Arashinagundi falls

Arashinagundi falls is near to Shimoga in the state of Karnataka in India. It is one of the most beautiful falls in Karnataka hidden deep inside the jungles of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary near Kodachadri, Kollur.

Arashinagundi falls situated in Kodachadri
Arashinagundi falls is situated in a small valley at the North-eastern side of Kodachadri.

Blessed with greenery and wilderness, this falls is an ultimate pleasure to the mind and the eyes. Trekking to this falls is available from Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary gate.

Best season to visit Arashina Gundi waterfalls is after the onset of Monsoon;  preferably from September to January.

How Do I Go to Arashinagundi falls?

Shimoga is the nearest town to Arashina gundi falls. Kodachadri, Kollur & Mookambika are other nearby towns. to the falls. Mangalore is the nearest major town with Air connectivity to Arashina gundi waterfalls. Mangalore to Shimoga distance is around 201 kilometers. Shimoga to Bangalore distance is around 302 kilometers.

Kodachadri Shimoga, Kollur Mookambika temple

Kodachadri Mookambika Temple, Kollur
Kodachadri Mookambika Temple, Kollur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kodachadri is in Shomoga district of Karnataka state in India, Kodachadri forms the picturesque background for one of the most famous temples in India, the Kollur Mookambika temple. Kodachadri lies in the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kodachadri is the highest peak in Karnataka state at a height of 1343 meters. It is part of the Western Ghats and is declared as a heritage site by the Government of Karnataka. “Kodacha” or “Kodashi” means hill of Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica) flowers . The flower name in Sanskrit and Hindi are Kutaja, Vatsaka and Kalinga.

Arashinagundi falls and Hidlumane falls are two famous waterfalls inside the forests of Kodachadri and the areas in and around Kudajadri are rich in flora and fauna. There is a sunrise point from where the breathtaking view of the rising sun is visible. There is also a sunset point to view the setting sun in Arabian Sea! Trekking is allowed in Kodachadri.

How Do I Go to Kodachadri Kollur Mookambika Temple?

The ideal time to visit Kodachadri would be around October-March. Jeep is the best mode of travel to Kudajadri and nearby wildlife sanctuaries and waterfalls.

Kodachadri is at about 400 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka State. The distance from Mangalore to Kodachadri is 116 kilometers. Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport.

‘Mookambika Road railway station’ is the nearest railway station (at Baindur alias Byndur Town) at around 30 kilometers distance from the temple, with station code BYNR (for booking in Indian railways online booking system web site).  Mookambika Road railway station alias Byndur railway station comes after around one hour’s journey from Upudi. It takes a little longer than 2.5 hours by train to reach this station from Mangaluru Junction Railway station. It takes around 2 hours to reach Karwar railway station (head quarter of Uttara Kannada district) from Mookambika Road railway station.

Come and visit “Incredible India”. Plan your Kudajadri pilgrimage trip.

Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park

Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Rajiv Gandhi was the former prime minister of India who was killed in a terrorist attack in early 90’s)  is in the Kodagu District of Karnataka State in India.

37th Project tiger reserve (Project to save Bengal Tigers) in India, Nagarhole National Park is part of Nilgiri biosphere. It is part of the Western Ghats.

Many people have spotted Tigers inside this park. Tiger safari is allowed inside the park. There are Tiger safari package tours available with many travel agents.

Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park
Nagarhole National Park
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The Rajiv Gandhi National Park is very rich in forest cover. There are many streams and waterfalls in the area.

Commercial trees like sandalwood, rosewood, task, silver oak, etc, are found in large numbers in the Nagarhole National Park . Some conspicuous tree species such as Flame of the Forest, Golden shower tree and Clumping bamboo are also found in these forests.

There many species of Mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, which include endangered ones, are found in The Rajiv Gandhi National Park

Nagarhole National Park
Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Kodagu
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Two wheeler vehicles are NOT allowed inside this park.

Where can I stay on a visit to Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park?

There are many hotels and resorts in and around Nagarhole National Park. Orange County Resorts in Kabini, is a good resort (luxury resort) near to the Nagarhole National Park, bordered by the Kabini River on two sides.

Elephant Safari at Bandipur National Park in Nilgiri Biosphere

Bandipur National Park
Peacock At Bandipur National park

Bandipur National Park
An Elephant at Bandipur National park

Bandipur National Park or Bandipur wildlife sanctuary is in the state of Karnataka in India. It is declared as a tiger reserve and a tiger reserve under ‘Project Tiger’. It is one of the most beautiful animal sanctuaries in India.

Bandipur Park is spread across around 900 square kilometers in Western Ghats and is home to many of India’s endangered species. Kabini, Moyar and Nugu Rivers enrich the park.

Elephant Safari is available to tourists here which gives a rare view of the wild life from top of this majestic animal. You never know what comes across your safari! This safari may help you to spot the good things in life.

Wildlife National Park in Bandipur is rich in flora like teak, rosewood, sandalwood, giant clumping bamboo etc.It is also has many flowering plants, medicinal plants and fruiting trees and shrubs.

Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in Fauna with rare and endangered species of animals like tigers, Indian elephants, four horned antelopes etc. Many species of mammals and  butterflies are also found here.

Peafowl, grey jungle fowl, drongos, honey buzzards, Indian vultures, red headed vultures, changeable hawk eagles, crested serpent eagles are are among the 200 species of birds found among the Bandipur birds.

Reptile species include Indian rock pythons, vipers, spectacled cobra, muggers, monitor lizards, Indian pond terrapin, Indian chameleon, flying lizards. Many ant species are found in Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary.

