, Peacock Park, Orchidarium, Elephant Ride, Boating in the Kaveri River, White Water Rafting and a playground specially laid for the kids. At several spots where the water is not too deep, the tourists are even allowed to go into the riverbed and enjoy bathing. At Nisargadhama a guest house run by the forest department and some treetop bamboo cottages are available where on prior reservation tourists can spend night in the cradle of the pristine nature. Unwinding and relaxing in the vicinity of the composed and unruffled beauty of Nisargadhama is unquestionably an experience to be remembered for the lifetime.

Abbey Falls

The Abbey Falls, to be found amidst the Western Ghat Mountain Ranges about 8 kilometers away from Madikeri is a dazzling water cataract that descends from the lofty pinnacles into the River Kaveri. Manifold water rivulets overflowing due to the torrential rains tumble down the hilly slopes of the Western Ghats at a great speed and toppling against the huge boulders make their way through the ravines and chasms. All these brooks combine close to Madikeri and form the grandiose Abbey Falls. The cascade is flooding with overabundance of water during the rainy season and in summer as well, though relatively condensed than monsoon the waterfalls are teeming with bounteous water. The Abbey Falls flow in the midst of the private spice and coffee estates around Madikeri. The slender path that leads to the Abbey Falls passes through the aromatic coffee and cardamom plantations and even walking within these cultivated areas is a heavenly experience. The uproars of the cascade are audible even from the main road and as you follow the trail of the noise through the spice farms, the cataract will abruptly appear before you. The sparkling silvery water gushing down with enormous momentum against the backdrop of the verdurous woods of the Western Ghats and descending over the huge rocks into the serene pools is definitely an awe-inspiring panorama. The melodious twittering of the birds yields seraphic background music to the deafening roars of the Abbey Falls. A hanging bridge is built right in front of the cascade which can be used to reach the Abbey Falls. Additionally, a small temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is also set up adjacent the waterfall. It is to be noted that bathing at the Abbey Falls is not allowed as the water surges into steep rocky valley here and what is more, oodles of leeches are also found inside the water. Post monsoon and early winter is the most suitable time for visiting this wonder of nature.

Iruppu Falls

Placed within the Brahmagiri Ranges about 75 kilometers away from Madikeri, the Iruppu Falls also widely recognized by the name 'Lakshmana Tirtha Falls' are fresh water cataracts proliferating in the Kodagu District. The subsidiary title of the Iruppu Falls has been coined from the name of the Lakshmana Tirtha River; the tributary of the river Kaveri that originates from this very waterfalls. As per the prevalent myth, Lord Ram during his quest of Devi Sita had traversed along the Brahmagiri Ranges with his brother Lakshmana. When Lord Ram felt thirsty and asked for the drinking water from Lakshmana, he shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri and from there the Lakshmana Tirtha River emerged. On account of this mythological parable, the Iruppu Falls are believed to hold the sin refining powers. Thousands of pilgrims alight at the Iruppu Falls on the propitious day of Maha Shivaratri and take a holy dip into the divine waters of the Lakshmana Tirtha River. A trail from the Brahmagiri Peak will reach you to the Iruppu Falls where you can witness the 170 feet tall drop of the milky white water. A small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is parked on the banks of the river Lakshmana Tirtha close to the root of the Iruppu Falls. Celebrated both as a supreme tourist attraction and a hallowed pilgrim destination, the Iruppu Falls receive a deluge of devotees particularly at the time of the Maha Shivaratri Festival. Nonetheless, the most ideal season to pay a visit to the Iruppu Falls is monsoon when this chute is brimming with abundant water and the adjoining terrain is also flourishing with fresh bright foliage.

