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Sightseeing in Coorg

There are plenty options for sightseeing in Coorg. Start your sightseeing tour from Madikeri with the quaint and quirky part Islamic, part Kerala, part Gothic Omkareshwar Shiva Temple which was built in 1820. The Prison saw slightly grander days when it was Tipu Sultan’s Fort.

You can enjoy the orange pink sun setting over the hillside from the old Raja’s favourite Seat, after you’ve paid him a visit at his grand gilded tomb! There are more relics from the past at the St. Mark’s Church museum but if you only feel like sticking with the present, and in Madikeri it’s going to be a very pleasant one, then take a hike through the pepper vines and coffee shrubs and head for Abbey Falls (8 kms).

Elsewhere in the region are Bylakuppe and Siddapura. Bylakuppe (6 km) is a Tibetan settlement for Tibetan refugees and so the area around has Tibetan Buddhist monasteries dotted all along the landscape. Sera Je is the largest with 2000 resident monks. Siddapura (32 km) is prime trekking area. Virgin woods and wafting scents from nearby coffee and spice plantations will ensure you have a great time.

Bhagamandala with its sprinkling of temples is where the two rivers Kaveri and Kannike converge. Kakkabe offers several mountain trails for trekking and hiking. Be sure to come back with a bottle of honey for this region is the highest producer of honey in the country.

Other attractions in Coorg are the Iruppu Falls cascading down verdant green slopes. If you are in need of redemption, be sure to visit the temple of Lord Shiva on the banks of the Lakshmithirtha River – the waters here will wash away your sins. No wonder thousands of pilgrims converge here during the Sivarathri festival.

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