Madikeri, also known as Mercara, is a picturesque charming town located at an elevation of over 5000 feet (1,525 m) above the sea level, and is the district headquarters of Kodagu.
Kodagu is the home of colourful, robust and martial race - the Kodavas, is said to be the descendant of the Greeks (soldiers of Alexamder's). The Kodavas are fiercely independent. They were never captured by either Tipu Sultan or the British Empire, so to this day all Kodavas retain the privilege of carrying firearms without needing a license. Kodagu is popular for the generals it has produced for the Indian army. The women folks are well-known for their good looks. But the aspect of hospitality is what Kodavas are most famous for.
The Coorg fishing camp is situated on the banks of River Cauvery that flows through Coorg district. The district is also covered with a canopy of old trees and also has abundance of wild animals and birds.
The camp also adjoins elephants and tigers protected forests. The fish in this stretch of water are protected by Wildlife Association of Coorg and guards of the Association constantly patrol the river to deter fish poachers. Mahseer Rapids is 130 miles from the city of Bengaluru in the direction of south-west. Situated at an elevation of 3000 feet above sea level the temperature here varies between a minimum of fourteen degrees centigrade in winter to a maximum of thirty degrees centigrade in summer. The region is completely free from Malaria and during the month of November to February (the best fishing season) the weather is dry with bright sunshine.
With many opportunities for fishing for fly, lure and bait fishing, the camp also offers great accommodation with conventional shikar cuisine. The entire accommodation will be in insect proof, rustic stone cottages or eco friendly bamboo cottages depending on availability.
The river also holds many Mahseer in twenty pound range and the largest fish caught here weighed in at 93 lbs. The great many tree cover on either side of the river also ensures a static supply of insect diet for fish and fly opportunities for fly anglers. The river also holds Snakehead or Murrel which is also a good sport on spinners and light line. Carp and catfish are also found and these are caught using free lined baits.