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Activities in and around Java Rain

Mullayanagiri

Is the highest peak in Karnataka. One can reach Mullayanagiri peak by vehicle or one can also trek to Mullayanagiri peak via “Sarpadhari trail”. From Mullayanagiri the trek goes to Bababudangiri hills range ending at Manikhyadhara waterfalls. Mullayanagiri peak is almost 20 km from Chikmagalur town. The whole trek is around 12 km and involves walking at the ridge from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri. A guided trek to Mullayanagiri can be arranged on prior notice. Depending on the difficulty level and time available guests can decide what distance to cover. One can also simply take a drive followed by a short trek to witness the sunrise.


Kemmanagundi trek

Trek is another option for those who are up for a long drive. It is around 60 kms from Chikamagalur, a 2 hour drive. Kemmanagundi is a part of Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary, known for small waterfalls on the way.


Spice and Coffee plantation

Special Coffee Plantation tours can be organized. Experience the coffee making process as you walk into the Baba Budangiri and explore the lush, verdant & Stunningly-beautiful coffee growing vista of the western ghats of Karnataka.


Cycling

We can arrange a cycling tour with a professional guide in tow to take you through the scenic trails around the property. We have options based on your level of adventure and we promise, whatever your preference, there is always something that is just right for you. So We urge you to unleash your free spirit & heed the call of adventure. We also provide cycles for guests to go around the property.

Historical sites and tourist destinations

Hoysala temples

While travelling from Bangalore to Chikmagalur, make sure you stop for a short break at the Hoysala temple circuit. This circuit includes a number of temples that were constructed between 11th and 13th century, especially the Belur (35 km), Halebidu (51 km), and Somanathapura. Apart from them, make sure you do not miss the Belavadi temple. The 100 soap stone pillars in the main hall of this temple will certainly mesmerize you.


Belavadi

Belavadi is famous for the ornate temple of Veeranarayana. Belavadi is also famous for the temple of Udbhava Ganapathi'.

Belavadi is an ancient place that traces roots back to the Mahabharata and is described as Ekachakranagara of the Mahabharata.

The one must see in Belavadi is the Veeranarayana temple. The temple is in trikutachala form with the primary deity veeranaryana along with yoga narasimha and kolalu gopala. The temple a unique example of Hoysala design, and on the certain days such as the equinox the sun light directly enters the sanctum sanctorum, illuminating the Veeranarayana temple in splendid glory


Shravanabelagola

Statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali.

Home to the famous 58 Ft monolithic statue of Gommateshwara, Shravanabelagola has two hills, Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri and is located at 11 km to the south-east of Channarayapatna. in-fact Acharya Bhadrabahu and his pupil Chandragupta Maurya are believed to have meditated here and is deeply rooted in the spiritual and the divine.

The crowning glory of Shravanabelagola, is ofcourse the Gommateshwara Statue. It is considered to be the world's largest monolithic statue with Prakrit inscriptions dating from 981 AD. Every twelve years, thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka, a spectacular ceremony in which the statue is anointed with Water, Turmeric, Rice flour, Sugar cane juice, Sandalwood paste, saffron, and gold and silver flowers. This is absolutely a must see!


Sringeri Sharada Peetha

Also simply known as the "Sri Sringeri Mutt", the peeta is a monastery established by Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD. It is one amongst the four cardinal pīthams established by acharya Sri Adi sankara to preserve and propagate Sanatana Dharma and Advaita Vedanta, the doctrine of non-dualism

This is a beautiful example of Vijayanagara architecture and shows strong evidence of the close relationship between the successful vijayanagara kings and the respective pontiffs.

The Sringeri matha consists of two beautiful temples - one to shiva and the other ro Saraswati.The temples are a fusion of pre-Vijayanagara Hindu temple architecture traditions with Hoysalas and Vijayanagara styles, giving it an unusual appearance. The temple is adorned with countless sculpted animals, gods and goddesses with intricate yalis flanking the steps. In-fact the relief friezes are a masterpiece within themselves with highly detailed sculptures depicting a large variety of stories from Hindu epics and puranas.


Amrithapura

Amritheshwara temple built in 1196 A.D by Amriteshwar Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II.

