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1. Chamundi Hill and
Timings, Entrance Fee and Contact
7.00 am to 2.00 pm and
3.30 pm to 9.00 pm
Entrance : Free
Phone : 0821 - 2590027
atop a hill is a 12th century temple of Chamundershwari. About 13 Kms from
Mysore by road these is also a 1000 step walking track for all those young
at heart to try. The gigantic 4.8 meter tall monolith of Nandi the sacred
vehicle of Lord Shiva is a marvel to watch. Also close to the temple stands
a gigantic statues of the demon Mahishasura.
Situated on the heights of Chamundi Hills, the Temple resides Nandi Bull's
Sculpture, the Bull denoting vehicle to Lord Shiva, and is one of the seven
bulls in the country. The temple has large silver gates and golden idols. It
is considered to be a very religious temple, where the blessings of the
goddess help devotees to fulfill their need. Pilgrims are supposed to climb
the 100 odd steps to the top, to improve their past 'karmas'
The hill gets its name from the Goddess Kali or Chamundi, the consort of
Shiva and she is the family deity of the Maharajas of Mysore. The
Chamundeswari Temple is a fine quadrangular structure with a high 'gopuram'
(tower) and 'dwara' (entrance) which is a visible landmark from many miles.
'Mahishasura' was killed by Goddess 'Chamundi' and hence she was given the
name 'Mahishasura Mardhini'. The Goddess is seated on a lion, killing the
buffalo-headed demon with her trident..
The Sacred Bull
Half a top of the hill you may reach the bull in
few minutes. Fashioned says the legend, in one night
out hte the basalt of the hill, this recumbent
colossal Nandi gigantic 25 ft long and 4.8 meter (16
ft) tall monolith of Nandi (sacred vehicle of Lord
Shiva) was a gift to Dodda Deva Raja. Adorned with
ropes, chains, bells and jewels of stone, the bull
with half shut eyes which seem, in yogic fashion is
a marvel to watch.
Also close to the temple stands
a gigantic statues of the demon Mahishasura. The hill gets its name from
the Goddess Kali or Chamundi, the consort of
Shiva and she is the family deity of the
Maharajas of Mysore.
The Chamundeswari Temple is a fine quadrangular
structure with a high 'gopuram' (tower) and 'dwara'
(entrance) which is a visible landmark from many
miles. 'Mahishasura' was killed by Goddess 'Chamundi'
and hence she was given the name 'Mahishasura
Mardhini'. The Goddess is seated on a lion, killing
the buffalo-headed demon with her trident.
The hills is 3,489 ft, above the
sea level and is 12 Km from Mysore City. An
energetic visitor will be well repaid by climbing up
the 1000 steps, fashioned about 300 years ago, and a
good motorable road leads to the top of the hill.
Chamundi Hill and Temple
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens - Mysore
Visiting Hours :
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM all days - TUESDAY HOLIDAY
Phone : 0821.2434425
Initially known as 'Khasa Bangle' or 'private
bungalow', the zoo, one of the biggest of its kind
in the country housed different species of birds in
about 10 acres. Later, the then British Officer,
Karumbeigal shifted the Zoo to Mysore to the
premises of Mysore Zoo.