Mallalli Falls

The Mallalli Falls sited at the foothills of the Pushpagiri Peak of Kumarparvata at the approximate distance of 25 kilometers from Somwarpet near the Bettadahalli Gram Panchayat is yet another stunning water cascade that adds to the celestial regalia of this 'Kashmir of South'. Distinguished as one of the most charismatic waterfalls of the Coorg region, the Mallalli Falls originate at the place where the Kumaradhara River takes a rapid drop of over 200 feet. Beholding the grand course of the Kumaradhara River rolling through the lush green Kumarparvata Valley into a luxuriant abyss is undeniably an extravagant feast for the human sight. Monsoon is the perfect and most idyllic season for visiting the Mallalli Falls when the water cascade filled with water in profusion first soars high and then gushes down with supreme velocity.

Chelavara Falls

The Chelavara Falls based in the proximity with a small village named Cheyyendane about 26 kilometers away from Madikeri is another captivating water cataract to be found around Coorg. Stationed in the middle of the odorous coffee plantations of Kodagu, the Chelavara Falls are prevalently acknowledged amongst the natives by its nickname 'Embepare', which in the local vernacular means a 'Tortoise Rock'. Watching the water undulating through the rich coffee plantations is absolutely a breathtaking spectacle. The 'Choma Kund Hill' placed just two kilometers away is an additional tourist appeal near the Chelavara Falls. The Choma Kund encompassed with burgeoning vegetation and meticulously covered with fog most of the times yield an amazing panorama to be witnessed. In addition to that, the bonus that expressly beckons the visitors is the impressive glimpses of the fathomless Arabian Sea observed from the Choma Kund Hill.

Honnamana Kere

'Honnamana Kere' located at Doddamalthe abreast the Sulimalthe Village about 6 kilometers away from Somwarpet is a scintillating lake of Coorg that is honored to be the largest water reservoir of the Kodagu District. Highly revered as a sacred water pool by the natives, the Honnamana Kere boasts of the interesting mythological anecdote it bears at its background. The legend goes that certain Goddess named Honnama gave up her life here for the safety and welfare of the people. A small temple dedicated to the Goddess Honnama has been established on the banks of the sanctified Honnamana Kere Lake and on the occasion of the 'Gowri Festival' a special pooja is offered to the Goddess every year. Moreover, the 'Bagina' which includes the belongings of Goddess Honnama is also offered to the heavenly lake. On this day thousands of devotees of Goddess Honnama assemble at the Honnamana Kere and pay homage at the Honnama Temple. Bounded by imperial mountain ranges, ostentatious cliffs and blooming coffee plantations, the Honnamana Kere tenders a bravura spectacle to its guests. A new temple was erected here some years back in order to develop this place as a pilgrim destination near Coorg.

Raja's Seat

Raja's Seat, acclaimed as one of the most sought after tourist spots near Madikeri in the Kodagu District is a seasonal garden teeming with plentiful flowers and studded with several artificial fountains. The phrase 'Raja's Seat' literally means 'the seat of the king'. The spell binding verdure, the theatrical series of tall and short mountains wrapped in mist and the entrancing panoramas of the sun setting against the vivid scrim of the azure sky absolutely mesmerize the visitors of Raja's Seat. This locale receives its title from the popular belief that in olden days the kings of Kodagu accompanied by their queens used to spend romantic evenings in this garden enjoying the beguiling vistas of the setting sun. A small square construction of four pillars attached by four arches and built in brick and mortar is parked in the middle of the garden amidst the pulchritudinous milieu. This is the charming spot where the Rajas must be indulging in leisure and recreation. Raised on an elevated platform this square offers the arresting outlooks of the cliffs and valleys to the west of the Raja's Seat. The best time to visit this splendid garden is either early morning or in the evening. At the daybreak, the juvenile rays of the sun penetrate the veil of the mist put on by the gorge beneath and illuminate the entire landscape. While in the evening the diminishing aura of the setting sun performs golden jazz of colors on the dais of the firmament. However, sometimes due to clouds, this brilliant pageant of colors at sunset or sunrise is not discernible. Besides, the Toy Train installed at the Raja's Seat turns out to be an inevitable magnetism for the children coming here. Only 5 INR are charged here as the entry fee. Do not forget to savor the mouth watering bhelpuri and other Indian chat as you visit the Raja's Seat Garden of Coorg.


