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You can only reach Madikeri by road, but it’s a scenic three-hour bus ride via Kushalnagar from Mysore, 120km southeast (avoid buses that go via Siddapura, as they take more than an hour longer). Regular services, including deluxe buses, also connect Madikeri with Mangalore (4hr), 135km northwest across the Ghats, and Hassan (4 daily; 4hr). The KSTRC state bus stand is at the bottom of town, below the main bazaar; private buses from villages around the region pull into a parking lot at the end of the main street.

The small local tourist office (Mon–Sat 10.30am–5.30pm, closed 2nd Sat of month; t 08272/228580) stands five minutes’ walk along the Mysore road below Thimaya Circle, next to the PWD Travellers’ Bungalow, and can suggest itineraries, but is otherwise quite limited. If you’re thinking of trekking in Kodagu, contact Ganesh Aiyanna at the Hotel Cauvery, who is very helpful and organizes itineraries and trips for various budgets. Coorg Travels, next to Rajdarshan Lodge, (t 08272/225817) arranges treks, tours and homestays, as does Travel Coorg (t 9448 721252, w travelcoorg.com), right by the bus stand. For information on Kodagu’s forests and forest bungalows contact the Conservator of Forests, Deputy Commissioner’s Office at the fort (t 08272/225708). If you don’t make it out to the plantations, Athithi Coffee Works, just off Indira Gandhi Chowk, offers fresh Coorg coffee (Rs250–170/kg) and other local delicacies.

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