It is certainly not the Zambezi and you are definitely not Livingstone, but the exhilaration and pleasure of reaching the source of a river will make you feel like what he did. Welcome to Madikeri, the place from where the Kaveri River originates. Located on top of a lush green hill, Madikeri in Coorg district is complete with cascading waterfalls, lush tea and coffee plantations, and total peace and tranquil amidst nature at its best. Named after its ruler, Mudduraja, Madikeri or Mercara as it is also known as, offers a whole gamut of experiences for the visitor.
Thalakaveri, from where the sacred Kaveri originates is both a revered spot as well as a place to enjoy the awesome views all around. The Raja’s Seat, from where the royalty would enjoy a view of the sunset, makes you feel like one as you sit there and take in the breathtaking view of the valleys spread before you.
The famous Madikeri Fort was rebuilt and fortified by Tipu Sultan from its original humble mud structure beginnings. Trek around town and in the neighboring hills for that refreshing atmosphere which can rejuvenate your senses in a jiffy. Enjoy a meal of tasty local cuisine and walk through the bazaars and alleys, where you will still find the old world charm greeting you.