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During the early part of Kaliyuga, the good earth was stricken by famine and pestilence. It did not rain for years. Even Brahmins were constrained to eat meat and the people were on the verge of becoming cannibals.

Jabali, the great sage was disturbed in his 'Tapas' by these troubles. Through his 'Gnana Drishti' he realized the root cause of all this. He found that Arunasura the 'rakshasa' who escaped from death and fled when Goddess Durga slew Shambasura had increased his life span by following the teachings of his Guru. He had made the people stop all yagas and yajnas as a revenge against the 'devas', and this has resulted in drought and scarcity for years.


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Durga Parameshwari Temple :

Moved by compassion, Jabali desired to alleviate man's sufferings and decided to perform a yajna to placate the devas. He approached Devendra in haven with a request to permit him to take Kamadhenu for the ritual. Devendra informed Jabali that Kamadhenu was not available but he could take his daughter Nandini instead. Jabali then went to Nandini who, however refused to accompany him to the sinful earth which had nourished such evil beings as Ravana and Karthivirya. Jabali countered this by saying that the same earth also produced such saintly beings as Ahalya.



215 Kms from Bangalore is Chickmagalur town. 55 Kms north from Chickmagalur town isKemman-
agundi, a scenic hill station on the Baba Budan range of hills. Kemmanagundi is also known as K.R. Hills after Wodeyar King, Krishnaraja Wodeyar who had made it his favourite summer camp. Kemmanagundi, at a height of 1,434 meters, is surrounded by thick forests and a salubrious climate the year. It has beautifully laid out ornamental gardens and panoramic view of the mountains.

Kemmanagundi is the ideal place to get away from the heat & dust, the crowds & traffic jams of the cities. Quite peaceful serene, nesting amidst lush green forests. Kemmanagundi is sure to revive & rejuvenate you, physically, mentally & spiritually.

The Panoramic views, the ornamentally gardens, the songs of the birds of the birds, the rays of the sun trying to peep through the of sun trying to peep through the trees. Time tiptoes gently here & as you take a walk down an inviting mountain trail you find yourself laughing aloud with the sheer joy of living ! But that's what Kemmanagundi does to you. Recharge your batteries & puts you in torch with yourself, with life & with your loved ones.



Kukke Subramanya is on the bank of river Dhara. According to Hindu Mythology Lord Kumaraswamy came to this place after killing the demon rulers Taraka, Shoorapadmasura and others in a war; and Lord washed his Shakti Ayudha (a battle-axe in the shape of a bayonet) in this river. From this onwards the river is famous as Kumaradhara. After his battle with the demons Lord Kumaraswamy came to the top of Kumara Parvatha along with his brothers Lord Ganesha, Veerabahu and other aides. He was received by Lord Indra along with other Gods; pleased by the success of the war Indra prayed the Lord to be kind enough to marry his daughter Devasena. This was agreed upon courteously and the marriage took place on the banks of Kumaradhara on 'Margashira Shudda Shashti'. Lord Kumaraswamy also gave darshan to Vasuki the head of nagas, who was making a penance here. Vasuki prayed to the Lord to stay along with him permanently at this place and the Lord with the boon.


From that time it is believed that the Lord has made his spiritual presence in this shrine along with his wife Devasena and Vasuki. Every year a famous car festival is being held here on 'Margashira Shuddha Shashti' with special poojas to the Lord.



The cool bracing wind whips the hair about your faces as you ramble along the streets that dip and rise delightfully. Breathtaking views surprise you from pretty cottages as you sniff appreciatively the heady fragrance of coffee blossoms. Madikeri (previously known as Mercara), A picturesque charming town situated at an elevation of over 5,000 ft (1,525 m) above sea level.

Madikeri is the district headquarters of Kodagu (formerly Coorg). Dubbed as the Scotland of India, Kodagu is the home of colorful, robust, martial race - the Kodavas, Said to be the descendants of the Greeks (Alexander's soldiers), the kodavas are fiercely independent. They were never conquered by either Tipu Sultan neither the British. And so to this day all kodavas retain the privilege of carrying firearms without a license.