Earlier was named as Palace Zoological gardens and
was renamed as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
in 1909. Garden with picturesque Chamundi Hills as
its background. The garden was transferred to the
Forest Department in 1972 and then to the Zoo
Authority of Karnataka in 1979. The garden has to
its credit breeding of rare animals and largest
mammals in captivity and this unique feature is said
to be present only in this garden in the while of
Asia. Only zoo in the country having all the three
species of white, black and Indian rhino. This zoo
has many anumals like brown bear, sloth bear,
Nilgiri langur, chimpanzee, orangutan, Himalayan
bear, brown lemur etc, which are enlisted in the red
books of the International Union for Conservation of
Nature and Natural Resources. This zoo has become
the centre for the multiplication of tigers in the
The Zoo has been further extended to cover the
adjacent Karanji Lake. The lake attracts several
species of birds and the Zoo has plans to develop
the lake into a bird sanctuary. Among the primary
activities of the zoo besides breeding rare animals,
is to barter animals, and bringing in new animals
The Flourishing Flora
The zoo houses some rare animals bred in captivity,
and exotic species of plants. The Zoological Gardens
has various species of ornamental plants and trees
from India and abroad. About 85 species of trees and
35 species of ornamental plants are present, which
beautifies the landscape of the Zoo and provides the
best environment to the captive wild animals
The Zoo has to its credit breeding of rare animals
and largest mammals in captivity. This unique
feature is said to be present only in a few of the
reputed zoological gardens in southeast Asia, Mysore
being one among them. About two million visitors,
from within the country and abroad, visit the famous
Mysore Zoo every year. The Mysore Zoo has a record
of housing variety of species not only of this
country but also from more than 40 countries in the
Brindavan Gardens and KRS Dam
Entrance Timings : 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Fountain Timings 7.00 P.M. to 7.55 P.M. on weekdays.
& 7 P.M to 8.55 P.M. on holidays.
During winter 6.30 P.M. to 7.25 P.M. on weekdays
6.30 P.M. to 8.25 P.M. on holidays
Phone : 08236 - 257224 / 257223 / 257227
Built in 1924, this is India's first irrigation dam.
Sir.M.Vishweswariah, the engineer who designed and
built this dam, has shown his acumen in converting a
dam site into a beautiful garden with colourful
fountains and ponds downstream. The dam is named
after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja
Wodeyar, who financed this novel project. KRS
represents a marvel of civil engineering achievement
in pre-independence India and was among the first in
the world to use automatic sluice gates. Locally
available surkhi was used instad of importing cement
from England (a scarce commodity in those days).
With his slogan of "Industrialize or Perish," Sir.
M.V. as he is better known, this visionary engineer
built not only the KRS dam but a whole chain of
generating stations and industries to modernise the
then princely Mysore state at the beginning of this
century. Krishnaraja Sagar also has an engineering
(hydraulics) research station to study water flow,
control, and design of dams.
Brindavan gardens is located 12 Kms north-west of
Mysore city and has rows-of colourful fountains.
There is a boating pond to cross the dam from the
south bank to the north bank and at the northern
edge are the dancing fountains. Using advanced
lighting techniques, the fountains are made to jump
and dance to the tune of music. The dam is over 3
Kms long and is constructed at the junction of three
rivers - Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha. This
site has been popularised over the years by the
large number of Indian/foreign films shot at this
K.R. Sagar is located in a pivotal postion
overlooking the entire gardens. The northern bank
also houses a well established horicultural nursery
providing good variety of fruit/flowering plants. At
6.30 PM the garden lights up with fountains shining
to different coloured lights. The variety of flower
beds glow in the light adding to the charm. This
spectacular sight makes Brindavan gardens unique and
it lasts till 8 PM every day (longer during
K.R. Sagar dam is well connected to Mysore by road
and rail (Arasikere line) There are many tourist
buses going directly to Bangalore. This dam has not
only served as a model to several dams in India, but
is also a testimony to prove the superiority of
surkhi (a mixture of brick powder and lime) over
cement, in dam construction. The best season to
visit KRS is June-July when the monsoon brings in
plenty of water which gushes through the sluice
gates which open automatically after the maximum
head of 124 Feet is reached. The beauty of KRS can
be enjoyed all year long except during the summer
months, when there might be little water in the
Another place of lesser-known tourist importance is
Sagarkatte, situated on the backwaters of the
Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir. The approach to
Sagarkatte is through a road, which weaves through
an undulating and fertile terrain, affording scenic
glimpses of the breath-taking countryside.
Entrance Fee and
8.30 AM to 6.00
PM all the days.
