Chikmagalur district

Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru is a district in the state of Karnataka. Coffee was first cultivated in India in Chikmagalur.[1] The mountains in Chikmagalur which are a part of the Western Ghats are the source of rivers like Tunga and Bhadra. Mullayanagiri, which is the highest peak in Karnataka is located in the district. It is also a tourist's paradise containing hill stations like Kemmanagundi and Kudremukh and waterfalls like Manikyadhara, Hebbe, Kallathigiri. Chikmagalur district has a rich history as is seen in the Hoysala temple at Amrithapura. Wildlife enthusiasts would be interested in the Kudremukh National Park and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary present in this district. Keresanthe Srimahalakshmi temple keresanthe kadur tq is a religious center for devotes.


Kudremukh hillside
Location in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka
Coordinates: 13°19′N 75°46′E / 13.32°N 75.77°ECoordinates: 13°19′N 75°46′E / 13.32°N 75.77°E
Country India
TalukChikmagalur, Kadur, Tarikere, Mudigere, Sringeri, Koppa, Narasimharajapura
 • Deputy CommissionerSmt. G. Sathyavathi
 • Total7,201 km2 (2,780 sq mi)
Highest elevation
1,925 m (6,316 ft)
 • Total1,139,104
 • Density158.19/km2 (409.7/sq mi)
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration
Chikmagalur tourist map
Chikmagalur tourist map


Chikmagalur district gets its name from its headquarters of Chikmagalur town. It is alternatively spelt as Chikkamagaluru or Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur literally means "The town of the younger daughter" in the Kannada language. The town is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakkarepatna and hence the name.[2] As one can guess, there is indeed a town called Hiremagaluru which means "The town of the elder daughter" which is about 5 km from Chikmagalur town.


Chikmagalur is the region where the Hoysala rulers started and spent the early days of their dynasty. According to a legend, it was at Sosevur, now identified with Angadi in Mudigere Taluk that Sala, the founder of the Hoysala dynasty, killed the legendary tiger, immortalised in the Hoysala crest.[3][4] It is known that Veera Ballala II (1173 – 1220 CE), the great king of Hoysala empire, has built the Amriteshwara temple at Amrithapura in Tarikere Taluk.

Coffee was introduced into India through the Chikmagalur district when the first coffee crop was grown in the baba budan giri range during 1670 AD.[2] According to the article Origins of Coffee, the saint Baba Budan on his pilgrimage to Mecca travelled through the seaport of Mocha, Yemen where he discovered coffee. To introduce its taste to India, he wrapped seven coffee beans around his belly and got them out of Arabia. On his return home, he planted the beans in the hills of Chikmagalur.[1]

In recent history, Chikmagalur was the centre of global attention in the year 1978 when the former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi contested for elections here and got elected to Lok Sabha, the Indian Parliament.


Chikmagalur, the headquarters of Chikmagalur district, is 251 kilometres (156 mi) from the state capital of Bangalore, and is surrounded by the Chandra Drona hills and dense forests. The district is between 12° 54´ 42´´ and 13° 53´ 53´´ North latitude and between 75° 04´ 46´´ and 76° 21´ 50´´ east longitude. Its greatest length from east to west is about 138.4 kilometers and from north to south 88.5 kilometers. The district receives normal average rainfall of 1925 mm. The highest point in the district is Mullayanagiri, 1,926 m above sea level which is also the highest point in the state of Karnataka. 30% of the district (2108.62 km²) is covered with forests.[5] The district borders Shimoga to the north, Davanagere to the north-east, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts to the east, Hassan to the south, Dakshina Kannada to the south-west and Udupi to the west. The rivers Bhadra, Tunga, Hemavathi, Netravati, and Vedavathi flow all year round. The district is rich in iron, magnetite and granite deposits. Black soil is found around Baba Budan Giri Hills whereas Red and Gravel soil are found in the southern parts of the district.

Aerial View Farm
Aerial View of Deviramma Temple situated at the foothills of Deviramma Peak on top of which Deviramma Temple is situated
British forest bungalow at Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary
Horanadu, India. (7829087470)
Traffic Block in Horanadu
Primary School in Chikmagalur
Housing Board School, Kadur Road
Kudermukh hills
Kudremukh Hills


Kudremukh Road

According to the 2011 census, Chikmagalur district has a population of 1,137,753,[6] roughly equal to the nation of Cyprus[7] or the US state of Rhode Island.[8] This gives it a ranking of 408th in India (out of a total of 640).[6] The district has a population density of 158 inhabitants per square kilometre (410/sq mi) .[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was −0.28%.[6] Chikmagalur has a sex ratio of 1005 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 79.24%.[6]

81% of the population resides in rural area with the remaining 19% being the urban population. Among taluks, Sringeri taluk has the least population whereas Chikmagalur taluk has the highest population.

Kannada is the language spoken in this district.


