Amazing Trek To The Mysterious Kanooru Kote

by Ashwini Kumar Bhat


Posted on 3rd October, 2015


Kanooru Kote Temple

Sometime back I along with my friend Nagabhushana visited a desolated remnant of the fort of Kanooru (Kanooru Kote in Kannada) in the heart of the Western Ghats.

It is situated at around 70KM from Sagar in the thickest of forests where you feel it as a remote corner of the world. It's truly very very desolate.

Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote

I had heard about this place as a desolate remnant of the past which is dominated by the trees now. I was curious. I had seen images from Angkorwat on NatGeo Mag and realised how interesting it looks when huge trees dominate the once grand fort/temple. After visiting a similar place last year (but not as beautiful as this one) near Sirsi, I simply decided that I have to visit Kanooru Kote.

Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote

The feel of the place is very mystic. There is a deafening silence in the place and you could almost feel it. The whole place once used to be the place of some dynasty is now shattered on ground and scattered apart on the forest floor.

Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote

Some remnants are still there to tell the story of the past glory. The whole place is now engulfed by the forest and you will find many of the remnants also look like part of the forest itself!

Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote

There are couple of temples which are robbed ruthlessly to find the buried wealth beneath the statue in the Sanctum sanctorum. The scene there is horrible and heart wrenching.

Kanooru Kote Temple
Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote
Kanooru Kote

Reaching this place was no easy task. The route is awful and very steep at places. It took us quite a lot of time to find out that we are on right track and by the time we reached the place it was 4:00PM! I had about an hour to document the place and that short time is not enough for this mysterious and beautiful place to give justice through the images.

It's in my list to visit again.

I know nothing about its history and Googling also didn't help in getting anything more than the fact that it is a nice trekking spot for the trekking enthusiasts which is perfectly true. So if any of you know about its history or any useful information around this place please feel free to share it as your comment so that it becomes a good documentation on this place on web which is lacking at this point of time.

Route

Sagar -> Kargal -> Biligar (on the way to Bhatkal) -> Take right at Biligar, there is a sign board as well -> 18km from this point is Kanooru Kote.
Note:Last 7-8km is a very very tough terrain. Only terrain vehicles can make it on that road. We struggled quite a lot as we were on a 100cc bike :).

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About the Author: Ashwini Kumar Bhat

Ashwini Kumuar Bhat

A passionate photographer and an avid nature lover with a special interest towards winged wonders - birds, a keen observer of the world around and a music lover whose bandwidth of interest spans from classical Hindustani to Metallica, a terribly slow reader and above all a true Cancerian! :) You can follow me here.

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Bangalore, Weekend Destinations, Kanooru Kote, Trekking, Mysterious Locations, Dilapidated Temple