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Kodagu also known as Coorg, is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. It occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometres (1,584 sq mi) in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. In 2001 its population was 548,561, 13.74% of which resided in the district's urban centres, making it the least populous of the 30 districts in Karnataka.Kodagu is well known in the world for coffee and its "brave warriors".
Madikeri (English: Mercara) is the headquarters of Kodagu. The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad district of Kerala to the south.
Kodagu is one of the most beautiful tourist places in South India. Madikeri being its capital, has a population of around 45,000. In the year 1681, Madikeri was established by the then ruling King Muddu Raja of Haleri Dynasty. "Muddu Rajakeri' of those years is today's Madikeri. Where one can indeed imagine being in "Swiss town" with mist covered seductive charm of Madikeri.
Overlooking a deep valley is the delightful garden, the main spot of attraction. An added attraction is the toy train "Baba Saheb Express" near by with a park for the kids. Very next to Raja's seat stands the ancient Temple "Chouti Mariyamma". A furlong away stands the "Gandhi Mantap" with the statue of Mahatma Gandhi built in memory of the Father of Nation.
This was built in 1820 by Lingarajendra the then ruling King to ward off the evil caused by "Brahma Rakshasas". The Shiva Linga is said to be brought from the holy place "Kaashi". This temple has an unusual architectural combination of 'Indo-Sarsenic' Style. Nearby is the holy tank.
A thrilling 8 kilometre drive through forests and coffee plantations leads to the most popular attraction and picnic spot - the Abbi Falls. The gushing sound and the beauty of the falls can be experienced from the hanging bridge. Private vehicles has to be hired to get here.
A natural island with cool and pleasant view. Boating and fishing makes a wonderful experience. 18 kms away from Kushalngar (Via Nanjarayapatna) is the island with about 11 acres of land. The state Jungle Lodges & Resorts has undertaken the development of this island. Ideal place for nature lovers.
The worshipping Goddess of Kodagu is Mother Cauvery. The birth place of Sacred River, Cauvery, Talacauvery is one of the main pilgrim centres of Karnataka. A 48 Km drive from Madikeri stands Talacauvery at the foot of "Brahmagiri Hills". Here emerges river Cauvery and gushes her way through Karnataka and Tamilnadu.