Namdroling Monastery

The striking Namdroling Monastery is a large Tibetan Buddhist compound home to the striking Golden Temple and impressive Zangdogpalri Temple. Around 5000 monks and nuns live within the complex, and there's a small bookstore and cafe, too.

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2. Golden Temple

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The highlight of Namdroling Monastery is the spectacular Golden Temple, presided over by three 18m-high gold-plated Buddha statues. The temple is at its…

3. Raja’s Tombs

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These domed tombs are built in Indo-Sarcenic style and serve as the resting place for Kodava royalty and dignitaries. Located 7km from Madikeri: take an…

4. Museum

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Quirky museum within a old church, inside Madikeri's fort complex. Its eclectic exhibits are very poorly laid out.

5. Madikeri Fort

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There are good views from this hilltop fort, built by Tipu Sultan in the 16th century, though today it’s the less glamorous site of the municipal…

6. Raja’s Seat

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A very popular spot to enjoy sunset, as the raja himself did, with fantastic outlooks to rolling hills and endless valleys.

7. Abbi Falls

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A spectacular sight after the rainy season, these 21.3m-high falls can pack a punch.

8. Nalakunad Palace

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At the bottom of the region's highest peak, Tadiyendamol (1745m), is Nalakunad Palace, the former hunting lodge of a Kodagu king dating from 1794. There…