Chamundi Hills Overview

Ranked 4 of 147 sightseeing in Mysore

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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Chamundi Hills

16th Dec 17

Scenic, serene and fabulous drive

Scenic, serene and fabulous drive  Video Review

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Swateek Jena
14th Aug 16

View point on the way to Nandi Statue

View point on the way to Nandi Statue  Video Review

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Shruthi Arnadi
9th Aug 16

Amazing! Serene and beautiful

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Kratika Mittal
14th Aug 16

Drive nice, flocked by tourists and locals alike

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14th Aug 16

Chamundi hill and temple

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12th Aug 16

A temple atop the hill

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Ajith G a

Ajith G a5.0/5

143 reviews

Must Visit temple in Mysore

The temple is very famous for the story of Goddess Chamundeshwari and demon Mahisasura. There is a large idol of Mahisasura in the entrance of the temple which has become a Photo spot On weekdays the crowd will be less, but on weekends it might be bit more and can take up-to 2 hours for Darshanam. In case you cannot afford to wait for 2 hours, there is a special entry (100/-) which allows you to have darshanam in 15-20 minutes There is lot of space for parking cars near the temple. There are also lot of shops for having snacks and for some shopping near the temple The drive from Mysore to Chamundi Hills is breathtaking. Don't miss the view point on the way, Mysore palace and race course can be seen from the view point

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Rashmin Joshi

Rashmin Joshi4.3/5

127 reviews

Majestic Sculpture of Big Bull!

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.

Sunil Chaurasia

Sunil Chaurasia4.3/5

27 reviews

Here is where the city was name Mysore.

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

Sri Krishna khandelwal5.0/5

27 reviews

Must visit

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.

Sahana Sullia

Sahana Sullia4.3/5

25 reviews

Joyful ride to top of the city

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.

S Pandya

S Pandya4.6/5

12 reviews

Very Spiritual

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.

Pradeep Ramachandran

Pradeep Ramachandran3.6/5

225 reviews

Must watch

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.
  • Must watch
  • Must watch

Varija Mekala

Varija Mekala4.6/5

4 reviews

Beautiful temple

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.

Amit Rao

Amit Rao5.0/5

59 reviews

A divine place

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.
  • A divine place
  • A divine place

Anuj Mehta

Anuj Mehta5.0/5

2 reviews

Cleanest city and hills gives charming view

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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Chamundi Hills, Mysore

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Nandi at Chamundi Hills
Chamundi Hills, Mysore

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Entrance of Chamundi hills
Chamundi Hills, Mysore

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