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"The Holy Abode of Devi Annapoorna"

Horanadu Tourism

Known for the revered Annapoorneeshwari Temple, Horanadu is a holy Hindu town located in Malnad, Karnataka. Carpeted with green paddy fields and accompanied by a hilly backdrop, this region lies at an altitude of 2726 feet. With pristine natural beauty, Horanadu is also famous for its extensive collection of dry fruits, cashew nuts and almonds along with tea, coffee and spice markets. All this can be bought here at much cheaper rates than in the cities. 

According to legends, this temple was established in the 8th century by Maharishi Agasthya. Thousands of devotees visit Horanadu on the occasion of Navratri. Dedicated to Devi Durga, this nine-day festival is celebrated with fervour at the Annapoorna Temple. The surrounding looks fresh and verdant during the winter months, and there is a chill in the air. On the way to Horanadu, you'll find Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Sringeri, Udupi Krishna temple and Kollooru Mookaambike. 

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1. Annapoorneshwari Temple

Annapoorneshwari Temple
Annapoorneshwari Temple, a mesmerising temple devoted to Goddess Annapoorna, is located in Horanadu, 100 km from Chikmagalur. The temple is surrounded by dense forests and valleys of the Western Ghats and lies on the banks of the scenic River Bhadra. The temple management has been offering free food or prasadam and shelter to pilgrims and devotees since the time the temple was built centuries ago; hence keeping the motive of the temple alive.

2. Kalaseshwara Temple

Kalaseshwara Temple
Situated 92 km south west of Chikmagalur in Kalasa, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, found surrounded on three sides by the river Bhadra. The marriage of Shiva-Parvathi is celebrated here every year. Being an agriculture town, Kalasa is rich in tea, coffee and spices production. Kalaseeshwara is the main temple of the town, but there are other small temples nearby worth visiting such as Girijamba Temple, Hanuman Temple, Venkataramana Temple, Ranjal Mahalakshmi Temple, Vasishta Ashrama and Shree Chandranatha Swamy Temple.

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What Makes Horanadu a Sacred City

Horanadu is among the most sacred cities of India. The city holds spiritual and religious values which are significant among the people living in Horanadu. As Karnataka is the land of temples, Horanadu has many beautiful temples which attract a lot of devotees on a regular basis.

The strong faith of people has made the temples so famous that many explorers and tourists come to visit these places as well. Temples like Annapoorneshwari Temple and Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada are among the most famous temples of Horanadu which are known for their spiritual significance as well as architectural style.

Suggested Itinerary for Horanadu

Day 1- Reach Horanadu and go to your hotel. Freshen up and enjoy the ambience of Horanadu. Let the day be a spiritual retreat. Go to Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada, a sacred temple dedicated to Sanatana Dharma. Go to Annapoorneeshwari Temple and finally wrap the day with Kalaseeshwara Temple.
Day 2- Go for exploration outside the city. Head towards Kigga village which is 9 km away. Take in the beautiful landscapes and views of the waterfall. Shop at the local market for souvenirs and get ready to leave Horanadu.

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What is famous about Horanadu?

Beautiful temples which are rich in history. Easy to reach. Accommodation can be found easily. Well-connected to major cities of Karnataka.

What is not so good about Horanadu?

Not many places for local sightseeing except temples. Not as lively as other South Indian cities. Limited options in cuisine. If you are coming from North India, it can be difficult to adjust here due to different culture and dialect.

Who should visit Horanadu?

If you are interested in exploring the religious side of Karnataka, then Horanadu is for you. This place can also appeal to those people who like to see the architecture and structure of different temples.

What is the best time to visit Horanadu?

Horanadu has pleasant weather throughout the year. The beautiful land of Horanadu has something great to offer in each season. The summers present an excellent time for spiritual retreat, as you can visit the temples. The monsoon season is breathtaking, as the frequent showers revive the trees, plants and flowers. It makes the atmosphere fresh, and the surroundings awaken to new life. The season of winter is apt for those people who want to explore Horanadu in cold weather, which is mostly prefered by tourists. Hence the best time to visit Horanadu is from October to February.
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What is the local food in Horanadu?

The local cuisine here is dominated by south Indian delicacies which mainly include coconut or rice. Foods like idli, vada, dosa, sambhar are a speciality and even in the most modest hotels, you'll find some really good tasting food. Filter coffee is also famous here.
Also, if you have a knack of picking out well, there are fresh fruits available that can be quite refreshing. You can also have tender coconut which is available in plenty.
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What is the best way to reach Horanadu?

Horanadu is well-connected with other major cities through roadways. It does not have an airport or railway station of its own. The nearest airport is Mangalore International at 120 km away. One can take a taxi to the airport from Horanadu. The nearest railway station is in Shimoga, 45 km away. Buses run from nearby major cities as well to take the tourists to Horanadu.
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What are the places near Horanadu?

The top places near to Horanadu are Kudremukh which is 17 km from Horanadu, Coorg which is located 103 km from Horanadu, Chikmagalur which is located 46 km from Horanadu, Dharmasthala which is located 35 km from Horanadu, Sringeri which is located 19 km from Horanadu

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Kumar Kislay 2 years ago
- Prefer using bottled water for drinking purposes.
- Since there is no meter for vehicles here, take help of a local to negotiate prices for rickshaws as well as cabs or private vehicles hired for an entire day
- For the temple, men are required to remove their shirt and vests before entering the temple. There are no rules for women but traditional outfits are preferable
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