Tibetan Monastery / Golden Temple Coorg
The Namdroling Monastery, popularly referred to as ‘The Golden Temple’ is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India. Located in Bylakuppe, about 5 kms from Kushalanagara in Kodagu district, The Golden Temple complex is home to about 16000 refugees and 600 monks .
Namdroling Monastery’s main entrance is an attractive four story tower with a wheel portraying symbols of Buddhism. The main attractions inside the temple are the statues of Lord Buddha in the centre with statues of Lord Amitayus and Lord Padmasambhava on either sides. Visitors can pray, meditate, give their offerings and rotate the mani prayer drums. Rotating these prayer drums is believed to give the same benefit as chanting “Om Mani Padme Hum”, the Buddhist prayer.
Golden Temple visiting time: The Temple is open for visitors from 9 AM till 6 PM.
Abbey Falls (38 kms), Chiklihole Dam (19 kms), Talacauvery (78 kms), Kaveri Nisargadhama (7 kms), Dubare (20 kms) are some of the popular attractions to explore in Kodagu district, along with Temple.
How to reach Golden Temple: The Temple is 220 kms from Bengaluru and 172 kms from Mangaluru. Mysuru is the nearest airport, 101 kms away. Hasana junction, 80 kms away is the nearest railway station. Kushala Nagara has good bus service from Bengaluru and Mysuru. From Kushala Nagara, auto or taxi can be hired to visit the temple.
Places to stay near Golden Temple: Multiple homestays and resorts are available in Kushalnagara. More options are available in Madikeri city, 35 kms from Temple, including KSTDC’s Mayura Valley View hotel.
Dubare Elephant Camp Coorg
Elephant ride is the most popular activity at Dubare Elephant Camp. Visitors can participate in various activities involving elephants. Visitors can go for three hour elephant interaction at the Dubare Elephant Camp. Other activities like 45 minute bath in the River Cauvery where tourists can give bath to elephants, feeding them with ragi, jaggery, sugarcane, banana and coconuts and a 45 minute elephant ride into the jungle makes your visit at the Camp a memorable one.
During summer, when the water level is low, one has to cross the river on foot to reach the camp. This is a fun experience for kids, however one needs to take caution as the rocks are slippery and people might get injured. During other seasons, when the water level is more, there are boats that take visitors to the other side of the river. Please note that the place gets crowded with people waiting for boat rides and hence it is advisable to reach early.