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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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  • July 31, 2017
    It was really nice and pleasant experience. Drive was awesome in the forest to hill top. Even at 10am, hilltop was full of mist. There 5 a jain temple which was closed. Overall worth a visit  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Excellent trek route. Though cars go till the top, one can trek for about 4 kms to the top. The view is marvellous and you enjoy the nice breeze. Just beware of leeches and snakes during the monsoon.  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    The drive up to Kundadri is gorgeous with thick lush jungle. As you get to the top you have beautiful views and an ancient Jain temple  more »

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