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Raintree

This cute converted bungalow makes a cosy place for a delicious meal, with solid wooden furniture and tribal art. The food doesn't disappoint, either, with local specialities and dishes from the coast. It also...

Buddhist Temple in Bylakuppe

Golden Temple

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 dramatic best when prayer is in session and it rings out...

Indian in Madikeri (Mercara)

Coorg Cuisine

Specialising in Kodagu specialities such as pandhi barthadh (pork dry fry), kadambuttu (rice dumplings) and koli nallamolu barthad (chicken-pepper fry), this restaurant is well worth trying. It's not exactly...

Monastery in Bylakuppe

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...

Cafe in Madikeri (Mercara)

Beans 'n' Brews Cafe

A welcoming sight on a cool Coorg morning, this cafe offers a terrific range of steaming gourmet teas (try the Darjeeling Orange Summer tips) and great coffee, including Vietnamese drip.

Dance in Madikeri (Mercara)

Huthri

The Kodava community celebrates the start of the harvesting season with ceremony, music, traditional dances and much feasting for a week.

Chocolate in Madikeri (Mercara)

Choci Coorg

Opposite the bus stand, Choci Coorg does many varieties of chocolate, lots of fruity and nut combos and a unique betel-nut flavour.

Religious in Bylakuppe

Tibetan New Year

Lamas in Tibetan refugee settlements in Bylakuppe take shifts leading nonstop prayers that span the weeklong celebrations.

Historic Site in Madikeri (Mercara)

Madikeri Fort

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 headquarters. You can walk a short section of ramparts, and within...

Juice Bar in Bylakuppe

Thirsty Crow

Popular juice bar south of the monastery offering a fine selection of fresh juices, including fruit and veggie choices, milkshakes, lime sodas, tea and coffee.

Waterfall in Madikeri (Mercara)

Abbi Falls

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

Tibetan in Bylakuppe

Malaya Restaurant

A simple dining room just south of the Golden Temple serving delicious momos (Tibetan dumplings) and thukpa (noodle soup).

Viewpoint in Madikeri (Mercara)

Raja’s Seat

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

Palace in Kakkabe

Nalakunad Palace

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 are some faded murals, but the structure is in very bad...

Historic Building in Madikeri (Mercara)

Raja’s Tombs

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 autorickshaw (₹200).

Museum in Madikeri (Mercara)

Museum

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