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Sonda - The Land Of Many Mutts


Sonda or Sode is a temple town and the site of the Vadiraja Mutt. It is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, near the more famous temple town of Sirsi. Sonda is located at a high altitude of 2000 m above sea level and it was an important city during the reign of the Swadi Kings from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

Sri Vadiraja established a Mutt here to spread the Dvaita philosophy of Sri Madhvacharya.

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The temple here is dedicated to Lord Trivikrama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The sanctum contains a lovely image of Trivikrama and outside lies the stone chariot used during temple festivities. Inside this chariot is an image of Sri Mahalakshmi, the consort of the Lord.

On the northern side of the temple, the Rajangana and the entrance to the Mutt can be found. You have to descend 24 steps to reach it. This place contains the kitchen, stores and Puja Mandir. Sonda village also houses an old fort that has many old and small cannons.

Beside the Vadiraja Mutt, two other mutts are also located here, the Akalank Mutt and the Swarnavalli Mutt. There is also a Jain Basadi here, and a temple dedicated to Lord Venkataramana. Sonda or Sode is an interesting place to visit, for its historical and religious significance and its lovely temples and Mutts.

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How to Reach Sonda

  • By Road
    Regular buses are available from Sirsi, which is in the vicinity of Sonda. Tourists can take KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses from major cities, such as Bangalore (417 km) and Hubli till Sirsi. From Sirsi, travellers can hire taxis to reach Sonda.
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  • By Train
    Kumta Railway Station is the nearest railway junction to Sonda that is situated at a distance of about 70 km. Kumta is well connected to cities like Goa, Mangalore and Panjim, to name a few. Taxis and cabs to Sonda are available on rental basis for tourists
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  • By Air
    Situated at a distance of about 111 km from Sonda, Hubli Airport is the nearest airport that connects this destination to major Indian cities. For tourists coming from European, Asian, American and Middle East countries, Dabolim Airport serves as the international airport. Several seasonal charter flights are also available from Dabolim Airport, which is situated at a distance of 233 km from Sonda.
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