(Last Updated on : 07/02/2015)
Male Mahadeshwara Hills is nature and pilgrimage tourism site, offering the tourists with the scenic beauty of the lush green nature and the temple of ancient origin called Malai Mahadeshwara Hill Temple
Location of Male Mahadeshwara Hills
Male Mahadeshwara Hills is the hilly town located in the Kollegal taluk of Chamarajanagar district
of southern Karnataka
. Male Mahadeshwara Hills is situated at about 150 km from Mysore
and about 210 km from Bengaluru.
Male Mahadeshwara Hill Temple in Male Mahadeshwara Hills
The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara is a very popular Shaiva pilgrimage centre. This ancient temple draws lakhs of pilgrims from the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
. The area of the Sri Male Mahadeshwara temple surroundings is 155.57 acres. In addition, Male Mahadeshwara Hill Temple has lands at Talabetta, Haleyuru and Indiganatha villages. Male Mahadeshwara Hill Temple complex was built by a rich Kuruba Gowda landlord called Junje Gowda. Amidst dense forest, Male Mahadeshwara Hill Temple attracts not only the pilgrims but also nature lovers. The height of the hill is about 3000 feet above sea level. Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is believed to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva or Mahadeva
. He is worshipped as the family God of the hill tribes of Male Mahadeshwara Hill like Soligas, Jenu Kurubas, Kadu Kurubas, Kuruba Gowdas of Mandya district
, Mysore and Chamarajnagar districts.
Nature Tourism in Male Mahadeshwara Hill
Male Mahadeshwara Hill also possesses natural beauty in the form of large tracts of forest area. The beautiful landscapes of Male Mahadeshwara Hill and valleys around the hills are covered with extensive forests. These forest types vary from evergreen forests in Ponnachi Boli to dry deciduous forests in most other parts. Male Mahadeshwara Hill is bound by the Kaveri River to the north-east and by the Palar River to the south. Thus, it forms an extremely important catchment area for both these rivers. The forests of Male Mahadeshwara Hill have been famous for wonderful regeneration and stock of sandalwood and bamboo. The forests of Male Mahadeshwara Hill are inhabited by a variety of animals, birds and reptiles. They are found in large numbers too. Elephants are the most prominent species in Male Mahadeshwara Hill. The latest estimate puts the population of elephants at more than 2500 in the district, which includes Bandipur National Park too. The animals are frequently seen like guars (Indian bison), sambars, spotted deer, jackals, sloth bears and porcupines. Apart from rare sightings of tigers, leopards and wild dogs are possible in and around this area. Male Mahadeshwara Hill Reserve Forests has an approximate area of 39361.45 hectares and has a few small villages, which are worth visiting like Ponnachi, M.M.Hills, Kombadikki, Kokkebore, Doddane, Tokere, Tholsikere, Palar, Gopinatham, Indiganatham, etc., as enclosures within the reserve forests.