Also known as “Mercara”, Madikeri is another geographical jewel of Karnataka. Formerly known as Mudhurajakeri, named after the prominent Haleri King, Madikeri is a hill station. This hill station is located just 252 kilometers from main city Bangalore and 120 Kilometers from Mangalore and is 1525 meters above sea level. Known for its teak wood forests and coffee plantations Madikeri has a cool all day long steady weather. The bird chirpings last all day that keeps a fresh feeling throughout. The British called Madikeri the “Scotland of India” due to its huge coffee estates. There is a lot more to Madikeri than its green pleasantries, it is home to the famous Nagarhole National Park. Madikeri has huge acres of coffee estates which make the pleasant cool weather all the more obvious. The secluded although safe environment make Madikeri an excellent place to holiday in Karnataka
and to be with your loved ones. Mornings are misty and nights are pollution free, a perfect place to be away from the metropolitan civilization.
Places To Visit
The nearest airport to Madikeri is Mysore, and railways are from both Mysore & Mangalore and the best months to travel to Madikeri are September to March (after the monsoon). Preferably a two day trip to Madikeri is a dream. Since cabs are not easily available in this town, auto rickshaws come at a decent fare. To start with, on the first day a visit to the abbey falls and the Raja’s seat are the best options to include on your Coorg tour packages
. The Abbey falls are just 8 kilometers from Madikeri, which make it easier to make it to the Raja’s tomb, a spot where Rajas sat for recreational purposes. Breathtaking views of historical value and natural beauty meet at this point. On the second day of your trip, visit the Madikeri fort, which is yet another tourist attraction here. In the Last quarter of the 17th century, Mudduraja built this fort, with a palace inside of it. The site was rebuilt in granite and renamed as Jaffarabad by Tipu Sultan.
If you book your Madikeri tours in South India
during September, you get to see the magnificent festival of Keil Poldu. It is a practice where 2 of India’s great soldiers – Cariyappa and Thimmaiaah are worshipped in the form of dances and rituals. Hotels in Mercara produce quality and tradition that go hand in hand. Hotel Coorg international and Mayura valley view are two famous hotels in Madikeri. If you get time off on your trip, try golfing. There is also a 9 off golf course in Virajpet in case you want to relax with a game or for some action; white water rafting is an option in the Cauvery River.
Coorgi cuisines are combined with a fine piece of Indiana spices and curious meats (compared to other Indian cuisines) such as pork, and undoubtedly, excellent coffee. The food of Madikeri is one of a kind and is especially enjoyable.
All together Madikeri is a homely environment and a holiday spot, which is hard to get and with so much accessibility. No contest. A rough estimate for a couple traveling to Madikeri can range around 8000 INR. Madikeri is a place where you go with the loved ones for a time off your tensions, worries or problems. More specifically, for a humble getaway from Bangalore
or Chennai to a place closer to nature and nearer to beauty.