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Excursions

Chettali Orange & Coffee Research Station (24 km):
Run by the Government, many interesting experiments and research on the production of coffee are conducted here. Best time to visit is between November and March.

Cauvery Nisargadhama (25 km):
It is a breathtakingly beautiful riverine island formed by Cauvery river in the plains, 2 km from Kushalnagar. Nisargadhama teems with lush foliage, thick bamboo groves, teak and rosewood. The sprawling 64-acre nature resort has a deer park, orchidarium and elephant and boat rides.

Bhagamandala (39 km):
This is the confluence of three rivers, namely, Cauvery, Kanika and Sujyothi. There are three important temples above the confluence of the rivers dedicated to Bhagamandaleswara, Subramanya and Vishnu. During an annual festival, which falls in October/November, the temple is illuminated by thousands of oil lamps. A Central Apiary located here, is a unique centre for demonstration and research-cum-training in modern methods of bee keeping.

Harangi (38 km):
A reservoir and dam located here make it a popular picnic spot.

Bylekuppe (40 km):
The second largest settlement outside Tibet. The Golden Temple has some very impressive 40-foot high golden idols of Buddha. The prayer sessions are a sight to behold, as more than 400 monks chant in unison. There are also a few Tibetan handicraft shops selling shawls, artefacts and souvenir items.

Kudige (40 km):

A model agricultural farm with a basic Training College for teachers.

Talakaveri (44 km):
It is the source of the River Cauvery situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hill, 4,187 ft above sea level. On Tulasankramana (17 October 17) pilgrims throng this place to witness the miraculous rise of the fountainhead, when water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment.

Virajpet (32 km):
A small town in Kodagu is reputed to be the largest producer of honey in Asia.


Irupu Falls (80 km):
Nestling beside the Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarhole) and 48 km from Virajpet, Iruppu Falls presents a stunning sight during the monsoon. From its humble origins in the Brahmagiri Range, the falls plunge down 170 ft, in two distinct stages. It is also a well-known pilgrim centre, associated with Lord Rama, hero of the great epic Ramayana. The Rameshwara Shiva Temple, located close to the Lakshmana Theertha River here is said to have been built by Rama. On Mahashivarathri, thousands of pilgrims gather here to take a holy bath.

Rajiv Gandhi National Park - Nagarhole (90 km):

This Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 284 sq km with tropical and deciduous forests and belts of swampy ground at the head of small streams. It derives its name from its snake like winding streams. The place gives an excellent opportunity to the visitors to see wild animals. This reserved forest is famed for its amazing variety of avian fauna, an elephant training camp and angling. Contact forest office in Madikeri, Tel: 08272 228305.


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