About 8 Kms from Madikeri is the beautiful waterfall and picnic spot, where the Abbey cascades 70 ft down to flow as a small river. A path through coffee and cardamom plantation off the main road adds to the attraction of the perennial waterfall. Enjoy the gushing, roaring beauty but a desire to take a dip in the cool waters may prove to be risky.
This is a well known pilgrimage centre situated at a distance of 39 kms from Madikeri. Bhagamandala is on the banks of the confluence of three rivers, Cauvery, Kannike and the sub terranian Sujyoti, popularly known as "Triveni Sangama". The famous Sri Bhagandeswara temple is located here. A large number of tourists visit Bhagamandala particularly during the Thula Sankramana jatra and the entire Thula month (October-November).
A memorial to the father of the nation built at the site where Mahatma Gandhi sat and addressed the people of Madikeri during his visit in 1932.
Gaddige or the tombs of Virarajendra and Lingarajendra at Madikeri is one of the important monuments of Coorg. The royal tombs on a hillock to the north of Madikeri provide a commanding view of the town. Lingarajendra's tomb was built in 1820. There are also the tombs of a Raja's priest and that of two army commanders. A commemorative plaque, eulogizing the bravery of General Biddanda Bopu who fought.
Tipu Sultan has been recorded by Dodda Veerarajendra in an inscription. The tombs are in the style of Muhammadan edifices with domes in the center and turrets at the angles. The bars of windows made of brass have fine engravings. The grounds surrounding the tombs have been encroached.
This temple built by Lingaraja in 1820 is a perfect blend of Islamic and Gothic styles of architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva, and the Siva Linga brought from Kashi````````` (Varanasi) has been installed here. Legend has it that the king built the temple to absolve himself of his wrong doings.
Perched a top a hill, overlooking a wide valley is the place where the kings of you are spent their evenings, watching the spectacular sunset and mesmerizing view of the valley around. An early morning visit, bracing the chilly breeze gives a glimpse of the hilltops rising above the mist-covered valley to kiss the sky. Next to this beautiful park is the 300year old temple of Kundurumotte Chowti Mariamma.
Talacauvery is the birthplace of the sacred river Cauvery. It is situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hills, and can be reached by a motorable road from Bhagamandala, which is at a distance of 8 kms. There are temples dedicated to Ishwara & Ganapathi at the source of Cauvery. The "Tula Sankramana" day (usually falling in the month of October) is regarded as the most auspicious day for visiting Talacauvery.
There is a small square tank (Cauvery Kundike) by the side of a fairly big tank in Talacauvery, which is the source of the river. It is believed that on the day of the "Tula Sankramana", at an auspicious moment, the holy Cauvery appears, and that her arrival is indicated by a sudden upsurge of the water in the pond. Near the source of Cauvery one can climb up about 300 feet to the summit of the Brahmagiri peak where, it is said, the seven great sages meditated. From the top of the hill one can feast his eyes with splendid display of nature. Apart from its importance as a centre of pilgrimage Talacauvery is an ideal place for a visit by any tourist, for its natural beauty.
The fort is situated in the center of the town, on top of a hillock. Built by Lingaraja during the 19th century, now it houses the state government offices, the law courts and the public library. The ancient Ganesha temple, the statue of two elephants, the stone turtle in the courtyard is reminiscent of history. A Chapel built by the British after the accession in 1834 houses a museum. A visit to this museum will give an insight into the history of Kodagu.
Cauvery Nisarga Dhama
Forest department is maintaining this wonderful picnic spot, on the banks of river Cauvery, near Kushalnagar. The hanging bridge, pedal boat center, tree top shelters, elephant safari, deer park is the main attractions of Cauvery Nisargadhama. Forest Department provides bamboo cottages and brick cottages for tourists. Situated at a distance of 2 kms from Kushalnagar on the Mysore-Madikeri Road. This is a man-made island with an area of 65 acres. It has huge hanging bridge at the entrance of this spot.
Another picnic spot near Kushalnagar on the banks of river Cauvery. Elephant training camp belonging to forest department is situated here. River Cauvery comes under Mahasheer fishing area, supported by Coorg Wild Life Society. This island situated near Kushalnagar is not connected by public transport. Hire a taxi from Kushalnagar.
A reservoir with picturesque spot is one of the main attractive tourist centre at a distance of 9 kms from Kushalnagar. Best season to visit is between August and December. Private buses are available or you can hire a taxi from Kushalnagar.
Gautam Buddha at India's biggest Tibetan monastery covered from coorg. This comprises of two universities and two monasteries and is inhabited by Tibetian Monks. This is situated near kushalnagar, 30 Kms from Siddapura and known as "Byle Kuppe". Bylukuppa, a nearby village of Kushalnagar (belongs to Mysore district) houses refugees from Tibet. Although refugees, Tibetians have kept their culture and heritage intact. Tourists can witness their way of life, architecture; even taste Tibetian dishes and Tibetian handicrafts are also available. Regular buses operate from Kushalnagar to Periyapatna via Bylukuppa.
Bramhagiri Line of Hills
Brahmagiri is a mountain range in the Western Ghats of south India. It is situated on the border between Wayanad District of Kerala state on the south and Kodagu district in Karnataka on the north side. Brahmagiri Hill, at 1608 m height, is a scenic tourist attraction. Thirunelli Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, lies on the Kerala side of Brahmagiri. This temple is known as Dakshina Kashi or the Kashi of the South. The temple constructed in an ancient style and includes 30 granite pillars. According to legend, the temple was constructed by Lord Brahma himself.
