Magnolia arranges sightseeing trips to various historic and nature spots around Coorg. Our staff will be happy to arrange vehicles for guests to visit places such as Madikeri, Bylakuppe Tibetan camp and Buddhist shrine, Thalakaveri which is the origin of the river Kaveri, Dubare elephant park located on river Kaveri, Abbey and Irupu falls, Nagahole and Wynad wildlife sanctuaries.
A unique feature exclusive to Magnolia is that it is a mere 2 hours from the city of Kannur-on the Arabian sea coast in Kerala. Our staff will be delighted to organize a day long picnic at the sunny beaches at Kannur.
Coorg is a sightseer's dream. It boasts of enormous natural beauty comprising of green coffee estates, mountains, rivers and wildlife sanctuaries. Magnolia’s location affords guests to visit these beautiful places on day trips with a 90 minute one-way journey in most cases. The following is a list of the main sightseeing attractions in Coorg.
Coorg boasts of some scenic and exotic hill stations that are frequented by those seeking the green and serene. Among them one such location would be the Abbey falls.
When the river Cauvery flows downhill, it is joined by two more tributaries - Kanake and Sujyoti. The spot where all three converte (the Cauvery, the Kanika and the Sujyothi) is called Bhagamandala. The temple here, built in Kerala style, has smaller shrines dedicated to various gods. It is about 40 kms from Madikeri or 90 minutes from Magnolia.
This is mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department, at the edge of Dubare forest, on the bank of river Kaveri, on the Kushalnagar - Siddapur road. The largest land animal is captured here with the help of tamed elephants and local tribals - the Kurbas - and is held captive for upto 6 months in large teak wood cages.
The tamed elephants attend to various jobs during the day and in the evenings they come down to the river to bathe and to be scrubbed clean by their mahouts. Afterwards the mahout obliges eager tourists for free elephant rides within the camp. In the evenings, all theelephants are offered a special treat of ladoos made of ragi and jaggery, each no smaller than a cannon ball!
The river descends perpendicularly into a great cataract known as the Iruppu Falls. This place is believed to possess the power to cleanse one's sins and is visited by thousands of devotees from far and near on Shivaratri day.
Nagarhole and Wynad National Parks
Nagarhole and Wynad are twin wildlife parks in Karnataka and Kerala respectively. The parks are about 90 minutes from Magnolia and we arrange for day trips to parks. Stretching over hundreds of square kilometers, these reserve forests are home to Tigers, Panther, Leopard, Elephants, Deer of various sub-species, birds, Langoor and other monkeys, the park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls.
Namdroling Tibeten Monastery at Bylakuppe
Bylakuppe is the Tibetan resettlement, location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), in the west of Mysore district. The Tibetan diasporas make up a population of about 40,000. It consists of a number of small camps/agricultural settlements close to each other, and has a number of monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery (both in the Gelukpa tradition) and Namdroling monastery (in the Nyingma tradition). The spectacular Golden Temple is a major tourist spot in the area.
Cauvery Nisargadhama is situated about 36 kms from Madikeri or about 90 minutes from Magnolia. This is an ideal picnic spot. It is an island in the middle of the river connected by a rope bridge. You can do boating or go for elephant rides as well as visit the elephant training camp run by the Forest Department at Dubare (8 kms further).
Omkareshwara temple was built by Lingarajendra in 1820. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is located in Madikeri town. The temple has both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. There is a tank in front of the temple with tons of fishes in it and a footpath leading to a small Mantap. The temple has four minarets around it and a dome in the center (similar to a Muslim Masjid).
The Shivalinga now worshipped in the temple has its origins in Kashi. Among the many Shivalingas in Kashi five are considered the most sacred, and Omkareshwara is one of them.
According to legend, the kings of Kodagu spent their evenings here. But what's unforgettable about Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset that one can enjoy from here.
Talakaveri / Talacauvery
River Kaveri which is one of the 7 sacred rivers of Sapta Sindhus of the Hindu scriptures, originated at a place is called Talakaveri (head of Cauvery) in the Brahmagiri hills, at about 4,500 ft above sea level. This place is marked by a tirtha kundike or Brahma kundike (small spring/pond) from where the river emerges as a small perennial spring, but flows underground again to emerge a short distance away. It is about 48 kms from Madikeri or 90 minutes from Magnolia.
There is a shrine near the kundike and a big tank in front of it where devotees baths before offering prayers. There are 2 temples, a Shivatemple and with a rare and ancient Shiva Linga, and another temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This temple has a holy Ashwantha tree where, according to legend, the Trimurtis - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh gave darshan to sage Agastya.
Legend also has it that every year on Tulasankramana day (approximately on 17 October) Goddess Parvati appears in the Kundike as the sacred teerthodbhava. This occasion is marked by the sudden upsurge of water in the kundike and is considered very auspicious.
From Talakaveri, steps lead up to the nearby Brahmagri peak, where the 7 great sages called the Sapta Maharishis had performed a special yagna. From the peak, as well as on the drive to Talakaveri, tourists can enjoy a good view of the misty blue Brahmagiri hills.
Valanoor, 30 kms.from Madikeri,the back waters of river Cauvery is one of the most beautiful Angling sites in Karnataka. Types of fish include Golden-Masheer, Maral and Mapp. Licence / permit can be arranged by local tourist agents.