The temple is built according to Hoysala architecture with a wide open mantapa and The temple has an original outer wall with unique equally spaced circular carvings.

The temple is a practical example of certain vastu features similar to the Veera Narayana Temple. The open mantapa has twenty nine bays, and the closed mantapa has nine bays with a side porch that leads to a separate shrine on the south side. The shrine is square in shape and has the original superstructure (shikhara) which is adorned with sculptures of Kirtimukhas (demon faces), miniature decorative towers (aedicule).


Hornadu Annapurneshwari Temple

This is a very important pilgrimage centre of Karnataka. The Horanadu temple is dedicated to goddess Annapoorneshwari. It was established by Sage Adi Shankaracharya. Be prepared to stand in a long but fast moving queue, in order to get a quick glimpse of the golden idol inside. Also, do not miss the three course vegetarian meal served as prasadam here.

Hills around Java Rain

Mullayanagiri (12 km):

Mullayanagiri is part of the Baba Budan Giri Hill Ranges here. It stands 1930 meters tall and is the tallest peak in Karnataka. Its height is famous mostly for watching sunsets from. Driving to the peak is not possible and includes a trek up the hill from the half way point. There is a temple on top of the hill. From the topmost point of the hill the Arabian Sea is visible on clear days. It is a great trekking spot in Karnataka.


Kudremukh

95 km southwest of Chikkamagaluru town is Kudremukh range (in Kannada Kudure = horse and mukha = face), so named because of the unique shape of the Kudremukh peak. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hills are chained to one another with deep valley & steep precipices.


Kemmangundi

55 km north from Chikkamagaluru town is Kemmangundi, a scenic hill station on the Baba Budan Giri range of hills. Kemmangundi is also known as K.R. Hills after the Wodeyar King, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who had made it his favourite summer camp. Kemmangundi, at a height of 1,434 meters, is surrounded by thick forests and a salubrious climate throughout the year. It is surrounded by the Baba Budan Giri range and blessed with silver cascades of mountain streams and lush vegetation.

For the adventurous, Kemmangundi offers many peaks to scale and intricate jungle paths to explore. This place has a beautiful rose garden and other attractions. There is a place called Z- point at about 10 minutes walk from this main place which gives a nice aerial view of the Shola grass lands of the Western Ghats.


Datta Peeta (Baba Budan Giri)

To the north of Chikkamagaluru town is the Baba Budan Giri Range or Chandra Drona Parvatha as it was known in the ancient times, which has one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The peak takes its name from the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who resided here more than 150 years ago.

Waterfalls around Java Rain

Manikyadhara Falls (22 km)

A waterfall near the famous pilgrim centre Baba Budan Giri Dattatreya Peetha where water spills down like small pearls giving the visitors a memorable shower bath.


Kalhatti Falls (46 km)

Water cascades down from the top of the Chandra Drona hill from a height of 122 meters amidst fascinating scenery. There is an old Veerabhadra temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, constructed in a gap between rocks. This temple can be approached after crossing the waterfall.


Hebbe Falls (60 km)

Here water streams down from a height of 168 meters in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls).


Shanti Falls(52 km)

This is a beautiful waterfall on the way to Z-Point in Kemmangundi. Off the beaten path, this is a relatively unknown gem that is not crowded with tourists. It is perfect to visit these falls to witness pristine and modest waterfalls and streams with lush greenery all around.


Kadambi Falls

This is a waterfall located in the Kudremukh National Park. A beautiful waterfall of about 30Ft, it can be seen from the bridge near the Sringeri to Kudremukh Main Road.  The more adventurous travellers can even go into trekking mode to walk right get down to the waterfall for a refreshing splash in the beauty of the surrounding kudremukh national park.

Wildlife around Java Rain

Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary (61 km)

A paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, the unique Bhadra sanctuary is home to animals like gaur, chital, sambar and elephants, and also has the Bhadra River tributaries flowing through it.


Kudremukh national park (117 km)

The Kudremukh National Park is the largest declared Wildlife Protected Area of a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats. A beautiful range whose name means ‘horse’s face but whose landscape houses more than horses – rare and endangered species that include the lion-tailed macaque, leopards and tigers.