A brief history about Kollegal

 Kollegal city is the taluk as well as sub divisional headquarters. It has a population of 57149 as per census of 2011 it is at an attitude of 850 mtrs above mean sea level. It is situated between 120011 north latitude and 770001 east longitude. It is connected to Bangalore and Mysore by state highway and Chamarajanagar by major district road. It was transferred to Karnataka from Tamilnadu after reorganization of state in 1956. Kollegal was also a taluk under Madras Presidency in Coimbatore district. The earliest reference to the place name is as Kologaara, which was also an Agrahara according to Chola Tamil record. But in a later record dated 1569, it is mentioned as Kologaala. Being ruled in succession by the Gangas, Vijayanagar Empire and the Mysore Rulers Kollegal fell into the hands of the British in 1799. the place has temples dedicated to Lakshminarayana Swamy, Maruleswara, Balamuri Ganapati. Ishwara and Chowdeshwari- the last named being a huge modern temple. Mudigonda now a part of Kollegal town was a celebtrated Agrahara during the Chola times and is named after Chola Rajaraja who was also called Mudigonda Chola. The place has a renovated temple of Lakshminarayana having Chola pillars.


What to see


Malai Mahadeshwara hills: ಮಲೆ ಮಹದೇಶ್ವರ ಬೆಟ್ಟ  80 km away from city. Also Known as MM hills. MM Hills is one of the holy place for followers of lord Shiva.  Lakhs of pilgrims visit Malai Mahadeshwara Hills from different parts of Karnataka and aslo from Tamilnadu state. Sri Mahadeshwara Swamy came here to perform penance and moved using a tiger as his vehicle and performed number of miracles around the hills to save the people and saints living here. Historical evidences suggest that Sri Mahadeshwara must have lived during the 15th century. The main festival of the temple is Maha Shivratri.  During Deepavali festival a grand celebration can be seen in Malai Mahadeshwara Hills


MM hills

Hogenekal Falls:110 km away from city. Hogenakkal is situated at the borders of Karnataka The river Kaveri which enters in Tamil Nadu as a big river flows here as natural falls. The word Hogenakkal is made of two words, Hoge and Kal. Hoge in Kannada means smoke and Kal means rocks. Hence, the Hogenakkal means smoky rocks. The river when falls on the rocks below, then the gushing force of the water looks like as if smoke is coming from the rocks so this place is as Hogenakkal Boating in Hogenakkal is allowed during the dry-season.


Hogenekal Falls

Shivan Samudra : 15 km away from city.  This place, also called as Shimsa The Shivanasamudra Waterfalls, literally meaning Shiva's Sea.  It is here that the Cauvery River branches off into two different streams, each of them cascading down the 200 ft fall. The western stream is known as Gaganachukki, while the eastern stream is known as Bharachukki. Shivanasamudra is home to the first Hydro-electric Power station in Asia, which was set up in the year 1902. This is one of the oldest generating station in India.


Shivana Samudra

Gagana Chukki & Bara Chukki Water falls: 25 km away from city. Cauvery splits into two, falls into a valley in two separate places called Gaganachukki and Bharachukki and re-unites downstream. A good lot of water falls down from both the waterfalls. Gaganachukki especially is a steep fall where water gushes down with great velocity. The sight of these two falls is enchanting and the best time to visit them is during the monsoon.


Gagana Chukki & Bara Chukki

Biligiri Rangana hills: 30 km away from city. Called as B R Hills. The hills are famous for the temple of Lord Ranganatha or Lord Venkatesha which is situated on the highest peak of the hill range. The area is called Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or simply BRT Wildlife.


BR Hills

K. Gudi: 50 km away from city. K. Gudi (Kyathadevara Gudi) located in the Biligiri Rangana hills. It is the heaven place for those who love the forest. This is a place of breathtaking scenic beauty. Jungle lodges available for accommodation. Open Jeep Safari is available in the K. Gudi. In open Jeep Safari you can find many animals like Elephant, Spotted Dear, Sambar, Wild boar etc.


K Gudi

Maradi gudda: Is located in the city, A small hill called "Maradi Gudda" is the unique attraction of Kollegal City. Sri Mahadeshwara Swamy First Foot Prints at Maradi Gudda. Bird's Eye view of Kollegal city from Maradi gudda.



Gundal Reservoir: 10 km away from city. Gundal Reservoir is a Picnic spot. The reservoir is surrounded by chain of  hills. The rain water which flow from hill is collected here.


Kurubana katte : 10 km away from city.  
Chikkallur : 25 km away from city.  



How to Reach

 Kollegal is at a distance of 35 Km from the district Headquarter Chamarajanagar, 64 Km from Mysore and 140 Km from state capital Bangalore. It is connected to Bangalore and Mysore by state highway and Chamarajanagar by major district road.


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