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Madikeri - a picturesque hill station of misty mornings and dotted with coffee and exotic spice plantations, lies in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka. It is the headquarter of the famous Kodagu or Coorg district of Karntaka state. Flavoured with the aroma of fresh coffee, cardamom, black pepper and Coorg honey, Madikeri offers an enchanting experience.

Coorg, or locally called Kodagu, is located in south-western Karnataka on the slopes of the Western Ghats. It is one of the most picturesque districts in South India, well-known for its coffee plantations and lush green forests; It is the birthplace of the Cavery river and the Kodava people. Be it trekking, sightseeing or exotic culinary delights, Coorg has it all.

Madikeri, the headquarters of the Coorg district, is a tranquil town with dense forested slopes and spell binding views of the misty hills. It has an abundance of coffee and spice plantations. Dotted with red-roofed dwellings the town has a charming old-world feel.
Madikeri is famous for its evergreen natural scenic beauty, foggy climate with the clouds touching the ground in the morning.

It is believed that coffee plantation was first introduced in the Western Ghats by a Yamani Muslim Saint Baba Budan. Later, the Kodava people adopted coffee plantation as a prime occupation. After the British annexed Kodagu in 1834 AD, coffee planters from Europe settled in, influencing the economical and traditional structure of the society. Today, Kodagu is one of the most important coffee producing districts of India.

The villages are surrounded by coffee plantations and gardens growing spices like pepper, vanilla and cardamom. Home-stays inside the estate bungalows  give visitors a unique glimpse of the life of local planters. The villages can be explored on foot to get a feel of the rural life of Kodava people.

The Kodagu district is made up of 4 communities - Kodava, Tulu, Gowda and Moplah; of these Kodava is the largest community.

The ancestral home of the Kodavas is called ‘ain mane’ which means the house of elders. It is a small fortress like structure situated on an elevated ground. It is greatly honoured and respected by the Kodava community. The ‘ain mane’ is made of stone and wood with intricately carved pillars. These are surrounded by orange, coffee and pepper plants. The Kodava life gives a glimpse into the cultural heritage of this region.

The Kodavas, believed to be the descendants of the Macedonian army and are known for their bravery; They worship the Cauvery River and call themselves the “Children of Cauvery” Kodagus  in general opt for military service in India and boast of many highly decorated military officers amongst their ranks.

The Kodavas habitually append the clan name to theirs, so one recognizes the lineage of the person one is meeting.

Madikeri offers great opportunities for trekkers. It has picturesque trekking routes of varying degrees. The popular peaks around Madikeri are Thadiandamol, Kote Betta, Pushpagiri, Nishanimotte and Igguthappa Kundu entice avid trekkers to explore the area.
Walks around Madikeri offer amazing views amidst the fragrant spice and coffee plantations. There are also teak wood forests and fluorescent green paddy farmlands.

Coorg has many verdant trekking routes in the midst of forests and hills; some of the popular  trails are in the hills of Brahmagiri.
Trek to the Irrupa Falls or to Pushpagiri, the second highest peak of Kodagu and highest in Tadiandamol.

In the backwaters of  Cauvery river, Valanoor attracts anglers from all over India to go angling for the famous Mahaseer fish.

Camps around Coorg offer rafting down the Cauvery river.

Set amidst the picturesque Brahmagiri hills is the source of the Cauvery River. Talacauvery means “birthplace of Cauvery”. The scenic route passes through dense forest surrounded by Coffee plantations and pepper creepers, before it reaches a place called Bagamandela; this is the confluence of the rivers Cauvery, Kanikai and Suyajothi.
Raja Seat
A very scenic spot made especially for the Kodagu Kings to watch the sunset. Though it is only a small square structure with four pillars.this place offers great views of the emerald green paddy fields, vast misty valleys and surrounding hills.
Abbey Falls
These cascading falls are located inside a private coffee estate. The water falls over rocks, flows through ravines and then merges with the Cauvery river below. During monsoon season the falls are heavy with water and all the more dramatic. There is a hanging bridge that offers breathtaking view of the falls.
Dubare elaphant Camp
This is mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department. It is located at the edge of Dubare forest, on the banks of river Cauvery, on the Kushalnagar - Siddapur road. A boat ride on Cauvery River takes you to this camp. Herds of elephants bathing in the river and performing various activities makes this camp a must visit for children. Visitors can also enjoy the impressive architecture of the beautiful Buddhist Monastery here.
Madikeri Fort
This fort has a neo-gothic church and a temple inside it. The church called St. Mark’s houses an archaeological museum. Here the sculptures of Jain Tirthankars and other deities are on display; the sculpture of Jain-Hindu wealth God Kubera is especially noteworthy. The Haleri king Mudduraja built a palace inside this fort. It was ruled by Tipu Sultan briefly and later by the Haleri King Virarajendra. His successor Lingarajendra Wodeyar II renovated the fort in 1812 AD - 1814 AD. The British later added a portico and a clock tower to this fort.
Raja’s Tombs
The tombs of the Haleri Kings Virarajendra and Lingarajendra are located on a hillock in Madikeri. The architecture of these tombs, adorned with with domes and turrets, also shows Islamic influence.
Local Coffee, honey, spices, cardamom, pepper, pineapple, and oranges.
Coorg cuisine is considered one of the most delicious in India and has a distinctive style.
Local delicacies include pork curry and rice cakes. Traditional dishes are mainly non-vegetarian
• PanDi curry - pork curry
• Kadambuttu - steamed rice dumplings
• KoLi saaru - chicken curry
• Bimbale curry - Bamboo shoot curry
• Paputtu - steamed rice cake
• Nool puttu and koLi curry
However their best-known is pork curry, made with spices that give the dish a distinct dark colour.

Madikeri Dasara: the celebration of this festival dates back to more than 100 years in the town of Madikeri. For 10 days during the Navratras (2-3 word description needed!),  Dashera is celebrated with much fanfare. It has 4 Karagas (????) and 10 Mantapas (????) signifying the killing of demons by the Gods. Vijayadashmi sees a procession of Mantapas.

Other local festival of Kodagu origin are

'Festival of Arms’: During this festival weapons are polished and worshipped before re-use.

The harvest festival of 'Puthar', celebrated with folks songs and dances, performed by the different villagers at their temples

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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 22 °C 34 °C
Winter 12 °C 28 °C
Madikeri is pleasant throughout the year. The monsoon is from June to September Madikeri is at its best between October and April when its clear, cool and glorious.

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