252 kms from Bangalore and 1,525 m above sea level lies Mercara, the district headquarters of Coorg, known as the Scotland of India. Mercara has enchanted travellers with its misty hills, lush forests, coffee plantations, undulating streets, and breath-taking views. It is also a trekker's delight with lovely mountain trails.


The 19th century Fort offers a beautiful view and a little museum inside a Chapel.

The Omkareshwara Temple built in 1820, is a mixture of Islamic and Gothic styles.

See the sunset from the Raja's Seat, where the Kodagu kings spent their evenings.

Around Mercara

6 kms from Mercara is Abbey Falls, which is a great place for picnics.

39 kms from Mercara is Bhagamandala where three rivers join. There is a temple nearby.

46 kms away is Talacauvery - the source of the holy river Cauvery.


Regular buses ply from Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.

Food Specialities

Pandhi, Koli and bembla curry, kadumbuttu, nool puttu, votti and excellent coffee.