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Traveller Tales from Madikeri

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RANJITH RAJA

14 February 2017

"Fantastic experience!! We went in the summer(may) , still the weather was very pleasant and cloudy. Spending 1 day among those hills without any gadgets has given me a lifetime memory. The weather has...

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Raveena Ravindran

28 March 2017

"AMAZING place and experience... the organizer and the property where the base camp was there was just worth every penny... nature, thrill and satisfaction is guaranteed????????"

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Tushar Dubashi

09 November 2015

There is an amazing thing about this place and we simply loved it. Frnds, open jeep and beautiful locations to chill out. Isse zyada aur kya chahiye !!

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Chitraksh Pandey

13 December 2018

I didn’t really know what to expect on this trip as this was my first experience with Thrillophilia, but I was very happy with the entire trip. The team handled my booking, and I didn’t have any troubl...

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Chandrabhaga Nair

10 December 2018

The best trip so far. I completely enjoyed every second of this trip. Friendly and expert guides. Plenty of activties- both adventurous and fun filled. Didn't even spare a minute without enjoyment. Goo...

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Ekdant Agarwal

10 December 2018

Thanks Farhan and team for hosting us and taking such good care of me and my parents on our weekend stay here. Definitely going to come back soon.

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Tanya Tanya

29 June 2018

All the activities were conducted under supervision...Perfect place to relax...The host was amazing....All in all it was a wonderful experience, would definitely recommend.

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Sharath Chandra

26 February 2018

"wonderful experience."

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Kushal Umakanth

06 January 2018

Excellent experience, loved the camping and trekking. The trek was a little hard but challenging. Best aspects were the homemade coffee and the local breakfast provided by the organizers. The camp fire...

What You Should Know More About Madikeri

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • The easiest way to get here is by road. You'll need to drive down from the railway station or the airport to reach here.

    • You can find hotels of mid range to luxury budgets.

    • Once you reach this place you can take taxi to run errands for sightseeing in and around the hill station.

    • The weather is usually cool and breezy throughout the year.

    • Get your sports gear and sleeping bags if you are up for outdoor activities.

    • You can either travel from Mysore or Banglore to Coorg.

    • Carry warm clothes along with you, as this place is situated at a higher altitude.

    • If you are travelling during summer, carry sunscreen, shades, and headgear along with you

    • Since, this is a hilly area, wear shoes that have a good grip. Avoid wearing high heels and flip flops.

    • Ensure that you have storage space in your baggage to carry the aromatic coffee and spices from this place.

    • Carry a camera, so you can capture the most scenic moments at this place.

    • This place has movement of elephant herds and you must be careful to watch yourself when taking walking trails in any area of this hill station.

  • Q. Tipping

    Tipping rules here are the same as that of any other region in India.You can follow the standard tipping etiquette of 10% of the billl when dining at the resorts.


  • Q. Drinking Law

    Coorg serves alcohol. Make sure that you do not carry it along with you while leaving Madikeri. Avoid drinking before taking up adventurous and outdoor activities.


  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Outdoor activities
    People usually choose this place for rappelling, mountain safaris, adventures, camping, water rafting at Barapole, taking plantation trails in the coffee fields, bird watching at leisure, and more. Madikeri is a place in Coorg where you can find more than 1000 species of birds as you visit the places nearby.


    Abbi falls
    Waterfalls are a pleasant view. There is something about sightseeing water bodies that is always a spiritual experience and has a calming effect. This waterfall joins the Kaveri River. It is easier to drive in cars up to the entrance of these waterfalls and take a dive in the nearby water body. 


    Tombs and forts
    Visit the Raja’s seat during sunset and enjoy the spectacular sunset at this place. You will also see this place adjoined by Blue Mountains adding to the beauty of this place. Visit the 17th Century old Madikeri Fort and get a view of the Mudduraja’s architectural delights. Also, take a tour of the Raja’s and Gaddige Tomb to get a complete insight into the life and lifetime of this king after whose name this place has been cited.


