The Untouched Beauty Of The Western Ghats

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The Untouched Beauty Of The Western Ghats

1. Teertahalli


This is one such place which every explorer must visit atleast once to understand the beauty of river Tunga. Located on the banks of river Tunga this is a small Panchayat town. One may feel that there aren’t any tourist attractions here but, if you are a solitude seeker this is a must-go-to place. 


Enjoy sitting by the banks of the river Tunga listening to one of those vintage melodies and let yourself drown into a surreal world. The trees here form beautiful canopies which transforms into green tunnels after a point and this is one of the best things to experience when you are here.

2. Mahishi


A small  village  which  is  at  a  distance  of  19.7  km  from  Teertahalli.  This place is surrounded by thick and dense forests again on the banks of the Tunga River. The Tunga River is clean and tidy and one can see their reflection in the water. There is also a temple dedicated to one of the saints of the Dwaita philosophy called Sri Satya Sandharu. The temple gets sabotaged when the river is full during the rainy season. Swimming here can be quite dangerous because Tungabhadra is a river with strong current.  Letting yourself lose in this tranquil nature can kindle your soul and leave you at peace. 

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Located at a distance of 19km from Teertahalli, this is one of the hidden treasures of Shimoga. The fort belongs to 9th century this is one such places made exclusively for the young hikers. You must visit this place during the monsoon to go high on nature. This has become one of the most sought out destinations for trekkers these days. A 2.5 km trek is worth to take if you are a sucker for some adventure. 

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4. Gajnur Dam


Gajnur  dam  is  built  on  the  Tunga  river  with  22  Crest  gates,  with  trees  surrounded  everywhere,  the  river  looks  endless.  There isn’t any parking or camera fee which has to be paid here but an entry fee of 5 INR/- is applicable. The  place  is  opened  to  everyone  between  8  AM  to  5  PM.  The  lovely  music  of  water  and  the  birds  chirping  adds  to  the  serenity  of  the  place  and  makes  it  worth  the  visit.

5. Sakrebailu Elephant Camp


Entry  fee  of  INR  30/-  per  person  with  no  parking  fees,  it  is  at  a  distance  of  2.3  KM  from  Gajnur  dam.  This  place  is  an  abode  and  a  school  for  lot  of  elephants.  You can also see some of the elephants from Mysuru Dasara also being part of this camp. You  just  cannot  miss  to  admire  the  huge  yet  cute  giants  showering  water  on  each  other  in  a  playful  mood.  

6. Sringeri


The Shrine of Sringeri invites everyone who wants to steal a glance of the beautiful goddess Sri Sharadamba The Goddess of Learning. The temple premises are grand and Torana Ganapathi here attracts a lot of devotees. Also, the temple has a unique structure and a temple dedicated to planets which is one of its kinds. When you are here, you must not miss to eat the food from the temple. 

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7. Sirimane Waterfalls


Sirimane  falls    in  Kigga  is  located  at  15.3  km  away  from  Sringeri and on the way seek blessings from the Kigga Narasimha Swamy.  The  curvy  roads  and  the  hair  pin  bends  are  breath-taking.  Water  is  an  ally  to  almost  all  of  us  and  none  of  us  would  mind  spending  time here because there aren’t many people around yet, the waterfalls is on the verge of losing its charm because of littering. 


These are some of the places which are hidden in the chest of the Western Ghats safe yet, visible only to those who love to explore. Apart from these, you could also visit the Kundadri hills, Agumbe Sunset point and the famous poet Kuvempu’s house while you are here.

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