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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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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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  • Around 15km frm agumbe..beautiful hill top view windy .. roads to kundadri is the best part.. I think bike ride to the hill top would be wesome  more »
  • Our homestay host suggested Kundadri in place of our original Agumbe plan and what a great choice it was! Driving up the hill was a bit tricky with steep ascent at certain points. But once on top it w...  more »
  • its a very nice Jain temple at peak, can enjoy the beauty of the nature from top. cool breeze over there.Devotees can enjoy the god's existence,its in between Thirthahalli, Agumbe and Sringeri, 20-25 ...  more »