Places to Visit at Coorg

The list mentioned below is a list of places to visit in Coorg. These are sightseeing places in Coorg, which are easily accessible by roads and frequently visited by tourists visiting Coorg.


Raja’s Seat literally meaning the “King’s Seat” is one of the most popular tourist attractions at Coorg. Raja’s Seat was originally commissioned for the King of Coorg and his dear ones to enjoy the mountain range views of his Kingdom and the sunset. Raja’s seat is surrounded by a park managed by the horticulture department. Raja’s seat is a park and a view point which offers a panoramic view of the mountain ranges that surround the Coorg countryside.

Raja's Seat on a cloudy day

View of the mountains from Raja’s Seat.

Tourists at Raja's Seat

Tourists at Raja’s Seat on a crowded day.



General Thimayya with Rajendra Prasad

General Thimayya(first from left) with fellow navy and army officers and President Rajendra Prasad.

General Thimayya’s is one of many soldiers from Coorg. General Thimayya’s daring and ingenious plans during the The Battle of Zojila and Leh is a stuff of legends. General Thimayya was know to led his troops from the front. During the – The Battle of Zojila and Leh, he travelled in the leading tank in 1947 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947-1948. Once the General and his troops launched their assault , the enemy who had captured Zojila, Dras and Kargil, ran for their lives and the areas were retaken by India.

Sunnyside – The house of General Thimayya was converted into a museum to celebrate his illustrious life. The museum showcases his life through images and Indian Army Weapons used in the battlefields.

Ticket counter and gate at General Thimayya Museum(Sunnyside)

General Thimayya Museum (Sunnyside)

Army Tank at General Thimayya Museum

Army Tank at General Thimayya Museum

20th Century Guns at General Thimayya Museum

Army guns at the museum

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tourists at abbi waterfalls

Tourists at Abbi Waterfalls.

Abbi or Abbey Falls, located in Madikeri Town, is a waterfall and is one of the most visited and popular tourist destinations in Coorg. Abbi or Abbey in local Coorg(Kodava) language means ‘falls’. 1.
Abbi Falls is located inside a private estate and is surrounded by coffee plantation. The stepped path leading to the the falls has been barricaded to keep tourists out of the estate.
During British times the falls was known as Jesse Falls, in honor of one of the daughter of the first chaplin of Madikeri. The waterfalls is in its full glory in the months of June to September. In drier months the water flow reduces considerably.

board and entrance at Abbi Waterfalls

Abbi Waterfalls Entrance

View of Abbi falls from the steps

View of the Abbi Waterfalls.

the hanging bridge at abbi falls

The hanging bridge at Abbi Walls is not functional.


Omakareshwara Temple Complex

View of Omkareshwara Temple at Madikeri

The Omkareshwara Temple was established in 1820 by Lingarajendra II with Mumammadan style architecture, which featured a center dome and four corners with turrets. According to legend, the king put a pious Brahmin to death unjustly and the spirit of the priest began tormenting the Raja. On the advice of his Dewan Cheppudira Ponnappa, the Raja built the temple to appease the Brahmin’s spirit. The Omkareshwara Temple has a Linga near the door of the entrance. The history of the temple was inscribed by the king on a plate made of copper that is hanging at the frame of the door to the temple entrance. There is a strict dressing code to be followed while visiting the temple. No shorts, vests and mini-skirts are allowed.

Omakreshwara Temple

Omkareshwara Temple inside the complex.

Omkareshwara Temple Timings: Morning 7.00 AM to 11.00.AM | Evening: 5 PM to 8 PM.
Ticket/Entrance Fees: No entry fees.
Accessibility: Easy


Mercara(Madikeri) Fort was constructed in 16th Century by the Coorg King, Muddu Raja. Once Hyder Ali took over Coorg, he constructed the fort in stone. The Kodavas(Coorgs) destroyed the fort, once to be once again, rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan. The Fort became the official residence of the the King Dodda Vira Rajendra, after Tipu Sultan was defeated. The british took over the fort, after banishing the Coorg King. After independence, it become a government office. The fort was handed over to the Archeological Department in 2018 for restoration. But, history buff’s will be disappointed as the fort is still under restoration in 2022. The fort can be skipped, as there is nothing to watch and access, till ASI restores it back to its glory.

Mercara(Madikeri) Fort in 2022

The under-restoration, Mercara Fort. We visit it in Feb 2022.

Broken plaque of Madikeri(Mercara) Fort.

The broken plaque(name plate) at Mercara Fort


There is a museum in the fort premises. The Mercara(Madikeri) Fort Museum is a very small museum, which houses artifacts likes, coins, weapons, paintings from 18th Century Onwards. Artifacts which Field Marshal K M Cariappa had received from many dignitaries have been donated to this museum and are also on display there.

