My offbeat travels – Madikeri musings

As a family, travelling is something that all of us enjoy. For this 10 post series I am writing about a few offbeat places that we went. We spent a few years in Bangalore and now in Pune, so most of these places are around Bangalore or Pune. While there are many other locations that I could write about, I chose these off beat places as they are less traveled, hence not many know about them.

The first on the list is Madikeri

Madikeri is a hill station town in the Kodagu or Coorg region. Coorg is also known as the Scotland of India for its similarities in terms of plains, plantations and weather. Coorg on the whole is a beautiful place, but the few popular destinations here are Madikeri, Talcauvery and Bhagmandala.

Our trip

We had been recently married and didn’t have a car to drive around and my husband was skeptical about the state transport to take us to our destination. So we decided to take the KSTDC tour package that offered Madikeri, Talcauvery and Bhagamandala.

Madikeri is a hill station town in the Kodagu or Coorg region. Coorg is also known as the Scotland of India.

How to get there

Recently checked, the package is still available with KSTDC and if you are okay with trying local food and being in decent but not very fancy hotels then you can certainly check them out. They offer value for money and decent accommodation and food.

Apart from this you can drive down to Madikeri from Bangalore.

Golden Temple

During our trip, we also saw The Golden Temple, a Tibetan Monastery at Bylakuppe. That one was a surprise for us as we didn’t know anything about it. It is a wonderful temple with amazing Tibetan art. If you are travelling from Bangalore, this is something that I would highly recommend.


As you near Madikeri, there is a certain dip in temperatures and air is crisp. It is a great place to visit all year round but the best would be from October to March or April. Avoid going there in the monsoons as the rains are heavy and most of the places that need a bit of trekking are out due to the leech menace.

In Madikeri, you must visit Abbey falls and Raja’s Seat. Abbey Falls is a beautiful white cascading waterfall that is easily accessible if you wish to swim. It is located in the private coffee and spice plantations. The best time to see the falls is just after monsoons have receeded.

Raja’s Seat is a viewing point that offers panoramic views of the valley. There is a small garden at the top. The most popular time when tourists flock to the place is during sunset.

View from Raja's Seat at Madikeri a popular sunset view point.


Talcauvery is considered the birthplace of the river Cauvery. There is a small temple near the source. There is a tank built at the source of the river and from there the water flows downhill. It is considered holy to take a dip in the water on certain days.

While we didn’t take a dip at the river, the views from around the tank and the temple are breathtaking! The vehicles reach almost till the top. You just have to walk/trek a small distance but it is not much.

Over to you

I wish to go back with some treks and biking added to the itinerary and hope that this happens soon! Have you been to Madikeri and did you do any of the road trips or treks there? Would love to hear about it.

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40 thoughts on “My offbeat travels – Madikeri musings

    Sitharaam Jayakumar

    (February 17, 2018 - 10:22 pm)

    Seem to be wonderful spots to visit. Informative.


      (February 19, 2018 - 2:41 pm)

      Thanks Sitharaam


    (February 18, 2018 - 12:34 am)

    I loved Ur idea of writing bout offbeat travels series . I have Coorg on my mind .Let’s c when I m able to make it


      (February 19, 2018 - 2:42 pm)

      Hope you visit soon 🙂

    Tina Basu

    (February 19, 2018 - 10:28 am)

    Madikeri is a wonderful place. Its actually called “Scotland of India”. I have been there twice and absolutely loved the place. #Superbloggerchallenge2018


      (February 19, 2018 - 2:43 pm)

      Yes it is! Thanks for dropping by Tina


    (February 19, 2018 - 11:02 pm)

    I really would like to visit Madekeri this October. We have not gone to the hills in awhile and this place just seems to be calling me.


      (February 19, 2018 - 11:03 pm)



    (February 20, 2018 - 9:43 am)

    oh! I have been wanting to visit Coorg since long. Thanks for this! 🙂


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:34 pm)

      Thanks Shalini


    (February 20, 2018 - 1:29 pm)

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:35 pm)

      thanks rashmi

    Varsha Bagadia

    (February 20, 2018 - 3:57 pm)

    Beautiful pictures, Neha. You made it sound so exotic, I want to go there and experience it myself soon.


