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Nilambur Tourist Places to Visit

Nilambur

Place of Nilimba

View from Hanging Bridge

Nilambur is a town situated in the Malappuram district of the Kerala state, India. It is blessed with dense forests, wildlife habitats, rivers, waterfalls and teak and rubber estates. This place is located close to the Nilgiri Mountains of the Western Ghats, on the banks of the River Chaliyar. It is 24 kilometers from Manjeri and the other places nearby are Chungathara, Edakkara and Pookkottampadam. The Nilambar Paattu is held every year at the Nilambur Kovilakom Temple. Nilambur houses the oldest teak plantation at the Conolly’s Plot with the world’s tallest tree. Nilambur is also known for other plantations such as bamboo, rosewood, venteak, choropin, mahagoni, coconut etc.

The following are the main attractions of Nilambur:

Giant Teak

The Giant Teak tree in Nilambur is the oldest planted teak. Kannimara teak is the oldest form of teak, which is grown in this region.

Teak Museum

The Teak Museum is maintained by the Kerala Forest Research Institute in Nilambur. It is the first ever teak museum in the whole of Asia! All the information of teak and other related forest products is available in this museum. The only teak museum in India, it has various exhibits that helps the visitors gain knowledge about teak in particular. Located 4 kilometers from Nilambur, this museum also has a Bio Resources Park attached to it.

Adyanpara Waterfalls

14 Kilometers from Nilambur, these waterfalls are located near the River Chaliyar in the Kumbalangod village. This neglected water body has a wooden jungle in its surroundings.

Nedumkayam

It is located in the Forest Reserve of the area, at a distance of 18 kilometers from Nilambur. The main attraction of Nedumkayam is the Elephant Training Centre that is run by the forest department. The area is rich in rain forests.

Vaniyambalam

12 Kilometers from Nilambur, Vaniyambalam spreads over 40 acres of land. A temple called Banasura is located in this area. This temple is situated on a huge rock!

Hanging Bridge

The hanging bridge in Nilambur is the longest in Kerala state! It spreads over the Cheliyar River and leads to Conolly’s Plot.

Nelambur is full of interesting places such as Banglavu Kunnu, Aruvacode Pottery village, Koyippara waterfalls, Kallamoola, Manjeeri Colony, Chenappady Estate, T.K. Colony, Nadukani Churam, Vendekumpoil and Cheerakuzhy rubber nursery and gardens. Beautiful white teak flowers grace the area with their blossoms. The Chola Naikers, a cave dwelling tribe inhabits the forests of Nilambur. Nilambur is an important halting place before the famous hill station Ooty.

An equal ratio of Hindus, Muslims and Christians live in this area. Agriculture and business is the main occupation of the natives. All hierarchies of Christians living in Nilambur had migrated during the 40s and 50s to the Malabar region. They are fluent in Malayalam and English languages. The literacy rate in Nilambur is a whopping 100%! The people of Nilambur used to live in the typical Malabar style houses which are losing existence with the advent of urbanization. The teak of Nilambur is soon to get the Geographical Indication by the WTO!

Vellarimala ,Kozhikode Kerala Travel Information

Vellarimala

Camel’s Hump Mountains

Vellarimala is a mountain range in Thiruvambady town of the Kozhikode district, Kerala state, India. These mountains are a part of the Western Ghats and lie on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. They extend to the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and are separated by the Chaliyar valley. The Wayanad plateau lies east of the hills and merges into the Mysore plateau. Vellarimala hill is accessible from the last village in the region i.e. Muthappanpuzha, near Anakkampoyil town, about 50 kilometers from Kozhikode. The bio-diversity of the mountains is similar to that of the Nilgiri Hills.

