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"The Holy Abode of Devi Annapoorna"

Horanadu Tourism

Known for the revered Annapoorneeshwari Temple, Horanadu is a holy 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, namely cashew nuts and almonds.
The town of Horanadu being agriculture centric is rich in tea, coffee and spice plantations. One can purchase these in bulk at much cheaper rates than those found in cities.

Standing on the banks of the Bhadra River, the pilgrimage site dedicated to Devi Annapoorna is Horanadu's main attraction. 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. It is the perfect time to soak up the charm of Horanadu at its glorious best. On the way to Horanadu, you'll find Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Sringeri, Udupi Krishna temple and Kollooru Mookaambike. One must stop to explore these temples and enjoy the scenic beauty on the way.

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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 unbreakable 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.

Restaurants and 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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One Day Itinerary

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's Great?

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

What's Not So Great?

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.

For Whom?

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.

How 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. However, due to good connectivity, it is easy for tourists to reach Horanadu. You can hire a taxi to reach to Horanadu. Buses run locally as well to take the tourists to Horanadu.

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Kumar Kislay 1 year 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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