What to see

Madikeri Fort:

In the centre of Madikeri, this 19th century fort houses a temple, a chapel, a prison and a small museum. The fort also offers a beautiful view of Madikeri.

Raja's Seat : According to legend, the kings of Kodagu spent their evenings here. But what is unforgettable about Raja's Seat is the spectacular sunset that one can enjoy from here.



2 Kms from Kushalnagar (30 kms from Madikeri) on the State Highway. There are a few islets in the river Cauvery. The cluster of wooden huts, Nisargadhama is built to blend with the sandalwood forest around. Apart from the lodging, a small canteen, a deer park, children's playing area are added attractions.



357 kms west of Bangalore is the district headquarters of Dakshina Kannada - Mangalore. With an important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre. Mangalore could be your entry point to Beach Country - with its virgin and unexplored beaches.  

While in Mangalore try and see a Yakshagana performance - an elaborate dance form unique to Karnataka. The Kambala (buffalo race) is another exciting event.
A trip to Mangalore would be incomplete without a visit to the 10th century Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangala Devi Temple, Tipu's Battery and the Jumma Masjid. The Ullal beach with casuarina groves is another attraction that draws tourists all through the year.



What to see :

Sultan Battery :

It is situated in Boloor 6 Km. away from Mangalore.  It was built in Black Stones by Tippu Sulthan to prevent warships to enter Gurpur river.  Now the remaining part of the fort is called as Tippu's Well.  It is today a deserted spot but its construction is bafflingly exquisite. Although it is a watchtower, it gives the impression of a miniature fortress with its arrangements for mounting cannons all-round.

Kadri Manjunath Temple :

Kadri is another ancient historic spot in Mangalore. The Kadri Temple dating back to about 1068 A.D. with its nine tanks, its square temple, nestling at thefoot of the highest hill, draws to Mangalore hundreds of visitors annually.The Lokeshwara bronze statue of the Kadri Manjunatha Temple is tipped to be the best bronze statue in India. On top of the hill King Kundavarma Bupendra built a mutt which came to be called 'Jogimutt'. There are some stone caves on top of the hill which are known as the caves of the Pandavas.

Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple :

Mangalore is known as a pilgrim center and boasts of many sacred temples like Sharavu, Kadri, Mangaladevi, Kudroli etc. Out of these Sri Sharavu Sharabeshwara - Sri Mahaganapathy Kshetra is an outstanding, pious center of great illustrious history of marathon 800 years.



As all Gods including Indra had got their wishes fulfilled, and attained the status of eternal bliss free from rebirth by worshipping the 'Atmalinga' that had found place in the lotus-heart of "Adimaye" by faith and penance, Ravana, the all-accomplished and all powerful decided to get the 'Atmalinga' from Parameshwar so that he also could become invincible and immortal by worshipping it. With this great ambition he went to Kailasa and performed rigorous penance in solitude strictly following the rites and singing hymns and doing a variety of dances Lord Parameshwar was soon propitiated by Ravana's devotion and appeared in his true form with five faces, three eyes and ten shoulders adorning Ganga and the moon God in his matted hair, the sovereign serpent round his neck, a garland of skulls touching his ankles, flanked by Goddess Parvathi on his left.




Mysore, the picturesque city of palaces, is located 770 m above sea level and 140 km from Bangalore. For centuries Mysore was associates with royalty. It exudes a quaint old world charm, that leaves the visitor spell - bound. A city steeped in history, Mysore was once the stronghold of the Hoysalas, the Wodeyars and later on, of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Mysore is derived from Mahisasura, the demon king, who once lived here and was vanquished by Goddess Chamundi.
Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. These kings were great patrons of art and culture and Mysore was the cultural capital of the south under the rule of the Wodeyars. The Wodeyars made the Dasara festival an event.
Mysore is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world with its many institutions that propagate Carnatic Classical music and dance.


What to see :


Mysore Palace

Once the residence of the Wodeyars, this structure is one of the largest of its kind in India. Built in 1912 in the Indo-Saracenic style, this palace exudes a grandeur that is unmatched. The Golden Royal Elephant Throne, the Durbar Hall, the Kalyana Mandap and the Gallery are the main attractions here.