    Temples and camps
    Omkareshwar temple has a unique architecture and is built in Mohammedan style.  There is a large tank that overlooks this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is closed in the afternoon. You can visit this temple in the morning as early as 6.30am and late in the evening as late as 8.00pm. You can also visit the Bhagamandala temple which is a confluence of three rivers in Karnataka. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishu, Subramanya, Ishwara, and Ganesha. The Dubbare Elephant camp is also an interesting place for family picnic and taking boat rides.

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Sightseeing and trekking
    There are more than three spots for starting outdoor activities; something that Coorg has always been famous for. You can enjoy long walking trials and trekking in places like Brahmagiri, Pushpagiri, and Nishanimotte. 


    Mid range accommodation
    You don’t have to shell out a lot of cash when you visit Madikeri in Coorg. You can have the most delightful adventurous, serene, and spiritual experience without burning your pockets when you visit this place. All the hotels offer mid rage prices for staying and dining. Most of the restaurants have a bar attached and you can get a taste of the local liquor. If you love relishing on Pork, you will find the best of this cuisine at most of the restaurants. Vegetarians too can find a hotel or two for themselves when staying at Madikeri.


    Religious and cultural delight
    This place has a unique history. For those who have a zeal for history, culture, and architecture, you can take temple and tomb tours in and around Madikeri. 


    Road trials and wildlife
    If you love walking amidst greenery and love the , you will be amazed at what this place has to offer. You can also get a peek into the Tibetan art present at the Golden Temple. At the Fauna Nagarhole National you can find humongous species of wild animals like , parakeets, reptiles, bears, eagles, jackals, and many other species of birds and animals. wild lifeParkdeers.

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Website :
    Madikeri Website


    Books :
    Coorg: The Land of the Kodavas by Jeanette Isaac and John Isaac

  • Q. How far is Madikeri from Bangalore? How can I go there?

    Madikeri city is at an approximate distance of 267 km from Bangalore which can take up to 5h 30 minutes by road. The travel options available includ

    1.By public transport - Bus service is available from Bangalore bus stop to Madikeri. 

    2.By Self Drive - This is the fastest option by road and takes less than 4 hours to reach. 

    3.Train - Trains run from Bangalore Junction to Krishanrajanaga. The journey takes up to 3 hrs and 30 minutes. 

  • Q. Which are the famous tourist attractions in Madikeri?

    1.Mandalpatti: Tucked with a vast sweep of green, Mandalpatti is a wonderful place to trek in the midst of flourishing trees stretched throughout the calm and peaceful region. The best time to visit the place is just after the rains when the land is cluttered with a vast canopy of dense flora and fauna.

    2.Talakaveri: Recognised as the commencing point of the river Kaveri, Talakaveri is found on the hills of Brahmagiri. Standing at an amusing height of 1276 m from sea level, the place also occupies a vast variety of temples. Talakaveri is recognized as one of the holy places in the Madikericity and tourists and worshipers often visit this place to take a dip in the holy Kaveri river.

    3.Kote Betta:Famous among trekkers, Kote Betta is established at an escalation of 5400ft making it one of the highest peaks. The place also offers a rich history with an ancient Lord Shiva temple located in its premise. During the festive season, the place is occupied with worshipers and devotees of Lord Shiva. 

    4.Abbey Valley: Located in the dense tropics of Madikeri, Abbey Valley is encapsulated with a variety of trees and bedazzling waterfall. The attraction is best visited during the rainy season. Along with the scenic view, there are a number of stalls outside the place that offer delicious fast food. 

    5.Omkareshwar Temple: Travellers who enjoy learning about new cultures must visit this temple. Temple of Lord Shiva, the Omkareshwar temple is not just a place to spend some time in divine intervention but also enjoy the local history that the temple carries. 

    6.Raja's Tomb: Also known as the Gaddige tomb, the place residences the remains of the Kodava ruler. Raja's tomb also delivers a mesmerizing view of the complete Madikeri City. Overall, it is an excellent place to relax and enjoy some rich history of the town. 

  • Q. Is it safe to travel to Madikeri?

    Yes, apart from the heavy rains during the monsoon season when a lot of roads may be blocked, Madikeri Tourism is safe. Travelers are also encouraged to be readied with proper trekking equipment and first aid kits.

  • Q. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Madikeri?

