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15 Jul 2002

MADIKERE (MERCARA)

Mudduraja Keri was the capital of the Kodagu King Mudduraja in 1681. Later it came to be known as Madikere. It is the headquarters of Kodagu District standing at a height of 1170 metres above sea level. Madikere is famous for its coffee and oranges.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Abbi Falls: 'Abbi' in Kodagu dialect means falls. It was formerly called the Jessey Falls.

The Fort : The Fort situated on an elevated ground, has a palace inside. Two life-size elephants built in mortar catch the eye as one enters the fort.

Sri Omkareswara Temple: Towards the end of November, a colourful temple festival is held here when the deity is taken in a boat round the tank.

Raja's Seat : It commands a beautiful view of the Coorg Valley studded with paddy fields and forests, with the blue mountain ranges of the Western Ghats.

Raja's Tombs (Cuddige) : The last two Rajas of Coorg are buried here.

Stuart's Hill or Stone Hill: One can have a magnificent view of the surrounding valley.

madikere mausoleum (detail)

madikere mausoleum

Madikere (Coorg)

Madikere (Coorg)

Madikere (Coorg)

Madikere (Coorg)

Madikere (Coorg)

Madikere (Coorg)


 

EXCURSIONS

Chettali Orange & Coffee Research Station(24 Km.) : Run by the Government, many interesting experiments and research on the production of coffee are conducted here. Best time for visit is between November and March.

Bhagamandala (35 Km.) : It is here that the river Cauvery merges with the Kannike. There are three important temples above the confluence of the rivers dedicated to Bhagamandaleswara, Subramanya and Vishnu. During an annual festival which falls in October/November the temple is illuminated by thousands of oil lamps. A Central Apiary located here, is a unique centre for demonstration and research-cum-training in modern methods of bee keeping.

Harangi (38 Km.) : A reservoir and dam located here, make it a popular picnic spot.

Kudige(40 Km.) : A model agricultural farm with a basic Training College for teachers.

Talakaveri (44 Km.) : It is the source of the River Cauvery situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hill, 4187 ft. above sea level.

Nagarhole (80 Km.) : This Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 284 sq.km. with tropical and deciduous forests and belts of swampy ground at the head of small streams. It derives its name from it's snake like winding streams. It derives its name from it's snake like winding streams. The place gives an excellent opportunity to the visitors to see wild animals. Accom: Kabini Riverview Lodge. Mumbai Contact.: 2181658.

Irupu (91 Km.) : A well known pilgrim centre, associated with Rama, hero of the great epic Ramayana. There is a Shiva Temple here on the banks of the river Ramathirtha, said to have been built by Rama. On Mahashivarathri, thousands of pilgrims gather here to take a holy bath.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Area        : 6.5 Sq. Km.             Altitude    : 1170 Metres.

Temperature    : Summer    Max: 33.0 Deg.C.    Min: 27.0 Deg.C.

         Winter    Max: 24.1 Deg.C.    Min: 19.1 Deg.C.

Rainfall    : 279.4 Cms. (June to Oct) Season:Oct to June. STD Code : 08272.

TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATION

Air    : The nearest airport Mangalore(135 Km.), is connected by Indian Airlines and Private Airlines with major cities in India.


Fare : Mumbai - Mangalore : Rs.4280/-

Rail    : The nearest railheads Mysore 120 Km. and Mangalore 135 Km. are well connected by rail with major cities and towns in India.


Fare:    Mumbai-Mysore    : 2nd A/c : Rs.1547/- ; 2nd class : Rs.364/-

     Mumbai-Mangalore    : 2nd A/c : Rs.1467/-; 2nd class: Rs.344/-

Road    : Madikere is connected by road with Bangalore 264 Km., Dharmasthala 180 Km., Hassan 146 Km., Mangalore 135 Km., Mysore 120 Km., Nagarhole 93 Km., Subramanya 90 Km., Talachery 120 Km., Talakaveri 47 Km. and Virajpet 32 Km.

CONDUCTED TOUR

KSTDC conducts two days Nagarhole, Mercara, Nisargadhama Tour from Bangalore , daily in season (Nov ot Jan & April to June). Every Friday & Saturday (during off-season). Dep: 0715 Arr: 2200 hrs. Fare: Rs. 775/- Mumbai Contact: 2181658.

ACCOMMODATION                 Single             Double

Capital Holiday Resort             Rs.1195-1495/-     Rs.1395-1995/-

Tel: 28071/72, e-mail: hcicoorg@blr.vsnl.net.in         

Hotel Cauvery, School Road, Tel : 26292.      Rs. 115/-         Rs. 190-300/-

Coorg International,      --             Rs.1100-2000/-

Convent Road, Tel: (08272) 29390,28071/72, Mumbai Contact: 6319332

Orange County Resort                      Rs.3620/- (AP)

Tel No : (08274) 58481-4        Presidential Villa     Rs.4180-7960/-

Mumbai Contact : 2654604/0899. (Resort) email: rhrlcoorg@vsnl.com

Other Hotels

The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.200/- to Rs.500/- for a double room.

Anchorage Guest House, Tel:26939, Hotel Coorg, Tel: 26789, Hotel East End, Gen. Thimaya Road, Tel: 26496/26549, Mount Lord Tourist Home, Madikere, Sunanda Lodge, Tel: 26924, Hotel Vinayak, Tel: 26230.

Other Accommodation     Single            Double

Mayura Valley View (KSTDC)     Rs. 300/-         Rs.400/-

Near Raja's seat, Tel : 28387.     Suite                 Rs. 500/-

Travellers Bungalow,Mangalore Rd,Tel:26394.Resvns:The Exe.Engr, PWD, Madikere.

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES

Tourist Bureau, Dept of Tourism,Govt. of Karnataka,PWD Bungalow, Tel: 26580.

The Manager, Hotel Mayura Valley View (KSTDC), Raja's Seat, Madikere, Tel: 28387.

Karnataka Tourism Information Centre No.3, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai-400005, Telefax: 2181658.

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