Chikmagalur district falls under the Mysore Division of Karnataka. It is divided into two Revenue Sub-divisions, Chikmagalur Sub-Division and Tarikere Sub-Division. Chikmagalur Sub-Division comprises the taluks of Chikmagalur, Koppa, Mudigere and Sringeri whereas the Tarikere Sub-Division comprises the taluks of Tarikere, Kadur and Narasimharajapura. The Deputy Commissioner (also the District Magistrate) is the functional head of the district. Each Sub-Division has Assistant Commissioners and each Taluk has Tahsildars who work under the control and supervision of the Deputy Commissioner. The current administrative setup of the district can be viewed here [1].


Agriculture is the economical back bone of the Chikmagalur district with coffee cultivation forming the major part of it. Agricultural production in the district is spread over three seasons — namely Kharif, Rabi and Summer. Important crops grown are cereals, i.e. rice, ragi, jowar, maize and minor millets, pulses like red gram, horse gram, green gram, avrekai (Hyacinth Beans), black gram and Bengal gram. Oil seeds like groundnut, sesamum, sunflower, castor and commercial crops like sugarcane, cotton, and tobacco are also grown here.[9]

The Coffee Board located in Chikmagalur town is the government authority that oversees the production and marketing of coffee cultivated in the district. Coffee is cultivated in Chikmagalur district in an area of around 85,465 hectares with Arabica being the dominant variety grown in upper hills and Robusta being the major variety in the low level hills. There are around 15000 coffee growers in this district with 96% of them being small growers with holdings of less than or equal to 4 hectares. The average production is 55,000 MT: 35,000 MT of Arabica and 20,000 MT of Robusta. The average productivity per hectare is 810 kg for Arabica and 1110 kg of Robusta, which are higher than the national average.[10]


Chikmagalur district unfortunately has not made good progress in terms of Industrial Development. Inadequate infrastructure, poor roads, poor rail network and investors preferring non-industrial ventures over industrial ones are quoted as some of the reasons for the backwardness of Industrial Development in this district.[11][12]

There is only one Large Scale industry in this district, i.e. M/s Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. (KIOCL) in Kudremukh area of Mudigere Taluk. KIOCL was established in 1976 to develop the Kudremukh mine and to produce 7.5 million tonnes of concentrate per year. The facilities were commissioned in 1980 and the first shipment of concentrate was made in October 1981. A pelletisation plant with a capacity of 3 million tonnes per year was commissioned in 1987 for production of high quality blast furnace and direct reduction grade pellets for export.[13] KIOCL received a massive setback when its mining licence expired and operations were stopped by the Supreme Court with effect from 31 December 2005.[14] With many of the employees losing their jobs and the social backlash that may result thereof, efforts are being made to generate jobs for these workers in other areas.[15]

There is only one medium-scale industry, i.e. M/s Vignyan Industries Ltd. located in Tarikere town. A subsidiary of BEML, it produces steel castings.

There are two industrial estates in Chikmagalur district, one located near Chikmagalur town and the other near Birur in Kadur Taluk. The Chikmagalur Industrial Estate is spread over 13.20 acres (53,400 m2) of land where the one at Birur is spread over 11.1 acres (45,000 m2). Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) is also developing an Industrial Area of over 145 acres (0.59 km2) near Amble village of Chikmagalur taluk.[16]


According to 2011 census, the percentage literacy rate of Chikmagalur district is 79.25% with 85.41% of males and 73.16% of females being literate. The literacy rate of Chikmagalur is higher than the average literacy rate of Karnataka state which is 75.36%. Sringeri Taluk has the highest literacy rate of 92.68% and Kadur Taluk with 74.33% being the least literate one.[17]

As of 2011, there are 13 degree colleges (with 4615 students) offering graduate education in Chikmagalur district[18] which are affiliated to Kuvempu University. Chikmagalur taluk has the maximum 4 graduate colleges (with 1648 students) whereas kadur has 2 and Koppa, Mudigere, Narasimharajapura and Sringeri taluks have only 1 graduate college each.

Primary and secondary education

As of 2001, there are 1620 primary schools (with 151923 students) and 235 secondary schools (high schools with 34607 students) in Chikmagalur district.[18] Chikmagalur taluk with 414 primary schools (42774 students) has the most number of primary schools with Sringeri Taluk having the least number of 80 primary schools (5822 students). Kadur Taluk with 74 secondary schools (9990 students) has the most number of secondary schools with Sringeri Taluk having the least number of 9 secondary schools (1492 students).

Higher secondary education

As of 2001, there are 46 colleges (with 4711 students) offering Higher Secondary (Pre-University) education in Chikmagalur district.[18] Kadur Taluk with 12 Higher-Secondary colleges (1324 students) has the most number of Higher-secondary colleges with Sringeri Taluk having the least number of 2 Higher-secondary colleges (160 students).