Waterfalls and Landscape

The River Kanjirapuzha creates several waterfalls and streams in the region, complementing the green landscape. Dense vegetation covers the area, lending a green color to the environment. One will be surprised not to find the Shola grasslands on the Vellarimala top but there is a lot of foliage and the breeze is almost absent! A slow drizzle always graces this mountain range and rain can be encountered at any time in this region. Rain polished leaves gives the atmosphere, life and freshness. The post monsoon season is ideal for a trek to the Vellarimala peak. Enjoy Pazha Pori (Banana Fry) and tea, the local delicacy of the region while trekking along.

The following are the points one visits while trekking to the Vellimara Peak:

Olichuchattam Falls

15 kilometers from Thiruvambady and 6 kilometers from Muthappanpuzha, on the way to the Vellimara hills, one comes across the Olichuchattam waterfalls. The water takes a turn at the top and flows down the smooth rock surface. These falls are usually flooded during the monsoon season and have several small streams flowing nearby. Playing in the water of the falls is a refreshing experience; however the trek leading to them is not an easy task and full of blood-sucking leeches!

Kethan Paara

Kethan’s rock is what Kethan Paara literally means in the local kannada language. It is one of the highest points in Kerala state. The view of the valley below is mesmerizing. Masthakapara and an elephant’s trunk like slope are visible clearly from Kethan Paara. The trunk like slope is attached to the top of the mountain and resembles an elephant. One can find real wild elephants and bison roaming about in the jungles of the region, the proof of which would be fresh elephant dung lying around the path!

 

Damodaran Kolli

Damodaran Kolli is another water body in the region, with ice cold water flowing out of the rocks.

Vavul Mala

The tallest peak in the Western Ghats is Vavul Mala. A trek through the forests will lead one to the peak. One can encounter thick foliage and animal trails while trekking up. An overwhelming silence engulfs the trekker on the top of the peak.

A trek to the top of the Vellarimala Mountain can be a challenging one and only the toughest of trekkers usually make it easily to the top. Therefore, one needs to really gear up for such an experience!

Thusharagiri Waterfalls ,Calicut, Kerala Travel Information

Thusharagiri

Misty Waterfalls

Thusharagiri are the waterfalls located in the Kozhikode district of the state of Kerala, India. Two streams originating in the valleys of the Western Ghats meet at Thusharagiri to form the River Chalippuzha, a tributary of Iruvanjippuzha. This river diverges into 5 sub-falls, out of which only 3 falls are accessible to the tourists visiting the area. These falls create a snowy spray during their descent and the water from these falls creates a silvery veil on the mountains, giving it a look of a mountain covered in thick snow. Hence, the name Thusharagiri is given to the place, which simply means a snow-capped or mist covered mountain.

The 5 falls are separate yet adjacent to each other. The highest fall amongst them is Thenpara, which descends from a height of 75 meters! These waterfalls are distanced at 50 kilometers from Kozhikode (less than an hour on road), 18 kilometers from Thiruvambady and 17 kilometers from Thamarassery. However, the closest habitation to Thusharagiri falls is the town of Kodancherry, about 11 kilometers from the falls. The 3-storeyed falls make a refreshing pool at the base, where one can take a rejuvenating dip or swim in the cool waters. A one day tour is recommended to witness the falls and trek along!

Adventure Enthusiasts

Trekking, rock climbing and wild life sanctuary visits are practiced at the Thusharagiri Falls. One needs to gear with all the necessary supplies for the trek or hike along the falls from the nearest town as no food options, in particular, are available at the falls. The routine trek begins at the 2nd fall, passing through the evergreen dense forests, encountering the wildlife, birds and especially butterflies to reach Vythiri in the Wayanad district. The shallow streams, steep river paths and the other small waterfalls make the hike an adventurous one. If one can hire a guide for assistance, he can take you to the interiors of the forests, where one can spend a night at the cottages maintained by the forest department of the region.

The right time to Visit

During the monsoon season, starting from the month of June, the area receives heavy rainfall and the waterfall roars down the rocks! However, the months of September to November are favorable in visiting the waterfalls, as the water is full and the rains had subsided, leaving way to an easy trek. These waterfalls come under the Malabar region and are a part of the dense Thusharagiri woods. A Crocodile Farm near the falls is run by the state forest department, wherein one can encounter giant crocodiles up close. Thusharagiri is inhabited by the tribal people, as only they can survive in the deep forests of the area.

