Offering a breathtaking weather with a blanket of fog enveloped over the hills, Madikeri is an exclusive destination for the tourists from busy cities. Situated at an elevation of 1525 meters, this city is a treat to those who crave for spending days amidst mountains. The unspoilt beauty of the city and the waterfalls that enthrall the spectators draw the majority of tourists here. The history buffs are invited here as this city boasts of the Gaddige Raja's Tomb and the Madikeri Fort. Nature has its own treat in stored for nature lovers including the Abbey falls, Raja's Seat and Tata tea Estate. The Omkareshwara Temple also invites religious people here. A perfect amalgamation of all fantasies of the tourists, one can never get bored of this city.
Places To SeeRaja Seat
This is a popular place from where you can take in the spectacular views of the scenic surroundings. The area is actually a viewing spot in brick and mortar. It consists of four pillars bridged by arches, which themselves enhance the beauty of the surroundings. The kings of Yore ventured to this place to enjoy the bounty of nature and hence it was named Raja seat. The spot is built on a high level ground and provides 360 degree views of the cliffs and valleys to the west. Madikeri Fort
The fort was built in the last quarter of the 17th century by Mudduraja. There is also a palace within the fort. Madikeri Fort was eventually rebuilt by Tipu Sultan who then gave it the name of Jaffarabad. In 1790, the fort was taken over by Doddavira Rajendra and then later by the British. The north-east corner of the entrance houses statues of two life size masonry elephants. Omkareshwara Temple
Located at the heart of the town, Omkareshwara temple was built by king Lingarajendra in 1820. Built around a pool, the temple reflects both Islamic and Gothic styles of architecture. Legend has it that Lingarajendra killed a Brahmin to fulfill his political ambitions. The Brahmin then took the form of "Brahmarakshasa" and caused problems for the king. To absolve himself of his sin, the king ordered the construction of a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Things To DoAbbey Falls
Abbey Falls, near the Kaveri River, cascades down a rock face from a height of 70 feet. A hanging bridge has now been built across the gorge from where the visitors can get a better view of the falls. Tip
: A narrow road leads down to the falls. From the car parking, the waterfall is a 500 meters downwards walk. There are several places here where you can enjoy a family picnic. Tata Tea Estate
The estate is located about 50 km from the main town of Madikeri. The estate is known for its scenic beauty and houses an exquisite bungalow in the center. There is also tea factory on the other side of the estate, from where you can buy tea. Tip
: You can also combine a visit to Tata Tea Estate with a tour of the nearby Iruppu falls.