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Beauty of Malnad & Kodachadri

Beauty of Malnad & Kodachadri

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400 km from Bangalore.

Route: Bangalore - Tumkur - Tiptur - Arsikere - Tarikere - Shimoga - Hosanagara - Sampekatte-Parvatha Homestay

KSRTC runs only two Rajahamsa buses till Kollur directly from Bangalore. One bus will start at 7.30 PM and another bus will start at 8.30 pm.

Kodachadri - (12 km)

Kodachadri is the highest peak (at an altitude of 1343 m above sea level) of Shimoga district in Karnataka state. Located in the middle of the Mookambika National Park, Kodachadri is home to many endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. Kodachadri is famous for its wonderful sunrise and sunset.

The main attraction of Kodachadri is "Sarvajna Peetha" which is on the hilltop. It is believed that philosopher "Adi Shankaracharya" performed meditation at this place. The closest base to Kodachadri hills is Kollur which is at a distance of 20 kilometers. Kodachadri hills form a scenic backdrop of the famous Mookambika temple in Kollur.

Hidlumane falls - (10 km)

Hidlumane falls is a series of cascading falls with about 6 or 7 falls one after another. The beauty of these falls is that each of these falls are hidden from one another and they get better and better as you go up the cascade, culminating in a magnificient fall which is as secluded a waterfall as you can imagine! As we had gone in the monsoons, going up the cascade was anything but easy. The path was treacherously slippery with leeches feasting on you at every step. As we reached the main falls, the excitement was palpable as we began indulging.


Arishinagundi (25 km)

River Souparnika takes birth in the mountains and in her quest to reach out to sea by paying tributes to Goddess of Kollur, jumps lavishly from a height of around 200-250ft. The falls is deep inside the jungle. There is also a cascade from half way formed from water flowing from another stream. Rainbows are common around the falls, formed by the sunlight falling on the splashing. This place has come to be called Arishinagundi (lake of turmeric), probably known for the miraculous curing powers of the waters here. Water is pure and refreshingly soothing.


Nagara (Bidanur) Fort (15 km)

Bidanur Fort, A small fort belonging to Keladi dynasty of 17th century, partially deteriorated and being restored. The Bidanur fort is located adjacent to Nagara town, in Hosanagara taluk of Shimoga district. The fort is not that big (Compared to Golconda fort, Agra Fort, Bidar Fort etc, probably has a carpet area similar to Bekal Fort) but nevertheless big enough to defend a small royal family. There're no remains of a palace-Only a small foundation which is identified as “Durbar Hall” of Shivappa Nayaka.

There is a dry well, few tiny caves like structures which were probably meant for safe exit of royal family in case of invasion, and several watch posts. The fort walls had collapsed/damaged at several places and are being reconstructed using red brick. Though it is on an elevated ground and one can get an excellent view of several miles in all directions, the fort is not located on any hill, which is a usual practice while constructing forts. One can see western ghat few miles from this place.


Kollur (30 km)

Kollur is a famous pilgrim place for Hindus. Kollur is believed to be one of the seven pilgrim centre created by Parashurama, a Hindu mythological figure. Kollur is also known for having the oldest and the deepest gold mines in the country. The Mookambika temple, situated on the banks of River Sauparnika, is the main attraction with lakhs of visitors visiting it. It is considered as one of the seven most sacred spots of the coastal region. Kollur is also a popular destination for rock climbers and trekkers at the Kodachadri ranges.


Humcha (35 km)

Humbaj or Hombuja (better known as Humcha or Hamchawadi) is an Atishaya Kshetra, a place where divine events regularly occur. It is the most famous pilgriage place dedicated to Lord Parsvanath and Devi Padmavati, in India. As per Historians and Jain religios leaders, Humcha or Hombuja is considered as the most scared place for Mata Padmavati.

Humcha is known for its rich cultural and architectural heritage. This place came into existence about 1400 years ago, by the King JinduttRai of Ugr Dynasty, Hombuja was his capital city and Mata Padmavati was goddess of his family. The story of establishment of this place deep in dense jungle is very interesting and famous.


Sigandur (42km)

The goddess Chaudamma (Chowdamma) temple is located at Sigandur. Sigandur Devi Chaudamma Temple is located in the side of backwater of river Sharavathi.The other side of the river is a small village called Kalasavalli belonging to the main place called Tumari. From this place Sigandur is nearly 10kms. During Sankranti (in the month of January) a festival is celebrated here. Tourists from all part of India visit this place during the festival. People offer goat and chickens to full fill their wishes during this festival.