Entrance Fee :
Rs. 15/ Adults
Children Rs. 5
an Art Gallery
in 1875 exhibits
Raja Ravi Verma
and the Russian
St Philomena's Church
Timings, Entrance Fee and Contact
8.00 AM to 6.00 PM all the days.
Entrance : Free
Phone : 0821.2563148
This is a beautiful Gothic structure with beautiful stained glass
windows and lofty towers is a must-see. Roman Catholic Church was built
in A. D 1840. It was initially known as St. Joseph Chaver which later
assumed the present name. The twin towers of the Church stand
majestically at 175 feet, the design is gothic and it is said to
resemble the St. Patrick's Cathedral at New York and a church at
Cologne. The church is located about 1 Km from Mysore Palace on the
Bangalore highway. The then king of Mysore Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV laid
the foundation for construction of the church in 1933. The stained glass
windows, made in France, over looking the apse, showing the birth of
Christ, Baptism of Christ by St. John the Baptist, the last supper and
the crucifixion of Christ are works of art. The altar bears the statute
of St. Philomena a 3rd Century saint from Greece.
This church is considered to be the most beautiful in Karnataka. This
church has a cellar where there is a statue of St. Philomina was a holy
saint during the 3rd century in Greece, in a reclining posture. A piece
of her bone and clothes are also in this church.
A beautiful Cathedral, reminiscent of medieval architectural style.
Stained glass windows and lofty towers make it an imposing structure.
Designed by French architects.
Monuments or Heritage buildings of Mysore
- Chamundi Hill
- Sri Mahabaleshwara Temple
- The Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple
- The Varahaswamy Temple
- Mysore Palace
- Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion (Manasa
- Jagan Mohan Palace
- Lalitha Mahal Palace - 1931
- Gun House
- Deputy Commissioner Office
- Oriental Research Institute (Gordon
- Craford Hall and Garden Park
- Cheluvamba Mansion (CFTRI)
- Karanji Mansion
- Chamarajendra Circle - (Opposite
Palace North Gate)
- K. R. Hospital
- Law Courts Building
- Devraja Market - 1900
- Dasara Exhibition
- Hardwicke High School
- Hoysala and Public Office
- Nanjaraja Bahadur Chatra
- Maharaja's College
- Maharani's College
- Medical College
- K. R. Hospital
- Rangacharlu Memorial Hall
- Clock Tower
- The Jockeys Quarters and ATI
- Wellington Lodge
- St. Philomena's Church
- Chamarajendra Technical Institute
- Chamundi Guest House
- Government House
- Railway Museum
- Regional Museum of National History
- Folk Lore Museum Mysore
Tourism around Mysore
Is small town 15 km northeast of Mysore. The island fortress of the
legendary Tiger of Mysore - Tipu Sultan, takes you through the pages
of history. Every stone, every Temple, every Palace and every Mosque
in here has a story to tell.
Srirangapatna, renowned for its seemingly impregnable fort,
associated with the great ruler Tipu Sultan, is situated at the
western end of an oval shaped island formed by the two branches of
the Cauvery. It is the island fortress of Tipu Sultan, the legendary
Tiger of Mysore who put up a valiant fight against British
domination. The high stonewalls and moats enclose palaces, with its
beautiful frescoes, Wellesley Bridge and the celebrated Sri
Ranganatha Temple are other monuments from its chequered past.
An imposing structure where the mortal remains of Hyder Ali, his
wife and Tipu Sultan were confined.
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
The summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, built fully by wood is today a
museum devoted to Tipu Sultan.
Sri Ranganatha Temple
Temple of Lord Vishnu in the sleeping posture on the Great Snake
Anantha, is one of the Largest temples in the State. It is a
beautiful example for both Vijayanagara and Hoysala Styles of
Ranganathittu Birds Sanctuary
5 kms from Srirangapatna, lush green islands on the river Cauvery,
are home for an astonishing variety of migratory birds from as far
away as Siberia - Spoon bills, Open Bill Stork, White Ibis, Little
Egret, Darter, Pond Heron, Cattle Egret, Cormorant, Wild Duck,
Peafowl. A little boat takes you close to the islands where the
trees are covered with birds of different species. The only sounds
are the cries of birds, swoosh of wings and the ripple of water.
