Madikeri or Mercara is a hill station town in Karnataka and is a popular tourist destination of the state. It is connected to other major cities of Karnataka by road and is at a distance of about 250 km from Bangalore, the state capital. Those who wish to see the hill station can hire bikes in Bangalore from the growing Bangalore bike rentals and ride to the hills on the vehicle of their choice. Apart from bikes, they can also get scooters on rent if they have some luggage with them. Since the hill town has no railway station, the closest ones being Hassan, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Kannur and Thalassery at a distance of 115 km from the town, it is advised that people go by road instead of trains.
Madikeri being a hill station experiences tropical highland climate and the average temperature remains between 15- 30 degrees all year round. It is a much-frequented tourist place and has many spots that attract tourists to the hill station. The tourists who would like to get two-wheelers on rent in Bangalore are in luck because bike hiring in Bangalore has been made easy for their benefit.
The Omkareshwara temple is located at the heart of the town and happens to be the main attraction of the hill station. It was built by King Linga Rajendra II in 1820 and still stands tall, bearing testimony to the great king. The temple has Islamic and Gothic styles of architecture, making it unique in itself. It is built around a large central pool. It is said that the King Linga Rajendra killed an innocent Brahmin in his political pursuits and the spirit of that Brahmin started haunting him. In order to purge himself of the sin, he brought a Shivalinga from Kashi, installed it at the site and named the temple Omkareshwar.
Another major attraction of the hill station is the Madikeri Fort, built by Mudduraja towards the end of the 17th century. He also built a palace inside the fort and the fort was overtaken by Tipu Sultan, then by Doddavira Rajendra. After this the British took over the temple and added a few features. Lastly the fort was passed on to Linga Rajendra who renovated the palace. There is a famous temple of Lord Ganesha at the entrance of the fort. This temple is called Kote Ganapathi.
The Raja Seat is another tourist spot much frequented by the visitors. This is a small square viewing spot and the structure comprises of four pillars covered in arches. The beautiful surroundings add the cherry to the cake and make the site even more magical. The seat is built on a high cliff and offers a spectacular view of the valleys and nearby cliffs. It was a recreation spot for the kings and hence has been called Raja seat.
The beautiful hill station is a combination of a spiritual, scenic and historical place and is a must-see town of Karnataka. Tourists can get bikes on rent in Bangalore or hire two-wheelers of their choice to see the town as the city is well connected by roads but does not have a railway station.