Trip to Thalakaveri (Thalacauvery), Coorg

Talakaveri, is the place that is generally considered to be the source of the river Kaveri. It is located by Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka, 1,276 m. above sea level.

Talakaveri is the Birth Place of Kaveri River. Located in the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala, which is one of the 7 sacred rivers of Sapta Sindhus of the Hindu scriptures. Of course, you really don’t see any visible signs there: a spring feeding water into a holy tank in a temple complex there is said to be the origin.

Thalakavery Temple
Thalakavery Temple

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Caveriamma and Lord Agastheeswara. A dip in the tank, especially on holy days, is considered auspicious by Hindus.

A 407-step steep climb from the temple takes you atop the hill where you are supposed to get views of the surrounding mountain ranges – I only got to see the anatomy of clouds. Yes, I was literally standing inside one or many – I could not tell where one ended and another started. Unless it was one big fella! I was sweating at the end despite the cool weather.

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A view of Western Ghats from Thalakaveri

The temple also had some instructions for visitors

– Do not allow your children to play in the water
– Do not spit in the water
– Swimming, washing cloth and spitting is totally prohibited
– This is a holy temple not a picnic spot
– You are requested to come in traditional dresses

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You can climb these steps to witness the wonderful scenery
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It is 100% worth to climb these steps
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Entrance towards the temple
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A normal scene from all Indian temples
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A view of Western Ghats from the top of Thala Kaveri
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This place is considered as the origin of Cauvery river
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Thala Kaveri Temple
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A KSRTC Rajahamsa bus at Bhagamandala, the base camp of Thalakaveri. This bus runs to Bangalore.