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Kollur is a tiny hamlet situated 40km Kundapur Town, about 140 km away from Mangalore City in Karnataka state in Southern part of India. This village lies at the foot of the Western Ghats, and is famous for the Mookambika temple, a Hindu pilgrim center.

Mookambika
The Mookambika Devi Temple of Kollur, dedicated to Mookambika Devi, is one of the most prominent shrines for people in the state of Karnataka and Kerala, India. Located at a distance of 147 km from Mangalore in the picturesque surroundings presented by the banks of the river Sauparnika and the lush green Kodachadri hill, the temple attracts millions of pilgrims every year. The temple holds immense relevance for the devotees as it is associated with revered Hindu saint and Vedic scholar Adi Shankara. It is believed that Adi Shankara perceived the idea of having a Mookambika Devi temple at Kollur and himself installed the idol of deity in the temple some 1200 years ago. People have high faith in Mookambika Devi Temple as Goddess Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi.
In fact Temple of Mookambika Devi is one of the 'Seven Muktistala' pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are Kollur, Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.
Kollur is one of the seven pilgrimages which were created by Parashurama.

It is is situated at the banks of the never drying river Sauparnika. While the other pilgrimages created by Parashurama are devoted to Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya and Lord Ganesha, this is the only one devoted to goddess Parvathi.
It is a belief that an eagle (Garuda) called Suparna performed penance on the banks of the river and attained salvation hence the name Sauparnika.
It is a pleasant experience to take a dip in the holy river and then head for the darshan of the goddess
The main statue in the temple is the Shiva linga called the Jyothirlingam. This Jyotirlingam in front of the image of the Goddess Mookambika is of great antiquity. A golden line divides this lingam into two unequal parts and is visible only in the light of reflected sunlight pointed at the lingam. The right portion of this lingam is said to represent Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - as the conscious static principles and the larger left part Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvathi - the creative energy principles. It is a belief that the three goddess Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Parvathi and the three lords Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara emerged out of it.
Adi Sankara the great religious leader is said to have installed the metal image of the Goddess behind the lingam. Adi Sankara is said to have spontaneously composed the classic work Soundarya Lahiri here. The idol that was installed by Adi Shankara is confined in a copper roofed and gold crested temples.
The Mookambika Devi Temple stands on a spur of the Kodachadri peak. The deity is in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakti. The Panchaloha image (five element mixed metal) of the Goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya during his visit to this place. There is an exquisite sculpture of Panchamukha Ganesha here.
Sowparnika River
The two rivers Agnithirtha & Sowparnika which flow in the sanctuary of mookambika descend from Kodachadri hills. The wee spring of cool water situated in between the temples of Kalabhairava and Umamaheshwara is the source of river Sowparnika. Legend says that Suparna (Garuda) did a penance on the banks of this river praying to the Goddess for the abatement of his mother Vinutha's sorrows. When the Goddess appeared before him, he prayed that the river be henceforth known after him, Suparna, and therefore came to be called as Sowparnika. At the location where he is said to have sat in penance, there is a small cave even today which is known as "Garuda's Cave".
This holy river takes birth at the Kodachadri and flows up to the edge of Anthargami (now oluru) region where two more streams called Bhrungisha and Pippalada join it. Then it flows westward, surrounding Kollur in the name of "Sampara", and proceeds to join the sea near the temple of "Maharajaswamy" (Varahaswamy) at Maravanthe. It is believed that river absorbs the elements of 64 different medicinal plants and roots as it flows, therefore it cures all the diseases of those who bathe in it. Hence a bath in this river assumes significance and is considered sacred.
Kodachadri hill

Need to Visit: Sowparnika River, Kodachadri hill, Garuda's Cave, rivers Agnithirtha, river Sowparnika, Anthargami,

There are couple of places worth visiting in the vicinity of the temple. One of them is Arasina Makki, a famous waterfall. The Kutachadri range is a beautiful place and attracts a large number of mountaineers and trekkers. Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore. Regular buses ply from Udupi.
Sauparnika River at Kollur:
It is belived that Garuda (Eagle) called 'Suparna' performed penance on the banks of the river and reached the salvation hence the name 'Sauparnika'. It also appears that the rivers absorbs elements of 64 different herbs and roots as it flows so it cures all diseases of those who bathe in it.


