The Chandra Choodeswarar Temple is a hilltop place of worship dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and his better half goddess Parvati. The temple gets its name form the name the locals use to refer to lord Shiva - Choodeswarar.
Situated in the Krishnagiri District of Tamil Nadu, this temple was built by a king from the Hoysala dynasty called Thirupuvanamalla Barvatharaja Anthiyazhvar in 1260 AD. Although this temple is different from the usual temple architecture of Tamil Nadu, it has an ancient history.
In the Brahmanda Purana, there is a mention of this temple as Bhadragiri Mahatmiyam. This is also a famous pilgrim site and hordes of pilgrims visit this temple for various pilgrimages or theerthams like Jambava, Vrishabha, Maragatha Sarovaram, Pandava, Shivagangai and Hanuma Theertham. Apart from Lord Shiva, this temple also has dedicated shrines for Lord Muruga, Ganesha and many saints.
Kelavarapalli Dam has been constructed on the river Ponniar in Tamil Nadu and rises up to 13.50 m in height with a huge storing capacity. The dam leads the water to the districts of Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Vellore. It is about 10 km away from Hosur and is on the road that diverts towards Kelavarapalli, off Bangalore road.
It is a preferred picnic spot for both the residents of Hosur and tourists visiting Hosur for the weekend. Complete with a beautiful children’s park the Kelavarapalli Dam has something for everyone.
For nature lovers, there is the refreshing climate free from all the hustle and bustle and pollution of a city, for bird watchers a treat of various migratory birds including pelicans and spoonbills and for those who have a curiosity about the local culture, one can visit the village of Chennathur adjacent to the reservoir.
The Rajaji Memorial is located close to Hosur. This memorial was built in the village named Thorapalli to honour Chakravarthy Rajagopalachari, who was the first and the last Indian Governor General of India. Rajagopalachari was born in Thorapalli and is still revered in the area.
The memorial has a nice library, a photo gallery with pictures of Rajagopalachari’s era and work and last but not the least a bust of Chakravarthy Rajagopalachari to commemorate the service he extended to the country.
It is easy to reach the Rajaji Memorial and directions to the Rajaji Memorial are as follows. From Hosur, one has to take the National Highway 7 which goes towards Krishnagiri. On reaching Perandapalli, take a right which will lead to the Thorapalli Welcome Arch. Moving along 3 km further will lead you to the Rajaji Memorial.