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#Travel : An Auto Ride to Kundadri Hills

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Kundadri Hills, Yet another beautiful place in the Western Ghats. It was during my Agumbe trip, I got a chance to visit this breathtakingly beautiful place.

Kundadri is around 17km from Agumbe. As there was some sort of time constraints in this trip, I decided to take an auto rickshaw aka tuk-tuk to this place. I have met an auto driver the previous day and he agreed to take me there.

Getting Ready for the Auto Ride
Getting Ready for the Auto Ride

I wanted to go there early in the  morning, but the auto guy suggested that, it wouldn’t be a great idea as it was raining during that time. So we decided to start around 9.30 in the morning.

Cruising through the highway
Cruising through the highway

The highway was super nice. And rain stayed away from my plans. It was a great day for exploring a place. Soon we reached the diversion from the highway to the narrower way to Kundadri.

Road to Kundadri
Road to Kundadri

The road itself said, “You are nearing the destination”. The texture of the road changed, The altitude started changing,  the sound of engine started to change. This road had some really tricky curves like in the ghat roads. The tuk tuk struggled a lot at certain places.

Negotiator of the Curves
Negotiator of the Curves

The elevation of Kundadri is 826 meters. And at the top of the hill, there is an ancient Jain temple which is believed to be constructed in 17th century.

 

After some struggle we reached the top.

Kundadri Hills Welcomes you
Kundadri Hills Welcomes you

This was the end of the road. From this point, one has to take a few more steps to reach the top of the hill. In this place one can park their vehicles safely.

Steps to Kundadri Hills
Steps to Kundadri Hills

I think this was the easiest way I have ever reached the top of a hill. At the end of the step, breath taking views and the Jain temple were waiting for me.

17th Century Jain Temple at the top of Kundadri Hills
17th Century Jain Temple at the top of Kundadri Hills

According to Wikipedia “This hill is known for 17th century Jain temple dedicated to Thirthankara and the place is known to have given shelter to one Kundakunda Muni during earlier centuries. ”

17th Century Jain temple at the top of Kundadri hills
17th Century Jain temple at the top of Kundadri hills

I could see some stone statues of the Jain sages out side the temple.

Jain Sculpture at Kundadri
Jain Sculpture at Kundadri
Even Gods are caged by Humans ;)
Even Gods are caged by Humans 😉

And this temple at the top of the hill offers some amazing views.

View from Kundadri Hills, shimoga
View from Kundadri Hills

The weather was nice. The view was nicer.

Who is there?!
Who is there?!

And there wasn’t any other human soul to disturb the tranquillity. Oops and these folks too 😉

Lonely Tree
Lonely Tree

And a few trees living their life all alone at the top of the hill.

Who wants to live here?
Who wants to live here?

And some others were living a life away from the crowd which could be seen only from a higher ground.

That is a small truck down there
That is a small truck down there

I just soaked in the pretty view, feeling the lovely gentle wind and spent some time there. There wasn’t much things to do other than just enjoying the beauty. I wish I could see the sunrise or sunset from there. But time constraints didn’t allow it.

Stepping down Kundadri
Stepping down Kundadri

So I walked back to my auto..

Journey Back from Kundadri
Journey Back from Kundadri

And started my Journey back to Agumbe.

It was a very short trip and relatively an easy one.


Our agreed rate for the auto was  ₹ 400/- . but I visited a few other places and ended up paying ₹ 500/-. The auto driver was very helpful and patient. If anyone planning a similar trip, I can give you the contact number of this guy.

If you have your own vehicle, you can go till the top easily. There is ample place for safe parking too.

Night trek is prohibited. The gate will be closed at night. On weekday, if you are going early in the morning also, you can find the gate to be closed, at times. The gate keeper stays somewhere nearby the main road, in case if you find it closed.

This one of the best spots to watch Sunset and Sunrise.

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I heard that the buses will not be able to move to the top (temple). We the group of around 35 members are planning to go to kundadri hills. Is auto/cabs available at the starting point down the hill ? and if available how frequently it is be available ?. I need this information badly. Please can you give this information soon ? Thank you.

MalluInk

Even Gods are caged by Humans.. Haha.. This was totally a fun ride.

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Oh.! That is more exciting then. I’ll surely free some time for this beautiful place. But lately we are planning of Yelagiri..have you been there ?

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Wow.! This seems to be an amazing place to visit, the surrounding is beautiful ans same does the weather seems to be.
P.S. and i wanna live there.! (Response to the fourth last pic.) 😛

ANooP

Wow…This looks like a good spot for an evening capture 🙂 Long exposure with a couple of filters 😉

Soul n Spirit

Enjoyed the rain forest trek and this one is too good. I have also written about western ghats which starts from Maharashtra. You can check in my travel section. Lovely pictures.

Minty Mile

I think any hill station you go there is awesome veiws and greenery(:…the auto drive on the hills is really exciting, the winding roads the extra charging sound of the auto and this the two sides sourrounded by greenery… you just reminded me of my Yercaudu Hills(: ….goodday…and yes its common to share auto driver numbers and network in places like this…almost anybody you ask gives you contact of a auto guy to take you somewhere…anyway…

Rachel M

I’d love to see a photo of the tuk tuk from the outside. How many people does it seat? Does it run on petrol?

Aadhirai

The captions add an extra charm to the beautiful pictures.. 🙂

Thanks for the free ride.. 😉

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