Bhagamandala is a very popular place in Kodagu or Coorg and the place is well known as a pilgrimage spot. The temple here is situated on the banks of the Triveni Sangam, which is the meeting point of the three rivers namely Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyoti.
Bhagamandala is often seen as a stopover for those who are heading towards Talacauvery, which is the birth place of the river Cauvery - the lifeline of the state of Karnataka. The temple at Bhagamandala is dedicated to the Lord Bhagandeshwara along with other deities of Subramanya, Maha Vishnu and Ganapati.
Starting Point: Bengaluru
Best Time To Visit Bhagamandala: October to April
By Air: The nearest airport to Bhagamandala is the Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru. The airport is at a distance of 321 km from here, and is well connected to various airports across the country and abroad.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Bhagamandala is Hassan, which is at a distance of 142 km. The railway station offers regular trains to major cities across the country like Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, etc.
By Road: Bhagamandala has excellent connectivity by roads. The total driving distance from Bengaluru to Bhagamandala is around 289 km. There are plenty of buses that operate from Bengaluru to Madikeri and from there, one can make use of the local transport facility.
Route 1: Bengaluru - Ramanagara - Channapatna - Maduru - Mandya - Hunsur - Bylakuppe - Kushalnagar - Madikeri - Bhagamandala, via NH 275
Route 2: Bengaluru - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Yadiyur - Channapatna - Holenarasipur - Kushalnagar - Madikeri - Bhagamandala, via NH 75
Route 3: Bengaluru - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Yadiyur - Nelamangala - Bettadapura - Kushalnagar - Madikeri - Bhagamandala, via NH 75 and SH 85
For those who are opting to travel using Route 1, it would take you approximately around 6.5 hours to reach Bhagamandala, via NH 275. The route takes you through the well-known towns of Channapatna, Bylakuppe and Madikeri.
The roads are well maintained, which helps cover the distance at a good pace and the destination is about 289 km through this route.
If you opt for Route 2, it would take you approximately 6 hours to cover a total distance of 299 km from Bengaluru to Bhagamandala, via NH 75. On Route 3, it would take you around 7 hours to cover the distance of 302 km, via the NH 75 and SH 85, to reach Bhagamandala.
The journey can be planned as a weekend drive. So, one can opt to leave on a Saturday morning and after spending about one and half days, one can start to Bengaluru either on a Sunday afternoon or evening and reach the city by night.
The Kamat Lokaruchi is one of the most preferred locations on this highway for anyone, to stop over for some delicious food. Apart from Lokaruchi, there are plenty of other options on the highway to relish on some hot idlis and vadas along with a hot cup of coffee.
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Bylakuppe is home to one of the Tibetan settlements in the country. Take a small detour and you would be transported to a magical world of the Tibetans, and you would get the feel of driving through Tibet itself as you go past houses and restaurants decorated with the colourful prayer flags. Make it a point to visit the golden temple here and enjoy the peace at the temple.
Bhagamandala is at a distance of 76 km from here and it would take you about an hour's drive to reach to the beauty of Coorg.
As Bhagamandala is well known for its temples, head straight to the temple dedicated to Bhagandeshwara or Lord Shiva. The temple is constructed in the typical Kerala style of architecture. Apart from the main shrine dedicated to Shiva, there are other shrines present that are dedicated to Subramanya, Ganapati and Maha Vishnu here.
The place is named after the deity Bhagandeshwara. A common practice here by the pilgrims is to take a dip in the Triveni Sangam and offer their prayers to the souls of the departed.
Bhagamandala is en-route to Talacauvery, which is considered as the birthplace of the river Cauvery. Make it also a point to head to Talacauvery and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Coorg district from here. The temple offers some breathtaking views of the lush green forests and the farm lands that are present below the temple.