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Cauvery Nisargadhama

Cauvery Nisargadhama


This place is located in the Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka very close to Kushal Nagar. Nisargadhama is around 120 kms from Mysore and around 260 kms from Bangalore. Located 4 kms before Kushal Nagar (when driving from Mysore), it is a small and circular island formed by the branching of river Cauvery. A hanging bridge leads you this island filled with Bamboo trees.

Travel to Nisargadama, a quaint island on the River Cauvery is full of fun and enjoyment as this provides a totally serene surroundings. The lush greenery of Nisargadama,was more enhanced by the Ministry of Forest in Karnataka by planting more bamboo and other trees. During your travel to Nisargadama, you will find that the there are many round cottages and also tree huts built on bamboo stilts.

Tour of Nisargadama in Madikeri, is part of the Coorg district of Karnataka and is also known as the Cauveri Nisargadama Kushalnagar and travel to Nisaragadhama provides an ideal weekend getaway for the tourists as well as the busy executives of Bangalore. This place was opened to the public only in 1989 and since then a number of tourists travel to Nisargadama.

Location info:

Address:This place is located in the Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka very close to Kushal Nagar. Nisargadhama is around 120 kms from Mysore and around 260 kms from Bangalore. Located 4 kms before Kushal Nagar (when driving from Mysore),
District:Kodagu (Coorg) district
Nearest City:Kushal Nagar
Best time to visit: April to November

Climate/Weather of Cauvery Nisargadhama:

Pleasant all year round. Monsoon is from June to September.

Winter -(Oct to Jan) - (Min)14 C - (Max)26 C - [Clothing]-Thick Cotton Light Wool & Sneakers
Summer-(Feb to Jun) - (Min)20 C - (Max)32 C -[Clothing]-Light Cotton & Sneakers
Monsoon-(Jul to Sep) - (Min)18 C -- (Max)30 C -[Clothing]-Umbrella, Rain coat & Sneaker

History of Cauvery Nisargadhama:


Interesting things to do:

Things to do on your Tour of Nisargadama :
- Enjoy picnic here , you can also use the paddleboats.
- The travel to Nisargadama is more charming when you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset. If you take a tour round the island you will find the sun revolving right with you which adds more to the charm
- Bird Watchers can see here black drongos, Alexandrine parakeets, rose-ringed parakeets and coucals.
- Visit the fenced-in deer park with chital and sambar
- Find here an orchidarium with some beautiful orchids grown like Aria Retusa, Aerides, Denrobium, which were brought from the hill slopes of the Nilgiris.
- Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary is just nearby where you can see tigers, gaur, elephants and wild chital herds.

Interesting things to Visit:

You can find a lot of day-trippers at this place. It offers a good break and a nice picnic spot during a long day of travel and most people spend around 4-5 hours in this place enjoying the shade under the bamboos, a pedal boat ride, a casual walk, elephant ride, witness the deer park. Also, the place is filled with a lot of bamboo trees and once inside you don't realize which is east and which is west.

But that's where the fun of spending a night here starts. For one, you can enjoy the full spectacle of the sun rising and setting -- over the river, beyond the bamboo clumps. Then there is the silence of the night, which can be quite startling if one is used -- as most of us are-- to bustling towns.

Talking of sunrises and sunsets, you can get quite confused in your directions if you take a parikrama around the island, for sometimes you see the sun on your right, and then on your left and then suddenly it is right in front of you. But all the time its reflection is shimmering in the river or setting the bamboo groves aflame with its golden light.

There are many birds at Nisargadama. -- black drongos, Alexandrine parakeets, rose-ringed parakeets and coucals and many more. There is a fenced-in deer park with chital and sambar. Machans have been erected in a few spots but in the absence of real wild life here, these seem to be more cosmetic than of any practical value. But the nearby Nagarhole sanctuary is no doubt a much bigger attraction for nature lovers, with its tigers, gaur, elephants and wild chital herds, Nisargadama, started only in 1989 is a unique little place in the contentious waters of the river Cauvery.

Mobile range info:


How to reach Cauvery Nisargadhama?