Ideal for picnicking and bird watching. The best time to visit is
between June to October.
The Sanctuary here is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.
Ranganathittu is loaded with surprises all around. Crocodiles
basking under the sun, otters running free, flocks of birds gathered
on tiny islands. Ranganathittu is indeed a visual delight. Birds
coming from Siberia, Australia and even North America can be spotted
While taking a ride on the cane boats just be ready for a fluttering
surprise. It may be the Open-Bill Stork, The White Ibis, Egret,
Heron, Partridge or even the Cormorant trying to say hello.
Location : Near Mysore, Karnataka
Area : 67 sq kms
Wildlife : Bird life includes the little cormorant, large cormorant,
shag, darter, white ibis, spoonbill, open-billed stork, painted
stork, egret, heron, river tern, great stone plover, kingfisher,
Indian cliff swallow and the lesser whistling teal. The flying fox,
bonnet macaque, common otter, common mongoose, palm civet and the
marsh crocodile are some of the mammals and reptiles which are found
Best Season : June - November
Boats are available at the Sanctuary to take tourists for a ride
along the river and the islets, where they can witness trees full of
beautiful birds of myriad varieties. Most of the oarsmen are also
excellent guides and can provide tourists the exact location as to
where the birds may be spotted. The Cauvery riverbank also offers
excellent spots for picnics.
Bandipur National Park - 80 Kms from Mysore
Far from the din of the city, lies a calm, peaceful land all by
itself. Nesting some very rare animals and birds.The Bandipur
National Park is one of the most fascinating wild-life centers.
Established in 1931 by the Mysore Maharajas, this park is nested in
the foothills of the Nilgiris.As you penetrate deep into the forests
through the well laid-out roads, you can almost hear the mute
conversations between the animals and the trees. They say that the
flora and fauna here exist in perfect harmony. and it is because of
this that the spot here was chosen as a centre for the din of the
city, lies a calm, peaceful land all by itself. Nesting some very
rare animals and birds.
Bandipur is about 220 km from Bangalore and only 80 km from Mysore.
Gundelpet is the closest town.
There are three cottage resorts at the boundary of the park. One is
inside the park and is run by the Forest Department, another is a
Karnataka Tourism Department hotel at the boundary of the park, and
the third is privately managed. It is advisable to make weekend
reservations beforehand. Gundelpet is about 20 km from the park and
has more hotels and inns.
Bandipur forest office runs forest safaris of 45 minutes duration in
well guarded buses. Deer, antelope, elephants and peacocks can be
easily seen. Tigers and elephants may be occasionally sighted.
If you have a good group you can do a trek through the forest with
help of the forest department. The forest office located in Bandipur
can provide you with trained professionals who can guide you through
Nagarhole - Rajiv Gandhi National Park - 90 Kms from Mysore
Hunsur Wildlife Division
Located in the Kodagu and Mysore districts is a fresh, green world
rich in forests, little streams, undulating valleys and facintanig
waterfalls.The Nagahole National Park. A perfect get-away for
nature-lovers. Deriving its name from Kannada,’Naga’ meaning snake
and ‘hole’ Referring to streams, Nagarahole is truly a delightful
spot, bubbling with the activity of some of the most magnificent
animals and trees. Rosewood, teak, Sandal, silver oak the deep,
fresh aroma of these trees mingling with the sounds of the wildlife
–ah! A perfect holiday treat. No wonder this was also an exclusive
hunting preserve of the erstwhile rulers of Mysore.
