Kemmangundi, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Kemmangundi (Kannada: ಕೆಮ್ಮಣ್ಣುಗುಂಡಿ) is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Its one of the most beautiful hill stations in Karnataka located at a height of 1434m above the sea level.

Kemmangundi was the summer camp of Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, hence the name K. R. Hills (Krishna Rajendra Hills). Shooting for lot of old Annavra & other's Kannada movies like Premada Kanike, ... have taken place here.

Attractions at this place include Raj Bhavan, Rose Garden, Z Point, Hebbe Falls, Kallathigiri/Kallathi Falls

K. R. Hills

Murudeshwara, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Murudeshwara (Kannada: ಮುರುಡೇಶ್ವರ) is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the Indian state of Karnataka. This place is a very famous tourist destination which houses the world's second tallest Shiva statue, Murudeshwara temple, beach, fort & gopura.

The significance of this holy town dates to the time of Ramayana. More on history of this town can be found on the following websites:

Lord Shiva's statue

Madikeri/Coorg, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Madikeri (Kannada: ಮಡಿಕೇರಿ) also know by the following other names Mercara, Coorg is the district head quarters of Kodagu district. Madikeri popularly known as Scotland of India is a major tourist place & hill station in Karnataka.

Getting there:
Madikeri is around 252 km west of Bengaluru.
Bengaluru -- (SH17) -- Mysore -- (SH88) -- Madikeri
The road from Bengaluru to Mysore (SH17) is a 4 lane road & too good. There is no need to enter the Mysore city, we can take the ring road & bypass Mysore city & head towards Hunsuru. Road from Mysore to Madikeri (SH88) is also good.

Madikeri - Mysore : 120 km
Madikeri - Mangalore : 135 km
Madikeri - Hassan : 110 km

Places of interest in & around Madikeri:

Galaganatha, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Galaganatha (Kannada: ಗಳಗನಾಥ) is a small village in Haveri Taluk of the Indian state of Karnataka. There is a famous temple "Galageshwara Shiva Temple" here which was built by Chalukyas in 11 century. This temple is situated along the river Tungabhadra. Just after few meters from this temple river Tungabhadra & river Varada join. The people around here call this place as pancha nadi sangama, coz 5 rivers join at this place. Tungabhadra is formed by 3 rivers (Tunga, Bhadra & Kumadvathi) & Varada is formed by 2 rivers (Varada & Dharma)

Side view of Galageshwara Temple