Things to Do in Madikeri for a Perfect Stay


Top things to do in Madikeri

Madikeri is one of the lesser known hill towns in the state of Karnataka, very close to Coorg. Boasting of vast hills covered in coffee plantations, the town offers a pleasant stay for its tourists enriched with picture perfect panoramic vistas, ravishing waterfalls, dainty cafes and an all around atmosphere of ataraxy. There are also a number of things to do in Madikeri that attract a whole lot of tourist influx. You can experience trekking, visit the historical sites or relax by the waterfalls. Have a look at the list of the best things to do in Madikeri given below.

Here is the list of 17 Things to Do in Madikeri for a Perfect Stay

1. Trek through the Verdant Woods

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Madikeri is an equally enjoyable destination for all those whose feet itch for trekking through its landscapes, high peaks and lush greenery interspersed by streams and threads of River Cauvery. A lot of trails here, experience relatively less footfall, leaving them untouched and pristine. Trekking is one of the most exiting things to do in Madikeri.

2. Be Awed by the Chingara Falls

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A singular attraction tucked between coffee estates and tropical forests, Chingara Falls is a delight for nature lovers and trekkers. Appearing like a milky dam from afar, the Falls, though pristine in their beauty and untouched yet, are now increasingly becoming popular among tourists. There is no sight more enchanting than seeing a waterfall flowing in all its might between the lush greenery of its surroundings. And such a sight is presented to you by the milky dam of water known as the Chingara Falls.

3. Take a Tour of the Madikeri Fort

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The Madikeri Fort is a famous historical landmark that is located in Coorg in Karnataka in the southern part of India. Situated in the centre of the town of Madikeri, the majestic fort continues to stand in all its glory till date. It offers tourists with insights and information about the bygone era and indeed bears testimony to the history of Coorg and all that the town witnessed. The elevated structures of the fort also provide panoramic views of the town, which is undoubtedly breathtaking and beautiful. It cannot be argued that the Madikeri Fort is the most famous and most loved tourist attraction in Coorg, which is precisely why tourists enjoy visiting the attraction time and again.

4. Witness Buddhist Culture at Namdroling Monastery

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Namdroling is home to the spectacular Golden Temple which is presided by an 18m tall gold plated statue of Buddha. Visitors can enjoy some serene environment here and practice meditation in the monastery. Zangdopgalri Temple is also nearby. Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is the largest teaching center of Nyingmapa - a lineage of Tibetan Buddhism - in the world. Visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Madikeri.

5. Visit the Gorgeous Chelavara Falls

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Chelavara Falls is one of the most enchanting falls in Madikeri. These vigorous falls gush down from a height of 150 feet on a rock shaped like a tortoise. Therefore, this fall is also known as Embepare in local language which means "tortoise rock" in daily language. This huge volume of natural beauty originates from a small stream, a tributary of Kaveri near Cheyyandane village in Karnataka. Nestled amongst the serene greenery of coffee plantations, the Chelavara falls are a sight to see and a memory to remember. The best experience can be had during the monsoons or just after monsoons when the water level is at its peak and the surrounding forests at their luscious best.

6. Enjoy an Elephant Ride at Dubare Elephant Training Camp

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This training camp carries out training of wild elephants by the forest department along with the help of the local tribal communities. Elephant rides can be enjoyed by the visitors along with opportunities to scrub and feed the elephants. Birds like the peacock, kingfisher and woodpecker can also be seen in the area. The heart of Dubare, this is one of the most loved and a must visit area, while here.

7. Walk Through the Resplendent Coffee Plantations

Madikeri is known for its resplendent coffee plantations and green meadows sprawling over acres of land. The area is popular for its premium class coffee beans. One of the best activities to do in Madikeri is to take a walk through these gorgeous coffee plantations. The estates offer individual tours where you can closely watch the picking or sowing or harvesting of the beans depending on the season when you are visiting. You can also taste the coffee and take it back home with you.

8. Historical Retreat at Gaddige Raja's Tomb

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Built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, this beautiful structure of Gaddige Raja's tomb is the mortal remains of the Kodavad Royalty. These tombs date back to 1820. One of the prime attractions in the city, visiting the site is one of the topmost things to do in Madikeri among the locals and the tourists alike.

9. Relax by the Enchanting Abbey Falls

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What runs through the heart of this area, River Cauvery, also creates Abbey Falls when it cascades 70 feet down the rocks. A perfect picnic spot, this is one of the main attractions in Madikeri. These falls are amidst the coffee and cardamom plantations in the Western ghats.

10. Shop the Markets for Coffee and Spices

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Shopping in Madikeri is an enticing experience in more ways than one. It is one of the top attractions of the city which is sure to take up most of your time. The area is famous for its aromatic coffee, spices, and honey. Another interesting souvenir to take back are the local varieties of the machete. Madikeri has a variety of markets to shop for the local specialties like authentic Tibetan artifacts. Other things sold here include sandalwood oil, homemade wine, timber carvings, and silk saris. Market Browsing is one of the prime things to do in Madikeri.

11. Seek Blessings at the Omkareshwara Temple

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Depicting both Islamic and Gothic architecture, Omkareshwara temple was built in 1820 by Lingarajendra as a dedication to Lord Shiva. A water tank in this temple houses many fresh water fish and adds to the beauty of this temple. The temple is a prime attraction in the city and is visited by tourists and devotees alike. Making a visit here is one of the top things to do in Madikeri.

12. Day Out at Cauvery Nisargadhama

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One of the most enjoyable picnic spots in the area, this one comes with a deer park, peacock park, rabbit park and the river running through the island's heart. One can also enjoy boating and a dip into the river here. This is a must-visit area in Madikeri, especially if you are with kids. Be sure to include this in your list of things to do in Madikeri.

13. Stop by the Beans 'n' Brews Cafe

Beans 'n' Brews Cafe is one of the most popular cafes in Madikeri where you can have amazing food with a scintillating view. The must try items on the menu include the many varieties of gourmet teas, delicious coffee and not to forget the very tasty desserts. You should definitely stop by the cafe if you are in town.

14. Enjoy a Breathtaking View from the Raja's Seat

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The relaxing venue for the Kings of Kodagu, the view from Raja's Seat is unparalleled. The breathtaking view of sun setting into the undulated mountains is mesmerizing. The garden here is adorned with multitude of flowers.

15. Experience the Thrilling Galibeedu Trek

Located at a distance of 12 kms from the town of Madikeri in the Coorg district of Karnataka, Galibeedu is a small trekking destination hidden away from the world. The 14 kms long trek is as thrilling as it can get with tiny streams flowing through it in picturesque surroundings; and offers a diverse trail to scale, ideal for both the novices and professionals. The trail is marked through a jungle amidst verdant greenery, coffee plantations, overflowing streams and offers rare sights of mesmerising beautiful birdies. Round the corners, you can also witness the enchanting Western Ghats which add to the overall enticing experience.

16. Offer Prayers at the Bhagamandala

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Bhagmandala temple is situated where the Cauvery river is meets the two tributaries Kanake and Sujyoti. Built in Kerala style architecture, it is dedicated to multiple deities.

17. Take an Offbeat Trip to Chettali

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Located on the Madikeri-Siddapur Road, Chettali is a small village blessed with lush greenery and misty hills surrounding it. The Cherala bhagavathy temple here also attracts tourists and devotees.

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