Shivanasamundram situated in the banks of the river Cauveri, is an ideal destination for those who want to see nature at full work. Asia’s first hydroelectric power stations are located in this quaint village in Mandya district at the state of Karnataka, India. At a distance of 132 km. from Bangalore, the small tourist place is accessible by buses and personal cabs since it doesn’t have any train station. Shivanasamundram also known as the inland town divides the river Cauveri in the middle creating twin waterfalls namely the Gaganachukki and the Bharachukki that is a popular tourist destination and attracts people. The island town is also famous for its beautiful temples with a heritage from the Dravidian style of architectural culture. The best time to visit Shivanasamudra is during monsoon that starts from July till September. The majestic view of the Cauveri river with the waterfalls and a rainbow during monsoon season has smitten many a hearts of explorers and left them enchanted.
Shivanasamundram can be literally called a flowing bowl of art and culture with heritage. Serving as the stage for Asia’s first hydroelectric power station that was served by the then Diwan of Mysore, Sri K Sheshadri Iyer. Including the world famous waterfalls, the temples carry a vast heritage for the Vaishnava devotees. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is an example of the Dravidian architecture and is also referred to as the Madhya Ranga, the deity of youth and is highly worshipped by the Vaishnavas. The Someshwar temple is yet another famous place that has a “Sri Chakra” established by the Guru Sri Shankaracharya. It is believed that Someshwar Linga here was worshipped by the Saptarshis and is much more ancient than the idol of Ranganathaswamy Temple. Visiting the Vanadurga Devi Temple, located 1 km away from Someshwar Temple will also show you the cultural and art of Karnataka.
How to reach
Shivanasamundram does not have a railway station or airport. A taxi or a cab or bike are the recommended modes of travel.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is the Bangalore Airport which is at a distance of 140km. After reaching Bangalore Airport, you can book a taxi from there to Shivanasamundram. Also, you can take a bus as well to the destination, as there are several bus service available for tourism.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is Muddur but it is at a distance of 50km and thus not recommended over travelling from Mysore.
How to Reach by Bus
There are regular buses from Mysore and Bangalore. A few buses operate from Salem and Madya.
How to Reach by Road
Shivanasamundram is at a distance of 65km from Mysore and 130km from Bangalore. The roads are kept well maintained throughout the year and thus it takes only about an hour from Mysore.
How to travel within
The most recommended mode to travel within Shivanasamundram will be on a bike or foot or even a car, so that you don't miss its exquisite beauty at any point during your entire journey.
Being in Shivanasamundram gives you the luxury of tasting coastal cuisines that includes fresh fish caught daily by the locals. Including the main staple food made of Ragi and Rice, people mainly their consume fish. One can find varieties of fish dishes in the local restaurants and also have the taste of eating fried fishes sold by the vendors near the waterfalls or Cauveri River.
- Hotel Lakshadeep Gaganachukki
- H.M.G. Hotel
- Boating Point with fish served
- Dev’s Cafe and Restaurant
Starting early morning from Bangalore it’s a 3 hr. road trip to Shivanasamundram, the Bangalore Mysore highway gives you a smooth trip. Exploring the town and to see the culture and art will at least take one day. The day can be spent exploring the waterfalls from the viewpoints enjoying boat rides. Lunch can be taken in the small local restaurants to taste the coastal fresh cuisines. Later take a cab to reach the Ranganathaswamy Temple. Spending some time exploring it, we can get back to the main town and visit the Someshwar temple and the Vanadurga Devi temple, ending the trip with a hearty dinner in a nearby eatery.