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Madikeri is the picturesque town of Kodagu (also called Coorg), the land of coffee, cardamom, colonels and the Cauvery. The headquarters of Kodagu district, it is located in a beautiful hilly setting surrounded by the forest slopes of the Western Ghats. Here, time seems to have stood still. Dotted with a cluster of red-roofed dwellings and a bustling bazaar, the town, situated at an elevation of 1,525 m, has a charming old-world look. Madikeri provides access to some excellent picnic spots.
Not much is known about the early history of Kodagu. From AD 1600 onwards, the Lingayat Rajas ruled over Kodagu and established their capital at Madikeri where they built a mud fort. The Kodavas, as the people of Kodagu are called, troubled the Mysore rulers Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan through sporadic rebellions. Finally, in AD 1785, Tippu marched into Kodagu with a large army and devastated the little kingdom. Four years later, with the help of the British, Kodagu regained its independence and Raja Veerarajendra set about the task of reconstruction. In AD 1834, the British took over power in Kodagu. They impeached the then ruler Chikkaveera Rajendra and sent him into exile. With its misty mountains, wooded hill slopes and picture-postcard scenery, Kodagu seemed like a little corner of England. The British left behind a legacy of coffee plantations, which remain the main source of the area's revenue today.
On your next holiday, head to Coorg. Located in the Western Ghats in southern India, this hill town resort has lots of peace and quiet on offer to visitors. Its proximity to Bangalore, makes it an ideal weekend break destination for rest and relaxation. The weather is pleasant all through. Tour packages to Coorg are plenty but to make your Coorg holiday truly memorable, choose to stay at a homestay or farm. For a real treat, there are several luxury resorts in Coorg that offer various packages depends upon your budget and duration. Coorg is the ideal spot for weekend stay.
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