You can get with cheap flights to Madikeri through Mysore, Mangalore or Calicut airports. Mysore is the closest city, although stopping at Bangalore is a great alternative to see more of the Karnataka district. A cheap ticket to Mangalore will let you experience both the bustling culture of the city as well as the rural beauty of the Western Ghats on the road to Madikeri. The 138 kilometre route offers a scenic journey through jungles and villages and is a three hour drive from the airport. Alternatively, using the newly renovated airport in Mysore is a shorter trip at 117 kilometres and offers stunning scenery. There are private bus operations to Madikeri but renting a car from the airport is a good option for exploring the surrounding area. Taxi services are also available.
There’s no time to waste. The attractions of Madikeri are spread all around the district. Expect to travel up to 32 kilometres to get the best out of your trip. If you don’t have your own transport, you can engage a taxi service. For local amenities, use a rickshaw to get around town. For sights further afield, there are round-trip rickshaw services that will take you to attractions such as Abbey falls. Its a good idea to negotiate prices with drivers before you leave and work out a deal so they will wait as you explore the attractions. This way you’ll have ample time to enjoy the sights without worrying how you’ll get back.
Often the best way to submerge yourself in the Indian culture is to walk the streets of Madikeri and discover hidden beauties off the beaten tourist track.
Madikeri flights will deliver visitors into a striking range of wonderful sightseeing opportunities from beautiful architectural structures to breathtaking natural environmental beauty. Relive ancient folklore and watch the sunrise from Raja’s Seat or go back in time at the Madikeri Fort. Escape the town and visit Abbey Falls. Experience a vast range of awe-inspiring architecture including the Mohammedan style Omkareshwara Temple or the Kerala style Bhagamandala Temple - and don’t stop there! Go for an elephant ride at Nisarga Dhama or visit Talakaveri; the source of the Cauvery river. Hike on a variety of nature trails and explore Kushal Nagar, a stunning Tibetan settlement and one of the largest in southern India - and don’t forget to pick up local Tibetan handicrafts while you’re there.
Finally, indulge in some Madikeri coffee and pork - something the town is renowned for.
Cheap flights to Madikeri district would be incomplete without sampling the famous Madikeri pork. You can find this in a number of affordable dining restaurants around town including a variety of hotels such as East End and Silver Oaks. For a cheaper option, visit the local delights of Kodava Cuisine and Athithi. Alternatively, vegetarians might prefer Kanika International in Kushal Nagar.
If you visit during August, the Karaga festival is worth checking out. For October, Kaveri Sankramana is the most sacred festival of the Coorgs. The end of November sees Puttari, or ‘the harvesting festival’ where you can sample a variety of special foods. If a relaxing evening is more your thing, viewing the sun set over the hills at Raja’s seat will prove to be a serene getaway, making your Madikeri flights and trip a priceless experience.