A Hill Station with a Difference: Coorg
is a well known hill station for tourists in Karnataka. It is situated 252 km from Bangalore, and it is the headquarters of the district Kodagu
. It has mesmerizing mountain ranges all over with luscious greenery and the tranquil waters of the Cauvery River flowing through the hilly area. Madikeri
gives a rejuvenating feel to those who visit this place, hence attracting a lot of tourists. It is known for its beautiful coffee, tea, and cardamom plantations.
It is referred to as the Scotland of India
and is said that its scenic beauty dragged the British to this tourist spot nearly 100 years ago. The hill resort also has a lot of ancient history attached to it with the Great Madikeri Fort.
Coorg is on the Western Ghats. Set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests, this is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can visit. It lies on Karnataka's southwestern end, covering an area of 4,102 sq km.
Talakaveri, from where the Kaveri River originates, Nisargadhama, a man-made island and a favored holiday resort, Iruppa and Abbey Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Dubare Elephant Camp – each of these can be an adventure destination by themselves. Coorg is also famous for its huge coffee and spice estates, which offer a special experience to tourists.
The economy depends on agriculture, coffee plantations, forestry and tourism.
How to Reach Madikeri
You can get to Madikeri either by air as the closest airport is at Mangalore, which is only an hour’s drive away, or you can take a train till Thalassery, Kasaragod, or Mysore and then drive down to Madikeri. There are also bus and taxi services from Bangalore, Mysore, or Calicut to Madikeri.
Local Food and Accommodation
Madikeri has some sumptuous traditional dishes on offer for you. You must look out for the Pandhi, Koli and Bembla curry, Kadumbuttu, and the Votti. There is also the traditional south Indian food like dosa, idly, vada, and sambar. For lunch, their main delicacy is rasam served with some hot rice and an array of cooked vegetables.
There are a number of hotels and resorts ranging from the luxury five stars to the mediocre ones. You can find a nice comfortable place to stay to make your trip even more memorable.
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