    The ideal time for a wholesome visit at Madikeri should be around 2 days. The days can be split as follows:

    1.Day 1
    Abbey Falls
    Tibetan Monastery
    Raja's Seat

    2.Day 2
    Mandalpatti
    Kote Betta
    Talakaveri

    You can also engage in some local shopping experience towards the end of your visit. The best season to visit the place is just after monsoon between September to December.

  • Q. When is the best time to visit Madikeri?

    You can visit Madikeri during any part of the year; it is an all-weather destination, which is a rarity with Hill stations that offer a variety of climate throughout the year.

    December to February: People who miss the chilling winters of North India can take resort in this hill station of South India. During these months, the temperature falls down to the levels of 14 Degree Centigrade and it will remind you the colds of north India.

    Months of Monsoon: The monsoon patterns of Madikeri are not aggressive, they are pleasant in their own way and lush greenery of the town and the hills can add a visual delight in your selfies and other family albums.

    Months of summer: It is a hill station to beat the heat of the summers; summers are the peak season for this hill station.

  • Q. How to reach Madikeri?

    State Highway 88 connects two big cities of Mysore and Mangalore. Madikeri is located at the same highway with a distance of 120 Kilometers from Mysore and 136 Kilometers from Mangalore. These two cities can also be considered as the junction points when you wish to reach to Madikeri.

    • By Air: Mangalore Airport is connected with rest of the India with frequent flights, International tourists can find a better connection in the form of Bangalore which is located at a distance of 250 Kilometers from the Madikeri.
    • By Road: In general, we can say that it enjoys an easy accessibility from three major cities of South India. These cities are Mysore, Mangalore, and Bangalore.

  • Q. How can I spend my day in Madikeri?

    The best way to spend a day in Madikeri is by enjoying nature, visiting ancient buildings and indulging in some regional shopping experience, the city has to offer. Some of them are:

    1.Abbey Falls
    2.Tibetan Monastery
    3.Mandalpatti
    4.Talakaveri
    5.Kushal Nagar Market, for some local shopping.
    6.Tiger Tiger, for a scrumptious breakfast
    7.Nellikai, for wholesome meals.

  • Q. What are the different things/activities to do in Madikeri?

    We can divide the set of activities in three levels. Sightseeing, visits to waterfalls and adventure activities. Madikeri has limited options to offer, however, all the options are worth it in many ways. We have listed amazing activities in Madikeri you must try:

    • Visit waterfalls and listen to the music of nature: Chelavara falls and Kote Abby are two waterfalls in the area. Plan a picnic and enjoy yourself in an amusing water world.
    • Sightseeing options: Have a stint with the great history of this place, walls of Madikeri fort will tell you the tales of bravery and deceit and “Raja’s Seat” will take you to a trip of the luxury of a bygone era.
    • Launch a venture full of Adventure: “Pedal with Poonch” is a bicycle tour that covers some unexplored areas of Madikeri, Hiking trails of Kotebetta can also take you to a different land of adventure and natural wonders.
    • Coffee, Cuisine, and Golf: Add an aristocracy in your travel plans while visiting local coffee shops. You can try your hands on golf sticks in the local golf course and have a feast of local cuisines.

  • Q. Is Madikeri safe at night?

    Yes, Madikeri is calm and generally quiet at night and the localities here are helpful especially if you are traveling during the night. In other words, you should be safe here. However, there are a number of animals that in the night time, wander around certain parts of the city, of which you should be careful.

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay in Madikeri?

    Madikeri in itself is a big nature's resort located in the district of Coorg in Karnataka. Big tourism giants are stepping into this place and coming up with some exotic resorts to add a new luxury in the stays of tourists.

    • Club Mahindra Resort: Mahindra Holidays has developed a chain of resorts at many unbeaten tourist destinations. Club Mahindra Holidays is one such property where you can expect an international standard of services and feel the luxury of nature's lap.
    • Vivanta By Taj: Vivanta Chain of Resorts has set a high standard of services and relaxation facilities in all their properties. The Resort at Madikeri is not far behind; you can feel a local south Indian hospitality delight during your stay here.
    • The Ibniee: A tranquil place to cool your heels and heads, avail the services of the in-house spa and transport you in the world of soothing sensations. If you are tight on budget then bargain for a package before winning this ticket to a tranquil world.