Bhagamandala located about 39 kilometers away from Madikeri and just 8 kilometers away from Talakaveri is a greatly cherished pilgrim destination of the state of Karnataka where three holy rivers namely Kaveri, Kannike and Sujyoti converge. Highly venerated for its religious magnitude of being a 'Triveni Sangama' (the confluence of three rivers), Bhagamandala receives hordes of devotees on the felicitous occasion of 'Tula Sankramana' when devotees flock here in large numbers and immerse themselves in the 'sin erasing' Triveni Sangama waters. Adding to that, Bhagamandala is also famed in all quarters as the sacred berth where post demise rituals are performed in the honor of the departed ancestors. A well-known temple of 'Sri Bhagandeshwara' dedicated to Lord Subramanya, Lord Mahavishnu and Lord Ganapati is sited close to the Triveni Sangama. It is believed that this ancient temple was established here by a sage named 'Bhagamandala' and the township receives its name after the well-regarded Bhagandeshwara Kshetra itself. The Bhagandeshwara Temple is designed in the Kerala style of temple architecture that reveals certain influences of the Nepali architectural order too. The wooden carvings spotted inside the temple are outstandingly commendable and utterly beyond compare. The idol of Lord Subramanya that is enshrined in the sanctum of the temple is assumed by the devotees to be 'Swayambhu' i.e. self originated. Free lunch is served to the pilgrims every day at the Bhagandeshwara Temple.


Dubare, positioned on the banks of the river Kaveri at Kushalanagar in Kodagu District is a famous forest elephant camp of Southern India, reckoned as a very important base for the elephants of the Forest Department of the state of Karnataka. Dubare Elephant Camp is the place where originally the elephants were trained for participating in the royal procession at the time of the Dussehra Festival of Mysore. At present the elephants trained at Dubare are mainly used for the joy rides of the visitors. The moist deciduous woods of Dubare provide a refuge to a number of wild animals and rare birds. Apart from the wild as well as tamed and trained Asiatic elephants, other animals and birds commonly spotted at Dubare are; spotted deer, sambhar, wild dogs, gaur, bears, tiger, leopard, crocodiles, venomous and non-venomous snakes, other reptiles, kingfisher, peacocks, woodpeckers, partridges, and so on. Nisargadhama, Veerabhoomi, Wildlife Safari, coracle ride and still water rafting are some other must not miss attractions of Dubare excluding the elephants training camp.


Stationed along the State Highway no 88 to the west of the Mysore District, Bylakuppe; a chain of twenty villages is the second largest Tibetan settlement existing outside Tibet. Established by Lugsum Samdupling and Dickyi Larsoe, this Buddhist Federation provides home to thousands of Tibetan refugees who found their way to India in 1960s subsequent to the Chinese Aggression and the Tibetan Uprising of 1959. Speckled with a number of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, Bylakuppe is particularly distinguished for its Great Gompa of Sera Je, Namdroling Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Tashi Lunpho Monastery and Sera Mey. Additionally, Bylakuppe is also renowned for its Golden Temple, Ganapathi Temple, Rangaswamy Temple and the Ingalakere Lake. The Golden Temple is principally exalted for housing the pair of 40 Feet tall statues of Lord Buddha worshipped by the names Padmasambhava and Amitayus.


Located at the approximate distance of about 40 kilometers from Madikeri and nestled at the elevation of 5730 feet above the ground, Thadiyandamol happens to be the highest mountain peak of Kodagu District and the second highest crest in the entire Karnataka State. Quite popular amongst the mountaineers and the trekkers, the Thadiyandamol peak is indeed a paradise for the explorers and the adventure enthusiasts. The trekking trail inaugurates at the base camp of Thadiyandamol i.e. the Palace Estate and the experienced trekkers would easily conquer the summit just in 3 to 4 hours. It is to be noted that the route that leads to the apex is bursting with leeches and the trekkers are advised to go prepared to fight against them. Salt is the best remedy to kill the leeches.

