Travel – Kundadri Hills – Karnataka

Kundadri Hill is a hill located in Shivamogga District of Karnataka State. It’s almost on Agumbe to Theerthahalli Highway. Since its 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.

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For safety, the wired compound wall has been added. Without that, it would be too dangerous as it will be free fall!
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The view is spectacular but needed some clouds. Please navigate to the last picture to understand what I wanted to see.
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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.
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Another view. On the left, you can see one of the water storage.
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The posers!
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Clicked from the mobile phone.
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She knows her stuff! 😀
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Selfies.. bringing people together! 😀

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.

I am seriously looking for another opportunity to come here, but strictly before sunrise. Check the following images if you don’t believe my words! These pictures are from the internet and not mine. (Credit: Username: ChuckOfAllTrades on TripAdvisor)

 

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Puja says:

    Woowwww… Ur pics n ur photography lessons tempt me to buy a new cam! 😁😂

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    1. Raj says:

      That’s great Puja.. Hope Sony sees this post and send me commission! 😀

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      1. Puja says:

        Hahaha… Sure they will 😜

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  2. Orange says:

    My DSLR is crying seeing this post 😂

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    1. Raj says:

      Don’t make that baby cry Minty… feed it! 🙂

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      1. Orange says:

        Or ask someone to adopt it! 😂

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      2. Raj says:

        😂 how can I win a discussion with the smartest?🙏

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      3. Orange says:

        😀

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  3. Amy says:

    Cool shots, Raj! I can imaging the sunrise via you lens!! 🙂

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Amy, maybe next time, sometimes you need little luck!

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  4. shutterbug says:

    What a spectacular view! Looks very steep, one bad stumble and you would be falling. Love the pics of your kids, especially the selfie and your quote underneath. 😊

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Shutterbug, it was indeed spectacular. Candid pics always are special, aren’t they?

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      1. shutterbug says:

        They are! And they somehow turn our better than any of the times I try to pose my kids.

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  5. arv! says:

    The view from the hills of the surrounding is always a high point. I can totally relate how beautiful it will look with soft sun, bit of clouds and some colours​ in the sky. Absolutely unmissable frame. If I’m not wrong this place is an important religious site for Digambar Jains.

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    1. Raj says:

      That’s why the second trip is there in plan.. anytime I cross this point I will make sure to visit. This area has a more Jain presence, not sure if they are Digambars though. Inside the temple, I couldn’t find any Digambars.

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      1. arv! says:

        Raj Digambar Jain has a strong presence in Karnataka. Shravanbelgola being it’s centre.

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      2. Raj says:

        That’s true, btw I have a post on Shravanabelgola.. 🙂

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      3. arv! says:

        Tha. Will check it out. 👍😃

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  6. Sucheta says:

    Lovely pictures!
    Hope to learn a lot from your blog…

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  7. Liked reading about this and learning something I didn’t know. Pictures were good too.

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  8. shalini says:

    Beautiful pics. Selfies do bring these young couples together, what happens after a click load of selfies,, I suppose more selfies, instead of just living life together

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    1. Raj says:

      Yes we have become selfistan 😆 but it’s fascinating to see people taking selfies. Sweetest possible expressions… But as soon as picture of clicked, story changes 😂😆😭

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      1. shalini says:

        Hahaha,, very true… I have seen them fighting on the road after the selfie

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      2. Raj says:

        Thats very sweet! 😀

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      3. shalini says:

        Can you check your spam folder too, sometimes by comments seem to land there thanks to WP mind games 😵

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      4. Raj says:

        Sure will do Shalini.. dont want to lose your comments.. Cheers!

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