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Kollur is an important seat of Shakti worship. The temple is rich in puranic lore.

Legend goes that a Maharishi (monk) Kolan was enchanted with nature’s beauty and decided to perform a penance on a rock near the Agnitheertham. Lord Shiva, delighted with Kolan, appeared before him and blessed him. The Maharishi wished for the welfare of mankind and nothing else. The Lord, happy with Kolan, granted him his wish. He assured that a swayambu (autogenetic) Lingam would appear for his daily worship. However, Kolan wanted to worship Devi also. So, a swarna rekha (gold line) appeared on the Lingam, signifying Shakti. Thus, Shiva and Shakti are worshipped together in the Lingam. Besides this, a unique feature is that the other Gods and Goddess of the Hindu pantheon also believed to reside in aroopa (non-form) in the Lingam. It is thus believed to be an abode of the entire celestial congregation.

It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya had a vision of Sri Mookambika Devi and installed the deity here.The legend goes, that Adi Shankara mediated at Kudajadri hills and Devi incarnated before him asking for his wish. He revealed his wish to incorporate Devi to a place in Kerala to worship where he wanted.Devi agreed and put forward a challenge that she will follow Shankara and he should not look back until he reaches his destination. But to test Shankara Devi deliberately stopped the voice of her ornamets when they reached Kollur, and Shankara turned back because of doubt. Devi then asked Shankara to install her vigraha as he sees her.

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Kollur is the haunt of rock climbers.

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Distances from Kollur:
1. Kundapur: 40 Kms
2. Udupi: 80 Kms
3. Murudeshwar: 55 Kms
4. Mangalore: 140 kms
5. Bangalore: 405 Kms (via Shimoga)
6. Sringeri: 115 Kms

497 Kms. From Bangalore / 140 Kms. From Mangalore.

Kollur is around 36 km from Kundapur, the taluk head quarters. From Kundapur, one can take three different routes to reach Kollur.

One route is via Tallur-Hattiangadi-Karkunje-Vandse.
Second route via Hemmadi-Vandse and third one is via Byndoor.
However, the shortest route is through Hemmady. On the National Highway 17, after around 7 km from Kundapur, at Hemmady one has to take right deviation to reach Kollur.
The nearest railway station is Kundapura (40 km) where a few long-distance trains halt. You can get taxis from the station. The station has a waiting room for the passengers. Railway Station Phone no: +91-8254-237365.

The nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport ( Bajpe )flights are operated by Air India Express. There are pre-paid taxi to kollur from Airport and it is a 3 hours drive or approximately 150 kilometre.
Kollur is a 2 hour drive from Udupi, so a visit to Udupi can include Kollur. The drive is a very scenic one.

Before going to Kollur, you will get a railway from that you take a left turn (if you are coming from Kundapura city via Hemmady route to Kollur) and travel for about an about 10 minutes and you will get a very beautiful river covered by coconut tree on its both banks. It is an excellent location and should see it on standing on bridge.

In between Hemmady and Kundapura you will get a haladi hole. The place is called herikudru the view of the sunset is very beautiful and excellent.

Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore. Regular buses ply from Udupi.

Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore. Regular buses ply from Udupi.
1. From Bangalore to Kollur (Route-1) via Arsikere, Kadur, Bhadravathi, Shimoga, Hosanagar, Nagar and Nagodi.
2. From Bangalore to Kollur (Route-2) via Kunigal, Channarayapattana, Hassan, Sakaleshpur, Mangalore, Udupi, and Kundapur.
3. From Sringeri to Kollur via Kammaradi, Kalmara, Agumbe, Someshwara, Haladi, Shankaranarayana, Ampar, Nelakatte, Wandse and Halkal
Kollur is a 2 hour drive from Udupi. On the National High 17, after around 7 Km from Kundapur, at Hemmady one has to take right deviation to reach Kollur. The nearest railhead is at Udupi.
Kollur, Kundapur Taluk, Karnataka State, India.
About 135 Kms from Mangalore, one of the major city in Karanata State. The nearest railhead is Udupi.
Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore (Capital of Karnataka State) and Mysore. Regular buses are there from Udupi. Also Kollur is well connected with tourist centers such as Mangalore and Shimoga in Karnataka and Kannanur in Kerala.



