India is a place that is full of holiday destinations. People usually resort to hill stations to get a respite from the hot and humid temperatures of the populated cities.
Now we will be talking about Coorg- The Scotland of India. Coorg is a wonderful hill station in southern India, Karnataka. You would be wondering why it is being called the ‘Scotland of India‘?
So the answer lies in its beauty. It is mesmerizing because of its sameness to the beauty of Scotland. Like Scotland, Coorg boasts breathtaking views, rugged terrains, astounding splendor. Coorg itineraries are all about the rich culture, wilderness, heritage and comfort.
Let’s Explore the Best Places to Visit in Madikeri, Coorg
Distance: 8 km from Madikeri
Jessi falls renamed as Abbey falls or Abbi falls is an impressive fall cascading down from a height of 70 feet. Wonderful opportunity for the shutterbugs to capture this fascinating waterfall. Every year Abbey Falls is visited by uncountable visitors and is one of the best tourist attractions in Coorg.
Distance: 24 km from Madikeri
Lies between Madikeri and Kushal Nagar Chikihole Reservoir is a quaint place to explore. The dam is built across river Cauvery and was built for irrigation purposes. It’s an incredible point to behold and to relax. There is green meadows and dense forest around the dam. During the sunset, the place looks outstanding. Do experience a moment of tranquillity here.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Distance: 29 km from Madikeri
A captivating elephant reserve where you get the chance to see the grace of domesticated elephants, their grooming, feeding, training of elephants and various other activities in which visitors too can participate. Dubare has Asian elephants which are protected and conserved by the Karnataka Forest Department. It is the home of numerous wild and domesticated animals and birds. In addition to it, you can enjoy river rafting which can be adventurous and fun.
Distance: 14 km from Madikeri
Located in the Mahadevpet region of the Madikeri district. The area is surrounded by forest cover and is easily accessible to the tourists at any time. Tucked at an altitude of 1800 from ground level. One can reach this magnificent place and enjoy the refreshing environment away from any commercial activities. January is considered to be the best time to visit here as this is the time when the entire region is surrounded by mist. Fascinating views gave it the name ‘Mugilu-Peth’ or ‘Market of Mist’.
Distance: 33 km from Madikeri
Harangi Dam is stretched at a height of 840 metres and is built across Cauvery. If something is left from your itinerary, then this is a must-visit place. During the rainy season profoundly flowing water looks stunning. No noise, pollution and crowd, this place gives a holistic experience of serenity and excitement to the visitors. Walking on the trails around the magnanimous beauty is rejuvenating. For photography lovers, this place offers spectacular views to capture.
Distance: 850 m from Madikeri
This site is the heritage jewel of Coorg because of its grandeur beauty and its prominent value in history. This fort was constructed by the Mudduraja, the ruler of the Coorg (1633-1687). A glorious empire in the green expanse of Madikeri holds marvellous architecture. To dominate, the inner fort where there was a temple named ‘Veerabhadra’ was demolished and rebuilt by the Britishers into a gothic style Anglican church in 1855. Visitors take delight in exploring the rich cultural heritage of Coorg.
Distance: 1 km from Madikeri Bus stand
King Ling Rajendra constructed Omkareshwara Temple in 1820. This sacred shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and welcomes all people from different religions whether Muslims or Christians. The secret lies in its architecture portraying Islamic and gothic style structure. The uniqueness of its structure attracts myriad visitors which makes it one of the popular destinations of Coorg, Madikeri.