Madikeri Fort

The Madikeri Fort haughtily standing right in the center of the Madikeri City is an ancient citadel originally built in later 17th century under the patronage of King Mudduraja of Haleri Dynasty; the prince who founded Madikeri in 1681 AD. Initially, the settlement was christened as 'Muddurajanakeri' by King Mudduraja however with the passage of time 'Muddurajanakeri' became 'Madikeri'. A palace was also constructed by the King Mudduraja inside the Madikeri Fort. Many years later, the original mud fortress was reconstructed in granite by Tipu Sultan who renamed Muddurajanakeri as 'Jaffarabad'. Again in 1790 the fort was taken over by Doddavira Rajendra and King Lingarajendra Wodeyar II refurbished the stronghold in 1812-1814. Finally in April 1834, the garrison was annexed to the British Empire. Majestically erected over an elevated portion of land and resembling the silhouette of a hilltop, the Madikeri Fort tenders an all-inclusive vision of the entire Madikeri Township. Two life sized masonry elephants installed at the entrance of the fort towards the north-east corner figuratively guard the gates. Six spherical bastions and three consecutive gates of the castle safeguard the main entrance of the Madikeri Fort. A Ganesha Temple, a chapel, the district prison and a small archaeological museum are also housed within the periphery of the fort. At present, this stronghold of Madikeri houses a number of governmental offices.

Nalknad Palace

The Nalknad Palace placed at the foothills of the Thadiyandamol Hills close to the tiny hamlet of Kodagu District named Yavakapadi is an ancient regal alcazar built by Maharaja Dodda Veerarajendra; the Emperor of Kodagu in 1792 AD. This two storied structure topped with a tiled roof and a pointed dome is elaborately adorned with ornate wood carvings and extraordinary old paintings. Garlanded with a pillared frontage and decorated with the figurines of four bulls in its courtyard, this antique abode of the kings of Kodagu is undeniably an epitome of the architectural ingenuity accomplished by the artisans of the bygone eras. Nalknad Palace has been a witness to the second betrothal of King Dodda Veerarajendra and also the retreat of the last sovereign of Kodagu; King Chikka Veerarajendra. Later, Chikka Veerarajendra; the son of King Linga Rajendra was sent to Benares (Varanasi) by the British. In the present day, the Nalknad Palace is declared as the protected monument by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums; Government of Karnataka. In recent times the Nalknad Palace was even revamped by INTACH at the expenses of over 2.29 million rupees. Currently a scheme has been proposed under which the palace will be converted into a museum where the models representing the art and craft of the Kodagu region will be displayed which will render this erstwhile palace a thriving tourism hub of Coorg. A Kannada movie named 'Shanti' was filmed around the Nalknad Palace which further added to the prominence and esteem of the Nalknad Palace.

Harangi Dam

The Harangi Dam, commonly referred to as the 'Harangi Reservoir' is located adjoining the Hudgur Village of Somwarpet Taluk about 9 kilometers away from Kushalnagar Town in Coorg. Harangi River is the tributary of the Cauvery River and the Harangi Reservoir was formed by building a masonry dam across it. This dam receives the maximum number of tourists during the rainy season when it is swarming with water in galore. This taciturn place sited far away from the hustle bustle of busy city life and void of any commercialism at all is the ultimate potpourri of loveliness and quietude. Unwinding in the calm and composed ambience of Harangi Dam and feeling the fondling touch of the gentle breeze that kisses you with placid grace is indeed a worth craving for experience. On average, only a restricted number of tourists visit this reservoir. Guest Houses are also made available on the brink of the Harangi Dam where visitors can spend night in the intimacy with plethora of water and pristine natural glamour. One can get a booking for this Guest House from the public works department. It is to be noted that if you are not planning to spend night at the Harangi Dam, make sure that you leave the premises before 6:00 pm as the whole complex gets closed after that.