Pre-university college

  • St Mary's Pre-University College, K M Road, Chikkamagaluru-577101
  • Sri Sai Angels Pre-University College, Sirgapura, Malalur Post, Chikkamagaluru-577133
  • Elite Pre-University College, Opp.Zilla Panchayath, Jyothinagara, Chikkamagaluru-577102
  • Town Mahila Samaja(TMS) Pre-University College, Opp. SBM, District Court Road, Chikkamagaluru-577101
  • Government Junior College, Belur Road, Chikkamagaluru-577101
  • St. Joseph's Pre-University College, K M Road, Chikkamagaluru-577102
  • Bgs Pre-University College housing board, Chikkamagaluru-577102
  • Mounatain view college

Technical education

  • Engineering: There is an Engineering College located in Chikmagalur town named Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology. The courses offered here are Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Information Science and technology, Industrial production Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering. This college is affiliated to Visweswariah Technological University located at Belgaum.
  • Polytechnics: There are 3 polytechnics offering diploma courses to students in Chikmagalur district.[19] They are:o
    • Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology Polytechnic, Chikmagalur: Offering Diploma courses in Electronics and Communication and Computer Science
    • DACG (GOVT) Polytechnic, Chikmagalur: Offering Diploma courses in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering
    • SJMM Vidyapeeta Polytechnic, Birur: Offering Diploma courses in Civil Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering.
  • Industrial Training Institutes: There are 7 Industrial training institutes in Chikmagalur district.[19] They are:
    • Government Industrial Training Institute, Chikmagalur
    • Government Industrial Training Institute, Kadur
    • SDM Industrial Training Institute, Samse, Mudigere Taluk
    • SJR Industrial Training Institute, Balehonnur, Narasimharajapura Taluk
    • SJM Industrial Training Institute, Birur, Kadur Taluk
    • Karnataka Industrial Training Institute, Chikmagalur
    • Lakshmisha Industrial Training Institute, Devanoor, Kadur Taluk.
    • Maruthi Industrial Training Institute, Kadur

Medical education

A new medical college has been sanctioned to Chikmagalur city but the construction work has not yet been started. The only source of medical education in the Chikmagalur district is Arror Laxminarayan Rao Memorial Ayurvedic Medical college in Koppa. This college offers the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree.



Chikmagalur district is known for not well maintained roads.[20][21] The poor state of the roads has hampered development of this district to some extent; more so because of the absence of even a good rail network in this district.[22] The total length of roads in this district is 7264 km.[5] There are only three National Highways that pass through this district. The National Highway NH-13 (Solapur to Mangalore) passes through the towns of Koppa and Sringeri, the National Highway NH-206 (Bangalore to Honnavar) passes through the towns of Kadur, Birur and Tarikere and NH-173 passes through Mudigere - Kottigehara connecting Mangaluru via charmadi ghat. There is a proposal to upgrade the existing state highways Tarikere-Belur, Sringeri-Hassan to national highway status.[23]


Chikmagalur, Kadur and Tarikere taluks have railway lines passing through them. The total length of railway line passing through the district is 136  Birur is the main big Junction of Chikmagalur District. A new railway line connecting Chikmagalur to the main Hubli–Bangalore trunk line was newly inaugurated and the commencment of the new line connecting Chikmagalur to the Bangalore–Mangalore trunk line has already been started.


Chikmagalur district has a small airport near Gowdanahalli village about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Chikmagalur town. Its suitable for small charted planes. Airports at Mangalore and Bangalore can be used as an alternative.[24]

Tourist spots

Hill stations

An example of the scenery en route to Kemmangundi.
  • Kemmangundi: 55 kilometres (34 mi) north from Chikmagalur town is Kemmangundi. Lingadahalli is the junction point to go for Kemmangundi, a scenic hill station on the Baba Budan Giri range of hills. Kemmangundi is also known as K.R. Hills after the Wodeyar King, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who had made it his favourite summer camp. Kemmangundi, at a height of 1,434 meters, is surrounded by thick forests and a salubrious climate throughout the year. It is surrounded by the Baba Budan Giri range and blessed with silver cascades of mountain streams and lush vegetation. Its beautifully laid out ornamental gardens and enchanting mountain and valley views are a treat to the eye. Spectacular sunsets are a must see from various locations in the district, even from the Raj Bhavan. For the adventurous, Kemmangundi offers many peaks to scale and intricate jungle paths to explore. This place has a beautiful rose garden and other attractions. There is a place called Z-point at about 10 minutes walk from this main place which gives a nice aerial view of the Shola grass lands of the Western Ghats.
  • Kudremukh and Kudremukh National Park: 95 km southwest of Chikmagalur town is Kudremukh range (in Kannada Kudure = horse and mukha = face), so named because of the unique shape of the Kudremukh peak. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hills are chained to one another with deep valley & steep precipices. Situated at 1,894.3 meters above sea level, Kudremukh is rich in iron ore deposits. The Kudremukh Iron Ore Company conducts mining operations, benefaction and transportation of the ore as slurry through pipelines to the port at Panambur near Mangalore.
  • Mullayanagiri: Mullayanagiri is part of the Baba Budan Giri Hill Ranges here. It stands 1930 meters tall and is the tallest peak in Karnataka. Its height is famous mostly for watching sunsets from. It is 16 km from Chikmagalur town. Driving to Mullayanagiri is worth taking a risk. On the way is Sitalayanagiri where the water in the Shiva temple neither increases nor decreases. The road to Mullayanagiri is very narrow with a views from steep cliffs. Driving to the peak is not possible and includes a trek up the hill from the halfway point. There is a temple on top of the hill. From the topmost point of the hill the Arabian Sea is visible on clear days. The small hillock in the temple compound is the highest point in Karnataka. The narrow road to the temple makes two way traffic impossible. It is a great trekking spot in Karnataka.
  • Datta Peeta also known as Baba Budan Giri: To the north of Chikmagalur town is the Baba Budan Giri Range or Chandra Drona Parvatha as it was known in the ancient times, which has one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The peak takes its name from the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who resided here more than 150 years ago.
  • Deviramma Betta and Temple - Deviramma is a popular deity in the region. Many Deiviramma temples are present in the region. The one present on the peak of Deviramma hill close to Baba Budan Giri is popular. Devirammana Betta is one of the three major hills in the range. The Hill is very steep and pointed. Temple is open only on the first day of Diwali festival time. Laks of people trek to this temple [Access point may vary!]. At Bindiga, a new temple of Deviramma is built, which is located at the foothill, 18 km north of Chikmagalur town, easily accessed by car. This temple is nice and location is serene with a background of three majestic peaks of western ghats, viz., Mullayanagiri, Baba Budan giri and Deviramma hills.

