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Madikeri- A Revitalizing Hill Station
A hill station with great scenic beauty- Madikeri
A popular tourist destination and the district headquarter of Coorg; Madikeri is a beautiful hill station town in the state of Karnataka. Earlier the town was called ‘Muddu Raja Keri’, which meant Mudduraja’s Town. It was named after a prominent Haleri King, Mudduraja who ruled Coorg (also known as Kodagu) between 1633 and 1687. A beautiful town covered with lush green forests and colorful market, Madikeri is an ideal tourist destination for those who are looking for a relaxing and revitalizing vacation. The town is dotted with red- titled bungalows that reflect the an old and charming past of the town.

History of Madikeri
Located at an elevation of 1525 meters, Madikeri houses a population Hindus of the Kshatriya community and are very well known for their strong patriotism. Madikeri or Mercara was founded in 1681 by the Haleri King, Muddu Raja. He called Madikeri the Scotland of India.  The history of Coorg is a little murky has mystery written all over it. Some stories say that the locals of Coorg are descendants of Alexander the Great who invaded India, while other theories state that it was a band of Kurds who escaped from Iraq during the Islamic conversion. Until now no scientific research has been able to determine the roots of the martial race and the hidden history behind the town of Madikeri.

Places of attraction in Madikeri:
Tibetian Monastery (Golden Temple): While driving towards Kushal Nagar, you can stop at Bylakuppe and witness the rich and beautiful Buddhist Monastery. Amidst the echoes of deep chanting you can enjoy the local cuisines and Tibetian foods cooked here. The monastery is iconic for its artistic murals, magnificent architecture and the three gigantic statues of Buddha. Around the monastery there are many local shops that sell laughing Buddhas, wind chimes, crockery with exception engravings and hanging masks.

Raja’s Seat: This location is a beautiful site to watch the sunset from .It is said that the Raja used to sit here every evening and enjoy the sunset and today it has been made into a protected heritage monument. At the Raja’s seat you can enjoy a small and creative ‘light and sound’ show every evening or you can also take a joy ride on the mini train there.

Dubare Elephant Camp: Driving along the SH 89 highway while on your way to Madikeri you will pass scenic coffee plantations and arrive at a place called Dubare Camp. The Dubare camp is across the river and to reach there you can either raft or hire a boat! At the camp you will witness magnificent elephants bathing, being trained or enjoying a walking against the backdrop of the sunset.

Abbey Falls:  As you walk through a forest pathway towards the Abbey falls you can hear the strong rumbling waters before you see falls. Abbey Falls are spectacular and worth spending your time at. You can also enjoy the view of the falls while standing on hanging bridge which is erected right in front of the falls.

Madikeri Fort: The fort of Madikeri was initially built in the form of mud fort. It was built by Mudduraja during 17th century period. Inside the fort there is a beautiful palace. Tipu sultan rebuilt this palace in granite and gave a new name to the site, Jaffarabad. This palace got renovated in between 1812 to 1814 by the then king Lingarajendra Wodeyar II.

Omkareshwara temple: In 1820 Lingarajendra Constructed the temple of Omkareshwara in the heart if station Madikeri. When you look at the architectural work of the temple you will get to notice a perfect blend of Gothic and Islamic style of architecture.   There is a huge water tank in front of the temple.
There is a small story behind the construction of this temple by Lingarajendra. It is believed that once upon a time Lingarajendra killed a Brahman who was pious and honest because of his political requirement.  After this, the Brahman too re birth as Brahmarakshasa and it disturbed the life of the king. In order to get rid of this demon, he installed a Shivalinga which he brought from Kashi after constructing this Temple. Omkareshwara was the name given to this Shivalinga


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