Bounded by a circle of majestic hills decked in thick blankets of greenery and wilderness emitting the enchanting fragrance of sandalwood, Chamarajanagar is indeed a scenic marvel. Situated at the southern-most end of Karnataka, the city is a unique blend of breathtaking natural beauty and splendid cultural heritage. A part of the erstwhile Mysore princely state, it was previously known as Arikottara. It was later renamed as Chamarajanagar after the Wodeyar King, Chamaraja. Surrounded by stretches of dense forests, teeming with wild fauna and vegetation, it is also home to numerous tribes such as Soligas, Yeravas, and Betta Kurubas. Casting its mystic allure, Chamarajanagar invites travelers to explore the wild.
For those with a penchant for wilderness and exotic wildlife, Chamarajanagar is the ideal destination. Spend a day or camp overnight at the Bandipur National Park, to enjoy the scenic natural beauty as well as to explore the rare flora and fauna of the region.
Discover your spirituality at the various sacred places of worship located in and around the city. The Chamarajeshwara Temple and the Dzogchen Monastery of Tibetan Buddhists are especially popular.
Visit during the religious festivals such as Maha Shivarathri and Ratha Yatra to get a glimpse of the folk arts and dance forms. You may also buy some beautiful souvenirs of sandalwood carvings at the local markets.