The Namdroling Monastery near Kushalnagar , popularly known as The Golden Temple,  is one of the must-visit attractions in Coorg district of Karnataka. In spite of a sea of tourists visiting this place every day, it has not failed to retain its charm, calmness, and cleanliness. With the beautiful statues, golden highlights on the structures, the vibrant colours, fluttering prayer flags and beautiful mythological paintings on walls, this place is a photographer’s delight.

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The gold painted prayer wheels  are sure to attract the attention the moment one steps into the  monastery gates

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The beautifully crafted tower one sees at the Monastery

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A closer view of the ornate tower

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One sees Tibetan influence in every detail of the structures

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The beaded curtains at the entrance of one of the prayer halls

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The gold plated idol of Guru Padmasambhava( this is one of the 3 idols present inside the Golden Temple)

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Monks clad in yellow and maroon robes offering their daily rituals in the temple

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The intricate paintings on the beams and pillars in the golden temple

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The prayer flags  decorating the  ceiling of the temple

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Embellishment seen on one of the temple roofs

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Another masterpiece of craft on the temple wall

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The step fountain in front of the temple

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The popular prayer bell in front of the temple

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View of the main temple from outside

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Beautiful artwork and painting on the pillars

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Intricately carved door handles

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The main entrance of the Monastery

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I hope you enjoyed the visual tour of the monastery. Let me know how you like it. Also, next time you are in Coorg, do not miss visiting this gem of a place.

Getting there: Namdroling Monastery is well connected by road from major cities in Karnataka. It is located at a distance of 218Km from Bangalore, 110 Km from Mysore, 30 KM from Madikeri and 5Km from Kushalnagar. The Dubare Elephant Camp and Cauvery Nisargadhama are other attractions in close proximity to the Namdroling Monastery.

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