Manikyadhara Falls, Chikmagalur

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If time allows, then travellers can choose to explore Manikyadhara Falls that is situated 40km from Chikmagalur town in the vicinity of Baba Budan Giri Hills on the route towards Kemmannugundi. This waterfall, lying at the centre of the Shola Forest, is considered as a holy site by Hindus as well as Muslims. Manikyadhara, which literally means a string of pearls, is the ideal site for people who are looking for a peaceful and scenic atmosphere.

According to local belief, Saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar and 4 of his disciples came to this site in order to quench their thirst. After a long wait, their prayers were answered when they received water from Manikyadhara Falls that originated from the mountains. The water of this falls is regarded as sacred as locals believe that it has some properties that can cure skin ailments. Upon reaching the site, tourists can visit nearby local shops that sell herbal medicines for various kinds of diseases.

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