  • Q. What are the best ways to travel in and around Madikeri?

    During Madikeri tourism, you will most likely be traveling on a bus accompanied by other travelers. However, there are local transport like rickshaws that are available to travel in and around the city. You can also choose to hire a cab with a local driver who can show you around. 

  • Q. What is Madikeri famous for?

    Madikeri is acknowledged for a variety of aspects. From a rich historical background ofThe Tibetian Monastery and the Raja's seat to the heavenly landscapes at Mandalpatti, Abbey Falls and Kote Betta, there is a lot of exploring at Madikeri. The place also packs in some thrilling activities like Trekking, Canyoning, Rappelling and Biking. All of this and more makes Madikeri a fun place to visit. Additionally, local cuisines like include Pandi curry, Lamb curry, Kadam battu and Bamboo shoot curry are celebrated in Madikeri

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Madikeri?

    Madikeri is an upcoming town that remains abuzz with the activity during the peak seasons only. This is why a consistent flow of public transport services is missing from the town. Local cab service providers are filling the gap and you can avail their services.

    • State Owned and Private Bus services: Madikeri has its own share of “mass public transport”, however, you cannot rely on them completely because there is no fixed timetable for them.
    • Auto Rickshaws: You can cover short distances in the town with the help of Auto Rickshaws and availability is great.
    • Local cab Operators: Hire them for excursion tours and sightseeing, rates are almost standard, however, you need to put down an extra bit of effort in order to find the standard rate card.

  • Q. What festivals do the local people celebrate in Madikeri?

    Kail poldhu: A regional festival celebrated in the month of September, Kailpoldu is dedicated to the tribal warriors and their weapons. It is specific to the farmers and it signifies the commencement of agriculture by pulling out weapons to protect the crops from the wild.

    Kaveri Sankramana Festival: Counted amongst the most sacred festivals of the city, the Kaveri Sankramana festival is dedicated to the goddess Kaveri and the ancestry of the river Kaveri. This festival is celebrated in the month of October.

    Puthari Festival: The festival is celebrated among the farmers and localities as a symbol of rice harvesting. It falls in the months of November and December.

  • Q. Which are the best places for shopping in Madikeri?

    Standard Souvenir shops, local flea market shops, and weekly flea markets are three options that give you an access to shopping facilities in Madikeri. Things are definitely cheaper here because the pricing of the goods is done in accordance with the purchasing capacity of local people.

    • Virajpat Market and Shopping Hub: Try your hands with some local handmade products of southern India and bring home some organic delights.
    • Friday Market in Madikeri: Term it as moving factory outlet where local manufacturers sell their goods at lower prices, during the evenings you can also expect some great deals in this market.
    • Wildlife Society Shop: Ideal for Souvenir shopping, here you can get an access to some unique handicraft items.

  • Q. Which restaurants serve the best food in Madikeri?

    Coffee Blossom: The restaurant is acknowledged for its variety of coffee and vegan food options.

    Coorg Cuisine: This place is famous for vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with local flavors.

    Raintree: The restaurant expertises in serving delicious seafood and grilled food with the authentic taste of Madikeri.

    Udupi The Veg Restaurant: A must-visit for vegetarians, the restaurant serves some of the best vegetarian dishes in the city.

    Tiger Tiger: Dishes like Pandi curry and Kadam battu are the restaurant's specialty. Tiger Tiger is famous among locals and tourists as an authentic Madikeri restaurant.

  • Q. Which is the best local cuisine here? Where can I get to try it out?

    Madikeri follows the cuisine style of Coorg district since it was a royal kingdom during the medieval era. The experimentation with the cuisines gave rise to a different culinary culture weaved around the locally grown food items.

    • Hotel Capitol: Try Pandhi Kari loaded with chilled beer, you will love the ambiance along with the taste of the local foods.
    • East End Hotel: Start your meal course with cold buttermilk and end it on the same note. In between, enjoy the delicacy of spicy Chutneys that forms the flavor of south India.

  • Q. What are the best places for outdoor activities in Madikeri?

    Outdoor activities options are still under making, big institutions have some pipeline dreams about incorporating regular adventure activities in the area. Still, currently, there are some spots where you can go for outdoor activities.