Sir Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery:

Housed in the Jaganmohan Palace, this gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to 1875. The collection includes paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, the Russian Svetoslav Roerich and the traditional Mysore gold leaf style of painting.

Chamundi Hills

Towering over the city, these hills are 13 kms away from Mysore. Halfway - up is the Nandi Bull, a 4.8-m monolith. Right on top is the 2000-year-old Chamundeswari Temple, dedicated to the patron goddess of the royal family.

Brindavan Gardens (Mandya Dist.):

19 kms north-west of Mysore is the KRS Dam and the ornamental Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains and colourful lights transform this place into a fairy land in the evenings.


Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills, 65 Kms from Bangalore and 1,478 meters above sea level is Bangalore's own hill station. It was Tipu Sultan's summer retreat and Tipu's fort walls still stand as testimony to history. The rivers Pennar, Palar and Arkavati originate from these hills. A flight of 1.175 steps lead from the base of the hills to the top. A popular hill resort of the Bangaloreans. The Tipu's Drop, a 600 meter high cliff, where prisoners were hurled down the precipice is an awe-inspiring sight. Atop the hill is the Yoganandishwara temple.


What to see :

Nandi Village :

Situated at the north-eastern base of Nandi Hills, this village was, for some time a British Military Station. The Bhoga Nandishwara Temple Complex here is architecturally, one of the most important Dravidian- style structures in the State.




Muddenahalli :

The home town of Sri M.Visveswaraya, the architect of modern Karnataka. Muddenahalli is just a few Kilometers from Nandi Hills. The house of this genius is now a museum.



273kms north-west of Bangalore is Shimoga, once a stronghold of the Keladi Nayakas. Worth seeing here is the Fort, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Government Museum.

What to see :


Jog Falls :

Situated on the borders of Shimoga and North Kanara , 110 Kms from shimoga city is the world famous Jog falls. The river sharavati , flowing over a rocky bed comes down in four distinct falls Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket (names given to four water falls) . The effect is greatly heightened by the wild and beautiful region around which is covered with a wealth of luxuriant vegetation. Also some important places around jog falls are Linganmakki dam, constructed across river sharavati ,Mahatma Gandhi Power station.The place is connected by road to shimoga city and number of government & private buses ply between shimoga and jog falls. Accomodation is available in and around jog falls.

Agumbe :

On the other side , the district is famous for Agumbe (95 Kms from shimoga city)  also known as the Chirapunji of south india, Since the average rainfall of this place is highest in south india.. Agumbe is also famous for its glorious SUNSET. The place is situated 826 Mtrs above sea level and sorrounded by hills, trees and greenary. The sunset here is most exiting thing to watch. Before the sunsets in the western sea, it takes different shapes and colors. A platform is built for viewing the sunset. Jumping streams shining like silver threads along the mountain flanks with a variety of fauna and flora provide exhilerating scenic beauty. About 4 Kms from Agumbe is a small water fall known as Vanake-Abbe, the scene around which is highly fascinating.Buses available every half an hour from shimoga city.

Gudavi :

A place famous for bird sanctuary is one of the best 5 bird sanctuaries of karnataka. It is spread over an area of 73.68 Hectares is 15 kms from Sorab taluk of shimoga district. As per 1993 survey, it is told that 191 different types of birds are found at this place. A natural lake and the trees gives shelter to this birds. Some important birds found are White Pebis, Stone Bill, Egrate, Cormorant, Snake bird, Heronetc..Different birds immigrate from other parts of the world in different seasons for breeding. A platform is built for a closer look of birds.



About 60 Kms from Mangalore is a fairly large and upcoming town that was sanctum of Madhvacharya, the great Sanskrit Philosopher. The famous temple here, has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels.
The main attraction of this temple is the 'Kanakana Kindi' -a small window
through which Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his ardent devotee, Kanakadasa.


What to See :

Sri Krishna Mutt:

Udupi is famous for its Sri Krishna Mutt which though small is quite beautiful. There is no front door for this mutt. Instead there is a small window through which one could always get the darshana of the idol from outside the mutt. In front of the window there is a small 'gopuram'. The main entrance to the mutt is on the southern side. As on enters, on the right side is a tank called Madhwa Pushkarani. This tank has stone steps all round and a mantapam in the center.



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