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Omkareshwar Shiva Temple in Coorg

·  Summer: March-May (19°C - 34°C)
·  Winter: December-February  (14°C - 29°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 06:30 a.m.
Closing Time: 08:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil

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Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Omkareshwar Temple near Coorg is well-known for its unusual architecture and amazing peace in its surroundings. The temple was constructed in 1820 by the local king Lingarajendra II to get rid of the sin of killing a Brahmin. Unlike the usual Hindu Temples, it flaunts the blend of Kerala, Islamic and Gothic architectural styles. Red-tiled roofs and golden dome surrounded by four minarets add to the temple’s elegance. Bars made of panchaloha and featuring alphabetic lims are the notable feature of the temple.

The main shrine at the temple accommodates a Shiva Lingam which originally belongs to the holy city of Kashi (Varanasi). A beautiful tank with a narrow path leading to a mandapa is an added attraction. It is a firm belief of the devotees that praying at the temple wholeheartedly can fulfil all the wishes.

Road: The temple is located at the heart of Madikeri Town, about 17.5 km. Coorg (Kodagu). Well-maintained road from Coorg and cities as far as Mysore and Bangalore support public transport buses and taxis to reach the temple.

Railway: The railway station at Hassan (about 106 km. away) is the closest access to the temple by train. Other convenient options include the railheads at Thalassery (about 113 km.), Kasaragod (about 110 km.) and Mysore (about 117 km.). Taxis are available at each of these points to reach the temple.

Airway: About 131 km. from the temple is the domestic airport of Mysore, while the international airport at Mangalore is about 141 km. away. Prefer hiring taxis from these airports to reach the temple conveniently.