Renamed as the "Rajiv Gandhi National Park", Nagarhole National
Park, 643.30 sq. km, is part of the 5500 sq km Nilgiri Biosphere
Reserve. It is located in the districts of Kodagu & Mysore. This is
easily the best habitat for the Asian Elephant. Tigers & leopards
roam in this forest. Over 250 species of birds have been identified
in this park which lies at the foothills of the towering Western
Ghats Mountain Range.
The place derives its name from Kannada, Naga meaning snake and hole
referring to streams. Set up in 1955, it is one of the best-managed
parks in the country, with the office of the Deputy Conservator of
Forests situated in Hunsur, about 47 km away from Nagarhole. The
climate is tropical; summer is hot and winter is pleasant. The park
boasts a healthy tiger-predator ratio, and tiger, bison, and
elephant are much more populous here than in Bandipur.
The park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats,
Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000+ kmē), including all of Nagarhole
National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage
Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
Mostly moist mixed deciduous forest (Tectona grandis, Dalbergia
latifolia) in the southern parts, dry tropical forest (Wrightia
tinctoria, Acacia) towards the east, and Sub mountain hill valley
swamp forest (Eugenia).
Fauna and flora
Mammals: Elephant, Jackal ,Tiger, Panther, Gaur, Muntjac, Sambar,
Spotted deer, Mongoose, Civet cat, Hyena
Reptiles: King Cobra, Krait, Python, Viper, Tortoise, Monitor Lizard
The main trees found are Rosewood, Teak, Sandalwood and Silver oak.
Department vehicles are available for wildlife viewing. The park
generally has a moderate climate with three seasons : Summer Monsoon
and Winter. However, monsoons are often severe and the ideal time to
visit the park between September and May.
The village of Belur, is located on the banks of the river Yagachi.
Once the capital of the Hoysala empire, it still draws hordes of
visitors, who cannot get enough of its fascinating temples. The
construction of the Somanathapura (Chennakeshava) Temple was started
by Somanatha, a high officer under Hoysala King Narasimha III
(1254-1291 AD.). It is a splendid example of Hoysala style of
architecture. It stands on a raised platform in the center of a
spacious enclosure having sixty four (64) cells (or chambers). The
central temple is actually a three celled (tricutachala) structure
consisting of three Garbha Grihas, three Antaralas, and a Navarang
(prayer hall). It has a Mahadwara (main entrance) standing on the
eastern side. The images of the divinities Venugopala, Kevasa, and
Janardhana are installed in the cells which are surmounted by
elegantly carved Sikharas (towers).
Outside, on the vimana (outer sanctum wall), the Hoysala sculptors
have surpassed themselves - unending rows of nearly 650 elephants,
horses, lions, birds and warriors. The larger panels of the wall,
sport scenes depicting the great epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata.
B. R. Hills
90 Kms from Mysore & 230 Kms from Bangalore, the Biligirirangana
range of hills are picturesquely situated between the Cauvery &
Kapila rivers. At a height of 5,091 feet above sea level, this hill
stretches from north to south for about 16 Kms. All round are
deciduous trees. And roaming amidst the long grass and tall trees
are animals. Plenty of them! So if you're looking for a cool time
with a little bit of wild excitement thrown in, welcome to B.R.Hills.
Wake up to the chirping of birds & humming of bees. Breathe in
fresh, clean air. Take a stroll through the sylvan surroundings. And
let the cool breeze blow your cares away.
Did you know that, wild elephants in a certain place get so annoyed
with white milestones that they literally deracinate them and fling
them around like a Frisbee? Well if you didn't know this, let me
tell that this happens in B.R. Hills. It is for this reason that
here the milestones are painted in yellow and green. Camp under a
canopy of stars that shine brighter here. This is one place where
you can shrug off your worries, fill your lungs with pure fresh
mountain air and rejuvenate your soul. You are irresistibly drawn to
the enchanting forest. This is home to many species of wild animals
like Gaurs, Chitals, Sambhars, Bears, Elephants, Panthers and
Tigers. Marvel at the splendour of nature. Get richer with the
little nuggets that naturalists are always passing on. Climb over
150 steps or drive amidst spectacular settings to get to the
Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple.