Hasirumakki (15 km):

Sharavathi backwater is about 60 KM in length and about 15 KM wide !!!!. It became backwater when dam was constructed at Linganamakki of sagara taluk in Shivamogga(Shimoga) district to the river Sharavathi. This backwater has created lots of islands, it is so great to explore all these, where thick vegetation still exist and lots of wild life in it including some rare birds.


Keladi (50 km)

This was the capital city of the Kingdom of Keladi, a feudatory of Vijayanagara Empire. After the disintegration of Vijayanagara Empire in the Battle of Talikota, the Keladi Nayakas created an independent kingdom and it remained so until it was annexed to Mysore Kingdom by Hyder Ali.Shivappa Nayaka and Chennamma were the rulers of this kingdom. There is a Rameshwara temple at Keladi which is built in the Hoysala-Dravida style.Its Historic Temple of god Eshwara (Shiva) built by Keladi Kings


Varadahalli - Shridharashrama (45km)

The name varadahalli is also known as Varadpur and Varadalli is located in the state of Karnataka near (within 4-5 Miles) Sagar, in Shimoga District. If you take your route towards Jogfalls from Sagar, you need to turn left from the main road to Varadalli. This place is a sacred place in the Sahyadri ranges where the greatest of sages like Maharshi Agastya and Maharshi Veda Vyas had done their sadhana thousands of years ago.Maharshi Vyas had established a temple of the Goddess Jagdamba which is still there. There is also the cave where maharshi Veda Vyas used to meditate in solitude.


Jog (70 km)

Jog Falls, created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 meters (829 ft) is the highest plunge waterfall in India Located in Shimoga District of Karnataka state, these segmented falls are a major tourist attraction. It is also called by alternative names of Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi, and the hydro-electric power station that it serves
River Sharavathi splits up into four different tracks which are named in accordance with their perceived trajectories. Going from left to right respectively in the picture, the names and the reasons for naming are

·         Raja (King): Named so because of its apparently 'dignified' and 'serene' fall

·         Roar: This stream appears out of a mass of rocks, making a tremendous amount of noise.

·         Rocket: Consists of a large volume of water streaming out of a small opening at a very high speed.

·         Rani (Queen), also called Lady: The stream has a winding, twisting trajectory, said to resemble the movements of a female dancer.


Agumbe (80 km)

Agumbe, a small village at a height of 826 meters in the Shimoga district, offers the visitor a wonderful sunset view and trekking paths. An ideal setting for R.K Narayan’s Malgudi Days, The hill station of Agumbe in Karnataka attracts tourists for its serenity and enchanting scenic beauty. It has verdant valleys; picturesque mountain terrains, sparkling streams and a rustic charm that draws tourists to it, almost throughout the year.

The nearby waterfalls to Agumbe are the Onaki Abbi, the Barkana Falls and the Jogigundi Falls. You can trek along the local Narasimha Parvatha or else you can choose for a trek to Nisha gundi or to the Barkana falls. An upstream trek from Onaki Abbi is a dream trek for every avid trekker, though it should be ventured only in the dry season. It is always advisable to take a local guide along the trek routes, especially along the ones through the dense forests of Agumbe hills. You can also enroll for trekking with the Karnataka Mountaineering Club.


Gudavi (75 km)

A bird watcher’s paradise, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary can be an exciting experience for you. If you choose to spend your weekend or your vacation in the most fruitful manner you can take a ride to the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary. Away from the din of the city life, in an obscure village in Sorab Taluk of Shimoga district in Karnataka, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary offers you an exquisite number of avian species


Tyavarekoppa (95 km)

Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari was established in 1988.Tyavarekoppa hosts a wildlife sanctuary. The whole park covers an area of 200 hectares of thick forest. It’s a beautiful Place situated in thick jungle of Malanad. This place is unique in South India as it hosts a large number of tigers, lions, leopards, and various other wild animals. The forest department provides jeep safaris through the luxuriant forests to witness the marvel of nature and animals roaming freely in the natural surroundings. A children park is maintained in the zoo for the children to enjoy.


Mandagadde and Sakkarebailu (100 km)

This is one of the few bird sanctuaries in the Malnad region of the Karnataka. A small island is formed by the flowing river Tunga and every year, three species of migratory birds take shelter on the leafless trees found here: the median egret, the little cormorant and the darter. During the peak season in August, the total number of birds in the sanctuary is estimated at 5000. A watchtower has been erected for viewing these winged visitors. Boating arrangements for closer viewing of the nesting birds have also been made by the Forest Department.

