Madikeri , Karnataka


 Madikeri is a hill station  in Karnataka, India. Also known as Mercara, it is the headquarters of the district of kodagu  (also called Coorg). It is a popular tourist destination.The nearest cities are Mangaluru  to the west, and Mysuru  to the east.

Madikeri does not have a railway station. The nearest railheads are Hassan, Kasargod, kannur and Thalassery (each of which are almost equidistant at 115 km away). Mysuru  at 120 km and Mangaluru  at 136 km away are good alternatives to reach Madikeri from within Karnataka.

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Raja Seat

This is a small square viewing spot like a mantapa in brick and mortar of four pillars bridged by arches, enhanced by beautiful surroundings.  It is built on a high level ground with a commanding view of the cliffs and valleys to the west.

Madikeri Fort

This fort was first built by Mudduraja in the last quarter of the 17th century. He also built a palace inside the fort. It was eventually rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan who named the site as Zafarabad. 

There is a famous Lord Ganesha temple known as "Kote ganapathi" just at the main entrance of the fort.

Omkareshwar Temple

Located at the heart of the Town, Omkareshwara temple was built by king Linga Rajendra II in 1820.  

It is said Linga Rajendra killed an honest and pious Brahmin to fulfill his political ambitions. That Brahmin became a "Brahmarakshasa" and started troubling the king. In order to purify himself for the killing of a Brahmin, he was advised to construct a temple to Lord Shiva. 

Abbey Falls

It is a waterfall situated 6 km from Madikeri town. Water from Kootu Poley dam near the town flows into the falls.

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