Gaddige, which literally means 'the Raja's Tomb' is an intriguing piece of architecture immensely popular amongst the historians as well as the archaeologists for its enormous historical and archaeological magnitude. Stationed at the distance of just 1 kilometer away from Madikeri, this impressive edifice designed in Indo-Sarcenic order of architecture characterized with a cupola in the centre and the minarets at each end happens to be one of the most sought after tourist detonation in Coorg where the mortal remains of the Kodavad Kings, their officials and a number of other historical dignitaries are preserved in distinct crypts. The sepulcher to the right is dedicated to King Lingarajendra that was constructed by his son Chikkaveerarajendra in 1820 AD. To the left of Maharaja Lingarajendra lays the Royal Priest of the Kodavad Kings named Rudrappa. The catacomb of Rudrappa was built in the year 1834 AD. Round the corner, two noble bureaucrats named Biddanda Bopu (who died fighting against the army of Tipu Sultan) and his son Biddanda Somaiah are rested in peace.

Nehru Mantap

The Nehru Mantap, situated adjacent the Raja's Seat atop the knoll that overlooks the Madikeri Radio Station is a well-liked picnic spot of Coorg frequently visited both by the locals and tourists. Celebrated for the flabbergasting vistas of sunset and sunrise it offers, the Nehru Mantap, though placed at an elevated position can be reached after undertaking an undemanding climb of just 25-30 steps. Nehru Mantap is situated at the distance of just 10 minutes of walk from the Raja's Seat. From the Nehru Mantap one can see the compelling prospects of the remote mountain ranges wrapped in the dense green cloak of lush foliage and the panoramic surrounding terrains can also be beheld from here. Endowed with immeasurable natural splendor, the Nehru Mantap is indisputably the seventh heaven for nature lovers and the stimulation for the poets.

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower of Coorg situated at Virajpet approximately 32 kilometers away from Madikeri is a historical configuration and a remarkable specimen of Colonial Architecture prevalent in India during the British Raj. Dating back to early 20th century AD, this imperial Clock Tower standing upright right in the heart of the Virajpet Town was erected by Mukkatira Aiyyappa to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911 AD. The foundation stone of this clock tower was laid on 5th February 1914 by the hands of the then Chief Commissioner of Coorg; Sir Huch Daly. At the moment, this Clock Tower of Coorg is esteemed as the most prominent landmark of the Virajpet Town.


Somwarpet located in the north-east region of the Kodagu District is a panchayat town and a taluka place that is particularly reckoned in Southern India for its copious plantations of vanilla, coffee and spices. Some of the most noteworthy tourist attractions of Somwarpet include Malemalleshwara Betta, Makkalagudi Betta, Kote Betta, Mallalli Falls, Beelur Golf Club, Honnamana Kere, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, and so on.

Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary

Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary established in the year 1987 under the authority of the Karnataka Forest Department is a famous wildlife reserve located in the Kodagu District of Karnataka. Spread over an extensive area of 105 square kilometers in totality, this sanctuary provides a safe haven to innumerable species of birds and animals. The most worth mentioning types of flora found in the Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary premises include Albizia Lebbeck, Artocarpus Lakoocha, Dysoxylum Malabaricum, Mesua Ferrea, etc. The animals like tiger, elephant, mouse deer, clawless otter, mongoose, etc and the birds such as Broad Billed Roller, Malabar Trogon, and Fairy Bluebird etc can be spotted here.

