The river Kaveri, which is the physical manifestation of the River Goddess Kaveri, is considered to be the most sacred of all the rivers, even more than the Ganga because Ganga originates from the feet of Lord Vishnu but Kaveri is considered to be the Lord’s garland, that’s why Ganga herself is believed to come to Kaveri every year to sanctify herself.
Talakaveri is the place where the holy river Kaveri originates. It is located at an altitude of 1280 meters in the Brahmagiri hill of the Western Ghats in Kodagu district, Karnataka. There is a small tank here which is fed by a perennial spring, though we cannot visibly see the spring feeding the river Kaveri, it is considered that the groundwater flow from this spring feeds the holy River at a kilometer away. This place is notable for its importance in Hindu mythology and is a must visit for those planning a holiday in Karnataka
. This is the place where Lord Ganesha freed Goddess Kaveri from the clutches of the great sage Agasthiya. Also this is one of the few places where the holy trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma appeared together to answer the prayers of the sage Agasthiya.
There are two notable temples near the spring, a Shiva temple and a Ganesh temple. The Shiva temple is considered to be one the oldest temples of Lord Shiva. During the middle of October every year, which is the best time to visit this place, the spring is said to rejuvenate itself and this can been seen in the form of outbursts of the spring and the increase in the level of water. Thousands of devotees/tourists gather at the kundike (tank) for this occasion. The water is considered to be holier than the water of the Ganga.
Shopping around the Handicraft emporiums of Talakaveri is a unique
experience. One must surely take home the wall hangings carved out of
wood depicting the birth of the Holy River. One should also not forget
to load their bags with the rich and fresh coffee, this place is famous
The journey to Madakeri can become tiring as the nearest railway station is 116 kilometers away and the nearest airport, Mangalore is 135 kilometers away. Madakeri is 120 kilometers from Mysore and 250 from Bangalore. The best way of getting to Madakeri is coming to Mysore by train and catching a bus to Madakeri or taking up holiday tours from Bangalore
There are hotels to suit everybody’s pocket here. Room rates start from Rs 900 and can go up to Rs 6000 depending upon the location and the
amenities of the hotel. After visiting the river source on the first
day, take time off during the evening to visit the other places of
interest around Talakaveri including the Madakeri fort which was built
by King Madduraja on your South India holidays
. Also the beautiful Abbey falls are at a distance of
nearly 8 kilometers and tourists would love a swim in these cool waters.
It is best to hire a local taxi for trips in and around Talakaveri.
Typical rates would be around Rs 700 per day.
Planning Your Trip
A trip to the Talakaveri would just take up a day and one can also take a
drive to the summit of the Brahmagiri hill which is a scenic eight
kilometer drive. The drive would show the divinity and serenity of the
Brahmagiri hills and the majestic Western Ghats. The more adventurous
can also choose to stay for an extra day and go trekking on the slopes
of the Brahmagiri hills and can also camp for a night at the Talakaveri
Wildlife Sanctuary. Madakeri is a town 48 kilometers away from
Talakaveri and it’s the ideal place to stay for a trip to Talakaveri.
A typical trip of three days including hotel stay, food, transportation from/to Mysore and local transport would cost a couple Rs 12000 to 14000 approximately. Talakaveri is a place which is a pilgrimage spot and also caters to the adventure lovers and to those who want a silent break among the tranquility of nature. A complete package!