Karighatta Hill & Temple - A Detailed Travel Guide

Overlooking the confluence of River Kaveri and Lokapavani, this much-revered temple invites devotees to worship Lord Srinivasa, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Encompassed by a serene ambience, this temple is located atop a hill famously called Karighatta (Black Hill) and enchants everyone with its peaceful and religious vibes. Associated with many legends and folklore, this temple is quite famous among the locals and counted as one of the top attractions near Srirangapatna in the Mandya district of Karnataka. 

Reached by a paved road running through the hill or by climbing through a series of 450 steps, the temple promises to reward you with stunning views of grasslands and forests that make the serene environs around Karighatta. Whether you are a trekking enthusiast, a history buff, a seeker of religion, a nature lover, a birding fan or a shutterbug, this place promises to never disappoint anyone. 

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History & Mythology

Located on top of Karighatta hill (black hill in Kannada), this temple is built to worship Srinivasa, a form of Lord Vishnu. The temple is famous for being associated with two legends of Hindu mythology. One legend says that the temple was built when Sage Kutsamuni performed his penance so as to pray to Lord Srinivasa to bring back to life four maidens (devotees of Lord Srinivasa) who were killed by an elephant called Kari. 

Another legend is related to the Hindu epic Ramayana where it is said that Sugreeva (the monkey king) brought this hill (then called Nilachala) from Thirumala for helping to make a bridge to Lanka in order to bring back Sita. However, at the request of local devotees of Lord Vishnu, he left the hill here and then onwards it came to be known as Karighatta. 


Architecture of Karighatta Temple

The temple is well-known for its grand entrance which greets the devotees with big wooden doors giving way to the quadrangular shaped shrine. Inside the shrine, there is a 6 ft tall idol made of black stone which is accompanied by an idol of Yoga Srinivasa on the left and Bhoga Srinivasa on the right. A Kalayana Mandapa in the temple is also there. Perched atop the hill which is accessible after climbing a series of 450 steps, the temple also offers panoramic views of the cities of Mysore and Srirangapatna. 


Temple Festivals & Timings

Festival: The temple celebrates the annual car festival which is celebrated in the month of February and March. This is a great time to witness the temple in all its glory. 

Timings: The temple is open from 10.00 A.M to 2.00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays, the temple timings are from 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM. 


Major Attractions near Karighatta

  • Gumbaz e Shahi: This mausoleum houses the graves of Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, it is an important historical landmark and well known for its Bijapur style of construction. 

  • Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary: One of the largest bird sanctuaries in Karnataka, this place is just a haven for all nature lovers and bird watchers. When you are here, you can spot many bird species like shag, white ibis, Little Egret, little cormorant, open-billed stork, Spoon bills, painted stork, White Ibis, river tern, Darter, Peafowl, Pond Heron, Wild Duck, large cormorant etc.

  • Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Museum: With an exquisite museum and a number of artefacts that date back to the time of Tipu Sultan, this historical gem is a must-visit when you are around Karighatta. It was famous as once being the summer palace of Tipu Sultan and built in Indo-Islamic architecture in 1791. 

  • Mysore Palace: Also called Amba Vilas Palace, this famous palace in Mysore is also the royal residence of Wodeyar dynasty. It is well-known for its architectural grandeur with many outstanding elements attracting tourists from all over. 


Places to Stay near Karighatta

  • Royal Orchid Metropole Mysore 

  • Grand Mercure Mysore 

  • Hotel Loksagar

  • Mayura River View, Srirangapatna 

  • Yoga Dhaama Retreat


Other Essential Information


From Mysore: it is located 23 Kms away from Mysore and takes approximately 40 mins to cover the distance. 

From Bangalore: it is located 125 Kms away from Mysore and takes approximately 3 hours to cover the distance. 

How To Reach:

From Mysore: If you are coming from Mysore, you can take a cab or bus to Mandya. From Mandya, you can easily hire an auto or rickshaw to reach Karighatta. 

From Bangalore: If you are coming from Mysore, you can take a train, cab or bus to Mandya. From Mandya, you can easily hire an auto or rickshaw to reach Karighatta.

People Also Ask About Mysore

  1. What is the Karighatta distance from Mysore?

    Karighatta is located at a distance of about 23 kms from Mysore.
  2. Are there any waterfall near Karighatta?

    Some of the waterfalls near Karighatta Temple are Balmuri Falls, Barachukki Falls etc.
  3. What is the best time to Visit Karighatta?

    Karighatta can be visited any time of the year as it is located on top of a hill and offers pleasant weather all throughout the year. However, if you want to spend most of your time outdoors, try avoiding the harsh summer months of April, May and June.
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