(Last Updated on : 15/02/2016)
Kundadri Hill is a monolithic rock formation with dense outgrowth of forest vegetation
and numerous streams. Situated in the Western Ghats
, in the Shimoga district
, it exemplifies natures pristine beauty like the number of summer retreats the state is blessed with, showcasing unparalleled scenic beauty. The hill is known for an ancient 17th century Jain temple
established at its summit and exciting trekking
and camping opportunities it offers to travellers and adventure enthusiasts.
Location and Altitude of Kundadri Hill, Karnataka
The Kundadri Hill is located in the Thirthahalli taluk of Shimoga district, in the state
of Karnataka. It is distanced 18 kilometres from Thirthahalli town along the road to Agumbe hill station
and 70 kilometres from the city of Udupi
. The hill stands at an average elevation of 3,200 feet (975 metres) above mean sea level.
Attractions of Kundadri Hill, Karnataka
The Kundadri Hill is named after a Jain hermit Kundakundacharya
, who is said to have performed severe penance there.
The popular attraction of the Kundadri Hill is the ancient Jain temple at the hilltop that is believed to be dating back to the 17th century. It is dedicated to Tirthankara
, the omniscient teacher in Jainism
(the righteous path). The temple is adorned with stone statues of Jain sages, which, due to the place being secluded, have been attempted to be destroyed to discover the hidden treasure. The temple site has two ponds formed by the rocks, filled by the Tunga River
which reaches there. These provided water to the earlier sages. The stagnant waters also flaunt floating lotuses
. Jain pilgrims in large numbers throng to the temple on the festival of Makar Sankranti
The Kundadri Hill also offers fine trekking trails and camping opportunities to visitors. These trails run amidst the dense forests
covering the hill and provide a delightful scenic experience. The uphill trek is about 7 kilometres comprising easy terrains, from the base to the Jain temple at the summit. Along with the trek trails, there is an all weather tarred road constructed for the cars and buses to ply to the top.
The quietude and serenity of Kundadri is very appealing and its summit has panoramic picturesque views to offer, of the surrounding mountains
, the many streams running down to the foothills, the backwaters of the Varahi Dam
in the distance, sunsets and sunrises. When the skies are clear and cloudless, the place lends stunning visuals of sunrises and sunsets. On full moon day
, one can catch the sunrise and the setting of the moon simultaneously at dawn. The sunsets amidst clear skies also make the Arabian Sea
visible from hilltop.
Visiting Information to Kundadri Hill, Karnataka
The nature-gifted and serene Kundadri Hill can be visited conveniently.
The Mangalore International Airport
is the nearest airport to Kundadri, distanced about 135 kilometres via National Highway
13 (NH 13).
Shimoga Railway Station
is the nearest major railhead to Kundadri Hill, about 90 kilometres. From Shimoga, buses ply to Thirthahalli via NH 13, from where State Highway 1 (SH 1) or Agumbe Road to reach up to Guddekeri is taken, upon reaching which, left deviation is taken to get to Kundadri.
NH 13 and SH 1 are the road options to reach Kundadri from Mangalore
city as well as Shimoga district. From Bangalore
which is distanced around 350 kilometres, NH 48, NH 4 and NH 206 are the road routes to Kundadri.
For stay purposes, the nearest accommodations are in the Thirthahalli town to Kundadris north, or Agumbe Hill Station to its south.
Best Time to visit Kundadri Hill, Karnataka
Although the Kundadri Hill is an ideal summer getaway, it can be toured all round the year except during the monsoons. Kundadri owing to its natures exquisiteness is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in South India.