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Mahadevapura River

Mahadevapura River


Mahadevapura is located in Mandya district of Karnataka in India. A great picnic spot which is quite far away from modern world. A famous spot for film makers shooting nature scapes -for this hamlet by the Cauvery, offers some of the prettiest frames for any cinematographer., forest scenes and adventurous events. The place is also named as Ranganathittu (the original place being located nearer to Srirangapatna) - Gende Hosalli Bird Sanctuary (one of the best in Karnataka). The picnic spot is just 1Km away from the village Mahadevapura. The river Cauvery (Kaveri) flows through a thick forest surrounding the place. The village is setup with some artificial items by film makers for shooting.

The Cauvery, which snakes along for over half a kilometre, is marqueed by lush green paddy and sugarcane fields. Then, there is the constant birdsong that filters through from the well-preserved green jungle on the banks of the river. Where there's a river, there's a temple too. And Mahadevapura has its mandatory temple. A place of worship dedicated to Shiva, called the Kaveri Bore Devaru adjacent to the river, makes for a picture-perfect postcard.

If you want a taste of idyllic rural life, Mandya koppalu village could just be the place for you. Feast your eyes on the tiled roof houses, cattle, sheep, colourful bullock carts in front of tiled roof porticos, and bungalows.

Talk to any villager here, and you are bound to hear anecdotes of film shoots. "More than 200 films including Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi have been shot here," points out Sridhar, a resident.

All this has meant an influx of weekend tourists to Mahadevapura, particularly from Mysore, Mandya and Bangalore. A check dam that has been built across the river Cauvery to irrigate agricultural land has also added to the charm of the place. Huge rock formations offer an ideal picnic opportunity. Have had enough of the temples and rocks? Then, a walk in the countryside between Mahadevapura and Mandya koppalu will rejuvenate your senses. The gurgling of the Cauvery, and the tinkling of cattle bells is sweet music to the ears. The green hills in the backdrop help to take your mind away from the clutter of urban life.
Despite the influx of film crews, Mahadevapura is a relatively cleaner holiday spot.Apart from offering natural scenes, the village also provides trained youths who assist film crews during shootings.

Location info:

Address:Mahadevapura is located in Mandya district of Karnataka in India.
District:Mandya district
Nearest City:Mysore
Best time to visit: During rainy season it is dangerous to go for swimming in the river as the current will be very high. People can enjoy the scenic beauty and swimming during summer as the water current will be less.


A wide flowing river flanked by lush green coconut and mango orchards, with intertwining shore temples, long shallow stretches of river, exotic water birds including kingfishers, cormorants, egrets and the occasional kites.



Interesting things to do:

For those interested in observing and photographing water birds, Mahadevapura, with its amazing variety of the flying beauties can be a good alternative to Ranganathittu. Cormorants, egrets, large white egret, moorhens, blue back kingfishers and pelicans some of the birds you can spot here.

A walk along the banks of the river provides a chance to savour nature's beauty at its best and also proves to be a soulfully uplifting experience. Those interested in sport fishing or angling can indulge themselves in various spots along the river and take home pictures of their prize catch.The river currents are quite strong and the depth unpredictable. Take care while getting into water. It is a great way to spend time by just sitting with your feet soaked in the swirling waters and watching the numerous birds diving for fish.

Interesting things to Visit:

This place is a feast to bird photographers as it is declared as a Bird Sanctuary. The place is un disturbed by the modern world and lot of migratory birds visit this place during the entire year. The place is located on the banks of river Kaveri. There is also a small old temple in the place but locked for most of the time. There are certain specific spots in the village and surroundings which are frequently used by film makers. The village is surrounded by rich green irrigated lands.

The view of the river from the bridge is simply awesome. The small swirls of water gleam in the sunlight and form small cascades wherever there is a little resistance. A few small rock outcrops seen above the surface of water make the scene totally picturesque.

Across the river you can see a quaint temple at a higher level with stone steps leading into the river. Pay a toll of Rs 5 and travel over the half-km long bridge to enter Mahadevapura. You reach a renovated Vishnu temple on one side and a broad mud path which leads directly to the river.

The river Cauvery flowing along the village for over half-a-km, tiled roof houses, cattle, sheep, colfourful bullocks tied in front of porticos make the rural life here. A check dam built across the Cauvery to irrigate agricultural land, shallow water running over the dam platfrom and huge rock formations add extra attraction to the natural scences in and around the village. A well-preserved green jungle on the banks of the river and the tinkling of cattle bells are music to ears while the green hills in the backdrop provide the ideal ambience to film makers.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:People can travel by train from Bangalore to Mandya, Srirangapatna or Mysore.
Nearest Airport:Bangalore
Road Transport:People staying at Mysore can reach this place easily as it is only 20Kms away from Mysore. They have pass through Udayagiri (located at outskirt of Mysore) and Rammanahalli. The same road also continues towards Bannur and Mandya. After reaching the village Mahadevapura, people can ask the local people to reach the river spot. They have to take right turn two times within 2Kms. They have to travel in a small mud road to reach the picnic spot.

People travelling from Bangalore can reach this place either from Mandya or Srirangapatna. Tourists visiting place from Mandya, take left diversion at the Mandya city and proceed towards Kothathi, 7 Kms from Mandya. Take right turn at Kothathi and travel towards Kodiyala, 6 Kms from Kothathi. After 4-5 Kms people will reach Arakere and Mandya Koppalu circle within 2 Kms. Take right turn here and proceed towards Mahadevapura. This road is not good for travelling. There is one more way to reach Mahadevapura in this route. From Mandya proceed towards Srirangapatna in Bangalore-Mysore main road. Before reaching Srirangapatna (2Kms) people will reach Baburayana Koppalu. Take left turn here and proceed in Karighatta road to reach Mahadevapura which is 13Kms from Baburayana Koppalu.

Main transportation is only Bus.Several government and private buses going to Bannur/ Somnathpura from Srirangapatna/ Mysore stop on the main road about one km from Mahadevapura. Better to hire a private vehicle as the bus transport is not that good and frequent to this place.

Nearest Visiting places:

Karighatta hill and Induvalu nature park are also located nearby and are worth a visit.

Nearest Petrol Pump:




Things to carry:

Food or accommodation is not readily available at the location and it is advisable to carry your food along. So carry with you some dry snacks.It is best to carry a picnic hamper along.

Tips & Suggestions:

No food and shelter available in this place. People have to return either to Mysore, Mandya or Srirangapatna. Only 2-3 hours is sufficient to visit this place and return. People planning for bird photography can stay a day for their work. The people in the place are not fond of visitors and so there will not be any disturbance.

Warning: The river looks very attractive and serene. But there are strong undercurrents and whirlpools, which are dangerous. So take care when you get into water.

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Kothathi
Nearest Hospital:Kothathi
Society/Community Phone Number

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