Known as the ‘Scotland of India’ for its natural splendour, the hill station of Madikeri is located in Coorg region of Karnataka.
Madikeri is also called by the name of Mercara; earlier it was known as Muddurajakeri. The word ‘Muddurajakeri’ means Mudduraja’s hill station. The hill station was named after the Haleri King, Mudduraja who ruled Kodagu (Coorg region) from 1633-1687.
The region is known for its natural beauty. Dense forest, waterfalls and mist-laden hills makes Madikeri a pleasure for the eyes. The hills offer breathtaking panoramic views of the region.
If you are game for some angling, then Madikeri is the place to be. Trout and mahaseer are found in abundance in the rivers and streams around Madikeri.
The Cauvery river is scared to Kodavas, people of the Coorg region who are often called Coorgis. During the Cauvery Sankramana festival, people in large numbers gather at Talakaveri to take a holy dip in the river.
Madikeri is also famous for its cuisine especially non-vegetarian delicacies. Pork of Madikeri is the special food item of the hill station.
One can buy local handicrafts, agricultural produces like coffee, tea and cardamom.
There are many accommodation options in Madikeri. You can find budget, mid-range hotels and few luxury hotels. Hotels offer good facilities and hospitality.
The hill station is famous for pork curries. In the hill station you can find multi-cuisine restaurant serving Indian, European, Chinese and Tibetan cuisine.
The best time to visit Madikeri is between September to April. During these months the temperature remains pleasant and cool.