(Last Updated on : 17/08/2010)
Madikeri is a town of the Indian state Karnataka. It is the district headquarters of Kodagu district. Earlier, it was known as Muddurajakeri, which means Mudduraja`s town. He was prominent Haleri king.
Trip to Madikeri of Karnataka offers a person to see and cherish Mother Nature`s glory. Exquiste locales, peaceful ambiance and many more than anyone could expect. It is the headquarters of the district, Kodagu. To some people, Madikeri is also identified as `Mercara`. In the beginning, Madikeri was called `Muddurajakeri`. Muddurajakeri stands for the town of `Mudduraja`. According to the historians, Mudduraja was a famous ruler of Haleri, who ruled over the entire region of Kodagu during 1633-1687.
Nestled by the Western Ghats it is located approximately at 12.42° N 75.73° E. It rises to a height of approximately1062 meters or 3484 feet above the mean sea level. The closest cities of Madikeri of Karnataka are Mangalore and Mysore. While Mangalore lies in the west, Mysore is placed at the east.
Places of interests of Madikeri, Karnataka
Following are the places of interests of Madikeri, Karnataka:
Raja`s Seat is a tiny pavilion surrounded by a beautiful garden. It is situated at Madikeri`s western end. A captivating view of the green valley below serves as a recreation for the tourists.
Going to this fort of Madikeri becomes more thrilling if one gets to know about its history beforehand. In brief it is said that Mudduraja constructed this stunning fort in the later period of the seventeenth century. He also constructed a palace within the premises of this fort. The famous ruler Tipu Sultan also rebuilt the fort using granite stones and named it as Jaffarabad. In the year 1790, Doddavira Rajendra took possession of the fort.
Staying aloof from the charm of the cascading `Abbey Fall` is not possible for a tourist. Nearly 10 kms from Madikeri, Abbey Falls is located at the place where river Kaveri rushes down a precipice. The falls can be reached by taking a shallow road from Madikeri.
It is a tourist locale of Madikeri of Karnataka, which is 36 kms from here. It is strategically located at the conflux of 3 rivers namely Cauvery, Kannika and Sujyothi. It was constructed following the `Kerala style`.
In Madikeri, Tamil Nadu, Talacauvery is a place of interest. It is located almost 45 kms from this town. The famous river of South India Cauvery River originates from here.
Nisargadhama is a popular spot where people can easily go for a picnic. It is also not far off from Madikeri of Karnataka. From Kushalnagar it is just three kms away.
Dubbare Elephant camp
No trip to Madikeri is complete without a visit to Dubbare Elephant camp. There, elephant rides can be enjoyed. Beautiful sight of elephant busy with all the tantrums is a never forgetting experience. This camp also organizes boating facilities in Cauvery River for its visitors. People can also enjoy rafting and playing games. Crossing Cauvery River also brings thrill to any tourist.
Trekking is another excitement that is restored for the enjoyment of the tourists of Madikeri in Karnataka. Thadiyandamole (5729ft) is a small place rich in biodiversities and truly a trekker`s paradise. It offers panoramic views of coastal area of Kerala and also the famous Arabian Sea.
Pushpagiri is located at almost 5626ft height. For reaching there from Pushpagiri Range, a tourist needs to cross `Subramanya` of ` Dakshina Kannada district`.
For reaching Igguthappa Kundu, one more popular place for trekking, one has to cover a distance of almost 12 kms. Its location from Madikeri is nearly 40 kms.
Brahmagiri is another popular place for trekking. It is a wildlife sanctuary, which lies adjacent to `Nagarahole National Park`. One needs to trek almost 80 kms from Madikeri to get access to this place.
Nishanimotte is a favorite place for trekkers, which is situated almost 6 kms from Madikeri of Karnataka state.
How to reach Madikeri, Karnataka
Madikeri is on the Karnataka State Highway 88 that passes from Mysore to Mangalore. Specifically, it is located nearly 120 km from Mysore. Distance of Madikeri from Mangalore is only 136 km. From Bangalore, one can take the State Highway 17 (Bangalore - Mysore Highway). After Srirangapatna town, it deviates and also joins State Highway 88 towards Madikeri. From Bangalore, Madikeri stretches to a distance of nearly 252 km.
There is no railway station in Madikeri of Karnataka. Trains from nearby places like from Hassan, Kasaragod, Cannanore and Tellicherry can be taken. All of them are almost 115 km away. Places like Mysore and Mangalore have their own railway stations, which suffice the needs of people of Madikeri.
There is no airport in Madikeri. Nearest airports are Mangalore and Calicut, which are 136 km and 180 km away respectively. One can also take the facility of airport at Bangalore. As per a recent phenomenon efforts have been taken to upgrade Mysore airport.
Accommodation in Madikeri, Karnataka
To accommodate huge influx of tourists from various places of India, a large number of hotels have been developed in Madikeri, Karnataka.