The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary of Karnataka is the natural habitat of varied species of local as well as migratory birds. The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is covered by a dense forest with river Tunga flowing through it. There is a beautiful island where three types of migratory birds namely median egret, darter and the cormorant nests. These avian species club around the branches of the trees which gives a spectacular sight from far. The sanctuary has many leafless trees which become a heaven for migratory birds between July and October.

Sakkarebailu is elephant training camp. Early in the morning elephants come to bath and drink water from the stream.


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Kodachadri peak near in Karnataka

This is the highest peak in Shimoga District. At the peak it is believed that 'Shankaracharya' did meditation. And to substantiate the same you will find a 'Sarvajna Peetha' at the top. En route to the peak you will also find a moderate sized water fall deep inside the evergreen forest of Kodachadri, which is called 'Agastya Teertha'. The peak presents a not to be missed life-time opportunity in the evening as the sun sets in the west. You can also have a golden glimpse of the Arabian Sea for a moment.

Hill Stations in Karnataka are great retreats for those looking for solitude. Undisturbed by commercialization, Hill Stations in Karnataka are undisputedly the favorite destination for tourists. If you love the mountains and wish to spend your vacations in the unspoilt mountain terrains then you should be embarking for the scenic Kodachadri in Karnataka. Kodachadri is one of the most important hill stations of Karnataka. About 1343 metres above sea level Kodachadri Hill is in the Western Ghats. Home to many endangered species of both the animal and plant kingdom, it is every trekker's dream to trek along the mountain tracks.

The nearest base to Kodachadri hills is Kollur at a distance of 20 kilometers. Kodachadri hills form a picturesque backdrop to the famous Mookambika temple in Kollur. Kodachadri peak can be reached by a five-hour trek. On the western side of the hill it drops down straight for about 1220 meters to the vast and dense forests of Udupi. The Kodachadri hills form the largest forest in Karnataka part of which forms the Mookambika National Park. If you are planning a trip to the Kodachadri hill station in Karnataka you would be enjoying trekking the scenic mountain slopes, bird watching and visiting the magnificent falls.

Trek to kodachadri through Hidlumane falls in the monsoon is memorable and chilling experiences. The dense forests, hungry leaches, the slippery and lush green trails, creaky termites, thick clouds, tiny streams with gushing waters and creamy mists is the total package for this wonderful adventure. This dense forest is not only rich in flora but also houses for some of the wildest animals like tiger, deer, cheetah, wild cats, bears and bison.

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Kermana Gundi Hill station Maps

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Savana Durga Hill station Nearest Attraction

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Antharagange Temples
One of the ancient temples of india. It has miraculous water coming from mouth of got cow statue 365 dayz a year. It is a holy place people visit this temple from many parts of the Karnataka, Kolar District and karnataka state on Mahashivratri festival day every year. It is protected by Forest authority of india, has lots of Monkeys and wild Deers....more
Chikka Thirupathi Temples
Chikka Thirupathi : This sleepy little town is 10 km off Sarjapur. It takes about an hour from the Sarjapur ring-road junction. The road (if you can call it that) is very bad for a few kilometres after the Wipro office. It gets much better as you near Sarjapur. The scenery certainly isn't breathtaking, but it is a nice break from the chaos in Bangalore.....more
Kaivara Temples
Kaivara is centre for pilgrimage. This place is located in the Chintamani Taluk of Kolar district in Karnataka, a state that is in the south western part of India.. It is about 65 km from Bangalore. This place is historically significant. It is said that the Pandavas of the great Indian epic Mahabharata lived here during the exile in the forest (Vanavasa).....more
Kudumalai Temples
Though the name sounds like a place in Tamilnadu, this historically important place is located in Mulabagal taluk of Kolar district in Karnataka. Many people would have seen the century-old giant idol of Lord Ganesha in Bangalore on Bull Temple Road. The idol at Kurudumalai is as awe-inspiring.....more
Palar River
Palar is a river of southern India. It rises in Nandidurg hills in Kolar district of Karnataka state, and flows 93 km in Karnataka, 33 km in Andhra Pradesh and 222 km in Tamil Nadu before its confluence into the Bay of Bengal at Vayalur about 100 KM south of Chennai.....more
Ponnaiyar River
249 The river finally surrenders in to the Bay of Bengal at Cuddalore. The Ponnaiyar river basin is encircled by the Cauvery river basin in the west and south and Palar and Tondiar basins in the east and north respectively.....more
South Pennar River
The South Pennar River is known as Dakshina Pinakini in Kannada and Thenpennai in Tamil. It is also referred as Ponnaiyar .The river originates in the Nandi Hills in the Kolar district of Karnataka and flows through Tamil Nadu before entering into the Bay of Bengal.....more
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Savana Durga Hill station Maps

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