Beauty of Malnad & Kodachadri
How To Reach
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.
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.