Unlike other Wildlife Sanctuaries, there are no human settlement inside the Bandipur wildlife sanctuary. Waynad Sanctuary, Mudumalai National Park and Nagarhole National Park are nearby wildlife sanctuaries to Bandipur National Park. These three parks together with Bandipur National Park forms the “Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve“, largest such biosphere in India.

How Do I Go Bandipur National Park

National Park Bandipur is around 80 Kilometers from Mysore towards Ooty. As tourist vehicles hit a lot of wild animals, there is a ban on travel by vehicle at night.

Kodagu Alias Coorg Known for Whitewater Rafting & Coffee Plantations

Kodagu Alias Coorg; Coffee and Brave Warriors

Kodagu earlier known as Coorg, in Karnatake state, India is located on the Eastern Slopes of the Western Ghats sharing borders with Kerala districts Wyanad and Kannur. Madikeri, a hill station, is the head quarters of Kodagu alias Coorg district.

Kodagu hill station’s high-ranges is famous for its Coffee Plantations along with Eucalyptus and Vanilla. The Coorg valley is famous for its Ginger and Paddy. Spices like black pepper, cardamon, etc, are also cultivated hereg. Rubber, Coca, etc, are also found in plenty in Kodagu and surrounding hill areas.

Kodagu is famous for its amazing food and the hospitality of its people. Kodagu alias Coorg is also famous for its brave warriors.  India’s first Army Chief Field Marshal Kariappa was from Kodagu. Kodagu has its own language ‘Kodava’ even though there is no script for the language.

Two members of Legislative assembly to Karnataka State are elected from Kodagu; one each from two taluks (taluk is an administrative unit in India) of Kodagu.

Visiting Coorg, or Koadag as it is called now, is an experience one will never forget in his or her lifetime. October to April is the ideal time to visit Coorg hill station.

Which are the Nearby Tourist places to  Coorg

Namdroling Monastery or Bylekuppe Monastery

Namdroling Monastery or Bylekuppe Monastery title=Namdroling Monastery or Bylekuppe Monastery

Bylekuppe at around six kilometers from Kushalanagar, is one of the most famous Tibetan settlements in India. Namdroling Monastery alias Bylekuppe Monastery is a major Buddhist Monastery here. The Golden temple inside the Namdroling Monastery is a Buddhist temple. Golden statues of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni and Amityaus can be seen here.

Prayer rituals are conducted around 1 pm or so. Prayer wheels and the shrine should be circled with the right hand in clockwise direction. It is the largest teaching center for the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is situated on the Madikeri-Mysuru road, after crossing the Kaveri River Bridge.

Dubare Elephant Camp and River Rafting

Dubare elephant camp and river rafting is at around 15 kilometers from Kushalnagar. It is very famous among tourists to Koorg and is situated inside reserve forests. Here you can go for elephant ride (in the morning and evenings only). Dubare water rafting is allowed all through the day. It is shallow waters.

Barapole River Rafting

Barapole river which originates in the Brahmagiri range in south Coorg,  also offers excellent Whitewater rafting and is very popular among tourists to  Coorg. There are many places in and around Kodagu, offering Whitewater rafting. Kayaking and  Rappelling facilities are also available in Kodagu and its surrounding areas.

Nisargadhama Island

28 kilometers from Madikeri is the famous 64 acre Nisargadhama island, off the state highways, which can be reached by walking across a small hanging bridge (suspension bridge) over River Cauvery. Entry fee is INR 10.

Nisargadhama island has a beautiful garden, which is ideal for nature walk.  There is a small zoo, with deer(s), rabbits, peacocks,sparrows, etc.  Few tree top watchtowers are also there. You can take selfies here.

Nisargadhama island offers elephant safari.  Boating is also available here (both are separately charged).

Just outside of Nisargadhama, there are adventure activities like wall climbing, zip line ride, 3D glass maze.

Tadiandamol

Tadiandamol, is the highest mountain peak in Kodagu district and is famous among trekkers. Nalaknad palace at Tadiandamol foot hills is an important historical landmark near Kodagu; mapped during the Great Trigonometric Survey, carried out by the Survey of India in the 19th century.

Omkareshwara Temple

Omkareshwara temple is another major tourist center near to Coorg. This 200 year old Lord Shiva temple in Islamic and Gothic style of architecture looks similar to Taj Mahal.

Other Tourist Attractions

Madikeri Fort is another nearby tourist attraction.

Raja Tombs, an Islamic style tombs built by Hindu Kings, have deity’s of Lord Shiva being work-shipped. Igguthappa temple is one among the two sacred temple for Kodugas.

Raja’s seat, one of the most scenic location in south India, is a major sight seeing spot which offers panoramic view of the hills and valleys. Abbi fall is another beautiful place in Coorg. Tala cauvery, the place where river Cauvery originates, is at 44 kilometers from Madikeri. Every year water gushes out of a small pond here at a per-determined time and is a famous tourist and pilgrimage center.

How Do I Go to Coorg alias Kodagu?

Coorg is at a distance of 116 kilometers from Mysore. Bangalore alias Bengaluru is at a distance of 239 kilometers from Kodagu which takes around 5 hours drive. Nearest airport to Cooorg is at Mangalore, at around 135 kilometers distance. Bangalore is the nearest international airport to Coorg hill station.

Thalasserry railway station, with station code TLY, near to state’s border with Kerala, is the nearest railway station to Coorg at around 100 kilometers distance. Mysore, Mangalore, Hassan and other nearby railway stations stations connects Kodagu hill station to other parts of India.

Conclusion

When are you going to Kodagu Alias Coorg, famous for its beauty of nature and the famous Bylekuppe Monastery and the Buddhist Golden temple at Namdroling Monastery? Please leave your comments.