Situated at a height of 2,882 feet above sea level, Kunti Betta is
historically associated with the rule of 18th Century warrior king
Tipu Sultan. The French troops had camped in the region during
Tipu's reign for strategic reasons. From the summit of Kunti Betta,
the visitors have a panoramic view of the backwaters of Tonnur Kere.
Tonnur Kere: Popularly known as "Moti Talab'' or the Lake of Pearls,
Tonnur Kere is formed by an embankment carried across a gap between
two rocky hills, which stem the water of the Yadavanadi and other
The tank is not only used for cultivation of surrounding land, but
is also a fisherman's favourite haunt for the variety of fishes.
Over the last few years, several picnickers have been frequenting
the lake for the experience of boating in country-made boats (Theppas)
as well. The locals from nearby villagers are more than willing to
take the visitors around the lake in their country-made Theppas for
Talakad is a town known for its sand dunes, located near Mysore in
Karnataka. A historic site, Talakad once had over 30 temples. It
stands at a sharp bend of the Kaveri river eastwards from a
southerly course. Sand dunes are formed here persistently, extending
over a mile, burying a large number of monuments. Talakad houses the
imposing temple to Vaidyeshwara - Shiva.
Talakad was patronized by the Western Gangas in the first millennium
CE, and then by the Tamil Cholas from the 11th through the 12th
centuries. Talakad came under the Hoysala in the 12th century. It
was then patronized by the Vijayanagar rulers and the Maharajas of
The Vaidyeshwara temple is built in the Dravidian style of granite.
Much of the structure is here is attributed to the Vijayanagar
period (14th century), although several Hoysala features are seen in
this temple. The eastern doorway of the Navaranga is beautifully
sculptured. Colossal dwarapalakas adorn the entrances.
The Vaidyeshsara temple along with four others - Arkeshwara,
Vasukishwara or Pataleshwara, Saikateshwara or Maraleshwara and
Mallikarjuna constitute the Panchalingams here. These five Lingams
are said to represent the five faces of Shiva. The Pataleshwara
Shivalingam is said to change colors during the day (red in the
morning, black in the afternoon and white in the evening).
Panchalinga darshana is a rare pilgrimage occasion, occuring once in
every few years. Tradition has it that pilgrims should first bathe
in the Gokarna theertham, worship Gokarneswara and Chandikadevi, and
then worship Vaidyeshwara, and then bathe in the northern eastern
southern and western stretches of the Kaveri and then worship
Arkeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maraleshwara and Mallikarjuna, returning
to Vaidyeshwara after each worship, finally worship Kirtinarayana
and conclude the pilgrimage in one day.
Several interesting legends surround this shrine. It is believed
that an ascetic Somadatta headed out to Siddharanya Kshetra Talakad)
to worship Shiva. Having been killed by wild elephants enroute, he
and his disciples re-incarnated as wild elephants and worshipped
Shiva in the form of a tree at Talakad.
Two hunters Tala and Kada, are believed to have struck the tree with
an axe to find blood gushing forth, and upon the bidding of a
heavenly voice, dressed the wound of the tree with thre tree's
leaves and fruits. The tree healed, and the hunters became immortal.
Since Shiva is believed to have healed himself through this
incident, he is referred to as Vaidyeshwara. The Panchalingams here
are all associated with this legend.