The other attractions close to Thusharagiri waterfalls are Lokanarkavu temple, Thali Temple, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Vythiri, Kappad beach, Beypore beach, the Kozhikode city for food and shopping and the Kozhikode backwaters. The never drying waterfall welcomes the visitors throughout the year for a memorable romantic retreat amidst the lush green forests.

Kollur Udupi ,Karnataka India: Places to Visit

Kollur

Kollapura

Mookambika Temple

Kollur village is located in the Udupi district of the Karnataka state, India. It is at the foothills of the Western Ghats in the Kudajadri Mountains. This area is known for the worship of the Goddess of knowledge who resides in the Mookambika Temple. This place has its name after the Maharishi Kola, who performed penance in Kollur and obtained the jyotirlinga from Lord Shiva. Kollur is one of the 7 pilgrimages created by Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Kollur is 135 kilometers from Mangalore and has easy accessibility from the states of not only Karnataka, but also Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The following are the main attractions of Kollur:

Mookambika Temple

Mookambika Temple is the only temple dedicated to the Goddess Parvathi, the wife of Lord Shiva. This temple is located on the banks of the river Sauparnika, amidst a dense forest. The Kodachadri peak is the front view of the temple where the original temple of the Devi is said to be. This temple was built to commemorate the victory of Goddess Mookambika on the demon Mookasura. The jyotirlinga in the temple incorporates Shiva and Shakti along with all the Gods and Goddesses. The Shikhara of the temple is gilded in gold and there is a grand celebration during the 9 days of the navaratri festival every year.

Annegudde Vinayaka Temple

This temple is dedicated to God Siddhi Vinayaka. The rock idol of the God, ‘Garba Griha’ is in Chaturbhuja form i.e. 4 arms, and shines in a silver armor.

Arishna Gundi Waterfalls

These falls are located in deep jungle and are accessible only by trek. The sun’s rays fall on the water of the falls such that they appear Arishna (Turmeric/yellow).

Kodachadri Mountains

Kodachadri Mountains form a beautiful background to the famous Mookambika Temple. Kodachadri is distanced at 21 kilometers from the temple town of Kollur. It is situated in the heart of the Mookambika National Park and is termed as a bio-diversity hotspot. The Kodachadri Mountains are said to be the real abode of the Goddess Mookambika and later Monk Adi Shankaracharya had re-established it at Kollur.

 

 

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary

It is aided by the World Wildlife Fund. It is home to the Lion-Tailed Monkey, which is now an endangered animal.

Jog Falls

The world famous Jog Falls are a 2 hour drive from Kollur. They are also known as Sharavathi Falls. They are the highest falls in India and break into 4 sub-falls viz. Raja, Rani, Roorer and Rocket.

Sigandur

Sigandur is at a distance of 45 kilometers from Kollur. This village is situated in a forest and is famous for the temple of Goddess Chaudeshwari.

Kollur is situated on the banks of the never drying river Sauparnika which is said to have healing powers. Many people visit Kollur to bathe in the holy waters of the river and pay their respects at the Mookambika temple. A trip to Kollur is not only spiritual, but the pleasant climate and hospitable environment are ideal for a holiday too!

Nagarhole Places to Visit : National Park ,Forest & Tribes

Nagarhole

Green Haven

Nagarhole is a town located in the Coorg district of the Karnataka state. It is a blend of dense forests, perennial streams, low lying hills, deep valleys and high waterfalls. It lies at the foothills of the Western Ghats, down to the Brahmagiri hills, towards the state of Kerala. Nagarhole is a confluence of two words Naga and Hole which mean snake and stream respectively in the local kannada language. It is rightly named as the rivers in the area take a winding course and flow like a snake. The rivers Lakshmmantirtha and Kabini are the main source of water and irrigation in the region.

