Sightseeng at Coorg

Coorg is located in the south-western part of Karnataka bordering Kerala. Its maximum length is 96 km (north-south) and breadth 64 km (east-west). The area of the district is 4102.3 sq. km. The population estimated is about 5 lakhs.Adonise Home Stay is centrally located to most of the tourist places in Coorg.Dubare Elephant CampNear KushalnagarIt is a natural island with an elephant training camp on the banks of river Cauvery. People visitng the place enjoy the unusual experience of bathing, feeding and taming the elephants. Fishing and elephant safari is an wonderful experience here in Dubare.A journey of about 15 kms from Kushalnagar.Cauvery NisargardamaNear KushalnagarA beautiful, picturesque picnic spot, where the river Cauvery splits forming an island with a bamboo forest of 65 acres. There is a hanging bridge, Deer Park, Boating, Tree House, Elephant safari are worth going to. Ecofriendly cottages are available here. It is at a distance of 27 kms from Madikeri.Tibetan Golden TempleBailakuppe near Kushalnagar“Namdrolling Monastry”, a famous Tibetan Golden Temple, is a feast to the eyes in Bylukuppe. The Golden Temple adorned with a 60ft Buddha statue and the recent addition of Zamdong Palri the copper coloured mountain is an exotic tourist attraction. Fascinating shoppingmarts selling ethnic Tibetan artefacts and modern fashion wares is a place to be visited. It is also the second largest Tibetan settlement in India.Harangi DamNear KushalnagarThe only reservoir in Kodagubuilt across the tributary of Cauvery with a height of 47 mtrs and 846 mtrs wide. It is a real picnic spot where you can admire the gushing backwaters and natural beauty.GaddigeNear MadikeriThe tombs of Raja’s dynasty with high Domes, built in Islamicstyle and minarets with gold coating built in Indo Sarsenic style. The memorable grave is a tribute to the King Virarajendra and his wife Mahadevi Amma. The two other graves are of Lingarajendra and Rudrappa, Gurus to Virarajendra.Omkareshwara TempleNear MadikeriJust 1 km from Madikeri town is this beautiful Shiva temple built by the King Lingaraja II in 1820 to appease the spirit of a Brahmin who was killed by the king. The structure is a quaint mix of Islamic and gothic styles of architecture with a dome and four turrets at the corners. The installed “Shivalinga” is specially brought from Kashi. The main attraction is the holy pond in front of the temple.Elephant Statues inside the Madikeri FortMadikeri TownIt is the fort crowning the town built in 1681, with an imposing structure built in European style. Inside is an English church in plain gothic style. The palace within the fort was rebuilt by Tippu Sultan in 1790 and again Lingaraja during 1820. The palace of the Lingayat rulers is located inside the fort walls.Two life size elephants, made of mortar, catches one’s eye on entering. It presently houses few government offices, a public library and a museum of historical relics which is not to be missed.Abbey FallsNear MadikeriLocated at a distance of 8 km from Madikeri, the charming Abbey Falls is a perfect place for picnics. It is one of the finest among the tourist attractions in Coorg. It is a 70ft waterfall, formerly named as Jessee Falls in honor of the daughter of first Chaplain of Mercara. Bathing and swimming in the deep waters is unsafe here.Raja's SeatMadikeri TownAccording to legend, the kings used to relish the sunset and beauty of Coorg. This small pavilion at the western end of Madikeri has breathtaking views of the valley through which the road descends to Mangalore. It is an ideal place to explore the exquisiteness of Coorg and was one of the most favorite spots of the Raja’s for enjoying the panoramic beauty of the mist-covered blue hills and valleys with green fields. But what's unforgettable about Raja's seatis the spectacular sunset that one can enjoy fromhere.Bhagandeshwara TempleBagamandalaThis is a shrine of Bhagandeshwara . The name is derived from Bhaganda Maharshi who installed aShivalinga here. It is also the “Thriveni Sangama”of the sacred rivers of Coorg Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyothi, a sub-terrain stream. It has an important piligrimage centre called Bhagandeshwarea Kshethra, where piligrims take bath, offer oblations to their departed ancestors, then ascend the hills for a holy bath atTalacauvery.Tala CauveryNearBagamandalaThe worshipping deity of Kodagu, River Cauvery takes her origin as a springin Talacauvery situated on the slopes of Brahmagiri Hills. On the auspicious day of “Tula Sankramana” which generally falls in October 17th every year, the holy Cauvery appears by sudden upsurge of water in the Kundike – The Pond. It is an ideal place for a visit by any tourist for its natural beauty. Lakhs of people throng every year for a ‘holy dip’.Nalknad PalaceNear NapokluA two-storeyed Palace built by King Dodda Veera Rajendra in 1792 at the feet of the highest peak of Kodagu “The Thadiyandamol”. This peak is an irresistible challenge to trekkers. Paadi Igguthappa temple is a deviation from Kakkabe on the way to this palace. This temple was built by King Lingarajendra during 1810. To visit"Paadi Igguthappa" temple one needs to take a deviation on the way to Nalknad Palace from Kakkabe village.Irrupu water fallsSouth CoorgThe river Lakshmana Theertha runs down 60 feet from a hill to form this waterfall. This waterfall is situated in Kurchi village of South Coorg. There is also a shiva temple dedicated by Lord Sri Rama on the banks of this river where pilgrims congregate on “Mahashivarathri”. The natural beauty is a treat to the eyes.Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National ParkSouth CoorgThe Rajiv Gandhi National Park was constituted in 1955. It extends over 650 Sq.Mtrs and is a well-maintained sanctuary. A large quantity of teak wood, rose wood and sandal wood is extensively grown here. It povides an excellent opportunity to watch wild animals like elephants, tigers, deer, bison, and peacocks in the vehicle safari.