Irupu (or Irpu or Lakshmana Tirtha) Falls of the Lakshmana Tirtha river lies on the Karnataka side of Brahmagiri. According to legend, when Rama and Lakshmana were searching for Sita, they became thirsty. Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri from which the river sprang. Rama is said to have dedicated a Shiva Kshethra known as Rajeshwara Temple on the banks of river Lakshmana Tirtha. The Lakshmana Tirtha river eventually flows into the Kaveri River.
Brahmagiri can be reached by a trek from Mananthavady (29 km east) or from Kutta. From Karnataka side, trek to Brahmagiri from Irpu Falls is 9 km and to Munikal Caves is 7 km. Trekkers need to seek the permission of Range Forest Officer at Srimangala. Another Wildlife Sanctuary near Nagarahole National Park. Irupu Rameshwara Temple and Irupu Falls are situated nearby. As the mountain comes under Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary area, prior permission from the Department of forests in necessary. Trekking distance 24 kms; 80 kms from Madikeri (Near Srimangala).
Chelvara Falls located at a distance of 16 kms from Virajpet, the Chelvara falls is one of the most beautiful water falls of Kodagu. The Water here plunges in two different streams. Just 2 kms from the falls is the 'Chomakund' hill, renowned for its mind boggling scenic beauty.
This refreshing Irupu Falls is situated at a distance of 48 kms from Virajpet on the way to Nagarhole. The Shiva temple here is said to have been dedicated by Lord Rama himself on the banks of River Lakshmanatheertha a tributary to the river Cauvery. This place is believed to cleanse one's sins and is visited by thousands of devotees from far places on Shivaratri day. There is temple dedicated to Sri Ram, surrounded by paddy fields, from where it is a climb up to the falls through natural forest.
This is the third highest peak in Kodagu District (5400 ft above sea level) Trekking distance 14 kms to and fro; 22 kms from Madikeri (Near Madapura) Kotebetta which measures 5400 ft is the third highest peak in Coorg. kotebetta is about 22 from Kms Madikeri and is located in Madapur which is in between Somwarpet & Madikeri. Kotebetta ranks third after Thadiyandamol and Bramhagiri peaks in Coorg. Kotebetta is a perfect place for trekking in Coorg. The best season for trekking is from October to March. A guide will definitely be of help during trekking. No permission is required to trek Kotebetta, any one can go trekking with proper trekking equipments and gadgets. The most important thing to carry is a torch, wear proper shoes, insect repellants, and a first aid kit without fail.
Mallalli falls is situated in the foots of pushpagiri hills. It in about 18 kms from somwarpet, the falls is 2 kms inside the main road. Mallalli Falls is situated in Coorg and is around 25 kms from Somwarpet and 260 kms from Bangalore. The exact location of Mallali falls is in Bettadahalli Gram Panchayat in Somwarpet of Coorg. It's is an eye feasting sight of river Kumaradhara gushing through the valley and falling into a gorge, with lush green mountains around.
The Nagarahole game sanctuary was constituted in 1955, and extends over 111 sq. miles of reserved forests in the eastern region of the district. The game sanctuary comprises three forest ranges namely, Nagarahole, Kallahalla & Thitimathi. The sanctuary is situated at the distance of 105 kms from Madikeri, and is close to Heggadadevanakote of Mysore district. It is accessible by a good all weather motorable road from Thithimati, which branches of from Mysore & Madikeri.
There is a forest lodge here. The sanctuary affords an excellent opportunity to the visitors to see wild animals of all kinds, from the majestic elephant and the graceful deer to the wily Jackal moving about in their natural surroundings unmindful of intruders. Most of the South Indian species of animals are represented in the game sanctuary, wild Elephants, Bison, Spotted Deer, Sambur, barking Deer, wild Pig and sloth Bear are commonly met with. Tigers and Panthers are also occasionally seen. The elephant camps of forest department, on the banks of the Lakshmanatheertha river, are another attraction to the visitors. There is a motor van for the visitor to go round the sanctuary and provision of other facility.
The Pushpagiri or Subramanya hill, the celebrated mountain (5,626 ft.), is in the north-west of Kodagu, about 36 kms from Somwarpet and 1.5 km from Kumaralli, which is amidst jungle. This is a remarkable two-pointed hill of precipitous height and peculiar shape and resembles, as seen from Madikeri, a gigantic bullock hump. The ascent, which, on account of precipices of the southern and western parts of the hill, can only be effected by a circuitous route, is more difficult that of Thadiyandamol.
Starting from Bhagati, at the base of Pushpagiri, it is about 10 kms walking, the ascent taking a good walker about three hours. The summit commands an extensive view of Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan and Mysore. There are on this hill numerous Hindu memorials in the shape of stone mounds. Within an enclosure, there are two stone structures, with traditional imprint of two feet (paadha) said to be of celestial origin. There is a temple of Ishwara also on the top of the hill. Poojas are performed on a grand scale every year on the occasion of 'Tula Sankramana'.
Tadiandamol (5,724 ft) is the highest peak of the district and is situated near Nalknad Palace which is 40 kms from Madikeri. The peak is not altogether inaccessible; two-thirds of it can be negotiated on a jeep. The topmost position is rather difficult to ascent. But if one preserves and climbs to the top, their exertions are amply rewarded and there from the giddy top of the peak they can look all around towards west and east and feast their eyes on the majestic grandeurs of the slopes. The best season to visit is during December to May.