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    MM Hills Trek

    MM Hills is an important Shaiva pilgrim center in South India. Its situated at an altitude of 900m. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahadeshwara who is said to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Temple is located at the center of seven hills. 

    There is another trek that starts from MM Hills and leads you to Naagamale, and from Naagmale you can follow the Trekking Trail to Palar. On the way to Naagamale, you pass through some of the breathtaking views and shola forest. You can also spot some of the rare and colorful birds and other wildlife. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Naagamale.

    It takes around 14 km of trek to reach Naagamale from MM Hills via Indiganatham. If you want to trek further to Palar, itll take another 8 km of trek.

    How to Reach

    Exact Location: MM hills is a temple town situated in the eastern part of the Kollegal taluk.

    District: Chamaraja Nagar

    Nearest Town: Kollegal (70 km), Mysore (140 km)

    Distance from Bangalore: 210+ km

    From Bangalore to MM hills: You need to follow this route to travel; Mysore - Ramanagaram - Chennapattana. Maddur is 20 km away from Chennapattana. From Maddur, one needs to take a left turn to move towards Malavalli, and from there to Kollegal, which is located at a distance of 35 km, before reaching the destined location, MM hills, via Hanur and Koudalli.

    From Mysore: One needs to travel towards T.Narsipur, also known as T.N.Pura, which is 30 km from Mysore. Kollegal is a mere 31 km from T.Narsipur. From Kollegal, MM hills can be reached via Hanur and Koudalli.

    Advisory: Prior Permission required for trekking.

    Best Time to Visit: September to February. Though it is open for entire year.

    Other Information

    Hogenakkal falls: Located at a distance of 45 km from Malai Mahadeswara temple, Hogenkal is in the state of Tamilnadu. The water plummets down from a great height and resembles smoke, thus it has been named Hogenakkal (smoking rocks). In Kannada, Hoge means smoke and kal means stone.

     

     


Trekking in Karnataka

Attractions

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Ramanagara

If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy heaps of activities like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

Location: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to March)

Price: Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

Timings: The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM

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Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is a short distance hideaway in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is situated around a hundred KM from the city on the banks of river Cauvery.  This picturesque is visited mostly for fishing and angling as it is an ideal destination to indulge in such activities. 

It is home to Mahseer, the tropical game  fish along with schools of other fishes and that is why it is called “the angler’s paradise.” Wedged amid the Shivanasamudra falls and the Mekedatu falls, Bheemeshwari lures travelers with its mesmerizing natural beauty. 

Sangam in Bheemeshwari is the confluence point of river Cauvery and river Akravati which enables many water activities such as boating, rafting, coracle rides etc. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is another attraction is Bheemeshwari which one of the five most famous pelican breeding habitats in the world. It is one of the famous sightseeing places in Bangalore that is a ‘must-visit’ location.

Location: 100 KM on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore.

Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season or post-monsoon, winter season.

Average time required to visit the place: one or two days.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.


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