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''Madikeri is the district capital of Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka in Southern India. Seated atop a beautiful hill, it is a pretty small town surrounded by the forested slopes of the Western Ghats. Delightful panoramas of verdant valleys, ravines, streams, extensive coffee plantations, lofty peaks rising to about 1700m above sea level and misty evenings etc makes Madikerit a picturesque holiday destination.
Dominated by a Fort, which crowns a small hill, Madikeri was formerly called as Mercara. ''

Madikeri is a major producer of coffee and tea in southern India. Misty hills, dense woody meadows and beautiful waterfalls make this place a great tourist’s destination. This place is the heartland of the Kodagu people and historically has a agro-based economy which is still prevalent in this area. Coorg king’s ruled this land in 17th century. The king’s of Haleri, Cholas and Hoyasalas dynasties ruled this land afterwards. You can easily find good hotels with the help of Madikeri travel guide as well.

From the ancient time, river Kaveri is sacred to many clans which lived in this area and still has religious importance amongst the local people. People here in this city are dependent on the river for harvesting many crops. Hence, people celebrate festivals on the first harvesting of their crops in this area.


Best season to visit Madikeri is in summers to get away from the scorching heat of the north Indian summer season.


Madikeri Fort - It was first built as a mud fort by Mudduraja in 17th century. Once the seat of the rulers of Kodagu, the fort is protected by an irregular hexagon of walls with bastions at each angle, surrounded by a channel.

Dubare Elephant Camp - The most famous of all Madikeri attractions is Dubare Elephant Camp which is known for the training of elephants. The nearby forests of Dubare give you an opportunity to explore the vivid wildlife of these forests.

Omkareshwara Temple - This ancient temple, which was built in year 1820 by Linga Rajendra II, is also a prime Madikeri attraction. Omkareshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Raja's Seat - According to legend, the kings of Kodagu spent their evenings here. But what's unforgettable about Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset that one can enjoy from here.

The Abbey Falls - A great picnic spot located about 7 kms from Medikeri amid a valley of coffee and cardamom plantations. Here, the gushing waterfall water drops from 70 ft.


Salubrious. Cool and pleasant. Avoid the monsoons which are from June to September.


Air: Madikeri has no airport of its own. The nearest airport is Mangalore terminal (Mangalore - 136 kms) and Karipur (Kozhikode180 kms).

Rail: The nearest railway station to Madikeri is Mysore which has good rail connectivity and nearest railhead is Managalore which is connected to all cities in India. Others are Hassan or Cannanore and Tellicherry in Kerala.

Road: Regular bus transport is available with Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore through state highways. Distance to Madikeri from Bangalore (262 kms ), Bhagamandala(39 km), Calicut(180 kms), Mangalore(136 km), Mysore(120 km) etc.

Fast Facts about Madikeri

State:  Karnataka

District: Kodagu

Famous for/as:  Hill Station

Languages: Kannada, Byari and Kodava

Best Season: October - April

Weather: Summer 21 to 36°C, Winter 14 to 29°C

Altitude:  1061 m

Pincode: 571201

STD code: 0827

Distance Charts to Madikeri

Road Map
Bangalore to Madikeri
264 KM
Coimbatore to Madikeri
361 KM
Mangalore to Madikeri
138 KM
Kochi to Madikeri
389 KM
Kannur to Madikeri
113 KM


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