Talakaveri – Holy Place with Natural Beauty
Talakaveri is considered as the birth place of Karnataka’s sacred river Kaveri and is located 48kms from Madikeri in Kodagu (Coorg) District, 1276 m above sea level.
The sacred river is considered to be originates as a spring and fills the Kundike (tank), which is located at this place then flows underground and after some distance emerges as river Kaveri.
According to a legend, the river Kaveri was held in Sage Agasthya’s Kamandala (tumbler) and Lord Ganesha let the Kamandala topple and allowed the water flow by playing a plank hence the Sage Agasthya and Lord Ganesha are associated with the river Kaveri at several other places too.
Activities to Do
Visitors to this places takes holy bath in the Kundike (tank) and offers prayers in the Kaveri Matha, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha temples.
Apart from the religious significances, the temple is surrounded by Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary which spreads across an area of 10 Sq. Km and brings amazing natural beauty to the place.
The evergreen surrounding forests and passing clouds close to the hill top makes the place more wonderful and often visitors gets engage in the trekking activities to reach the Brahmagiri Peak and also nearby hills which offers magnificent scenic beauty.
Visitors can also find several hill view points on their drive to the Talakaveri, which offers magnificent views of surrounding hills and forest.
The Makara Month of Hindu calendar which often falls in October and November months is considered as the holy month to take the sacred bath in the river Kaveri. Pilgrims often throng to this place on the first day of Makara Masa which is known as Tulasankramana Day to witness the water gushing up from the spring and the rise of fountainhead.
Featuring religious significances and natural beauty, Talakaveri is perfect place to visit for a weekend destination or as a one day trip for tourists of any age and any religion.