Waterfalls and lakes

Hebbe Falls
Hebbe Falls, near Kemmannugundi
  • Manikyadhara Falls is a waterfall near the famous pilgrim centre Baba Budan Giri Dattatreya Peetha where water spills down like small pearls giving the visitors a memorable shower bath.
  • Kallathigiri Falls: Just 10 km from Kemmangundi is Kallahathigiri falls. Water cascades down from the top of the Chandra Drona hill from a height of 122 meters amidst fascinating scenery. There is an old Veerabhadra temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, constructed in a gap between rocks. This temple can be approached after crossing the waterfall.
  • Hebbe Falls: This beautiful waterfall is over 10 km from the famous hill station, Kemmangundi. Here water streams down from a height of 168 meters in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls).
  • Shanti Falls: This is a beautiful waterfall on the way to Z-Point in Kemmangundi.
  • Hanumana Gundi Falls: Located 32 km (20 mi) from Kalasa and 79 km (49 mi) from Mangalore,[25] it has an elevation of 996 m (3,268 ft).[26] The waterfall has water falling onto Natural rock formations from a height of 72 ft (22 m).
  • Kadambi Falls: This is a waterfall located in the Kudremukh National Park.
  • Sirimane Falls: This is a waterfall located about 14 km from Sringeri town.
  • Hirekolale lake:Near Chikmagalur town.[27]
  • Ayyenkere lake: Located 20 km from Chikmagalur.[28]
  • Sagir Ahmed/Dabdabe Falls: This waterfall is located on the way to Bababudangiri.
    Sagir Ahmed or Dabdabe Falls
    Sagir Ahmed or Dabdabe falls which is located in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka
Sagir Ahmed or Dabdabe Falls
Sagir Ahmed or Dabdabe falls which is located in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka

