Kalhatti Falls:Kalhatti Fallswhich iswell known as Kalhattigiri Falls and Kalahasti Falls. Water cascades from a height of 122 meters to flow before the Veerabhadreshwara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva that is attributed to times of the Vijayanagar Empire. According to local legend, this place is associated with the Hindu sage, Agastya.
The name is derived from three Kannada words, Kempu – red, Mannu – soil andGundi -place, together meaning a place with red soil. The drive to Kemmanagundi in this magnificent mountainrange stretching 70 kilometers by road from Chikmagalur to Kemmanagundi and then down to Kalhattigiri is spectacular and a once in a life time experience. The eye catching scenery on all four sides as you drive this stretch is breath taking.
AmrutheshwaraTemple:This Temple is one of the masterpieces of Hoysala architecture. Amrutheshwara temple was built in 1196 AD by AmriteshwaraDandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Ballal II. The temple is designed in a delicate, exquisite, and intricate style built using soft clay stone (BalapadaKallu). The base of the wall has 5 moldings which is an older Hoysala style and the entrance has an open Mandapa with many rows of shining lathe turned pillars that support the ceiling of the Mantapa. The Shrine is Star shaped with Carvings of Asthadikpalakas. The carvings referring to Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara are spectacular. The Lotus here represents Lord Brahma, the Chakra represents Lord Vishnu and the Nataraja in Tandava represents Lord Shiva.
These ranges of mountains are in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. The range, originally known as Chandra DronaParvatha, takes its current name from the Dattapeeta Cave and 17th century Sufi saint Baba Budan who took up residence here more than 150 years ago and according to legend, he introduced coffee to India by bringing coffee beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen. It is 6317 feet above sea level and one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.The Tomb of Hajarat Dada Hayath Mir Kalandar, worshipped as the Mecca of the South by Muslims, is in a cave of this mountain. The Hindus too worship this place as ‘DattatreoyaPeeta’. Since these hills naturally form the shape of a crescent moon, they are named as ‘Chandradronaparvathashreni’.