Mercara(Madikeri Fort) Museum in 2022

View of Mercara Fort Museum


Nisargadhama is a island The 64-acre island, surrounded by the Kaveri river It is accessed by walking across a hanging bridge. The surroundings are dry deciduous forest. It is managed by the Karnataka Forest Department. The whole place is mostly thick bamboo jungle. The forest department has opened a bird aviary, which has few exotic species of birds to view, mostly, parrot’s fowl’s and ducks. There is also a deer park, which has few chital and barashinga deer.

nisargadhama hanging bridge

The hanging bridge at Nisargadhama

The river at nisargadhama

The river at Nisargadhama

Bamboo forest at Nisargadhama in Summer 2022

Bamboo forest at Nisargadhama

boating at nisargadhama

Boats at Nisargadhama. Forest department arranges boat rides for tourists, currently they charge Rs 50/per person.

the aviary at nisargadhama

Entrance to Aviary

macaws at nisargadhama aviary

Blue and yellow Macaws at the aviary

Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare Elephant Camp is an elephant rehabilitation and training camp managed by the Karnataka Forest Department. The camp is located inside Dubare Reserve Forest.
There are many elephants under the care their mahouts at the camp. The main attraction here is the bathing of elephants. Everyday the mahouts bring the elephant and give them a bath in the river. Tourist’s have to travel on foot through the river to access the camp area where the elephants are bathed. The rocky river has to be carefully maneuvered. Senior citizens who have difficulty walking should avoid crossing the river, for safety reasons. During monsoon months, when the river is full spate, does the forest department arrange boats to ferry tourists to the camp.

stony river at dubare

Tourists crossing the river to reach Dubare Elephant Camp

people crossing dubare river

The dubare river is rocky and one should watch their steps while crossing.

elephant and mahout arriving at dubare elephant camp bathing spot

Mahout and elephant arriving at the bathing spot at Dubare Elephant Camp

Elephants having bath at dubare elephant camp

Herd of elephants getting bathed at Dubare Elephant Camp

dubare elephant camp notice board

Notice board at Dubare Elephant Camp


Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery or Namdroling Monastery, popularly known as Golden Temple or Tibetan Monastery is one of the major tourist attraction for tourists visiting Coorg. The Golden Temple is actually located in the border town of Bylakuppe, which is located within Mysore district. But, due to its proximity and easy accessibility from Coorg and Bylakuppe falling en route to Coorg, it has become one of the major attractions for tourists visiting Coorg. The Monastery follows the Nyingamapa doctrine of Tibetan Buddhism and is a learning center for Buddhist monks for Kama & Terma teachings. The monastery is a testament to Tibetan architecture and culture and is painted with Tibetan murals, has large prayer halls and exquisite statues of Lord Buddha.

Golden Temple Entrace

Entrance at Golden Temple(Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery)

Padmasambhava Vihara inside the Golden Temple

Padmasambhava Vihara inside the Golden Temple

Tibetan Monks at Golden Temple

Monks at Golden Temple

Murals on wall at Golden Temple

Tibetan Murals on the walls at Golden Temple

Golden statue of Lord Buddha at Namdroling Monastery

Golden statue of Lord Buddha at Golden Temple


Bhagamandala is a small town in Coorg, where a temple devoted to Lord Shiva, known as Sri Bhangadeshwara Temple or Bhagamandala Temple. During the 18th Century, the temple complex was converted in to fort by Tipu Sultan and his army was stationed there. In 1789, The King of Coorg and Coorgs(Kodavas), attacked the place and retook the temple and Bhagamandala. It is important religious place in Coorg.

Bhagamandala(Bhagandeshwara) Temple at Coorg

Bhagamandala(Bhagandeshwara Temple entrance

Interiors of Bhagamandala(Bhagandeshwara Temple)

Inside the temple complex


Located on a perch, at Brahmagiri hills, Tala Kaveri is from where the river Kaveri originates. It is a major pilgrim center, especially for Coorgs(Kodavas), for whom the river is the patron goddess and considered as a mother goddess. Tala Kaveri is located in one of the most picturesque of locations in Coorg. It is surrounded by mountains and the Tala Kaveri Wildlife Sanctuary. The view from the Temple complex is breathtaking.

Tala Kaveri temple complex

View of Tala Kaveri temple complex

A scenery at Tala Kaveri temple

View of the hills and Tala Kaveri wildlife sanctuary from Tala Kaveri Temple


Irpu or Irrupu falls is located in South Coorg at Kurchi village. The falls is located inside Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. From the ticket counter, a 1.5 km walk leads towards the falls.

Irpu Waterfalls

Irpu Waterfalls

the path towards irpu waterfalls

Road leading to Irpu waterfalls

hanging bridge at irpu waterfalls

Bridge crossing at Irpu waterfalls

Forest patway at Irpu

Pathway surrounded by forests at Irpu waterfalls

Steps leading to Irpu waterfalls

Steps leading to Irpu waterfalls

Irpu Temple

Irpu Temple is located next to the Irpu Waterfalls entrance


Nagarhole National Park, officially known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park is one of most well known national parks of India and one of the most visited national parks in Coorg. The national park has both Project Tiger and Project Elephant coming under it. Nagarhole is one of the most densely populated tiger reserves of Karnataka. Apart from Tigers and Elephants, the park also shelters other carnivorous and herbivorous animal and bird species. Many of the species found in Nagarhole are critically endangered. Mini Bus Safari’s are arranged for tourists at 6.00 AM, 7.30 AM, 2.30 PM & 4 P.M. Safari tickets can be booked online through the forest department’s website. From Coorg, the park is accessible through the Nanachi gate.

Gaur at Nagarhole National Park

Guar(Indian Bison) at Nagarhole National Park. Image: Karnataka Forest Department

Dhole at Nagarhole National Parl

Dhole(Indian Wild Dog) at Nagarhole. Dhole is an endangered species. Image: Karnataka Forest Department

Tiger at Nagarhole National Park

Tiger at Nagarhole. Image: Karnataka Forest Department

Chital deers playing at Nagarhole

Chital(Spotted deer) at Nagarhole. Image: Karnataka Forest Department


  1. B.N. Sri Sathyan, Mysore State Gazetteer: Coorg District 1965 (Government Press, 1965) pp. 507
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