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

The Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka located in the Somwarpet Taluka of Kodagu District is a famous wildlife asylum constituted in the year 1987 with an objective of providing shelter to certain rare and endangered species of birds and animals of India. Operational under the administration of the Forest Department of the state of Karnataka, this Wildlife Sanctuary is designated as one of the crucial 'bird areas' in the world. Covering the total land of 102 square kilometers, the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary includes the Kadamakkal Reserve Forest and is flanked by the Bisle Reserve Forest and the Kukke Subramanya Forest. Pushpagiri and Kumaraparvatha are the couple of highest peaks to be found within the border of the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. The most worth mentioning animals spotted in the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary are; Indian Giant Squirrel, Indian Hare, Indian Wild Dog, Sambar, Brown Palm Civet, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Indian Muntjac, Stripe-Necked Mongoose, Gaur, Asian Elephant, Wild Pig, etc. At the moment, the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is proposed to be upgraded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary nestled amidst the Western Ghats right at the border line of the Wyanad District of Kerala and the Kodagu District of Karnataka is yet another wildlife haven located approximately 60 kilometers away from Coorg. This Wildlife Sanctuary derives its epithet from the name of the Brahmagiri Peak; the peak which measures roughly 1607 meters in its height and is deemed as the highest geographical point of Kodagu. Essentially enclosed with evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, shola forest patches and grasslands, the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a consecrated domicile of a large number of wild birds, animals, reptiles and so on. The mammals frequently spotted in this sanctuary area include Tiger, Elephant, Bonnet Macaque, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Common Langur, Nilgiri Langur, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Sambar, Brown Mongoose, Wild Dog, Wild Pig, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Slender Loris, Common Otter, Nilgiri Marten, Pangolin, Civets, Porcupine, and so on. The birds like the Malabar Trogon, Emerald Dove, Black Bulbul etc and the reptiles such as Cobra, King Cobra, Python, etc. are also spotted inside the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nagarahole National Park

The Nagarahole National Park, also commonly recognized by its sobriquet 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park' is a wildlife reserve that covers the terra firma of two districts namely Kodagu and Mysore and also expands in the Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-Cluster. Regarded as a component of the 'Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve', this National Park was deemed the 37th 'Project Tiger' tiger reserve in 1999 AD. Also acknowledged as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Nagarahole National Park together with the Bandipur National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Mudumalai National Park forms the largest protected wildlife area in the entire Southern India. Formerly functioning as a hunting reserve of the Wodeyar Kings of Mysore, the Nagarahole National Park was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 AD and promoted to the rank of a national park in the year 1988. Enclosed with the moist deciduous forests of North Western Ghats, dry deciduous forests of Central Deccan Plateau and swamp forests of the sub-montane valley, the national park is prominently covered with the thick foliage of silver oak, sandalwood, teak and rosewood.
The most imperative fauna that finds shelter in the Nagarahole National Park includes the mammals like leopard, tiger, Asian elephants, gaur, bison, wild dogs, mongoose, jackals, striped hyena, sloth bears, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, four-horned antelopes, Indian pangolin, red giant flying squirrel, Indian giant flying squirrel, Indian porcupine, etc. Birds such as white-backed vulture, red headed vulture, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, oriental white ibis, greater spotted eagle, darters, blue winged parakeet, white bellied treepie, Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar whistling thrush, Indian scimitar babbler, white cheeked barbet, Sirkeer malkhoa, Indian peafowl, painted bush quail, Indian robin, yellow legged green pigeon, etc. can be sited here. The reptiles for instance common wolf snake, vine snake, bamboo pit viper, common krait, Indian rock python, rat snake, Indian monitor lizard, Russell's viper, common toad, etc and the insects viz. ants, dung beetles etc. reside in the Nagarahole National Park. The park is open for the tourists visits from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and the visitors are carried into the jungle through the safari vehicles run by the park authority. These safaris are closed during monsoon and also during the mating seasons of the animals.

