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MM Hills – A Trip To Meet Lord Shiva


The beautiful temple of Lord Shiva is the highlight of a visit to the Male Mahadeshwara Hills, but the area is also a must-see for nature lovers. The stunning temple edifice is located close to dense forests and a trip to Male Mahadeshwara Hills can be invigorating for both your body and soul.

A Temple In The Wild

The Male Mahadeshwara hills are located around 140 km from the city of Mysore in the Chamarajanagar district. The hills are at a height of 3000 ft from sea level.

Tourist Places In MM Hills

The Mahadeshwara temple itself in a beautiful setting and is surrounded by hills and forests is a prominant tourist place or attraction in MM Hills. According to legends, Mahadeshwara is the reincarnation of Lord Shiva.

The locals believe that he performed penance here, and that he still continues to live in the Shiva Linga that is installed in the temple. One of the wonders of the temple is a mysterious perennial spring that seems to originate underground. However, its source has not yet been discovered.

The forests of Male Mahadeshwara Hills are full of sandalwood and bamboo trees. Wildlife present here includes elephants, guars, spotted deer and rare sightings of leopard are also something that you can look forward to. Some of the parts of these hills served as the hide-outs of the notorious poacher Veerapan.

How To Reach MM Hills

Buses from Bangalore and Mysore will take you to the Male Mahadeshwara Hills.  

MM Hills Weather

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How to Reach MM Hills

  • By Road
    Regular government buses (non air-conditioned) are available from Mysore for MM Hills. The crowded state bus service is that comfortable, but economical.
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  • By Train
    Mysore Railway Station is the nearest railway junction to MM Hills, situated at a distance of about 130 km. The railway station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in India. Travellers can hire taxis and cabs or take buses to reach MM Hills from the railway station.
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  • By Air
    Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to MM Hills, catering to both domestic and international tourists. It is situated at a distance of about 173 km from the destination. Bangalore airport is well connected to all the major cities and towns in India, like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, to name a few. In addition to this, it is also served by flights coming from countries across the globe
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