During my four day trip to places around Shivamogga and Chikkamagalur, I managed to pay visit to Kundadri hill. It was almost four in the evening when we reached Kundadri village at the foothills. After a steep drive up the hill on a narrow road, we were at the top enjoying the panoramic view.
Kundadri gets its name after Kundakundacharya, a jain sage who said to be performed penance over there. There is a Jain basadi (temple) atop which was constructed in 17th century. The basadi has small statue of 3 ft of ‘Parshvanatha’, the twenty-third Tirthankara in Jainism. Architecturally the temple is too simple, but a significant place for Jain pilgrims.
What used to be a attracting place for trekking, Kundadri has turned into a sunrise/sunset point after the roads were built recently. Slowly the place is attracting more and more people & turning out to be Nandi hills of that part of the country. There was calmness, peace and out in the nature when we reached there & we were the only ones at that time. Soon after, place started getting swarmed, people shouting around, music blaring from all directions. We decided to move out much before we intended to stay there. Hope the same pristineness stays for ever! Sigh!!