Around 60 kilometers north -east of Mysore city in the state of
Karnataka is to be found on a hilly tract comprising some of the
oldest rock formations on the earth's crust. Nestling in the heart
of these hills lies the temple town of Melkote. The origins of the
towns are lost in antiquity, but it rose to cultural and religious
importance in the 12th century AD when the great South Indian
philosopher and teacher, Sri Ramanuja lived in the town for twelve
Today life in Melkote revolves around the Cheluvanarayanaswamy
temple within the township and the Yoganarasimhaswamy temple on the
hill overlooking Melkote. These temples are repositories of
Melkote's living tradition as well as storehouses of academic
knowledge of our culture. Thus, as part of the temple precincts is
the oldest sanskrit Pathasala in India, dating back to 1853,
imparting regular instruction in Sanskrit and Indian philosophy.
One of the best - preserved towns, Melkote is unique in that it has
retained its traditional character over the centuries. Historical
studies have shown relatively little change in the plan of the town,
the type and character of the dwellings and its cultural practice.
In this sense, a visit to Melkote or Tirunarayanapuram (as it is
also called ) is a unique experience of our own cultural heritage in
its living form.
The essence of Indian philosophical as well as religious thought
comes alive in the temples of Melkote where the temple rituals and
festivals involve many , if not most of the towns population. Some
of the more important annual festivals such as the vairamudi Utsava,
Teppotsava and the birthday or Tirunakshatram celebrations of
important saints are occasions which bring all the people of the
town together. Indeed, Melkote is unique in that certain folk
festivals such as the Angamani festival have been integrated into
the temple rituals, thus making them meaningful to the common man.
Shivanasamudra Falls - Gaganachukki / Bharachukki Falls
Walking up to the Bharachukki waterfall takes your breath away. In
this case, it is not only the splendour of the scene but also the
stench around the place that does the "trick". Mounds of garbage
surround Bharachukki and its equally impressive twin, Gaganachukki.
Bharachukki, in fact, is dirtier. It is considered holy by some and
a community has even settled in the area adjacent to the waterfall.
So, apart from discarded plastic wrappers and soft drink bottles,
there are also piles of household rubbish. To make matters worse,
the smell of cow dung mingles with the stink from the nearby
toilets. Most visitors use the open ground rather than brave the
The waterfalls themselves are pristine because visitors find the
approach to them too steep and rocky. But hardy Kannada and Tamil
film crews clamber up the jagged rocks to use the falls as a
backdrop for romantic songs.
The waterfalls have left a deep impression on all those who have
seen them. Bryan Swan and Dean Gross, who have set up the website,
www.world-waterfalls.com, have included the twin falls in a
compilation of the "100 best falls in the world." The falls are
created when the Cauvery roars down a 75-metre gorge. The river
divides around the 700-acre picturesque Shivanasamudra Island. On
the one side, it forms the Gaganachukki falls and on the other it
rumbles down as the Bharachukki falls.
Gaganachukki is a large horsetail and Bharachukki is a jagged
crashing cascade. The monsoon season makes this waterfall swell to
enormous proportion, creating a waterfall perhaps, a 1,000 ft wide."
Nanjangud 25Km from Mysore, a holy place, described as
Garalapuri, is famous because of the huge Nanjundeswara or
Srikanteswara temple. It is believed that sage Gauthama stayed here
for some time and installed a Linga, the idol form of Shiva.
Nanjangud is also known as 'Dakshina Kashi' or Varanasi of the
Nanjangud is situated on the right bank of the river Kapila or
Kabini, one of the tributaries of the Cauvery River. Nearby the town
is the Sangam, where the Kapila and the Gundlu rivers join. The spot
is called "Parashurama Kshetra". It is here that Parashurama said to
have had himself expiated for the sin of beheading his mother. A
stream called Churnavati, over-flowing from the tank, joins the
Gundlu or Kaundinya River here. There is a Parashurama temple of the
Mysore style, now renovated fully and in the sanctum Lord
Parashurama is worshipped. This quiet place has shrines of Maruthi
and a newly built Basaveshvara temple.
Nanjangud is an important industrial centre in Mysore district. On
the Mysore-Ootacamund (Ooty) Road, many multinational companies have
set up their units in the industrial area. The major ones are
Nestle, TVS, S.Kumar's, and AT&S