Nagarhole Tribes

Nagarhole jungles are inhabited by several tribes viz. Jenu Kurubas, Betta Kurubas and the Hakki-Pikki. They are basically food gatherers and honey collectors. They depend on the forests for their day to day requirements. They speak a variant form of kannada i.e. jenu-nudi. The Nagarhole National Park, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and a watchtower are the major attractions in Nagarhole. The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary supports a wide variety of species of birds in its vicinity. There are about 300 species of birds in this habitat!

Nagarhole National Park

It has been recently named as Rajiv Gandhi National Park also, as a tribute to the late Prime Minister of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in Southern India. The Kabini Reservoir separates it from the Bandipur National Park. It is located at 50 kilometers from Mysore and was set up in the year 1955. Nagarhole National Park along with Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai National Park and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, is the largest wildlife protection area in South India. In the year 1988, this area got the National Park status and in the year 1999 was declared as a Tiger Reserve.

Flora and Fauna

The Nagarhole National Park is rich in trees such as Rosewood, Teak, Sandalwood, Silver Oak and cotton. The animal kingdom consists of tigers, Indian bison, Asian elephants, sloth bears, leopards, wild dogs, various species of mongoose, sambar, chital and many more. The rare and endangered species of birds found in this National Park are Oriental white-backed vulture, lesser adjutant, spotted eagle and Nilgiri wood pigeon. Safaris around the National Park are available for the tourists to take a close look at the wild life of the animals. During the monsoon season, the park is closed for the outsiders, as it is the mating season of the animals.

Nagarhole supports the highest density of herbivores in Asia! However, several threats have imposed on the smooth running of the Nagarhole National Park. They are: Timber smuggling, cattle diseases, poaching of birds and mammals, non-payment to the forestry staff members, forest fires, human and wildlife conflict and increasing human habitations. None of the hindrances mentioned above are such that they cannot be overcome. With the collaboration of the Karnataka government and the authorities and staff running the Nagarhole National Park, these issues can be easily dismissed.

Madikeri , Scotland of India Tourist Places : Coorg Dist. Karnataka India.

Madikeri

Scotland of India

Abbi Falls

Madikeri is a hill station town located in the Coorg district of the Karnataka state, India. It is also known as Mercara and Muddurajakiri (the name derived from the king who ruled Madikeri in the 17th Century). It is the picturesque capital of Coorg, the land of Kodavas. The local languages spoken are Kodava Takk, Kannada, Byari and Are Bhashe. The region experiences a tropical highland climate as it is situated at a high level. A part of the Western Ghats, it is equidistant from Mangalore (136 kms) and Mysore (120 kms). The popular festivals celebrated in this area are Kailpodhu, Kaveri Sankramana, Puttari, Dasara and Karaga.

Kashmir of Southern India

The Scotland of India title was rightly bestowed on Madikeri by the British as they stayed in Coorg for a century, experiencing its pleasant climate and hospitality. The area is surrounded by tea and aromatic coffee plantations, cardamom, black pepper, Coorg honey and orange groves. The Holy River Cauvery flows through Madikeri rendering a cool breeze to the climate. Madikeri is a pollution free, calm, serene and quiet hill station to holiday. The red-roofed dwellings of the natives add color to the environment. There are several trek routes with adventurous trekking options for the tourists. The following are some of the famous tourist attractions of Madikeri:

Raja Seat

Raja Seat is a small square mantapa situated at a higher level from the ground that gives a commanding view of the valleys, cliffs and the paddy fields around the area. This place was associated with the rajas of the then times who watched the golden sunsets from this elevated platform. Nowadays, one can get a clear view of the road to Mysore from this place and admire the curves formed by it!