Temple towns

Annapoorneshwari Temple, Horanadu
Annapoorneshwari Temple, Horanadu.jpg
  • Sringeri: 90 km west of Chikmagalur town is Sringeri situated on the banks of Tunga, a Vedic Peetha established by Sri Adi Shankara, the exponent of the Advaita philosophy in the 9th century A.D. It is famous for Vidyashankara Temple originally constructed by the Hoysalas and later completed by the founders of the Vijayanagar Empire and Sharada temple, an early 20th. century addition. In the Vidya Shankara shrine, there are 12 zodiac pillars, which are so constructed that the rays of the sun fall on the pillar corresponding to the month.
  • Horanadu: Horanadu is 100 km southwest of Chikmagalur and has an ancient Annapoorneshwari Temple, which has been renovated recently. With the installation of the new image of Adi Shakti, now the temple is called Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari. The place attracts lots of pilgrims who are provided free boarding and lodging by the temple.
  • Kalasa: Kalasa is 92 km southwest of Chikmagalur and situated on the banks of the river Bhadra. It is surrounded by lofty hills of the Western Ghats and is looked upon as one of the pancha-kshetras on the banks of the Bhadra. Close by are the pancha theerthas, the five sacred ponds. On a small hillock here is the Kalaseshwara temple in dedicated to Ishwara, with a Kshetrapala shrine of soap stone in Hoysala style nearby. The Madhawacharya bande, a large boulder at one of the theerthas here, is supposed to have been placed by Shri Madhawacharya the founder of the Dvaita school of philosophy. A statue of this acharya is carved on the upper portion of the rock.
  • Narasimharajapura: The Simhanagadde Jwalamalini Temple is located at the Simhanagadde town near Narasimharajapura in Chikmagalur district.[29] This is one of the important Jain temples in Karnataka state. The temple houses an attractive black colored idol of Goddess Jwalamalini as the main deity.[30] The history of this idol dates back to the period around 15th and 16th century. The temple has a very spacious hall and a sanctoum sanctorum. This temple attracts huge number of devotees in India as well as foreign countries. The temple was renovated in 1994. Shri Kshetra Simhanagadde is famous for the Atishaya (place of miracles) of Jwalamalini Devi – Yakshini (guardian spirit) of the 8th Tirthankara, Shri Bhagwan Chandraprabhu in Jainism.[31]
  • Someshwara Temple, Sompur - 10 km east of Lakkavalli dam; 4 km north-west of Rangenahalli. 12th century temple, being renovated; one of the 5 major pilgrimage centres along Bhadra River
  • Amritapura: 67 km north of Chikmagalur, Amrithapura is known for the Amriteshwara temple built in 1196 A.D by Amriteshwara Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II. Delicacy of touch, originality of design and fine features have made this temple one of the notable structures of the Hoysala period.
  • Guru Dattatreya Bababudanswamy Darga: Situated on the Baba Budan Giri is the Inam Dattatreya Peetha venerated by the Hindus and the Muslims alike. A laterite cave here is believed to have been sanctified by the residence of Dattatreya Swami as well as Hazrat Dada Hayat Mir Khalander. The worship here is conducted by a fakir and the annual jatra or urs is attended by both Hindus and Muslims with great fervors.
  • Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, Hiremagalur
  • Belavadi: Located 29 km southeast of Chikmagalur town on the Chikmagalur–Javagal road and 10 km north west of Halebidu, Belavadi is famous for Ornate temple of Veeranarayana. Belavadi is also famous for the temple of 'Udbhava Ganapathi'.
  • Sri Channakeshava & Sri Siddeshwara Temple, SH57, Marle – [12th century temple; located close to Belavadi road]
  • Ukkadagathri Ajjayya Swami, Hampapura - 5 km north east of Chikmagalur town
  • Ayyanakere - vast ancient lake surrounded by hills and few ancient temples in the vicinity
  • Deviramma Temple, Bindiga - newly built temple; nice location; well maintained; serene
  • Nirvanaswamy Temple, Mavinahalli
  • Seethālayanagiri Temple, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Pandaravalli [en route to Mulayangiri]
  • Sri Markandeshwara Temple, Khandya – 10 km north-east of Balehonnur
  • Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple, Melpal 12 km from Balehonnur.
  • vinayaka temple,Ropeline
  • Sri Mahalakshmi temple Keresanthe. keresanthe kadur tq .58 km far from district headquarter, keresanthe Sri lakkamma temple .

Other points of interest

  • Rathnagiri Bore, Chikmagalur [garden area in the northern suburban area]
  • Coffee Museum - located in Dasarahalli, Chikmagalur,


  • Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: Occupying 495 km². of Wildlife Sanctuary and Project Tiger Reserve, this region is an important watershed of the Tungabhadra river. The huge reservoir here is the main water supply to several districts in the rain shadow regions of south Karnataka. The forests here are rich in Bamboo and birds species unique to both the Malabar and Sahyadri ranges.
  • Kudremukh National Park: The Kudremukh National Park (latitudinal range 13°01'00" to 13°29'17" N, longitudinal range 75°00'55' to 75°25'00" E) is the largest declared Wildlife Protected Area (600 km²) of a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats is one of the twenty-five hot spots identified for bio-diversity conservation in the world. Kudremukh National Park comes under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, under the format developed jointly by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and World Wide Fund-USA.


Profile of Amrutesvara Temple in Chikkamagaluru district

Profile, Amrutesvara temple (1196 C.E.) in Amruthapura, Chikmagalur district

View of large open mantapa with polished lathe turned pillars in the Amrutesvara temple at Amruthapura, Chikkamagaluru district

Navaranga, Amrutesvara temple in Amruthapura

Relief depicting battle scene in the Amruteshvara Temple at Amruthapura in Chikkamagaluru district

Wall carvings of the Amrutesvara temple in Amruthapura

Battle scene in relief in Amruthesvara Temple at Amruthapura in Chikkamagaluru district