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Mookambika Temple
Devotees from all over South India visit this temple. Kollur is believed to be one of the seven pilgrim centres created by Parashurama, a Hindu mythological figure. The temple is devoted to the Hindu goddess Parvathi, wife of Shiva. While the other pilgrimages created by Parashurama are devoted to Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya and Lord Ganesha, this is the only one devoted to goddess Parvathi.

Arishna Gundi Water falls
Scenic waterfall inside the deep jungle only approachable by trekking and due to the special effect of sunrays falling on the water droplets around the waterfall looks orange/yellow the name is Arishna (Turmeric/yellow).

Kodachadri Mountain on Western Ghats
Adi Sri Shakthi Mookambika Temple is on the top of mountain believed to be the real abode of Devi from where Adi Shankara re-established it at foothills at Kollur.

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is world Wildlife Fund Aided. This sanctuary is home for endangered species animal called Lion tailed monkey.

Spread along the Kundapur-Kollur- Shimoga road, this sanctuary is generally off the tourist map.

Sigandur is famous for temple of Goddess Chaudeshwari. It is situated at a distance of 45 km from Kollur where a diversion from Kollur-Shimoga Road has to be taken at Nagodi.

Places to visit in and around Kollur:

1. Mookambika Temple
2. Sauparnika River
3. Arasina Makki, a famous waterfall.
4. The Kodachadri range is a beautiful place and attracts a large number of trekkers.
5. Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread along the Kundapur-Kollur road.

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http://www.indiantemples.com/Karnataka/kollur.html
http://www.durga-puja.org/mookambika-devi-temple.html
http://www.kollur.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mookambika
http://www.soans.com/locations.htm#Kollur
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogues/40078-weekend-trip-bangalore-kollur.html
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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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Kollur & Kollur Forest

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Kollur is a tiny hamlet situated 40km Kundapur Town, about 140 km away from Mangalore City in Karnataka state in Southern part of India. This village lies at the foot of the Western Ghats, and is famous for the Mookambika temple, a Hindu pilgrim center.

Mookambika
The Mookambika Devi Temple of Kollur, dedicated to Mookambika Devi, is one of the most prominent shrines for people in the state of Karnataka and Kerala, India. Located at a distance of 147 km from Mangalore in the picturesque surroundings presented by the banks of the river Sauparnika and the lush green Kodachadri hill, the temple attracts millions of pilgrims every year. The temple holds immense relevance for the devotees as it is associated with revered Hindu saint and Vedic scholar Adi Shankara. It is believed that Adi Shankara perceived the idea of having a Mookambika Devi temple at Kollur and himself installed the idol of deity in the temple some 1200 years ago. People have high faith in Mookambika Devi Temple as Goddess Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of Shakti, Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi.
In fact Temple of Mookambika Devi is one of the 'Seven Muktistala' pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are Kollur, Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.
Kollur is one of the seven pilgrimages which were created by Parashurama.

