Nisargadhama, Kodagu/Coorg, also known as Kaveri Nisargadhama is a picturesque little island surrounded by the River Kaveri. It is a must visit place when you holiday in Coorg. The island is a major attraction by itself, spread out in 64 acres of land with thick bamboo groves, teak, sandalwood and other trees and plants of medicinal value, which contribute to its lush foliage. One needs to cross a hanging bridge in order to access the island. Nisargadhama is located 3 km from Kushalnagar and 27 kms from Madikeri.
Things to do in Nisargadhama
A perfect picnic spot
Nisargadhama serves as a perfect picnic spot for tourists, especially children, and hence a popular hangout for families. There are numerous activities for children, which are sure to keep them excited and engaged. The mini zoo and children’s play area are hotspots for kids. The island also hosts a Rabbit Park, a Deer Park, and an orchidarium, which are popular among the tourists.
Tourists can opt for elephant rides on Nisargadhama island, which will be a thrilling experience.
Boating is a prime attraction in Nisargadhama. Get on to a boat and experience the fun-filled moments. In some safe spots where the water is shallow, tourists may get into it and have fun.
Accommodation at the Nisargadhama Forest Resort
For tourists who wish to prolong their fun in Nisargadhama, there are accommodation options as well. There is a guest house run by the forest department and also tree top bamboo cottages.
The deluxe cottages can accommodate 5 people and the tariff ranges from INR 600 to INR 1,000
Best time to visit Nisargadhama
The post-monsoon period from October to April is the best time to visit Nisargadhama, for the place is enlivened with its lush green environs.
How to reach Nisargadhama
Nisargadhama is about 27 km from Madikeri, and 3 km from Kushalnagar, the nearby connecting junction off the Mysore-Madikeri Highway. Most buses that go to Madikeri from Kushalnagar halt on the highway near the forest. From there, it takes about 15 minutes to reach Nisargadhama. One can also hire a cab from Madikeri to reach Nisargadhama.
Places of interest near Nisargadhama
Namdroling monastery or the golden temple in Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement is just around 8 kms from Nisargadhama and you can conveniently visit it as well.
Dubare elephant camp
Dubare elephant camp is just around 13 kms from Nisargadhama in order to extend your enjoyment.
Harangi dam is around 9 kms from Nisargadhama for more fun.
Nisargadhama timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
Nisargadhama entry fees
Adults: INR 10
Children: INR 5
Elephant ride: INR 25
Boating: INR 100