As one treks through the jungles , he encounters two small shrines. In the first shrine the goddess is worshiped in her great form and in the second, in her beautiful and merciful form – Uma. Vedic rituals as performed here. Enroute from Agastya teertha there is a deviation on the left where there is a board giving direction that leads to ‘Ganesh Guha'. Climbing further, one reaches the Ganapati Guha with an ancient idol of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Guha is indeed a very mysterious cave. Inside it there is an ancient and graceful stone idol of Lord Ganesha The cave top slopes down to a small crevice at the far end which has a mysterious tunnel. One would not believe that the simple crevice is, in fact, hiding some mystery.
Further up, on the hilltop is the Shankara Peedam where Sri Adi Shankaracharya is said to have immersed himself into deep meditation. The entire structure is made of granite and resembles a “Meru” – a three dimensional form of the mystic design called the “Srichakram”. One has to descent steeply on the western side of the hill to reach a holy cave called Chitramoola, another place where Adi Shankara meditated for several days.
GaneshaGuha in kudachadri , Photo by
||300+ km from Bangalore
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Ganesha Guha is near the trekking path to Sarvajna peetha of Kodachadri Hills. Ganesha Guha or cave is present near to Sarvajna Peetam while trekking. There is small board near to the tea shop on the way up (not near four temples) with a direction to take right to reach towards Ganesha Guha.
Nearest Town Kollur - 20 km
Kodachadri can be reached from Kollur by jeep on a 40 km long winding and slippery mud road with many hair-pin bends.
Mookambika Nature Camp - 4 km south of Kollur
|By Air: -
||Nearest airport Mangalore - 147 km
|By Rail: -
Nearest Railway station Shimoga
From Bangalore catch a bus to Kollur (South Kanara Dist.) From Kollur catch a bus which goes towards Nagara (Shimoga Dist.), and get down at a place [a 45 minute journey].To your right you'll find a mud road where you can find a sign indicating the way towards kodachaadri. On the way you will find a small tea shop (kaka angadi) after one hour walk. There you will also find a small stream nearby for the early morning business. From here it is roughly 5 hours of trek to the peak. Just half-an-hour before the peak you will find a temple, which is an ideal place for camping.(for budget conscious trekkers like us). There is also a travelers bungalow nearby.
From the temple a slight deviation would lead to 'Agastya Teertha'. The route will take you inside dense forest it is advisable to take help from locals and not to venture at night.
|When to go:-
||October to March.
||KSTDC(bookings and info) Badami House, NR Square, Bangalore Tel: 080-2275869, Fax: 2352626 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Where to stay :-
There are many hotels in Kollur which provide bad food. Conserve your breakfast plans till kaka angadi.
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