(Last Updated on : 04/04/2013)
Gangamoola, or Varaha Parvatha, a mount with a height of 1458 m above sea level within the border of National Park close to Kudremukh
, is acclaimed as the source of three rivers Tunga River, Bhadra River and Netravathi river
originating from Western Ghats
. Being an integral part of Samse Taluk of Chikmagalur district
, the Gangamoola hill is surrounded by dense forest areas.
Gangamoola is an integral part of Gangamoola-Aroli-Gangrikal range of Western Ghats. On an average, it records a rainfall of approximately 575 cm. Rich deposits of magnetite-quartzite yielding iron ores are found in close proximity. Special attractions include the shrine of Bhagavathi and a Varaha
image, 1.8 metres high, within a cave.
Kudremukh, Nandi Hills
, Biligiriranga Hills
, and Madikeri
are the attractive locales near by. Another place of interest is Jamalabad Fort
. Tipu Sultan
, the famous Mysore
king, constructed this majestic fort in 1794. The fort was named after his mother, Jamalbee. Previously, it was named 'Narasimha Hangadi'.
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