Kudachadri is a hill of about 3200 feet height on the Western Ghats.It is the second highest peak on this range. Legend has it that in Threthra Yuga during Lanka war Laxmana fell unconscious and Anjaneya was sent to bring Sanjeevini for his treatment which was available only on Sajivikadri. Anjaneya could not locate the herb, so carried the entire mountain on his shoulder and while doing so a portion of it got disintegrated and fell on earth. That is Kutachadri. This is a place is worth seeing for its scenic beauty and serenity. Observing sun set and sun rise from the top of the hill is a thrilling experience. Top of the hill can be reached by trekking about 12 km from Nagodi (alight the bus at Kareghat) on Shimoga route or by jeep. A structure called Sarvajna Peetha, which was ascended by Shakankaracharya symbolizing the attainment of supreme knowledge, is situated here. River Sowparnika originates at Chithramoola of Kudachadri. There is also a cave called Ganapathi Guha. Forest surrounding this place is called Ambavanam.
There are two temples at Kudachadri; one is for 'satwika shakthi' and other for 'thamasa shakthi'. Shaktheya rituals are performed at the latter temple. A huge spear piercing the earth is found in front of Kalabhairaveshwara temple. This weapon is believed to be the one used by Goddess to kill Mahishasura. A perennial source of water called Agasthya Theertha or Kamandala Thirtha is also found here.
Jeeps doing regular trips between Kollur
and Kudachadri are available at Kollur. Visitors who want to stay overnight can get accommodation and food at the houses of priests. There is a PWD inspection bungalow at Kutachadri.
Sowparnika is the holy river flowing through Kollur.
It is believed that a king of birds named Suparna did penance on the banks of this river and hence it is called Souparnika. A cave used for the penance is still there and it is called Garuda cave. Souparnika originates at Chithramoola of Kutachadri and joins Panchagangavali (confluence of five rivers) at Gangolli near Kundapura It is believed that the water of Sowparnika has the essence of 64 theerthas and 64 medicinal herbs. Water of this river is enriched by abundant minerals available on Kutachadri hills.
Arashina Gundi(water falls) Govinda Theertha or Belkal Theertha (water falls) Shukla Theertha, Agni Theertha are some other holy water sources around Kollur. Arasina Gundi water falls situated at about 5 k.m. away in deep forest is a place worth visiting for adventure enthusiastic nature lovers. Here water leaps from a height of about 50 meters into a naturally created pond.
Saraswati Mantap in Mookambika is a shrine where Maha Saraswathi feature of Devi is worshipped. This temple witnesses huge crowd during the Saraswati Puja festival days during the nine day Saraswati Mantap in Mookambika
is a shrine where Maha Saraswathi feature of Devi is worshipped. This temple witnesses huge crowd during the Saraswati Puja festival days during the nine day Navarathri period. People bring their kids at this place to initiate them to the learning. It is believed that the beginning of studies at this place is very auspicious.
Scholars, artists, stage performers and dancers come here to perform their talents in this place. It is believed that Goddess is the deity of Lalith Kalas, fine arts. The artists believe that by performing fine arts in front of Devi can bring them improved talents.
Subrahmanya Swamy Temple
It is believed that Subrahmanya Swami himself come down to this place after hearing from Lord Shiva the majestic powers of Devi Shakthi at this temple. Lord Subrahmanya offered prayers to Devi Mahamaya and dedicated his presence for the benefits of the devotees visiting this temple.
The pilgrims visiting Mookambika temple
make it a point to visit this temple as well and offer their prayers. Huge crowds are witnessed during Skanda Shashti days.
Veerabhadra Swamy Shrine
Veerabhadra Swamy Shrine is located outside the central Mookambika temple. There are many shrines in the outer parikrama devoted to parivara devatas, the accompanying deities. One of the parivara devata is Veerabhdran, a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Other deities placed in the outer parikrama are Panchalingeswara and Shri Paarthesara.
Lord Shiva is worshipped in Veerabhadra Swamy temple. Special pujas are offered at this temple during Maha Shivaratri. People believe that the visit to Mookambika temple
is not complete without offering Puja at this shrine.
All pilgrims visiting Mookambika temple visit this temple also unfailingly. The shrine is imposing with daily pujas and rituals.
Balamuri Ganapati Temple
Balamuri Ganapati temple is located just outside the world renowned Kollur Mookambika temple.
This small temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Idol in the sanctum Santorum is beautiful and ... (more) Balamuri Ganapati temple is located just outside the world renowned Kollur Mookambika temple. This small temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Idol in the sanctum Santorum is beautiful and made out of marble. The prime feature and attraction of this idol is the placement of the trunk. The trunk is placed in the right; usually Ganesha trunk is placed at the left. People offer pujas at this temple with high devotion and belief.
Ganesh Chathurdhi is very famous celebration in this temple. The temple ambiance is calm and rejuvenating. The temple remains open from 5 AM - 1.30 PM and 3 - 9.30 PM
Chowdeswari temple in Kollur
is located within the Mookambika temple premises. The temple is dedicated to a deity known as Kshethra Palani. The temple deity is adorned with majestic ornaments made out of valuable metals and flowers.
It is believed that Chowdeswari Devi bless them with devotional powers and they can fulfill their desires by praying and offering puja in front of the deity. The temple is good for spending time in meditation and devotional prayers. The serene environment and religious ambiance make it a best religious spot to spend time. All the pilgrims visiting Mookambika temple make it a point to offer prayers here.
Masti Katte is a temple dedicated to forest Devatas. Matti Katte is located just close to the welcome arch welcoming to Mookambika township at Kollur
- Kundapuram road.
The deities in this temple are placed without any shelters and covers. A local priest offers prayers and rituals at this place. The temple location is best for eye catching views and relaxing moments.