Wall carvings of the Amrutesvara temple in Amruthapura

Wall Sculpture at Amrutesvara Temple in Chikkamagaluru district

Wall carvings, Amrutesvara temple in Amruthapura

A mountain stream near Sringeri, Karnataka

Mountain stream near Sringeri

Fishes in the Tunga river at Sringeri

Fish in the Tunga river at Vidyashankara temple, Sringeri


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  15. ^ Faced with the threat of losing jobs due to impending closure of Kudremukh mines, the workers and management have appealed for allotting them an alternative mining site to eke out a living reports PTI. "Workers, Management of Kudremukh mines seek alternative mine". Mar 09, 2007 2007, Press Trust of India. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  16. ^ Industrial Estates and Industrial Areas in Chikmagalur district are reported by National Informatics Centre. "Present Industrial Scenario of the district and SWOT analysis". The Official website of Chikkamagaluru. District Administration, Chikkamagaluru. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
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  19. ^ a b Colleges offering Technical Education in Chikmagalur district are discussed in National Informatics Centre. "Socio-Economic Infrastructure". The Official website of Chikkamagaluru. District Administration, Chikkamagaluru. Retrieved 19 March 2007.
  20. ^ The damage to roads in the district, including State highways and municipal roads is unprecedented reports the Correspondent in (25 September 2005). "BJP threatens stir over bad roads in Chikmagalur". Online Edition of The Hindu ePaper – Issue Thursday, 25 September 2005. Chennai, India: 2005 The Hindu, From the publishers of the Hindu. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  21. ^ Deplorable condition of Chickmagalur roads and money being released to address the issue is reported by Correspondent in (5 January 2007). "Chikmagalur district gets Rs. 27 crore for road repairs". Online Edition of The Hindu ePaper – Issue Thursday, Jan 5, 2007. Chennai, India: 2007 The Hindu, From the publishers of the Hindu. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  22. ^ In absence of good rail network, the roads play an important part for the industrial development. However, most of the roads in Chikmagalur district needs proper maintenance. Report by National Informatics Centre. "Present Industrial Scenario of the district and SWOT analysis". The Official website of Chikkamagaluru. District Administration, Chikkamagaluru. Retrieved 17 March 2007.
  23. ^ Plans to upgrade some roads in Chikmagalur district is presented by National Informatics Centre. "Socio-Economic Infrastructure". The Official website of Chikkamagaluru. District Administration, Chikkamagaluru. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  24. ^ Proposal to construct an airport in Chikmagalur district is discussed by National Informatics Centre. "Socio-Economic Infrastructure". The Official website of Chikkamagaluru. District Administration, Chikkamagaluru. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
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America America (1995 film)

America! America!! is a 1995 Indian Kannada family drama film written and directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar. It features Ramesh Aravind, Akshay Anand and Hema Panchamukhi essaying the key roles whilst H. G. Dattatreya, Vaishali Kasaravalli and Shivaram performing the supporting roles. The plot revolves around three childhood friends hailing from a coastal village of Karnataka who get entangled in the marital issues after flying and settling in the United States. The film makes an attempt to study the psyche of Non-resident Indians who are settled abroad.

The film was produced by G. Nandakumar under Vishwapriya Films banner and was made on a budget of ₹2Crores. Whilst the ninety percent of filming was in San Francisco, U.S., few shots were canned in the coastal regions of Kundapura, Udupi District and Chikmagalur District of Karnataka in India. The film's successful and acclaimed score and soundtrack were composed by Mano Murthy, who debuted as a film composer with this film.

The film released in early 1995 to both critical and commercial success. Upon release, the film won the National Award for Best Kannada film in the regional category. This was followed by a string of other awards won for best actor and best film categories. Emerging as a commercial success, the film grossed around ₹5.1Crore within the first two months of its release.


Ballekere is a village near Kadur of Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, India.


Belthangady is a town panchayat and headquarters(Taluk) in Dakshina Kannada (South Canara) district of Karnataka state in India.

The Town Panchayath Belthangady was established on 09/01/1996. The total extent of area of this Town Panchayath is 8.84sq/km and the population as per 2011 Census is 7,746. The town Panchayath consists of 11 wards. After the conclusion of the rule of Administrator a fresh election was conducted to the said Town Panchayath on 28/09/2007.

Belthangady Town Panchayath is a class V located in Belthangady Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. Belthangady TP has a total population of 7,746 as per census 2011. It is one of the least populated urban centres in the district. The total town area is consisting of 11 wards. It was formed in 1975. It is considered as an important trade center for agricultural products like areca, cashewnut, coconut and rubber. It is centre for various religious pilgrimages and tourist locations in the district.

Belthangady Town Panchayath is located in Belthangady Taluk in Dakshina Kannada District. It is 60 km east of Mangalore and the least urbanized Taluk in the district. The town is located in the Northern part of the district and adjacent to the Chikmagalur district. It is at a distance of 57 km from the district headquarters Mangalore. The nearest urban centre is Ujire which is at 5 km from the town. The other urban centre like Guruvayanakere, Dharmasthala, Madanthyar, Bantwal and Moodbidri are located at a distance of 5 km, 15 km, 12 km, 35 km and 62 km respectively. The major roads passing through the town connecting to Mangalore and Chikmagalur via Bantwal and Belthangady. The other major road passing through the town are Udupi to Subramanya, Karkala to Dharmasthala, Chikmagalur to Mangalore and Puttur to Dharmasthala. The town does not have direct rail linkage. The nearest railway station is Bantwal located about 35 km from the town. The nearest airport is at Mangalore which is at a distance of 65 km from the town.


Chikmagalur is a town located in the Chikmagalur district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, the town with its favorable climate and coffee estates attracts tourists from around the state.

