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Tour to Mercara or Madikeri in Karnataka

Mercara, also known as Madikeri, is a famous hill-station in Karnataka. Popularly called the Scotland of India, this is the main town as well as the headquarters of Coorg or Kodagu district. Mist-clad hills, emerald green forest, vast tea and coffee plantations, and picturesque orange groves adorn Mercara. Places to see around Mercara: * Nagarhole National Park: This 640 sq km park at the foothills of the Brahmagiri hills, and its animal life is part of India’s first bio-sphere reserve. The park is covered with dense tropical forest, grassy swamps, and several water bodies. * Talakaveri: This place in the Brahmagiri hills is the origin of River Cauvery, one of the 7 sacred rivers of Sapta Sindhus of the Hindu scriptures, situated at about 4,500 ft above sea level. * Abbey Falls: Located 8 km from Mercara, this is a major attraction for tourists and filmdom alike. * Dubare: Situated at the edge of Dubare forest, on the bank of River Cauvery, this is primarily an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department. * Nisargadhama: This is a perfect picnic spot, known for its tranquil beauty, visited by several tourists throughout the year. Enjoy a comfortable stay while on a Tour to Mercara at the hotels in Mercara, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. Some of the major hotels in Mercara are Hotel Coorg International, Hotel Mayura Valley View, Hotel Cauvery, Vinayaka Lodge etc. Mercara, located 1170m above sea level, is 252 km away from Bangalore, 136 km from Mangalore, and 120 km from Mysore. For a Tour to Mercara, the best time to visit is between the months of October and March. The nearest airport is at Mysore. The closest railway stations are located at Mysore and Mangalore. Mercara is well-connected by a network of roads, with the Mysore – Mangalore highway passing through the town.

Coorg’s Places

Coorg’s Places


Madikeri is the capital city in Coorg or Kodagu.  This city was established by the king Muddu Raja of Haleri Dynasty in 1681.  Madikeri is the name derived from “Muddu Rajakeri”.  This small town in the lap of hills is always seemed cloudy or misty. There is no wonder in calling this place as “the Scotland of the East.”


Talakauveri in the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in Coorg is generally considered as the place from where the sacred Kauveri River originates. Only in rainy season there is a flow from Talakauveri to the main river course can be seen. A tank or kundike, erected on the hillside near a temple is always visible and pilgrims take a bathe on this holy water on special days.

Tibetan Gold Temple

This is the second largest Tibetan settlement in India and is situated Bylakoppa, 6 kms away from Kushalnagar.  There are three gold coated idols of Budha, Padmasambhava and Amitayush with a height of 40 feet in this temple.  Namdrolling Monastery one of the famoust Budha vihar is situated in this temple.


Nagarhole National Park also known as 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park,' is located 94 km from Mysore and covers an area of 575 square kms of Kodagu and Mysore districts.  It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and was nationalized in 1974.  This park is blessed with green forests, shallow streams, beautiful valleys and bewildering waterfalls. It also provides an opportunity to view the wild animals like elephant, deer, tiger, cheetah, jackal, etc. in their own living environment. The reptiles like marsh crocodile, monitor lizard and rock python are inhabitants of this park.


Nisargadhama is a beautiful biological park near Kushalnagar in the district of Kodagu in Karnataka. The distance between Nisargadhama and Madikeri is 30 Kms and from Mysore it is 95 Kms. It is one of the finest and lovely holiday destinations in Karnataka. The importance of Nisargadhama lies in the fact that it is the place where Cauvery splits forming an island of thick bamboo groves, sandal trees and teak trees. There is a hanging bridge made of rope that connects the main land with this beautiful island covered by Cauvery. Those who are interested in boating have never been disappointed here. But they are allowed only to get into the river at places where water is shallow and having no dangers. Every safety measures have taken here. You can watch peacocks, rabbits, deer and an orchidarium. A playground for the children makes them happy. And those who love to travel on elephants will be happy here for there are elephant rides awaiting them. Those who wish to stay at tree tops also get bamboo cottages for their shelter. A guest house run by the forest department is also available for the stay here. Those who love the nature and be with nature never miss this place, ‘cause there lies the peace and serenity of the nature, simply the


