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Tours - Madikeri Weekend Tour


Day 01: Bangalore – Madikeri

Morning meet with our representative and then we will drive to the beautiful hill station Madikeri, the district headquarters of Coorg (Kodagu). It was previously known as Muddurajakeri which was named after the first ruler Mudduraja from this place since 1681, later it became Madikeri. It is the most picturesque town of Coorg having lots of picnic spots in and around. It is very popular hill station among the tourist. It is situated at an altitude of 1061 mt which features a tropical highland climate and lies in the Western Ghats.
Madikeri is often referred to as the Scotland of India for its very beautiful hill station with mild climate during the summer. For its scenic spots sometimes referred to as Mini Kashmir.

Upon arrival check into the hill resort. Evening free at this blessing place, the gift of God presented here. Overnight stay at resort.

Day 02: Madikeri

This morning we will go on a half day excursion around Madikeri visiting The Madikeri Palace or Fort, Omkareshwar Temple, Raja's seat, Abbi etc, which are located in very close vicinity.
First we will visit Raja's seat – locate just 1 ½ km from Madikeri, this is one of the most enchanting place in Madikeri, and once it was the preferred place of recreation for the Rajas and hence was permanently associated with them. It is built on a high level ground with a commanding view of the cliffs and valleys to the west. Once can have the enchanting views of the sunrise and sunset from here.

Later we will drive to visit the Abbi falls - located around 8 kms from the town of Madikeri, is situated between coffee plantations, spice estates and green trees where several streams join from the mountains and gush down to join the Kaveri River. Abby cascades 70 ft down to flow as a small river and the falls appear suddenly, the water cascading over rocks into calm pools. Enjoy the gushing, roaring beauty but a desire to take a dip in the cool waters may prove to be risky.

While returning we will visit Omkareshwar temple – it is located just 1 km from the heart of the Madikeri. In 1820 a significant building built by Linga Rajendra was Omkareshwara temple. It has both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. There is a tank in front of the temple & a footpath leading to a small "Mantap". According to the legends, the Shiva Lingam worshipped in the temple has been imported from the sacred city of Varanasi.

The Madikeri Palace or Fort – the palace of the erstwhile kings located inside the Madikeri For and now it houses the offices of the Deputy Commissioner of Coorg. The museum inside the fort is run by the state archaeology department. The museum is a source of many antiques of Coorg. The original mud fort was rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan. Two life-size elephants made of mortar. Once can also visit the Mahatma Gandhi Public Library, the Kote Maha Ganapathi temple and the district prison all are located inside the fort.

Later return to the resort for lunch. Enjoy the rest of the day in the lap of nature. Overnight stay at resort.

Day 03: Madikeri - Bangalore

After breakfast we will leave for Bangalore with the lingering memories of Madikeri.

End of the services.

The city of Bangalore has quite an interesting history attached to it. Right from its name to its becoming the IT Capital of India, each stage in the history of Bangalore is worth mentioning. Read on to know more about the history of Bengalooru, India.

Naming of Bangalore
There are numerous versions related to the naming of the city as 'Bangalore'. As per the information available in the Gazetteer of India, the term 'Bangalore' is an anglicized version of "Bengalooru," a Kannad term. The word Bengalooru was in turn derived from the phrase 'bende kaalu ooru', meaning 'the town of boiled beans'. There is story behind naming the city as the 'town of boiled beans'. 

It is said that King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty once got lost in the jungle and was very tired and hungry. In the jungle, he came across a poor and old woman, who offered him some boiled beans. As an expression of his gratitude towards the woman, the King named the place as 'bende kaalu ooru'. However, there are other historical evidences that reveal that the name 'Bengalooru' was recorded much before the reign of King Ballala. 

The Time of Kempe Gowda
Kempe Gowda, known as the founder of Bangalore, played a very important in the shaping of the city. A feudal lord himself, he used to serve under the Vijayanagara Kings. A hunting enthusiast, Kempe Gowda once saw his dog being chased by a hare. Amused as well as impressed up this incident, he started calling Bangalore as 'Gandu bhoomi' (heroic place). He, with the help of King Achutaraya, built a mud fort in Bangalore and inside it founded the towns of Balepet, Cottonpet, and Chickpet. Later, his son got the four watchtowers erected on the boundaries of the city, visible even today. 

Reign of the Sultans, Marathas and British
In the year 1638, the Vijayanagara Empire fell to the Sultan of Bijapur, Mohammed Adil Shah. For the next sixty years, the city was under the rule of the Sultans. Thereafter, Mughals took over the city. However, their rule did not last too long and in 1687, they sold the kingdom to King Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar of Mysore. He got another fort built in Bangalore, to the south of the one built by Kempe Gowda. Hyder Ali received Bangalore in the form of jagir in 1759, from Krishna Raja Wodeyar II. He converted the city into an army town. 

In the year 1799, when Tipu Sultan died, the British returned the kingdom back to Krishna Raja Wodeyar III. However, the British again took over the kingdom in 1831, citing misrule by Krishna raja Wodeyar III as the reason. It was under the British rule that Bangalore started developing into a modern city, with all the contemporary facilities like railways, telegraphs, post and telegraph, etc. The city was again given back to the Wodeyars in 1881. However, since the British Commissioners were based in Bangalore, its development into a contemporary city continued unabated. 

After India gained independence in the year 1947, Bangalore became the capital of Karnataka. From then onwards, the city has witnessed large-scale development and has grown in leaps and bounds. 

IT Capital of India
The introduction of information technology in Bangalore, somewhere around the year 2000, led to the development of the city as the IT Capital of India. Today, it has become the hub of IT professionals in India. There are numerous other names given to Bangalore, like 'India's Silicon Valley', 'The Fashion Capital of India', 'The Pub City of India', etc. 

Re-naming as Bengalooru....

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