Davanagere district

Davanagere District is an administrative district of Karnataka state in India. The city of Davanagere is the district headquarters. It had a population of 1,946,905 of which 32.31% was urban as of 2011. This district was Separated from Chitradurga district in 1997 by then Chief minister of Karnataka J. H. Patel with including some parts of Chitradurga and Shimoga districts.

The district lies in the central plains of the state with its unique features of having dual cultures of the north and the south of the state. The prominent towns in this district are Harihara, jagaluru, Honnali and Channagiri; these also happen to be its five other taluks. It is bound by Shimoga District and Haveri District on the west, Chitradurga District on the east, Bellary District on the north and Chikmagalur district on the south.

The Davanagere district has 5 taluk panchayats, 20 hoblies, 197 gram panchayats, 652 villages,904 habitations, and 2 city municipal councils and one City Corporation.

Hassan Chickmagalur (Lok Sabha constituency)

Hassan Chickmagalur Lok Sabha constituency was a former Lok Sabha constituency in Mysore State (Karnataka from 1952 to 1956). This seat came into existence in 1951 and ceased to exist in 1956, before 1957 Lok Sabha Elections. This constituency was later merged with Hassan Lok Sabha constituency and later got spitted to Hassan and Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituencies during 1967 Lok Sabha Elections. Major portion of Chikmagalur district got merged to Udupi Chikmagalur (Lok Sabha constituency) with the implementation of the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies in 2008.

Kaada Beladingalu (film)

Kaada Beladingalu (Kannada: ಕಾಡ ಬೆಳದಿಂಗಳು) is a Kannada language film released in 2007 and directed by B. S. Lingadevaru. The movie is about the impact of urbanization on the old people living in the rural areas. The film was shot in the interior villages of Chikmagalur district.

Kadamba architecture

Kadamba architecture was a style of temple architecture founded by Mayurasharma in the 4th century AD in Karnataka, India Kadambas created new style of architecture which was the basis of the Hoysalas style of architecture,

developed original school of sculpture, was the forerunner of series of South Indian sculptors. Many temples at Aihole, Badami and Hampi are built in Kadamba architectural style.

Kalhatti Falls

Kalhatti Falls (ಕನ್ನಡ : ಕಲ್ಹತ್ತಿ ಜಲಪಾತ) or Kalahasti Falls is located at Tarikere taluk(kallathigiri) in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, India. The waterfall is 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) away from Kemmangundi hill station. It offers an excellent view of the cascading water from the Chandra Drona Hill from 122 meters (400 ft) above in front of the Veerabhadreshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.


Kigga is a small village located at a distance of 9 km from Sringeri in Chikmagalur district. The main attraction of Kigga is Sri Rishya Shringeshwara temple (Rishya Shringa). Another attraction of Kigga is Narasimha Parvatha, the tallest peak in the Agumbe Ghats. Sirimane waterfall is located nearby Kigga.

Poornachandra Tejaswi

Kuppali Puttappa Poornachandra Tejaswi (8 September 1938 – 5 April 2007) was a prominent Kannada writer, novelist, photographer, publisher, painter, naturalist, and environmentalist who made a great impression in the "Navya" period of Kannada Literature and inaugurated the Bandaaya ("Protest Literature") with his short-story collection Abachoorina Post Offisu.He is also the son of

'Rashtrakavi Kuvempu'.

At early stages of his writing career, Tejaswi wrote poems but later concentrated on short stories, novels and essays. Poornachandra Tejaswi has a distinguished style of writing which has heralded a new era in Kannada Literature.


Sakharayapatna is a panchayat town in Chikmagalur district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town is 18 km from Kadur, 23 km from Chikmagalur and 174 km from Mangalore.

The name of the town literally means "the town of the ruler named Sakharaya" in the Kannada Language.

Shivani, Tarikere

Shivani (Kannada: ಶಿವನಿ) is a village and hobli headquarters (PIN-577549) in Tarikere Taluk, Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka, India.

Before the dawn of the bore-well era, the community well (known in Kannada as "Gopinathana Baavi", a historic landmark) was the primary source of drinking water in the village.

Shivani Kere, a small reservoir/lake located on the northern edge of the village, is the principal body of water in the Shivani basin. However, this reservoir almost dries up during the summer months.

There are several Hindu temples located within the village Veeranjaneya,Beeralingeshwara,Keresanthe, Laxmidevi, Revanasiddeswara, Bhandimaramma, Gosappa, gullamma, Kedareswara, satyanarayana, Banashankari temple,kupendra swamy,rudreshwara temple etc.

The Car Festival of Anjaneya Swamy (a.k.a., Anjaneyana Theru/Ratha, Hanumappana Theru) and Gullammana Habba are the popular annual event.

Anjaneya temple Road, Camp Road, Ganeshana Beedhi, MG Road, Main Street, Tank Road, Banashankari Street are some of the important streets of Shivani.

Sushma K. Rao

Sushma K Rao (Kannada: ಸುಷ್ಮಾ ಕೆ ರಾವ್;) is an Indian Television Actress, born in Koppa (Chikmagalur district), Karnataka, India. She is also a professional Bharatanatyam dancer. She has regularly performed all over India in the Bharatanjali group of Nrityakalamandiram, Bengaluru.