Dubare is a natural island with an exquisite atmosphere. This beautiful place offers a wonderful experience of boating and fishing. Dubare is situated on the banks of Cauvery, 18 kms away from Kushalnagar in the district of Kodagu or Coorg in Karnataka. Dubare covers a land area of 11 acres. The main attraction of this place is the elephant camp and covers a land area of 11 acres. The Karnataka Forest Department has more than one hundred and fifty elephants in various camps. Dubare is the most prominent camp among them due to its historical importance. The Elephants for the famous Mysore Dussehra were trained at Dubare elephant camp. At present, after logging operations have ceased, the elephants have been practically retired except for giving some rides to tourists. Alongwith the elephant training camp, Harangi Dam, Nisargadhama and Veerabhoomi are the other main attractions of the forest area. Another interesting thing is that the Nagarhole National Park is in close proximity to Dubara. Every morning and evening there are tours conducted by the Forest Department. If you are much more adventurous, trekking is the best way to explore and discover Dubara. The trekking trail leads you through wilderness, forests, hillocks, river banks. The well-known trekking routes are in the hills of Brahmagiri, where the trekking trail leads you to the magnificent Irrupa Falls. Dubare offers various trekking opportunities alongwith river rafting if you have high spirits in performing adventures. It is your free will to select any one of the rafting options, 8.5 kms or 12.5 kms. The sight of beautiful backwaters with the small islands here and there makes you an admirer of nature. The place is so serene that there is no wonder why nature lovers always prefer Dubare as their own destination.

Kodagu District Maps

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Kodagu District Major Attraction

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Cauvery Nisargadama
This place is located in the Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka very close to Kushal Nagar. Nisargadhama is around 120 kms from Mysore and around 260 kms from Bangalore. Located 4 kms before Kushal Nagar (when driving from Mysore), it is a small and circular island formed by the branching of river Cauvery....more
Kabini WildLIfe Sanctuary
Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of Karnataka, probably because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape surrounding a large picturesque lake, and fantastic sightings of large herds of elephants. It is 80 km away from Mysore and 205 km from Bangalore, and comprises the south-eastern part of Nagarole National Park....more
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Kodagu District covers an area of about 181 sq km. It is surrounded by evergreen and semi-green forests as well as shola grasslands....more
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is one of 21 Wildlife Sanctuaries of India's Karnataka state. This sanctuary is located near Mandalpatty in Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu district and has some attractive scenery. Spread over 102 sq km, the sanctuary is situated in the Western Ghats and has thick evergreen and semi-evergreen forests....more
Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary
Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Southern Karnataka state of South India. It is located in Kodagu district and is spread over 105 km² and lies in the Western Ghats. This sanctuary is named after Talakaveri, the origin of the Cauvery River which lies on the eastern edge of the sanctuary....more
Rajiv Gandhi National Park
Nagarhole National Park, also known as 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park,' is located 94 km from Mysore in Karnataka in Southern India. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. Located to the northwest of Bandipur National Park, Kabini reservoir separates the two....more
Abbey Waterfall
Karnataka boasts of some scenic and exotic hill stations that are frequented by those seeking the green and serene. Among them one such location would be the Abbey falls. This waterfalls also known as the Abbi falls....more
Irpu / Iruppu Waterfall
Irpu falls (or Iruppu falls) is situated at outskirts of Brahmagiri mountain range of Kodagu district. The falls is formed by Lakshmana theertha river when it jumps down in two tiers from a height of 52 mtrs (approximately 170 ft). The Irpu Falls, also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls....more
Mallalli Waterfall
Mallalli falls is situated in the foots of pushpagiri hills. It in about 18 kms from somwarpet, the falls is 2 kms inside the main road. Mallalli Falls is situated in Coorg and is around 25 kms from Somwarpet and 260 kms from Bangalore....more
Nisargadhama Falls
Nisargadhama Falls in Karnataka is about 25km on the way to Madikeri from Bangalore. 2 kilometers from Kushalnagar, Nisargadhama is a beautiful island carved by the Cauvery. Karnataka’s geographical topography is dominated by the Western Ghats that is the source of many rivers flowing though out the land....more
Lakshmana Tirtha River
The Lakshmana Tirtha is a river of India that has its origin in Kodagu district and flows eastward. It joins the Kaveri River in the Krishna Raja Sagara lake. Kodagu is a district of Karnataka State in Southern India. It is also known by its anglicised name of Coorg. It occupies about 4,100 square kilometers (1,580 mi²) of land in the Western Ghats of Southwestern Karnataka....more
Kaveri River
Harangi Dam