Nearest Railway Station:Mysore Railway station is the nearest loaction.
Nearest Airport:Bangalore Airport is the nearest
Road Transport:Karnataka State Road Transport has regular bus service to Nisargadama. Going by road is the best way to Nisargadama. It is an eight-hour journey and several buses plying between Bangalore and Kushalnagar at regular intervals.

Nearest Visiting places in Cauvery Nisargadhama:

Madikeri(Mercara) is a small town with houses on hill tops and absolutely, no pollution .Also a small tibetian village and NAMDROLING monastry which is a huge buddhist temple with huge golden statues. At madikeri, visit elephant camp and step into clear, flowing serene waters of Cauvery.

Buddhist Monasteries and Tibetan settlement: A quick wrap up after the breakfast (which was bread, jam, omlette, served at the cottage), we guys were ready to leave. It was close to 11:30 AM. Our earlier plan was to visit Abbey falls (35 kms from this place) and then head back to Bangalore. After the 3 hours spent in water, we didn't have the enthu to get to the falls (which would be crowded with tourists anyway) and take a dip again. We decided to have a peak into Bylakuppe, a Tibetan settlement in India. This place is around 5 kms off the Mysore-Kushal Nagar road.

It has quite a few Buddhist monasteries and the famous Golden temple is a part of the Namdroling monastery. The entire place has a very good architecture. We spent some time inside the golden temple which has deities of Budha, Dalai Lama, etc. and are plaited gold filled (mostly made of copper and coated with gold) with jewels, spiritual books and/or scriptures. We were there from 12:15 to 12:45 PM and headed our way back to Bangalore.

Nearest Petrol Pump:


Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation nearby Cauvery Nisargadhama:

The cottage booking is pretty simple and a call to the Conservator of Forests (Kodagu Circle) should guide you through the rest of the process. You might have to send a DD though. The contact number for the booking is 08272-228305 and this is the number of the Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Madikeri.

There are two stretches of cottage - one close to the hanging bridge made of bamboo stilts and over-seeing the river stream and the second stretch at the other end of the island and these are igloo-like round cottages along the side of the island facing a bigger section of the river. These cottages are named cauvery, brahmagiri, payaswani, sindhu, ganga, pushpagiri and such. There are a total of 12 cotttages at this place and are quipped with basic necessities.

1. Hotel Coorg International, Convent Road, Madikeri - 571201. Phone: +91-8272-29390, 28071, 28072.

2. Hotel Crystal Court Phone: +91 8272 - 221543, +91 8272 - 221870 Email: hilldalecrystal@sancharnet.in This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

3. BB Estate Homestay
4. CoffeeBean Homestay
5. Hillyside Homestay Email: hillyside.drt@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

6. Kabbe Holidays Home Stay Chelavara Village, Cheyandane P.O., S.Coorg, Karnataka - 571 212 Tel.: (08272) 200658 Mob: (0) 98454 46652 or (0) 98459 94510 E-mail: dilip@kabbeholidays.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

7. Swarga Resorts 25 Kms from Sakleshpur and 250 Kms from Bangalore Coffee Planter, Kumbarahalli Estate Post, Via Yeslur, Hassan District - 573 137 Tel : +91 8173 329215 / +91 8173 278242, Mobile : +91 94480 54505 Please contact HolidayMakers.in for all your hotel/resort bookings.

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Tips & Suggestions for Cauvery Nisargadhama:

Contact Indian Travel Guide for more information about Travel to Nisargadama Karnataka.

Transport: Cars can be hired from Mysore.
The Karnataka State Road Transport (KSRTC) also has a bus service at regular intervals.

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Police Control Room Coorg: 100 or 08272-229333 / 228330
Nearest Hospital:Government Hospital Coorg: 08272-223445 / 223444
Society/Community Phone NumberContact for all customized tourism reservations on the following mobile Nos ( 24 Hours) : +91-99428 99555, 98424 30308,99425 87000; Email id: info@indiantravelguide.com

Booking: Conservator of Forests, Kodagu Circle, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201. Tel.: +91 (08272) 25708/28439

Cauvery Nisargadama Island Nearest Attraction

Kabini WildLIfe Sanctuary
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Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
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Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
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