Madikeri Fort

The history of the Madikeri Fort begins from the late 17th Century when it was built by the king Mudduraja, after whom the place was named Muddurajakiri. He also built a palace and a temple inside the fort. Initially, the fort was a mud-built, later on; it was turned into granite by Tipu Sultan and named Jaffarabad. In the 19th Century, the British demolished the temple and constructed a church in its place which is now a museum. It was again renovated by Lingarajendra Wodeyar. There are two life-size masonry elephants at the entrance of the fort and inside is the famous temple of Lord Ganesha, the “Kote Ganapathi Temple”.

Omkareshwara Temple

The Omkareshwara Temple is located in the heart of the town of Madikeri. It was built by the king Lingarajendra in the year 1820. This temple incorporates Islamic, gothic, catholic and Keralite style of architecture. The centre of the temple has a water pool. The shivlinga was brought in by the king from Kashi as a remorse for killing a Brahmin.

The other places in and around Madikeri are Raja’s Tomb, Cauvery Nisargadhama and the Abbey Falls. The kannada movie “Ajith” is also filming two songs in the area as Madikeri is gaining popularity by the day!

Kudremukh Chikkamagaluru Dist.Karnataka Places to Visit

Kudremukh

Horse Head Hill

Kudremukh is a mountain range, the name of a peak, a hill station and a mining town. It is located in the Chikkamagaluru district of the Karnataka state, India. Kudremukh literally means ‘Horse-face’ in the local Kannada language. The Kudremukh peak is so called, as a picturesque side of the peak resembles the face of a horse. Kudremukh was also known as Samseparvatha as it was earlier approached from the Samse village. This destination is 130 kilometers from Mangalore city. Kudremukh lies in the heart of the Western Ghats with thick tropical evergreen Shola forests. The heavy rainfall in the area and the amazing water retention by the forests have given rise to perennial streams that converge into rivers Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi, who have their origins in this part of southern India. These rivers are a main source of water for the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh states.

Trekking at Kudremukh

One has several options to stay in the Kudremukh vicinity or one can arrange a warm home-stay with the samse people in advance, who are very hospitable and hygienic. There are 13 trekking routes at the Kudremukh Mountains ranging in the level of difficulty and longevity. The famous trekking routes are from Samse, Hevala, Navoor, Horanaadu and the nature camp. Most of the treks begin from Lobo’s Place. One can find exceptional rarely seen orchids on the way to the Kudremukh peak!

Kudremukh National Park

The Kudremukh National Park is the second largest wildlife protected area in India. It has recently been declared as a Tiger reserve. It is spread over the thick hilly forests and the lush shola vegetation. The highest spot in the National Park is the Kudremukh peak. It is bestowed with severe monsoon winds and heavy rainfall throughout the year. The landscape is always covered in grass and Kudremukh is known to have the largest spread of shola grasslands in the southern part of India. The Malabar civet, wild dogs, sloth bear and spotted deer are commonly spotted in the national park.

Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls

These falls are located at 32 kilometers from Kalasa. It is a short trek to these falls and the months of October and May are when these falls are at their best. It is a great day picnic spot for both locals and tourists. The beauty of these falls is that the water falls from a great height onto interesting rock formations and forms a pool at the end where one can take a refreshing dip!

The shrine of the goddess Bhagavathi and the Varaha image of 6 feet in an ancient cave are also a must visit in the area. The Kadambi waterfalls are another natural attraction. The natural grasslands and the thick forests provide a breath-taking view to the environment. However, the iron-ore mining in the area is proving to be a threat to the bio-diversity conservation in Kudremukh. But one cannot ignore it for an adventure travel option despite some adversities in the area.

Chikkamagaluru Dist. Karnataka Places to Visit

Chikkamagaluru

Quaint town

Chikkamagaluru is a district located in the Karnataka state of the Indian sub-continent. It was known as Kadur before the Indian independence. The mountains in this region are a part of the Western Ghats and the rivers Tunga and Bhadra originate from these mountain ranges. The other important rivers in Chikkamagaluru are Hemavathi, Netravati and Vedavathi. The Tunga River holds varieties of fish and is a favorite spot of the tourists for fishing. The highest peak in Karnataka state is Mullayanagiri, also a part of the Chikkamagaluru district. Chikkamagaluru literally means “The Town of the Younger Daughter” and is said to have been given in dowry.