    • Mercara Down Golf Club: Ditch all that expensive membership charges and try your hands on the golf stick on this golf course.
    • Kotebetta: Nice place for small trekking options where you can explore local flora and fauna.
    • Mandalpatti: Enjoy a Jeep Safari to this place, it can be a great option during the rainy season when trekking options confine them to minimum levels.

  • Q. What kind of nightlife I can experience in Madikeri?

    There are a number of places to visit and unwind in Madikeri after an extraordinary tour around the city.

    1.Hive Bar

    2.The Lost Horizon Bar

    3.Planter's Club - Bar

    4.Silver Oak Restaurant

    5.Bar Lounge

    6.Family restaurant includes:

    7.Hotel Neel Sagar

    8.The Fort Mercara

    9.The Falls Restaurant

    10.Camping amongst the wild is also an excellent option.

    11.The civet creek camp

    12.Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary camp

    13.Night Safari of the Jungle.

  • Q. Are Madikeri and Coorg are same?

    No, While Coorg is a district in Karnataka, Madikeri is the capital or the headquarters of Coorg. It was once the capital of the Kodagu kingdom as well. Between Coorg and Madikeri, there are numerous exciting locations to visit

  • Q. What are the best destinations for camping in Madikeri?

    Camping is not a standalone activity in the region of Madikeri, many packages are available where camping enters as a component of the main package. Listed are popular camping destinations in Madikeri :

    • Brahmagiri Trek with Camping: This trek is an apt trek for hardcore adventure seekers, camping during the night is an activity.
    • Bittangala: Camp deep inside the jungle right next to waterfalls and rich flora, try this trek of Bittangala where camping is an activity of the main package.
    • Pushpagiri Trek: Trek, where clouds will greet you and climate, will add an energy into you. Camping during the nights is an additional part of the trek.

  • Q. What language is spoken in Madikeri?

    The Kodava language is widely spoken in Madikeri. It is a Dravidian language that originated in Kodagu district. English is also a language that lives in the city and although Madikeri is an Indian city, the Hindi language is not very famous here.

  • Q. What are the famous historic monuments in Madikeri?

    Madikeri has a great history associated with it that covers four centuries of the medieval era. The historic monuments of Madikeri are a living testimony of this glorious history.

    • Raja’s Tomb: It is a place dedicated to the Kings and brave chieftains of Kodva kings, behind the scene stories of this place will mesmerize you.
    • Madikeri Fort: The interiors of this fort are made of Granite. This place has a history that can be dated back to 17th century; throughout its tenure, it remained a matter a symbol of victory for all the rulers who ruled this area.
    • Nalknad Palace: Exteriors of this palace will discourage you; however, the interiors will transport you into a royal world. You will come back with a dream to own a place like this because of the simplicity of this structure.

  • Q. Which are the famous hill stations near Madikeri?

    Madikeri is a hill station in itself, if you want to extend this experience of western ghat hills then a list of hill stations are also available. Just like Madikeri, they all have their own unique USP's.

    • MM hills near Mysore: Complete your quota of adventure activities right after visiting Madikeri at MM hills where you can go for Trekking and other equipment based adventures.
    • BR hills Near Mysore: Just like MM hills BR hills also offers many adventure activities for various hardcore adventure activity lovers.

  • Q. Which are best destinations near Madikeri for biking adventures?

    The connectivity of Madikeri with the roads is amazing; this is why urban crowds sometimes treat it is a biking destination as well.

    • Mangalore: Hire a bike from Mangalore and plan a weekend in Madikeri
    • Mysore: A nice starting point to start a biking adventure trip to Madikeri.

  • Q. Where can one enjoy a Jeep safari in Madikeri?

    Nagarhole national park near Madikeri is an apt destination for Jeep Safari. Apart from it, you can also hire jeep safaris to visit certain other points near Madikeri and enjoy nature in its full swing.

    • Jeep Drive to Mandalpatti: This jeep drive can take you near to the Mandalpatti peak which is an advantage point of sorts to watch the panoramic views of the wild.
    • Off Roading Drive to Nishani Hills: A travel to Nishani hills and the path will keep you closer to nature throughout.