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:35 pm)

      Thanks Varsha

    Preethi Venugopala

    (February 20, 2018 - 4:35 pm)

    Madikkeri is beautiful. We pass via this place while we go home and spend some time there.
    Beautiful pics . the Bylekuppe temple has been on our list since long.


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:36 pm)

      Thanks Preethi! I was mesmerized looking at all the art there.

    Rashi Mital

    (February 20, 2018 - 7:31 pm)

    Travel has bereft us for two years and when we finally booked our flight tickets to travel to Ooty this March, a demise is making us thinking again now. Have heard so much about Coorg, guess will finally travel with a full family of four now. Bookmarking the page. Thanks 🙂


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:36 pm)

      Wishing you a quick travel break 🙂

    Paresh Godhwani

    (February 20, 2018 - 8:09 pm)

    I have heard about coorg district a lot from those who live in Bangalore and this post makes it must visit place.



      (February 27, 2018 - 3:37 pm)

      It sure is Paresh

    Geethica Mehra

    (February 21, 2018 - 7:07 pm)

    Coorg is surely the next heaven on Earth. I didn’t know there is another Golden Temple in India. Your details are really helpful to plan a trip here.


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:37 pm)

      Thanks Geethica!

    Alpana Deo

    (February 22, 2018 - 9:54 am)

    I like such close to nature places. This one looks like my type.


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:38 pm)

      It is beautiful Alpana


    (February 22, 2018 - 1:15 pm)

    Looks like a beautiful place ewith serenity and calm. Hope you had loads of fun on your trip.


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:38 pm)

      Thanks Anupriya, yes I did

    Aritra Chakrabarty

    (February 22, 2018 - 11:12 pm)

    Wonderfully structured n great info


      (February 24, 2018 - 9:35 am)

      Thanks Aritra

    Manisha Garg

    (February 23, 2018 - 11:03 pm)

    I liked you way of exploring a new place. There is so much to explore in or country.


      (February 24, 2018 - 9:31 am)

      So true Manisha!! We have immense beauty in our backyard, all we need to do is maintain it!


    (February 24, 2018 - 6:08 pm)

    This is a gorgeous offbeat destination. Coorg is on my list #Superbloggerchallenge2018


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:39 pm)

      Do visit Amrita, you will love it

    Kavita Singh

    (February 25, 2018 - 4:32 pm)

    A friend of mine visited this place and has been gaga about it and now after reading your post I am sure we have to visit it once #Superbloggerchallenge2018.


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:39 pm)

      Thanks Kavita

    Mamatha dilip

    (February 26, 2018 - 9:52 am)

    I have been to Madikeri and I just love that place and the greenery there. Very calm and relaxing place for sure. This list looks handy for people who want to visit


      (February 27, 2018 - 3:40 pm)

      Thanks Mamatha


    (February 27, 2018 - 6:38 pm)

    Seem to be an amazing place to visit. Informative!

    Rohini James

    (February 28, 2018 - 9:02 am)

    I’ve visited all these mentioned places and Madikeri is my favourite place. Hoping to visit it soon.


    (March 6, 2018 - 3:49 pm)

    The places that you described in this post are looking so awesome . Coorg is the beautiful place wish to go here soon with my family and friends. Now this place is on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing this information great work.

    […] Madikeri is in the beautiful hilly regions of Coorg. You can go to Madikeri via Bangalore or via Mangalore. If you love driving then that is a great option as well. Madikeri is a hill station that is known for its coffee plantations and rolling hills. At Madikeri take in the breathtaking views from Raja’s seat, regale in the beautiful Abby Falls and keep an eye out for the wild life at Nagarhole National Park. If you go via Bangalore, then enroute do visit the Buddhist monastery ‘ Golden Temple ‘ in Coorg. […]

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