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Kodagu is one of the districts of Karnataka. Kodagu is also called by the anglicized name of Coorg. Kodagu is the most beautiful hill station in the state. Kodagu is situated on the eastern slope of the Western Ghats. The highest peak of Kodagu, Tadiandamol, has an altitude of 1750 m; Pushpagiri is 1715 m high. The main river is the Cauvery River (Kaveri), which takes birth at Talakaveri on the eastern side of the Western Ghats, and with its tributaries, drains the greater part of Kodagu. Kodagu is rich in wildlife. The district has three wildlife sanctuaries: Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary, and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, and one national park, Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park.
Madikeri or Mercara is capital of Kodagu district. Kodagu is the land of Coffee, Pepper, cardamom, Honey and oranges. Kodagu is a land of many communities. Kodavas are the main community; the other communities are Gowdas, Brahmins, Christians and Jains. Tribes such as Yeravas, Kurubas, Airies and Kudiyas, who are believed to be the original settlers of the area, also live in Kodagu.
The Kodavas speak a Dravidian language, Kodava takk (Coorg language); it has no script of its own. The other Dravidian languages spoken here are Kannada, Malayalam and Tulu.
The climate of Kodagu is cool, equable and pleasant. The district has very moist rainy monsoon climate. June, July and August are the months with heavy rainfall and July is the rainiest month. Winter lasts from January to February and summer from March to May. Best season to visit Kodagu district is between November and May.
Kodavas celebrate three festivals namely Kailpoldhu, Kavery Sankaramana, and Puthari. Kailpoldhu is celebrated in the first week of September, all over Kodagu. Kavery Sankramana normally falls during mid October and Puthari festival falls in late November or early December. Puthari - means new rice, which signifies the harvesting of the new crop.
PLACES TO VISIT IN KODAGU DISTRICT
Abbey Falls also called as Abbi falls is just 5 km from Madikeri. Here the Madikeri or Muttaramutta stream naturally falls from a precipice at a height of 70 feet in between huge boulders to a rocky valley. The British called Abbey falls as the Jessy waterfalls in memory of Jessy the daughter of Madikeri's first chaplain. During the monsoon season the water flow is very high. Abbey falls is well known picnic spot. The best time to visit Abbey falls is early winter when the monsoons have brought plenty of water.
Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement
Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan settlement in India located near Kushalanagar in Kodagu district. The settlement set up in 1960 holds a several monasteries and temples of all major Vajrayana (Indo-Tibetan Buddhist) lineages.
The Omkareshwara Temple was built by Lingarajendra II in 1820. This temple is built in Indo- Saracenic style of architecture with a dome on the roof and minarets at the four corners. The Linga was brought from Kashi.
Bhagamandala, a pilgrim centre is located at a distance of 40 km to the west of Madikeri. Bhagamandala is on the banks of the confluence of three rivers, Kaveri, Kannike and the sub terranian Sujyoti, popularly known as "Triveni Sangama". It is a common practice for pilgrims to take a dip in the Triveni Sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talakaveri, the birthplace of Kaveri.
The famous Lord Bhagandeswara temple is located here. The Bhagandeswara temple said to have been built by the Cholas prior to the 11th century. Near to the Triveni sangama, there are four temples, where Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganapathi are worshipped. Bhagamandala is a famous Honey marketing centre, the bee rearing centre here is called "Madhuvana".
Igguthappa Devara Betta
Igguthappa Devara betta is a peak and well-known pilgrim centre. Igguthappadevara betta, is situated in the proximity of the Ayyangeri forest near Kakkabbe, which is at a distance of 45 km from Madikeri. The deity Lord Subrahmanya is called as "Iggutappa" by the kodavas.
Iruppu falls is located at a distance of 50 km from Madikeri, 48 km from Virajpet on the highway to Nagarhole and 20 km from Nagarhole. Irupu Falls also called as Iruppu falls is located in the Brahmagiri range of Kodagu bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala state. The falls plunge 170 ft in two distinct stages. The Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls.
It is belived that, Rama and Lakshmana, passed along the Bhramagiri range searching for Sita. When Rama asked Lakshmana to fetch him drinking water, Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being the river Lakshmana Tirtha. The Rameshwara Temple is situated on the banks of the River Lakshmana Tirtha.
Nagarahole National Park
Nagarahole national Park is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Nagarahole National Park is located 94 km away from Mysore. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. The sanctuary comprises three forest ranges namely, Nagarahole, Kallahalla & Thitimathi.
Mammals like Elephant, Jackal, Tiger, Panther, Gaur, Muntjac, Sambar, Spotted deer, Elephant, Mongoose, Civet cat, Hyena and reptiles such as King Cobra, Krait, Python, Viper, Tortoise, Monitor Lizard, Toads are found here. Tigers and Panthers are also occasionally seen. The elephant camps of forest department, on the banks of the river Laksmanathirtha, are another attraction to the visitors. The main trees found are Rosewood, Teak, Sandalwood and Silver oak.
Kaveri Nisargadhama is the wonderful picnic spot situated on the banks of River Kaveri, at a distance of 2 km from Kushalnagar. It can be accessed by traveling over a hanging bridge. The pedal boat center, tree top shelters, elephant safari and deer park are the main attractions of Kaveri Nisargadhama
Kushalnagar is loacted at a distance of 34 km from Madikeri and it is located at Somwarpet Taluk in Kodagu district of Karnataka.
Takakaveri is the place where the sacred River Kaveri originates on the slopes of the Brahmagiri hills. Talakaveri is located at a distance of 40 km from Madikeri. Talakaveri can be reached by a motorable road from Bhagamandala, which is at a distance of 8 kms.
This Brahmagiri hills is situated amidst green hills. It is believed that the seven great sages meditated in Brahmagiri hills. The river begins here as a small perennial spring, but flows underground again to emerge a short distance away. There are temples at Talakaveri of Agasthyeshwara and Lord Ganapathi. The fair begins on the auspicious Tula Sankramana day on October 17th, as water gushes out from a conduit. Salam Kallu is the place where the pilgrims can get the finest view of Talakaveri.
Tadiandamol situated near Nalknad Palace, which is located at a distance of 40 km from Madikeri. Tadiandamol is the highest peak (5,724 ft) of the district. The peak is not altogether inaccessible; two-thirds of it can be reached on a jeep. The best season to visit is during December to May.
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