Coffee Land of Karnataka

Chikkamagaluru is 251 kilometers from the capital city Bangalore and falls under Mysore jurisdiction. 30% of the area is covered in forests and receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. 80% of the population in this district lives in the rural parts. The area is rich in iron, magnetite and granite. Agriculture is the economic backbone of Chikkamagaluru. Coffee was first cultivated in this district and the varieties of coffee that are grown in large numbers are Arabica and Robusta coffee. There are about 15,000 growers of coffee in this region and most of them hold a small piece of land where they grow coffee. The flowering season of coffee from March to April fills the air with the rich aroma of coffee.

Chikkamagaluru is famous for hill stations, waterfalls, lakes and temple towns in and around the district. Following is a list of some of the main attractions:

Hill Stations

Kemmanagundi

Located 55 kilometers from Chikkamagaluru, this hill station lies in the Baba Budan Giri range of mountains.

Kudremukh

Kudremukh is the name of a mountain peak, one side of which resembles the face of a horse.

Mullayanagiri

It is the tallest peak in the Baba Budangiri range of mountains, 16 kms from Chikkamagaluru.

Datta Peetha

It was also known as the Chandra Drona Parvata and popularly the Baba Budangiri hills.

Waterfalls and Lakes

Manikyadhara Falls

These falls are located near the Dattatreya Peetha.

Kallathigiri Falls

The Veerabhadra temple of Lord Shiva is located across these falls.

Hebbe Falls

These falls fall in two stages i.e. Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe.

Shanti Falls

These falls are located on the way to the Z-Point.

The other waterfalls in the region are Hanuman Gundi Falls, Kadambi Falls and the Sirimane Falls, while the famous lakes are Hirikolale and Ayyenkere.

Temple Towns

Chikkamagaluru is a district that is rich in historical temple structures. The famous temple towns around the region are Sringeri, Horanadu, Kalasa, Guru Dattatreya Babubudanswamy Darga, the wall carvings at Amritapura, Belavadi and Narasimharajapura.

Wildlife Area

The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park are a haven for the lovers of wilderness.

Every village or town situated in this district tells its own tale. The silver cascade of streams, lush vegetation, gardens, mountains, valleys and the beautiful sunsets of the hill stations in Chikkamagaluru have made it a hotspot of the tourists visiting Karnataka state.

Sagara ,Shimoga district ,Karnataka Travel Guide

Sagara

Jog Falls

The town of Sagara is located in the Shimoga district of the Indian state, Karnataka. Being a part of the Western Ghats, this place is green and has many naturally formed places in its vogue such as waterfalls, lakes, hill stations etc. It is one of the fastest growing cities of Karnataka state. It derives its name from the Sadashiva Sagara Lake, which is now called Ganapathi Kere (lake). The economy of Sagara is driven by the production of betel nuts, paddy, spices and other forest products. There are a high number of Gudigars living in this town who make carvings of sandalwood and ivory for their livelihood.

Nature Lovers

Sagara is surrounded by water bodies and forests. Springs created by the River Varada glisten in the sunlight. Many historical and spiritual places surround the city of Sagara. This place is a paradise for nature lovers. The following are the places of interest around the Sagara town:

Jog Falls

The world famous Jog Falls are distanced at 35 kilometers from Sagara. They are also known as Sharavathi Falls. They are the highest falls in India and break into 4 sub-falls viz. Raja, Rani, Roorer and Rocket.

Keladi

It is located at 8 kilometers from the Sagara town. The two temples, Rameshawara Temple and the Veerbhadra Temple are a must visit, to pay respects to the deities. There is also a museum where the manuscripts of the Keladi dynasty are preserved, as it was the capital of this dynasty for some time and hence was named after the dynasty.

Ikkeri

It is 3 kilometers away from the Sagara town. Ikkeri means ‘two streets’ in the local language. The Aghoreshwara Temple of Lord Shiva is a major historical attraction of Ikkeri.

