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Chamundeswari temple is situated on the top of Chamundi hill which is about 3,489 ft. above sea level and located at a distance of 13 Kms. from Mysore. The temple is dedicated to Sri Chamundeswari, the titular deity of the Mysore Royal Family also described as ‘Mahishasura Mardini’for having killed the buffalo headed demon Mahishasura. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III built a Gopura with gold finials, and set up statues of his and his three queens. In 1827, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III made arrangements for festivals and processions and gifted Simhavahana in 1843. There are two other temples dedicated to Narayana Swamy and Mahabaleswara. Sri Mahabaleswara temple was built before the beginning of the Hoysala rule. Epigraphical evidences indicate this area as Mabhala or Mabbala theertha and states that Hoysala. King Vishnuvardhana has given donations to this temple in 1128 A.D.

Nandi: The colossal Nandi is one of the largest in India, 16 ft. (4.8 metres) tall at the front and 25 ft. (7.5 metres) in length. The magnificent pendent bell around its neck are exquisite Doddadevaraja was responsible for the creation of this colossal bull.

Nanjangud is situated on the right bank of the river Kapila or Kabini, one of the tributaries of the Cauvery River. Nanjangud , also known as Garalapuri, is famous because of the huge Nanjundeswara or Srikanteswara temple. The name Nanjunda is explained as Shiva who had taken Halahala or poison and it is this Nanjunda who became Vishakanta or Shrikanta by digesting it. Thus the deity is called Nanjundeswara and Srikanteshwara. He is also described as one who cures diseases of his devotees.

The Muslim ruler Tippu sultan had strong faith in God Nanjunda and called him as ‘Hakim Nanjunda’ as his beloved elephant’s eye ailment was cured by administering the holy water (theertha) from the temple. This place is called the Dakskina Kashi or Varanasi of the South. Both Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan had close associations with this temple.

The huge Nanjundeswara or Srikanteswara temple was built by the Gangas in the 9th century. The temple has many minor shrines like the Narayana with consorts, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapathi and others. There are many more lingas, mantapa, vahanas (carriages) Uthsava Murthis (idols used during procession) here.

The nine-storied tall Gopura or tower is ascribed to the queen of the Mysore kings, Devarajammanni, wife of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1849). The 120ft tower boasts of stucco images, decorations, 7 gold kalashas, each 3 meters tall exhibiting the Dravidian architecture.

Gopalaswamy Betta (hill) is a lofty hill in picturesque surroundings, which is situated about 16 km south-west of Gundlupet. It rises to a height of 4,770 feet above the sea level. It has been also referred to as Dakshina Govardhanagiri. The summit of the hill appears to be enveloped by clouds and mist, and hence the name Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta (Himavad means covered in mist). There is an old fort on the hill said to have been constructed during the 13th century. Inside the fort is the Gopalaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The gopuram of the temple is single-tiered and rests on the compound wall of the enclosure. The parapet wall of the facade of the mukha mantapa contains the sculpture of dashavatara (the avatars of the Lord Vishnu). The garbhagriha contains an idol of Lord Krishna playing the flute under a tree. The idol of Lord Krishna is beautifully sculpted with the left toe resting on the right one.

Situated in South Eastern Karnataka, BR Hills or Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is home to ecosystems that are unique to both the mountain ranges. Since it is located at the north-west of the Western Ghats and westernmost edge of the Eastern Ghats, it supports a diverse flora and fauna in view of the various habitats present. It is a pilgrimage site and derives its name from the Rangaswamy Temple located on top of a white cliff. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha and the festivities in this temple during April attracts a lot of tourists. The region boasts a variety of vegetation ranging from the dry and deciduous to evergreens. The Wildlife Sanctuary borders with the Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary and is home to gaurs, bears, sambhar, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, and four horned antelopes. It is also home to more than 200 bird species including crested eagle, white winged tit and racket tailed drongo. 

Male Mahadeshwara Hills is a well-known pilgrimage centre in the State. It is a hill range located in the Hanur taluk and is 3,200 feet above sea level. It is told that MM Hills constitutes of seven hills ‘Elu Male’ namely Anemale, Jenumale, Kadumale, Kanumale, Ponnachimale, Pavalamale and Pachchemale. The ancient and sacred temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a very popular Shaiva pilgrim centre. The deity of the temple is in the form of a linga. According to records, a Veerashaiva Saint, Mahadeshwara who lived during 14th-15th centuries, settled on the top of this hill and attained samadhi (salvation). He had a large number of devotees and thus this area became a sacred place. In his honour, the temple was constructed here. There is also a considerable large image of Nandi (Lord Shiva’s vehicle) here along with a number of other shrines around the place. Around a lakh of devotees from South India congregate here for the Car Festival held during the festivals of Shivarathri, Ugadi, Gauri festival, Mahalaya Amavasye and Deepavali. There are many folk songs in Kannada which sing praises of Male Mahadeshwara Hills/ Temple.



Leave mysuru towards Chamundi Hills.

After visiting the temple and witnessing Amazing views of Mysuru City leave towards Nanjangud.

Have breakfast in mysuru city.

Visit Nanjudeshwara temple in Nanjangud.

Leave towards Himavad Gopalaswami temple.

Have Lunch at Gundlupet.

Visit temple of Himavad gopalaswamy and get blessings.

After this start towards B.R Hills via K.GUDI.

Witness picturesque views and rich wildlife of B.R Hills Tiger reserve.

After a wonderful day spent and completing dinner come back to hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Today enjoy the nature early-morning in B.R Hills by nature walk and bird watching.

Visit Ranganathaswamy temple in B.R Hills and take blessings.

After breakfast start towards Male mahadeshwara hills.

Male mahadeshwara temple is in kaveri wildlife sanctuary where you can witness some wildlife.

Take blessings of lord mahadeshwara in MM Hills.

You can either choose to have Lunch at Hotel or have Prasada (Lunch).

After lunch, leave towards spend some time and visit some other places surrounding.

After local sightseeing leave towards Mysuru via Kollegala.


Gopalswami Hills
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Nanjangud Temple
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Chamundi Hills
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MM Hills
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BR Hills
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    Nanjangud temple
    Mysuru, Chamrajanagar
    Chamundi Hill
    Mysuru, Chamrajanagar
    Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple
    Mysuru, Chamrajanagar

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