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Kundadri, Shimoga

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Kundadri is a hill with dense forests in the Western Ghats located in Shimoga District Karnataka State, India.It is 70 km from Udupi city. This hill is known for 17th century Jain temple dedicated to Thirthankara and the place is known to have given shelter to one Acharya Kundakunda during earlier centuries.The main deity of this temple is Parshwanatha, 23rd tirthankar. Two small ponds formed by the rock on one side of this temple provided water to earlier sages. Government of Karnataka joined hands with a philanthropist from Mumbai to construct an all-weather road to the top of the hill.HistoryMore than two thousand years ago, a jain sage named Kundakunda Acharya stayed here and prompted the birth of this jain holy place. A temple is constructed with stone statues of jain sages. As the place is secluded, there has been efforts to damage stone statues to find hidden treasure.TransportationKundadri is at a distance of about 80 km. from the district headquarters, Shimoga and about 20 km from Thirthahalli town. From Shimoga, one has to take the National Highway NH-13 (Thirthahalli road) to reach Thirthahalli. Then take State Highway SH-1 (Agumbe Road) up to Guddekeri and then take left deviation. The total distance from Bangalore to Thirthahalli is 332 km. From Mangalore, one can take NH-13 to reach Thirthahalli. The distance from Mangalore to Thirthahalli is around 146 km. There are numerous mini-buses from Udupi to Thirthahalli. From Udupi railway station 86 km to Thirthahalli.The nearest railway station is in Shimoga. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.
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  • Kundadri Hill is a hill located in Shivamogga District of Karnataka State. It’s almost on Agumbe to Theerthahalli Highway. Since it’s embedded amongst the dense western ghats and at a height of about ...  more »
  • Just love it want to go back there again.. There's an ancient jain temple.. The pandit in the temple explains the history of the temple very well. The kundadri water bodies should be maintained. Peopl...  more »
  • We went Kundadri hill during our stay in Agumbe. The winding road finally reaches it's misty destination. There is a Jain temple uphill.We reached there at a time when everywhere was covered with mist...  more »
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  • Excellent view from the top. Good time to visit during winter
  • One of few good sunrise point at this part... Always thought Agumbe is known for sunset... Agumbe has one of the best sunrise point...few steps to climb and you're in for scenic panorama... One of the best sunrise till now for me...
  • Nice place....if u go before 9am then call you need to call a person who locks the entrance gate..
  • Kundadri Hill is a hill located in Shivamogga District of Karnataka State. It’s almost on Agumbe to Theerthahalli Highway. Since it’s embedded amongst the dense western ghats and at a height of about 2700 feet above sea level an extraordinary view is always guaranteed. On the top of the hill, you will find a Jain Basthi which is built in the 17th century. According to the history, one sage called Kundakunda stayed here about 2000 years back. The Jain Basthi/Temple is a small shrine built with rocks. There are two small ponds which work as water supply source for the temple and the worshipers. I have seen the old pictures of the Jain Basthi, they looked better without painting and tiles. We need to learn how to keep the old stuff looking like old. No need painted house-like structure. The original rock surface was better. But inside the temple, its all kept as it is. I heard about this place a lot and seen some of the extraordinary pictures on the internet about this place. But by the time we reached here the time was about 10 AM and the morning bliss was not there. So if you are planning to visit here make sure to reach here by 6:30 AM. It would give you amazing light play visuals. You have to travel here by your own transportation but be prepared to drive some serious curves and ups and downs. The road condition is very acceptable on my visit and I was able to drive my car right into the parking spot. There are some 20 to 30 steps further to take from there till you reach the top. As an alternative, you can also do a hike from the bottom of the hill. It would take about an hour to reach the top. I was told the auto-rickshaws (tuk-tuks) can drop you off at the bottom of the hill if interested in a hike. Rikshaws will not be able to take to the top because of the steepness involved. There are no eatables available here, so have your rations packed. There is one shabby toilet in the parking area, I strongly recommend not venture into.
  • Road conditions are not good. But hill is awesome with cool wind.

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A major regional town and regular base of explorations, Shivamogga has a decent set of accommodations to cater to its guests. Lying mainly southwest of Shivamogga Town Railway Station, a set of hotels and guesthouses offers some upmarket, business-class options, as well as refreshingly simple lodgings designed for outdoor adventurers. Take a look at some places closer to the Tunga River if you want a little removal from the city, through most people are happy enough with the bit of instant green afforded by Gandhi Park in the middle of town.
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