Raja’s Seat is a beautiful garden located at Madikeri, in the Kodagu (or more popularly known as Coorg) district of Karnataka. This garden is popular as it is located at a height, and gives a bird’s eye view of the beautiful town of Madikeri. During the bygone years, it was this place was where the king used to sit and admire the nature’s beauty. It was a favourite pass-time for him to watch the sunset/sunrise from this spot, and hence was a great place of recreation. The view of the green forests of Western Ghats from this place is truly mesmerizing. As the king was regular is visiting this spot, and spending ample time each day, a small structure was built so that he could sit there. The name Raja’s Seat translates to King’s Seat, and thus is very aptly named!
View from Raja’s Seat
Recently, an awesome view point is built, so that visitors could stand on that and admire the natural beauty. The viewpoint has metal railings to prevent the visitors from accidentally slipping. Once you get to the view point, you can get a glimpse of the greenery. Thick trees, with patches of village settlement, and view of the surrounding hills at a distance adds to the beauty. You can also see the Madikeri – Mangalore state highway dwindling through the Western Ghats from the view point.
View from the view-point
A small structure that is supported by four pillars and a roof forms the “seat” of Raja or the king. It was here that the king used to sit and watch the color changing sky during the sunset and sunrise. The structure is now surrounded by pointed iron rods to prevent the visitors from entering inside the structure.
As seen from the Raja’s Seat
The lovely garden with blooming flowers, scenic view of the Western Ghats, and watching the sun disappear into the mountains is an experience of its own. The golden light of the setting sun which is reflected on the thin misty layer on the valley gives a “golden view” of Kodagu/Coorg.
Just outside the entry gate of Raja’s Seat, there is also a small toy train for kids’ entertainment. For a nominal fee, children can go round a small hill in this train.
How to plan a visit?
Madikeri is the district headquarter of Coorg or Kodagu. It is well connected by road, and has several buses plying from Bangalore and Mangalore. Both Mangalore and Bangalore are well connected with rail and air. You can plan to visit Raja’s Seat during the sunset time as you can get some amazing sunset views from this place. During the day time, you can plan to visit the nearby Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, and the Omkareshwar Temple. If you have an extra day, you can plan for a day trip to Talacauvery, the birth place of River Cauvery.
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