Nisargadhama Coorg is an island formed by the River Kaveri. It is a sprawling 64-acre island full of lush greenery, Sandalwood, Teak trees, and Bamboo groves. The park’s main attractions are boating experience, Elephant Ride, and camping in tree houses.
Waking up in one of these treehouses overlooking the beautiful river Kaveri and watching the dancing sunlight on the waves is a magical moment. To reach this wonderful island you need to cross a hanging bridge built on the river Kaveri. watch the video Also, read our article on Narkanda-The Hot Spring and Skiing Destination.
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What is the Best Time To visit Nisargadhama Coorg?
Being a forest, the monsoon time is very damp and peppered with moderate and heavy rainfall. While winters are very chilly. So, the best time is Summers. Summers here are somewhat humid and the abundance of trees helps keep the temperatures cool.
Also, the temperature in Karnataka is usually cool at any time of the year. Check the live weather forecast of Nisargadhama Coorg here.
The summertime starts from March to May. At this time the temperatures are comfortable and the air is humid. This is the ideal time to visit the ecological park.
Winters are chilly owing to the abundance of trees here. So, if you are a winters fan and up for some bonfire at night, then visit this place in winters. The winter months are from November to February.
Monsoon here receives a good amount of rainfall and thus is not an ideal time to visit this place. But, nature is at its best during monsoon and everything is fresh and green.
How To Reach Nisargadhama Coorg?
Nisargadhama Coorg being an island does not have any railway station of its own. So let’s see how to reach the place. It may be a bit tiring but surely worth every effort.
Nearby cities are Madikeri, Mysore, and Mangalore. While Kushal Nagar is the nearest spot to the forest and is of the State Highway. Kushalnagar is about 3 km from the forest and Madikeri is situated about 30 km from the forest. Almost all the buses that go from Madikeri to Kushal Nagar stop at the bus stand near the forest.
You can take a cab from here and the forest is just 15 minutes away from the bus stand. The forest lies on the Mysore-Madikeri highway. Madikeri is well connected by buses from major cities like Mysore, Mangalore, and Bangalore.
Mysore is the nearest railway station and the city is 70 km away from Nisargadhama Coorg. From Mysore, a bus or a cab can be hired to reach here. Another nearby railway station is the Kanhangad railway station.
The nearby airports are Kozhikode Airport, Agatti Airport, and the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. From these airports, you can avail of es or trains to reach the Kaveri Nisargadhama Coorg.
What is the Nisargadhama Entry Fee?
Nisargadhama’s entry fee is very affordable and pocket-friendly. The entry fees for the park and various activities are given below:
- Entry Fee: For adults, the fee is 10 INR and for children, it is 5 INR.
- For Elephant Ride: For the Elephant Ride the fee is 25 INR per person.
- For Boating: For Boating the fee is 100 INR per person.
- For Stay: If you want to stay here the forest department cottages charge 700-1000 INR per night.
These charges are subject to fluctuation according to the tourist season.
Contact Nisargadhama Coorg?
Nisargadhama Coorg is just a call away. If you want to make any query regarding the park, then just dial on the number 08894-915059.
Timings of Nisargadhama Coorg?
Nisargadham Coorg opens every day of the week. The opening timing is 9 am in the morning and 5 pm in the evening.
If you are out for a day’s picnic then you must keep apart about 6 to 8 hours. But, if you are planning to hire a cottage and stay in the forest, then keep aside about 2 to 3 days, while 2 days is ideal.
Stay at Nisargadhama Coorg?
Stay at Nisargadhama Coorg is as refreshing as memorable. It has good quality river-side cottages as well as Treetop cottages made of Bamboo. These cool cottages are an amazing experience.
The sunrise and sunset of the forest park available only through the cottage stay is an enchanting sight. River Kaveri flows by the sides of the cottages and the sun rays dancing on the water is magnificent.
How to book these Cottages:
It is super easy. All you need to do is visit the office of the conservator of forests, Kodagu Circle or visit the office of the deputy conservator of forests, Madikeri. If you cant visit in person, you can also call on the number – 08272-225708, and telefax- 08272-228439. There are about 10-15 riverside cottages and 5 bamboo cottages.
You need to make reservations prior to coming here as they might be full when you reach here. The rent of these cottages ranges from 700-1000 INR. You can enjoy boating, elephant rides, and nature walks during your stay here and also enjoy bonfires if you are visiting the resort in winters.
Things To Do at Nisargadham Coorg?
- Walk across the Hanging Bridge.
- Ride the Mighty Elephant.
- Go for a Boatride on Kaveri
- Visit the Deer Park
- Admire the colorful flowers in the Orchidarium.
- Fly on the mini Zipline.
- Get inside the Kaveri River.
- Play in the Children Park.
- A night’s stay in the Cottages.
- Nature Photography
- Walk Across the Hanging Bridge Coorg:
The Hanging Bridge Coorg connects the mainland to the island. With the river Kaveri flowing beneath the bridge, crossing this shaky bridge is an experience of its own.
2. Ride the Mighty Elephant:
Elephant ride is a must-do activity if you are visiting this park. The elephant ride here is quite cheap, only 25 INR per person. Although the prices keep on fluctuating according to the tourist season. You can further bargain if you are in a bigger group.