It is is situated at the banks of the never drying river Sauparnika. While the other pilgrimages created by Parashurama are devoted to Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya and Lord Ganesha, this is the only one devoted to goddess Parvathi.
It is a belief that an eagle (Garuda) called Suparna performed penance on the banks of the river and attained salvation hence the name Sauparnika.
It is a pleasant experience to take a dip in the holy river and then head for the darshan of the goddess
The main statue in the temple is the Shiva linga called the Jyothirlingam. This Jyotirlingam in front of the image of the Goddess Mookambika is of great antiquity. A golden line divides this lingam into two unequal parts and is visible only in the light of reflected sunlight pointed at the lingam. The right portion of this lingam is said to represent Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - as the conscious static principles and the larger left part Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvathi - the creative energy principles. It is a belief that the three goddess Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Parvathi and the three lords Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara emerged out of it.
Adi Sankara the great religious leader is said to have installed the metal image of the Goddess behind the lingam. Adi Sankara is said to have spontaneously composed the classic work Soundarya Lahiri here. The idol that was installed by Adi Shankara is confined in a copper roofed and gold crested temples.
The Mookambika Devi Temple stands on a spur of the Kodachadri peak. The deity is in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakti. The Panchaloha image (five element mixed metal) of the Goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya during his visit to this place. There is an exquisite sculpture of Panchamukha Ganesha here.
Sowparnika River
The two rivers Agnithirtha & Sowparnika which flow in the sanctuary of mookambika descend from Kodachadri hills. The wee spring of cool water situated in between the temples of Kalabhairava and Umamaheshwara is the source of river Sowparnika. Legend says that Suparna (Garuda) did a penance on the banks of this river praying to the Goddess for the abatement of his mother Vinutha's sorrows. When the Goddess appeared before him, he prayed that the river be henceforth known after him, Suparna, and therefore came to be called as Sowparnika. At the location where he is said to have sat in penance, there is a small cave even today which is known as "Garuda's Cave".
This holy river takes birth at the Kodachadri and flows up to the edge of Anthargami (now oluru) region where two more streams called Bhrungisha and Pippalada join it. Then it flows westward, surrounding Kollur in the name of "Sampara", and proceeds to join the sea near the temple of "Maharajaswamy" (Varahaswamy) at Maravanthe. It is believed that river absorbs the elements of 64 different medicinal plants and roots as it flows, therefore it cures all the diseases of those who bathe in it. Hence a bath in this river assumes significance and is considered sacred.
Kodachadri hill

Need to Visit: Sowparnika River, Kodachadri hill, Garuda's Cave, rivers Agnithirtha, river Sowparnika, Anthargami,

There are couple of places worth visiting in the vicinity of the temple. One of them is Arasina Makki, a famous waterfall. The Kutachadri range is a beautiful place and attracts a large number of mountaineers and trekkers. Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore. Regular buses ply from Udupi.
Sauparnika River at Kollur:
It is belived that Garuda (Eagle) called 'Suparna' performed penance on the banks of the river and reached the salvation hence the name 'Sauparnika'. It also appears that the rivers absorbs elements of 64 different herbs and roots as it flows so it cures all diseases of those who bathe in it.


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Nearest City: Mangalore
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History:

Kollur is an important seat of Shakti worship. The temple is rich in puranic lore.

Legend goes that a Maharishi (monk) Kolan was enchanted with nature’s beauty and decided to perform a penance on a rock near the Agnitheertham. Lord Shiva, delighted with Kolan, appeared before him and blessed him. The Maharishi wished for the welfare of mankind and nothing else. The Lord, happy with Kolan, granted him his wish. He assured that a swayambu (autogenetic) Lingam would appear for his daily worship. However, Kolan wanted to worship Devi also. So, a swarna rekha (gold line) appeared on the Lingam, signifying Shakti. Thus, Shiva and Shakti are worshipped together in the Lingam. Besides this, a unique feature is that the other Gods and Goddess of the Hindu pantheon also believed to reside in aroopa (non-form) in the Lingam. It is thus believed to be an abode of the entire celestial congregation.

It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya had a vision of Sri Mookambika Devi and installed the deity here.The legend goes, that Adi Shankara mediated at Kudajadri hills and Devi incarnated before him asking for his wish. He revealed his wish to incorporate Devi to a place in Kerala to worship where he wanted.Devi agreed and put forward a challenge that she will follow Shankara and he should not look back until he reaches his destination. But to test Shankara Devi deliberately stopped the voice of her ornamets when they reached Kollur, and Shankara turned back because of doubt. Devi then asked Shankara to install her vigraha as he sees her.

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Kollur is the haunt of rock climbers.

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Distances from Kollur:
1. Kundapur: 40 Kms
2. Udupi: 80 Kms
3. Murudeshwar: 55 Kms
4. Mangalore: 140 kms
5. Bangalore: 405 Kms (via Shimoga)
6. Sringeri: 115 Kms

497 Kms. From Bangalore / 140 Kms. From Mangalore.

Kollur is around 36 km from Kundapur, the taluk head quarters. From Kundapur, one can take three different routes to reach Kollur.

One route is via Tallur-Hattiangadi-Karkunje-Vandse.
Second route via Hemmadi-Vandse and third one is via Byndoor.
However, the shortest route is through Hemmady. On the National Highway 17, after around 7 km from Kundapur, at Hemmady one has to take right deviation to reach Kollur.
The nearest railway station is Kundapura (40 km) where a few long-distance trains halt. You can get taxis from the station. The station has a waiting room for the passengers. Railway Station Phone no: +91-8254-237365.

The nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport ( Bajpe )flights are operated by Air India Express. There are pre-paid taxi to kollur from Airport and it is a 3 hours drive or approximately 150 kilometre.
Kollur is a 2 hour drive from Udupi, so a visit to Udupi can include Kollur. The drive is a very scenic one.

Before going to Kollur, you will get a railway from that you take a left turn (if you are coming from Kundapura city via Hemmady route to Kollur) and travel for about an about 10 minutes and you will get a very beautiful river covered by coconut tree on its both banks. It is an excellent location and should see it on standing on bridge.

In between Hemmady and Kundapura you will get a haladi hole. The place is called herikudru the view of the sunset is very beautiful and excellent.

Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore. Regular buses ply from Udupi.

Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore. Regular buses ply from Udupi.
1. From Bangalore to Kollur (Route-1) via Arsikere, Kadur, Bhadravathi, Shimoga, Hosanagar, Nagar and Nagodi.
2. From Bangalore to Kollur (Route-2) via Kunigal, Channarayapattana, Hassan, Sakaleshpur, Mangalore, Udupi, and Kundapur.
3. From Sringeri to Kollur via Kammaradi, Kalmara, Agumbe, Someshwara, Haladi, Shankaranarayana, Ampar, Nelakatte, Wandse and Halkal
Kollur is a 2 hour drive from Udupi. On the National High 17, after around 7 Km from Kundapur, at Hemmady one has to take right deviation to reach Kollur. The nearest railhead is at Udupi.
Kollur, Kundapur Taluk, Karnataka State, India.
About 135 Kms from Mangalore, one of the major city in Karanata State. The nearest railhead is Udupi.
Kollur is well connected to Mangalore, Bangalore (Capital of Karnataka State) and Mysore. Regular buses are there from Udupi. Also Kollur is well connected with tourist centers such as Mangalore and Shimoga in Karnataka and Kannanur in Kerala.



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Mookambika Temple
Devotees from all over South India visit this temple. Kollur is believed to be one of the seven pilgrim centres created by Parashurama, a Hindu mythological figure. The temple is devoted to the Hindu goddess Parvathi, wife of Shiva. While the other pilgrimages created by Parashurama are devoted to Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya and Lord Ganesha, this is the only one devoted to goddess Parvathi.

Arishna Gundi Water falls
Scenic waterfall inside the deep jungle only approachable by trekking and due to the special effect of sunrays falling on the water droplets around the waterfall looks orange/yellow the name is Arishna (Turmeric/yellow).

Kodachadri Mountain on Western Ghats
Adi Sri Shakthi Mookambika Temple is on the top of mountain believed to be the real abode of Devi from where Adi Shankara re-established it at foothills at Kollur.

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is world Wildlife Fund Aided. This sanctuary is home for endangered species animal called Lion tailed monkey.

Spread along the Kundapur-Kollur- Shimoga road, this sanctuary is generally off the tourist map.

Sigandur is famous for temple of Goddess Chaudeshwari. It is situated at a distance of 45 km from Kollur where a diversion from Kollur-Shimoga Road has to be taken at Nagodi.

Places to visit in and around Kollur:

1. Mookambika Temple
2. Sauparnika River
3. Arasina Makki, a famous waterfall.
4. The Kodachadri range is a beautiful place and attracts a large number of trekkers.
5. Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread along the Kundapur-Kollur road.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kollur
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoN0AbnhnCI
http://www.kollur.com/html/photo_gallery.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mookambika
http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF-8&hl=en&id=RdzaPW-kEvQC
http://www.indiantemples.com/Karnataka/kollur.html
http://www.durga-puja.org/mookambika-devi-temple.html
http://www.kollur.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mookambika
http://www.soans.com/locations.htm#Kollur
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogues/40078-weekend-trip-bangalore-kollur.html
http://www.sathvikmail.blogspot.com/
http://indiareviews.wordpress.com/2006/08/15/moonsoon-adventure-kodachadri-karnataka/

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Beauty of Malnad & Kodachadri

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.


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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