Kalasi

It is located at a distance of 8 kilometers from Sagara. There is a historically significant Lord Shiva Temple located in this area.

Varadapura

Also known as Varadamoola, it is the origin of the most important river in the town of Sagara, Varada. It is 6 kilometers away from Sagara. There are several shrines on the banks of the river Varada, but it is known for the Sridhara Swami Mutt, where this saint had taken a Samadhi.

Honnemaradu

It is located on the backwaters of the river Sharavathi, 25 kilometers from Sagara. It extends to the Chakra Dam and is famous for adventure tours and water sports in the river.

Holebaagilu

This place is also located on the banks of the river Sharavathi. Flatboats are used for transit on the backwaters of the river.

Sigandooru

This place is famous for the location of the Goddess Chaudeshwari Temple.

Soraba

Soraba is well known for archaeological surveys in the Pachalingeshwara Temples.

Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary

It is at a distance of 350 kilometers from Bangalore city. It covers the Sharavathi valley region and is nourished by the River Sharavathi.

Thagarthi is a very big village in the Sagara district. Since Sagara is central to so many tourist attractions, it is a well-known town and visited frequently.

Kodachadri Hill Station Shimoga Dist. Karnataka Travel Information

Kodachadri

A natural heritage site

Kodachadri is a mountain peak surrounded by dense forests in the Western Ghats of the Shimoga district, in the state of Karnataka, India. The view atop the mountain peak of the Western Ghats and the backwaters of the Arabian Sea is quite amazing. Kodachadri is popularly referred as the “Jasmine of the hills” or “Kodashi Parvatha”. It forms a beautiful background to the famous Mookambika Temple in Kollur. Kodachadri is distanced at 21 kilometers from the temple town of Kollur. It is situated in the heart of the Mookambika National Park and is termed as a bio-diversity hotspot.

Animal Life

Kodachadri and the surrounding hills in the area constitute the biggest forest zone in the Karnataka state. The peak is barren due to strong winds but the base of Kodachadri is covered in thick forests. These forests are home to some endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. The animal life in the area consists of Malabar Langur, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Tiger, Indian Leopard, Indian Elephant, Hyena, Gaur and Indian Rock Python. Kodachadri has been a famous mountain for monolithic structures of the pre-historic times, which were carved out of the high rocks of the mountain.

Places to visit

Sarvajna Peetha

It is a temple like structure, where the famous saint Adi Shankara meditated. It is also known as Mantapa. From this point, one can get a majestic view of the sun going down the Arabian Sea.

Ganesh/Ganapati Guha

It is located near the trekking path to Sarvajna Peetha.

Iron Pillar

This iron pillar stands tall at 40 feet from the ground level, in front of the Mookambika Temple. It is believed to be the Trishul of the Goddess Mookambika who had used it to kill a demon. This pillar is made of pure iron and is also known as “Dwaja-Sthamba”.

Hindlumane Falls

They can be reached by a 10 kilometer trek into the forests of the Kodachadri Valley. Taking a dip in the waters from the falls can be very refreshing. They are one of the most popular falls amongst the trekkers.

Arasinagundi Falls

They are located at 6 kilometers from Kollur into the deep forest area at the bottom of the Kodachadri Mountain.

Bellakallu Theertha

This is a waterfall, 15 kilometers from Kollur. It is an easy trek to these falls from Kollur.

Nagara Fort

It is an old fort from the 18th century which is located at 25 kilometers from the Kodachadri Mountain.

Kodachadri is largely visited by Keralites and locals for its proximity to the temple. The Shola forests and the tropical rain forests form a cool and beautiful landscape. Iron ore is found in the soil of Kodachadri and the stones found here have magnetic properties. The trekking to the peak starts from Nagodi village or Shimoga village. A night tented stay is preferable with the permission from the concerned authorities. Kodachadri is a pleasant hill resort which is reputed for sunrise and sunset points.