3. Go for a Boatride on Kaveri:
You can also go for a paddleboat ride on the river Kaveri. Also, the boat ride is not that expensive. It costs 100 INR per person and is subject to change according to the tourist season.
4. Visit Deer Park:
The forest houses a deer park. It is a major attraction for children. Children just love to spot deers in their natural habitat. It has a large number of them too.
5. Admire the colorful flowers in the Orchidarium:
The forest park has an area reserved for Orchids. This Orchid Park or say an Orchidarium is really a beautiful place with many types of Orchids growing here.
6. Fly on the mini Zipline:
You must also try the mini Zipline adventure. Flying over this mini zipline gives an excellent taste of adventure to the younger ones.
7. Get inside the Kaveri River:
The exciting thing about this forest park is that here you can enter the Kaveri river where the water is shallow and the current is slow. Also, the feeling of water current and the cold water on you is an awesome experience.
8. Play in the Children Park:
The place has a children park and rabbit enclosure as well. Children’s park is full of activities like Toro Toro, Mirror Maze, 12D Cinema, Rolling Seats, etc.
9. A nights stay in the Cottages:
Last but not least you can stay in the Forest Department Cottages and other Resort Cottages. You can eat at the small restaurant near the cottages and end a peaceful evening.
10. Nature Photography:
It is a nice place to do Nature Photography. The natural setting means there are birds and lush greenery all around. You can photograph to your heart’s content.
Places near Nisargadhama Coorg?
Nisargadhama is surrounded by beautiful places near it. If you are planning to visit this forest park, then a visit to these places is a must to do.
- Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement
- Namdroling Monastery
- Dubare Elephant Camp
- Abbey Falls
- Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement:
This is the second-largest Tibetan settlement in the world only after Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. It houses over 70,000 Tibetans from Tibet. The settlement was established by Lugsum Samdupling (1961) and Dickyi Larsoe (1969).
This settlement has many monasteries and temples inside it and is managed by seven thousand monks and nuns. The most famous monastery is the Namdroling Monastery which is also known as the Golden Temple.
Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement is just 3 km away from the forest park. You need a PAP(Protected Area Permit) to stay there and it may take about three months to get it issued.
2. Namdroling Monastery:
Namdroling Monastery or Golden Temple Coorg is 3.7 km away from the forest park. It is the largest monastery of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Located in Bylakuppe, it is home to 5000 lamas, both nuns and monks included.
The monastery also houses a junior school, a religious college, and a hospital. This Bylakuppe Tibetan monastery was established in 1963 by his holiness Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche. The main festival celebrated here is Tibetan New Year which is a two-week celebration in the month of February or March.
The monastery at this time of year hosts Lama Dances, large Thakga hanging from buildings and processions throughout the monastery. Golden Temple Coorg entry fee is free. Namdroling Monastery Timings are from 9 am to 6 pm.
3. Dubare Elephant Camp:
Dubare forest has a forest camp on the banks of river Kaveri and is known for its Asiatic Elephants. The elephants of the Mysore Dussehra used to be trained at the Dubare forest but now they have retired and are used to give the tourists some rides.
Apart from the elephant rides, you can also do fishing and still water river rafting here. Else than elephants, you can also find Sambhar, tigers, leopards, wild dog, Gaur, and bears. Crocodiles can be found in the river. The Dubare elephant camp to Nisagadhaam distance is 8.6 km. Dubare Elephant Camp entry fee is 20 INR for Indians and 40 INR for foreigners.
4. Abbey Falls:
Abbey Falls to Nisargadhama Coorg is 25 km. The river from which this waterfall flows is part of early reaches of Kaveri. Flow is very high during the monsoon season. It is famous for the leeches found in its water. The Abbey Falls are located amidst private coffee plantations and spice estates. These plantations give a distinct aroma to the place. The land surrounding the falls is owned by Mr. Neravanda B. Nanaiah. He bought the land from the government that surrounds the waterfall. Earlier during the British rule, the falls were named Jessi Falls, named after a British Officials wife. The Abey Falls Timings are 9 am to 6 pm.
Here are some Traveler Tips:
- The Nisargadhama Coorg is open every day and from 9 am to 5 pm in the evening and you need to rent the cottage to stay the night there.
- Take caution and do not feed the animals like deer and rabbits. It is strictly prohibited.
- The ecological park is an eco-friendly zone, thus do remember to not carry or litter the forest park with plastic bags. Cleanliness is a top priority in the park.
- Take caution while entering the river. Enter the river only at those points where the water is safe and shallow
- Do remember to make reservations for the cottages, before visiting the forest park as they might be full. You can book the cottages by contacting the conservator of forests, Kodagu circle, Madikeri through call or visit.
- Tourists get confused between the Old Bridge and the Hanging Bridge. These are two separate entities as the Old Bridge is inside the park while the Hanging Bridge Coorg connects the Coorg region with the park region.
So, this was all about the fabulous Kaveri Nisargadhama Coorg. It is a must-visit if you are a nature photographer or someone with kids. A 2-day stay here is ideal and the park sums up beautiful natural setting, mesmerizing sunsets and sunrises, boat rides and elephant rides, and an interesting children’s park.
The nearby places like the Dubare Elephant Camp and Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement along with the Namdroling Monastery are worth a visit. Also, read our article on Narkanda-The Hot Spring and Skiing Destination.