Located in the lush green hills of Karnataka, Madikeri is a beautiful hill station in the Kodagu (Coorg) District frequented by many travellers. Surrounded with coffee and tea estates, and pleasant weather all year round, Coorg is a popular spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Coorg has many exciting experiences to offer, including trekking, bird watching and wildlife sanctuaries nearby.
Nisargadhama is a small island formed by the river Cauvery which is located a few hours away from Coorg is a must visit for many. One can reach Nisargadhama by hiring an Innova on Rent in Bangalore and comfortably covering the distance of 243 kilometres.
Travellers can relax, enjoy a hot cup of coffee amongst the plantations for a nice staycation in Nisargadhama. Here are the top things one can do in Nisargadhama.
If one is on a spiritual quest, they cannot miss the Namdroling Monastery which is part of the Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe. It is located a few kilometres from Coorg and can be reached by road. Tourists can listen to the enchanting prayers of the monks in the monastery and enjoy the architecture of the temple. It is one of India’s largest cultural centres of Buddhism. The temple complex has well-maintained lawns on both sides leading up to the shrine and is referred to as the ‘golden temple’. The temple is a tribute to the Tibetan craftsmanship and architecture, and visitors can enjoy the tranquil ambience it offers.
One cannot mention Coorg without mentioning the beautiful Nisargadhama Falls which is located a few kilometres from the town. Tourists can book Bangalore to Coorg Cabs and travel to Nisargadhama Falls and enjoy the peace and serenity it has to offer. It is a great spot for a picnic and to spend time in nature. The calming waters of the river Cauvery cascade into a fall, surrounded by greenery on all sides. Elephant rides and boating are also major activities for tourists.
Located close to the Nisargadhama falls, Nisargadhama Forest Sanctuary is home to deer, peacocks and rabbits and is a great spot for families travelling with kids. The best time to visit is during the months of January to April. The forests also have tree house cottages which can be rented for an overnight stay. Another major attraction at the sanctuary is the hanging rope bridge.
Located within the district of Kodagu, those enjoying a staycation in Coorg can also visit the Madikeri Fort which was built by Tipu Sultan. The fort complex has a palace, a church and two life-size masonry elephants. This complex today functions as a municipal building. It also has a museum which displays the weaponry used during war times.
Dubare Elephant Sanctuary
Animal lovers must visit the Dubare Elephant Sanctuary which is located at a driving distance from Nisargadhama in Kodagu. The sanctuary is home to over 150 elephants, visitors can observe these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Travellers can also take a boat ride down the river Cauvery and watch peacocks, crocodiles and gaurs on their trip to Dubare.
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