Nestled within the lush greenery of the Western Ghats in Coorg is the spectacular Abbey Falls, with water cascading down from a height of 70 feet. The rugged terrain of the boulders of the waterfall is juxtaposed well by the neighbouring coffee and spice plantations, bringing new life to the aura of this mystical waterfall.
The place of origin of the Cauvery river from the Brahmagiri Hills, Talacauvery is extremely sacred and hence attracts many tourists and devotees. Kodavas erected a tank which is now considered as its origin. It is believed that the river originates as a spring feeding a tank or a Kundike and then flows underground to re-emerge as Kaveri some distance away. The place has a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kaveriamma is located next to the tank and bathing in it on special occasions is considered holy.
Coorg is home to the famous Namdroling monastery. It is situated just 6 Kms from the town of Kushalnagar and 35 Kms from the Madikeri. It belongs to the Sangha community. The temple is termed "golden" because of the golden work done on every painting. It is a typical Tibetan monastery. The monastery is presided over by an 18m-high gold-plated Buddha. Children are also taught outside the temple. The paintings inside the temple describe the gods, demons, culture and also some of the phases of Buddha's life.
Raja's Seat, a garden with beautiful flowering plants and skilfully designed artificial fountains, is located in Madikeri in the district of Coorg. The garden was a favorite venue to rejuvenate for the Kings of Kodagu, and they loved watching the sunsets sitting here as they spent some memorable time with their Queens. Even today, the breathtaking view of the Sun setting into the undulated mountains is mesmerizing.
With its diversity of flora and fauna, the Nagarhole National Park is one of the best known wildlife reserves in India. It houses not just multiple species of plants and shrubbery but also mammals, reptiles, crawlers and rare birds.
Once a training site for elephants of the famous Dasara procession in Mysore, the Dubare Elephant camp offers a unique adventure to visitors by allowing them the experience of living in coexistence with the trained elephants on-site.
Belur is a small temple town located on the banks of Yagachi River in Hassan district.. The main attraction of Belur is Chennakeshava Temple complex built by king Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD in memory of his victory against Cholas in Talkad. The temple is dedicated to Lord Chennakeshava. The temple is the finest example of Hoysala Architecture. Legend has it that it took 103 years to complete and VeeraBallala II, the grandson of Vishnuvardhana completed the task.
The image is 3.7 meter tall and the temple standing on a platform has exquisite plastic art work on its outer walls and bracket figures of dancing girls in various poses in perfect proportion. There are shrines of KappeChennigaAndal, SaumyaNayaki etc. The temple here is a classic example of Hoysala art.
Halebid was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. This name is given because this city was ruined two times by Bahmani Sultanate.
The main attraction of Halebis is Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples, one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture built in the 12th century. The Hoysaleswara temple was built during this time by Ketamala and attributed to Vishnuvardhana, the Hoysala ruler. It enshrines Hoysaleswara and Shantaleswara, named after the temple builder VishnuvardhanaHoysala and his wife, Queen Shantala.
The temples at Belur and Halebis are now being proposed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.