Madikeri, also known earlier as Mercara, is the picturesque capital of Coorg, where time seems to have stopped for feasting the eyes of its honorable guests. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.
Madikeri is the land of the Kodavas. Kodavas have distinctive dresses, the men wearing wraparound robes called the Kupya and the women with a distinctive style of wearing the sari. They have many distinctive practices such as carrying ceremonial knives, and martial war dances. The culture also includes communal gatherings where drink, dance and special meat dishes seasoned with Garcinia are central attractions.
Dotted with a cluster of red-roofed dwellings and a bustling bazaar, the town situated at an elevation of 1525 m, has a charming old-world feel. Raja's seat perched atop a hill is where the kings of yore spent many pleasant evenings watching the golden sunset.
In Madikeri the main festivals celebrated are Kailpodhu, Kaveri Sankramana, Puttari and Dasara. Karaga festival also starts during the time of Navarathri. Madikeri Dasara procession is a very beautiful procession of mantapas.
Madikeri welcomes its every visitor with open arms into the land full of fantasies. With undulating topography covered in different shades of green, dotted with exquisite coffee plantations, and atmosphere heavy with mist, Madikeri is a picture of magnificence. Madikeri town is full of trekking options with some of the most picturesque trek routes in Karnataka a perfect gateway for a leisure holiday.
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Madikeri is a very beautiful hill station that is a tourist favorite. Located in the hills of Karnataka, the hill station is present in the Kodagu region in the state. Tourists flock to Madikeri during the peak season in order to revel in the beauty of the place.
Traveling around the town of Madikeri is quite hard, though. This is because not many modes of transport are available within the hill station of Madikeri as bus services and auto rickshaw services and other public transport services are virtually unheard of. Madikeri is a small hill station and some of the places of interest in this region can be easily covered by walk. While traveling in Madikeri, however, you may need to visit the nearby regions as well, like the Abbey Falls.
In order to reach these destinations without any problems, you can opt for taxis in the hill station of Madikeri. There are no major taxis or car rental agencies available in the hill station of Madikeri, however you can rent a car or call a taxi from one of the nearby tourist locations. All the places of interest around the region are almost twenty five (25 km) to thirty kilometers away (30 km). Opting for a taxi can cost you around Rs 1000 to 1200, but the ride will be comfortable.
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