She has an elder brother who lives in Koppa.

Tunga River

The Tunga River (alternatively spelled Thunga) is a river in Karnataka state, southern India. The river is born in the Western Ghats on a hill known as Varaha Parvata at a place called Gangamoola. From here, the river flows through two districts in Karnataka - Chikmagalur District and Shimoga District. It is 147 km long and merges with the Bhadra River at Koodli, a small town near Shimoga City, Karnataka. The river is given the compound name Tungabhadra from this point on. The Tungabhadra flows eastwards and merges with the Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh.

The river is famous for the sweetness of its water and is considered to be the sweetest water in the world. There is a belief that " Thunga pana Ganga snana" which means we should drink the water of river thunga and take bath in river Ganga.

It has a dam built across it at Gajanur, and a larger dam has been built across the compound Tungabhadra river at Hospet.

Ulta Palta (1997 film)

Ulta Palta is a 1997 Indian Kannada film directed by N. S. Shankar and starring Ramesh Aravind, Kashi and Sushma Veer. It is based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. The music of the film was composed by V. Manohar. The film was remade in Telugu with the same name in 1998 and in Tamil as Ambuttu Imbuttu Embuttu starring one of the co-producers of the film - cameraman Ashok Kashyap in lead role. The entire film was shot in Koppa, a town in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka. The Film's entire Story happens in two days time frame.

Vedavathi River

The Vedavathi is a river in India. It rises from the Bababudanagiri Mountains of Western Ghats and flows through the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh . The Vedavathi is also called the Hagari in Bellary District of Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Two rivers, the Veda and Avathi, arise in the eastern part of the Sahyadri Hill range in Bababudangiri mountain ranges. , flow east, and join concert near Pura to form the Vedavathi River. From there the River flows through Kadur taluk Of Chikkamagalur District. Then It enters Hosadurga Taluk, Hiriyur Taluk and Challakere Taluk of Chitradurga district respectively.

On the banks of the Vedavathi, there is a famous temple devoted to Shri Anjaneya at Kellodu, Hosadurga Taluk.

The Vani Vilasa Saagara reservoir constructed across river Vedavathi in Hiriyur taluk dates back a century.Vanivilas sagar is also known as Marikanive and this was first dam built by Sir M Vishweswariah and known first natural reservoir built between two hills. There is also a famous temple dedicated to Goddessess Devi called "Kanive Mariyamma". This Temple is situated exactly beside Dam Wall. Marikanive is also one of the famous tourist spot in Chitradurga District. It also has garden close to Reservoir, which attracts lots of people specially in weekends.

A tributary called the Suvarnamukhi confluences with Vedavathi at Koodalahalli, Hiriyur Taluk. It is considered to be a 'Punya Bhumi' or 'Sacred Land' by the locals. The Vedavathi river then flows from Hiriyur towards Narayanapura, Parashurampaura, Vrindavanahalli, where river flows circularly, hence village called Vrindavana Halli and then to Jajur (moodala jajur) Nagagondanahalli, Janamaddi and then enters Andhra Pradesh i.e. Bhairavani Thippa Dam (BT Project).

On the banks of Nagagondanahalli there is a famous math by name Chilumeswamy who was an avadhoot and fair is conducted every year and lakhs of people visit. On the other side of Vedvathi river there is a village Jajur. Main temples located in Jajur Kariyamma, Anjaneya, Shiva, Shri Kodanada Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Anjenya, and Nagarakatte and shri Shankaracharya.

The river then flows down to the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh in Anantapur District, where the river is called the 'Hagari'. The river has a cultural significance, with the people along the belt of the Hagari depending entirely on the river for most of their needs. Bhairivani Tippa Reservoir is built across this river.

From there the river goes through Gundalaplli, Vepurala, Kanekallu and some drylands in Anantapur District. From Andhra Pradesh State, The river enters Bellary district. Then it flows through Bellary and Siruguppa Taluks. In Bellary Taluk, The river flows through Hagari and Moka Villages. Hence It got its name Hagari River, as it flows through Hagari Village.

The Vedavathi River is a tributary to the Tungabhadra River, and finally joins the Tungabhadra River at Siddaragonde village in Siruguppa Taluk of Bellary District along its right bank. The total length of the Vedavathi River is 391 km from its origin to its confluence with the Tungabhadra River. Its only seasonal river and flows exclusively only in rainy season. Major parts of the year it is dry.

The state government has decided to rejuvenate the Vedavathi river in Chikmagalur district, which dries up during summer. In the last 20 years, the river has been flowing in full splendour only during the rainy season. It remains dry in summer due to over exploitation of water resources and unplanned development. The plan includes construction of over 810 water harvesting structures like percolation wells, injection wells and ponds.

Y. S. V. Datta

Y. S. V. Datta is an Indian politician from Chikmagalur District, Karnataka.

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