Chamundi Hills, Mysore

Chamundi Hills

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Chamundi Hills, one of the prime attractions of Mysore, is also an acclaimed landmark of the destination. Chamundi Hills is located at an altitude of 1065 meters above sea level, to the south-east of Mysore city.  

The Chamundeshwari Temple, atop Chamundi Hills, is the temple of the patron Goddess of Wodeyars, Chamundeshwari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. This temple can be dated back to the 11th century. The temple was renovated in the year 1827 by the Kings of Mysore.

There is a statue of demon king Mahishasura in front of Chamundeshwari Temple. It is believed that the name Mysore was derived from Mahishooru (the city of Mahishasura), which later became ‘Mysooru’ or ‘Mysore’.

There is a huge monolith idol of Nandi – the bull, at the Bull Temple, which is situated half way up the Chamundi Hills. The statue of Nandi, which is about 5 meter high, was carved out of single black-granite in the year 1659. The Nandi at this Bull Temple is one among the largest statues of Nandi in India.  

There are also minor shrines on the way which are dedicated to Chamundeshwari and Hanuman. Tourists also enjoy the panoramic view of Mysore from the summit of Chamundi Hills.

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  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Ppn

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  •  4 helpful votes
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  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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Swateek Jena

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  • Posted Aug 14, 2016
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  •  28 helpful votes
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  • Posted Aug 9, 2016
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Kratika Mittal

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  •  65 helpful votes
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  • Posted Aug 14, 2016
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Swateek Jena

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  • Posted Aug 14, 2016
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Neha Gupta

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  • Posted Aug 12, 2016
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Rashmin Joshi

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  • Lives in Morvi
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  • 84 Reviews
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"Majestic Sculpture of Big Bull!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2016
You can see the giant bull statue when you go to the top of Chamundi hill. The way bull statue curved and attention given to details while its carvings are just too good to see. From top of the hill Excellent views of Mysore city and the Nandi Bull statue is impressive.
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Sunil Chaurasia

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  • Lives in Guwahati
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"Here is where the city was name Mysore."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from Mysore. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti. The Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha and one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. At the temple are several images of Nandi (the bull mount of Shiva). There is a huge granite Nandi with huge bell around his neck.
There is also a statue of Mahisasura which attracts tourists and one thing I liked was the hill road was well maintained with sidegrills. And also the place was a bit cold compared to the city, with wind continuously blowing.
About the temple, with the Dravidian architecture and yellowish colouring, it looks great during the Dusk time. Also one can see the city view, as it has many viewpoints,
It was here how this city was named Mysore. Mysore was ruled by the demonising Mahishasura, he was a bullheaded monster. Hence, came the name of this place - Mahishuru, the city of demon Mahisha. The demon was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills. Mahishuru later became Mahisuru and finally came to be called Maisuru, its present name in the Kannada language. The anglicised form of the name is Mysore.
No entry fee, enjoy the hill and if someone is religious he/she will also love the ambience out there.
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Sri Krishna khandelwal

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  11234 readers

"Must visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2016
One has to walk a lot so can be tricky for elders. It's about 15 Km from city and the roads are curved so drivers have to be cautious while driving. Frequent buses are there from city bus stop so commuting will not be an issue.
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Sahana Sullia

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"Joyful ride to top of the city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2016
Criss cross ghat roads which take you to the top of this hill and city where the erstwhile royal kingdom's prominent temple lies from centuries. Ride s great in its scenic beauty, nature. Blissful. Whole Mysore city and also palace's visible, enroute to the hill and from top. Sunrise, sunset, night. View diff shade of city.
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S Pandya

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"Very Spiritual"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2016
Very nice deity, very well-decorated; prasadam is very good and dry for carrying home with you to distribute to your friends and family; and relaxed on an average day - avoid rush days like Navratri, Fridays - when it could be crowded.
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Must watch"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 1, 2016
One of the old temple in the karnataka. Basically this temple belongs to mysore maharaja. Super panoramic view from chamundi hill and many view points while going to this temple. We can see entire mysore from this hill. We have to go early morning to avoid rush.
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Varija Mekala

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Beautiful temple"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
It's one of the most beautiful and the oldest temple of the area. The view on the way to the temple and even from the hill is just breathtaking, especially in the evenings. Its great to visit in the mornings or in the evenings to enjoy the weather. Lot of knick knacks and souvenirs can be bought at a very reasonable price, but you need to bargain.
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Amit Rao

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"A divine place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2016
The best time to visit is in the morning. Climbing the hills has breathtaking views. The whole of Mysuru can be seen, in the morning must. Lalita Palace, race course are a mesmerising view to watch. The temple is a neat place to visit. Godless Chamundeshwari is the main deity. Lots of small shops are available for shopping. Coming down a visit to Nandi statue is a must.
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Anuj Mehta

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Cleanest city and hills gives charming view"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Very charming view from the above. City looks very beautiful and nice. Can go in night to see the night view of lights. Food is good. Feeling religious. Very nice experience. Must go by stairs 1000 trek.
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Purbayan sanyal

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"Nice tourist spot"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 22, 2016
The place is at the top of the hills. The drive through that area is quite charming, specially during a chilly yet sunny morning. The temple is quite nice and located at an equally nice place. Arrangements for drinking water, toilets etc. Have been provided which makes it all the more easier for tourists.
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