One of the most popular and distinctive landmarks of the suburbs of Mysore, Karnataka is Chamundi Hills. The place owes its name to the Goddess Chamundeshwari who is a form of Goddess Durga. The Chamundeshwari Temple is situated at the top of the hills which is about 3489 ft. above sea level and the distance between Mysore to Chamundi Hills is 13 km.  This place is surrounded by lush greenscapes and natural beauty that provide a breathtaking view to those who visit there.

Be it for its natural beauty, historical interest, or religious importance, the Chamundi Betta is one of the most famous tourist attractions that has visitors from every nook and corner of the world. Devotees from all over the world visit here to get a glimpse of their favorite deity – Chamundi Devi and to also worship her and pray for their wishes to be fulfilled. Let’s take you on a journey through our article to guide you to have the best time while here.

chamundi hills temple is a very popular tourist attraction in Mysore.
Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore.

Chamundi Hills Temple Timings, Visit Duration & Entry Fee

 Timings: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

                 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

                 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Entry Fee: Free but the Special entry fee is INR 100/-

Car Parking Charge: Free

Visit Duration: 30 minutes

Best Time To Visit 

chamundi hills view point
Beautiful pathway to chamundi hills.

September to February has the coolest weather and is the most ideal time to visit Chamundi Hills Mysore. The monsoon months of July and August are also a great time as the hills become lush green and offer excellent scenic views. It is best to avoid visiting between April and June due to the scorching heat of the summer.

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Things To Do And See 

Visit Chamundeshwari Temple

The focal point at the top of the hills, is the Chamundeshwari Temple where the devotees and tourists flock in huge numbers to seek blessings from Chamundi Devi. Also, the architectural beauty of the temple is commendable and is considered one of the 18 Shakti Peetas.

Trek To The Hilltop

There is a pathway to the hilltop that provides the best trekking opportunity for adventure seekers. Once you reach the Chamundi Hills viewpoint you get a beautiful scenic view of Mysore city and its surroundings. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate, but the panoramic views from the top are simply excellent and worthwhile.

Explore The Nandi Statue

mysore chamundi hills is very famous for the Nandi Statue.
Very big metal Nandy statue in Mysore. Image Source: istock

Located at the base of the hill lies a gigantic statue of Nandi, a sacred and popular bull and a vehicle of Lord Shiva. It is a monolithic structure and stands at a height of 16 feet. It is said that the presence of this Nandi statue at the base of the hill has created a divine atmosphere in the area.

Sunset Views From The Hilltop

Another thing that you shouldn’t be missing is taking a view of the sunset which is breathtaking. From the hilltop, one can capture an open vantage point from where he or she can witness the sun dip behind the hills which forms a golden hue to its surroundings.

Local Handicraft Shops

If you love shopping then you’re in for a treat as there are several local handicraft shops located at the base of hills. They offer some of the most amazing handicrafts from around the country.

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Concluding Thoughts 

Finally, you can say that Chamundi Hills in Mysore is a hidden treasure and allures its visitors with its majestic beauty. It has beautiful scenery, a diverse cultural heritage, and a serene sanctity, all of which contribute to an overall enriching and immersive experience. Regardless of your motivation; whether it’s running away from stress, going up to the hill for a breath-taking view, or shopping for unique cultural artifacts, every experience you have here will be filled with delight and amazement. While gazing at the hills and enjoying the silence, you will eventually be healed with the memories of this wonderful destination etched in your heart. Walk with us and encounter the magic as each footstep will uncover a new narrative and every glance will take your breath away.


How To Reach Chamundi Hills?

By Air: Mysore Airport is 165 km from the Hills, you can hire a cab/taxi from the airport to this place.
By Road: You can take Public buses/Volvos from Mysore to the Hills. Also, you can take a cab
By Train: Mysore railway station is 13 km from this place, once you alight at the Mysore Railway station you can board a bus, auto, or cab to the hills.

How many steps are there in Mysore Chamundi Hills?

There are a total of 1008 steps to go up to the temple. The Trek starts at the foot of the Hills and reaches the tower at the end of 1008 steps. Also, you get to see the 200-year-old carved Nandi statue at the center.

Is there any dress code for the Chamundi temple?

Chamundi Temple has no strict dress codes, but it is advisable to wear appropriate clothing while visiting there. It’s best if both Men and women wear ethnic dresses for the temple visit and avoid jeans, western tops, shorts, minis, etc.

Is it safe to Visit Chamundi Hills at Night?

The Chamundi Hills night view is a mind-blowing attraction as it provides a breathtaking view of Mysore city which is lit up in all its glory. The Chamundi temple is open till 9 PM and it’s best to take safety precautions while visiting this place during nighttime as it gets overcrowded and dark. Also, be careful at the night viewpoint as the hills are steep and dangerous.


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