Omkareshwara Temple

The Omkareshwara Temple of Madikeri stationed right in the center of the town is an ancient temple dedicated to the God of Destruction i.e. Lord Shiva. Designed in the Islamic and Gothic orders of architectonics, this temple was constructed in the year 1820 under the benefaction of King Lingarajendra of Kodagu. Set up around a central water tank, the Omkareshwara Temple holds an interesting legend at its background. As per the anecdote that is narrated the King Lingarajendra had assassinated a virtuous Brahmin from his own kingdom chasing some political ambition. The maltreated Brahmin after his murder turned into a 'Brahmarakshasa' and started haunting the king. Terrified and anxious King Lingarajendra sought advice from a sage who asked him to build a temple of Lord Shiva which will purify himself off his sin. Immediately the Omkareshwara Temple was established and a Shiva Lingam brought from Kashi was enshrined here. Extremely frequented by the devotees of Lord Shiva, the Omkareshwara Temple of Madikeri is one of the foremost pilgrim destinations of the Kodagu District. This Shiva Temple is particularly thronged by the devotees at the time of the Mahashivratri Festival.

Padi Iggutappa Temple

Padi Iggutappa Temple, located approximately 40 kilometers away from Coorg at Kakkabe is yet another historical shrine also established by the King Lingarajendra in 1810 AD. Perched atop a hammock, this temple can be reached after climbing an extended stretch of steep stairs. Adorned with a balpeetha at the entrance and on its roof, this temple is square in its shape. The idol of the Lord Iggutappa is seated on a panipeetha. A ceremonial procession is conducted in this temple after the Holi Festival when the icon of Lord Iggutappa is carried in a magnificent parade. The best time to visit the Padi Iggutappa Temple of Kakkabe is the annual temple festival known as Kaliyarchi Festival that is celebrated with unlimited grandeur and passion every year. The Padi Iggutappa Temple is open for the 'Darshana' between 5:30 am and 2:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm every day.

Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu

The Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu located at Yemmemadu close to Napoklu in the Kodagu District is one of the most sacred pilgrim destinations for the people following Islam. This Dargah, i.e. the holy sepulcher was established in the revered memory of two Muslim Saints Hazrath Sufi Shaheed and Sayyed Hassan Sakaf Halramir. Both of them had arrived to India from Persia approximately 366 years ago and settled here preaching religion and virtuous behavior. They had devoted their entire life for serving and helping the needy and poor. The annual festival of the Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu is celebrated for 8 days when an 'Urs' is carried out in the honor of these saints. Millions of devotees visit the Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu during this period of time. Women are prohibited an entry inside the Dargah so separate arrangements are made for the ladies to offer prayers. Both the Dargah and the Urs Festival are managed by the Yemmemadu Tajul Islam Muslim Jamaat. They also run an orphanage and an Arabic Madrassa here. The Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu placed just 35 kilometers from Madikeri is easily reachable via private taxis or state transport buses.

St Anne's Church

St. Anne's Church, laid under the benefaction of King Dodda Veerarajendra approximately 220 years ago is an amazing paradigm of Gothic Architecture existing in India. When the Christians residing at Mangalore were compellingly taken to Periapatna by Tipu Sultan and converted to Islam, some of them successfully escaped and sought refuge at Virajpet. The King Dodda Veerarajendra aside from providing them shelter and protection also built a church in 1792 AD. Years later in 1868 AD, the original church was demolished and a new one i.e. the present day 'St. Anne's Church' was built at the same spot. The tower of this ancient tabernacle bears two enormous bells and a brass lamp that was gifted to the church by Dodda Veerarajendra is still preserved in the premises of the church. This brass lamp is locally known as 'Kuthu Bolucha' and is noted for the inscription of letter 'V' in Kannada it bears. V stands for Veerarajendra. Additionally, the lamp also bears the words 'Nalaknad Aramane'. Moreover, Dodda Veerarajendra had also gifted the church an ornamental brass box and a gold crown, but they couldn't be preserved here.

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