Mercara, also known as Madikeri, is a famous hill-station in Karnataka. Popularly called the Scotland of India, this is the main town as well as the headquarters of Coorg or Kodagu district. Mist-clad hills, emerald green forest, vast tea and coffee plantations, and picturesque orange groves adorn Mercara.
Places to see around Mercara:
* Nagarhole National Park: This 640 sq km park at the foothills of the Brahmagiri hills, and its animal life is part of Indiaâ€™s first bio-sphere reserve. The park is covered with dense tropical forest, grassy swamps, and several water bodies.
* Talakaveri: This place in the Brahmagiri hills is the origin of River Cauvery, one of the 7 sacred rivers of Sapta Sindhus of the Hindu scriptures, situated at about 4,500 ft above sea level.
* Abbey Falls: Located 8 km from Mercara, this is a major attraction for tourists and filmdom alike.
* Dubare: Situated at the edge of Dubare forest, on the bank of River Cauvery, this is primarily an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department.
* Nisargadhama: This is a perfect picnic spot, known for its tranquil beauty, visited by several tourists throughout the year.
Enjoy a comfortable stay while on a Tour to Mercara at the hotels in Mercara, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. Some of the major hotels in Mercara are Hotel Coorg International, Hotel Mayura Valley View, Hotel Cauvery, Vinayaka Lodge etc.
Mercara, located 1170m above sea level, is 252 km away from Bangalore, 136 km from Mangalore, and 120 km from Mysore. For a Tour to Mercara, the best time to visit is between the months of October and March. The nearest airport is at Mysore. The closest railway stations are located at Mysore and Mangalore. Mercara is well-connected by a network of roads, with the Mysore – Mangalore highway passing through the town.