Honnemaradu

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The village is located in the Sagara Taluk in the southern state of Karnataka. It is placed on the backwaters of the River Sharavathi. The village was named Honnemaradu as it is a house for a number of Hone trees. The name literally means “Golden Lake” in the local tongue. It is situated on the backwaters of the River Sharavathi. 

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The village is located atop a hill that overlooks the Linganamakki Reservoir. Amidst the large water body, there is a small island that is an attraction to campers. The village is also known as a bird watcher’s paradise as it is home to a wide variety of birds. Bird watchers are seen to enjoy watching and trying to identify the birds for hours together. The village also houses a wide variety of butterflies which adds on to the beauty of the place. 

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Honnemaradu is also known for the water sports that are conducted in the backwaters. The reservoir extends to a large extent covering an area of about 50 to 80 km. Tourists say that sunrise and sunsets are the mesmerising sights in itself. The village is the place for people who are outdoor fanatics as it is a total break from the usually busy city life.

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The village is also known by its visitors as a live amusement park that has no known boundaries. It has a very little population and is placed in the middle of a valley. A visit to this small village is an experience in itself and leaves all its visitors with memories that cannot be gotten anywhere else. 

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To register for Adventure Activities contact Adventurers Association Bangalore on following address:

Mr. Swamy, Ms. Nomita - Adventurers

The Adventurers, No 142, 69th Cross, 5th Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore- 560 010

Phone: 080-23305508 or 080-23409712

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ಹೊನ್ನೆಮರಡು ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಸಾಗರದಿಂದ ೨೫ ಕಿಮಿ ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿ ತಾಣ. ಇದು ಶರಾವತಿ ನದಿಯ ದಡದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಹಿನ್ನೀರು ಪ್ರದೇಶ. ಹೊನ್ನೇಮರಡು ನಿಸರ್ಗದ ಸುಂದರ ನೋಟವನ್ನು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮುಂದೆ ಅನಾವರಣ ಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಶರಾವತಿ ನದಿಯ ನೀರಿಗೆ ಲಿಂಗನಮಕ್ಕಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟೆಯು ಹೊನ್ನೇಮರಡು ಅಂತಹ ನಿಸರ್ಗ ಸಹಜ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯವನ್ನು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಮಾಡಿದೆ.ಅತೀ ದೂರದ ವರೆಗೆ ಶುಭ್ರ ನೀರಿನ ನೋಟ ಯಾವುದೇ ರೀತಿಯ ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಅವಕಾಶವಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರನ್ನು ಸೆಳೆಯುತ್ತದೆ.ತೆಪ್ಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಸುತ್ತು ಹಾಕಿ, ನೀರಿನ ನಡುವೆ ಇರುವ ನಡುಗಡ್ಡೆ ಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿಬಂದರೆ ಆ ಪ್ರವಾಸದ ರುಚಿಯ ನೆನಪು ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ದಿನ ಕಾಡುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತೆ.

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Interesting Facts

Honnemaradu is famous as it is house to a wide variety of birds and butterflies. The village is an equal attraction to bird watchers as well as people who are trying to get away from their busy city life schedules.

The sunsets and sunrise in the backwaters are an exquisite sight. The roads that are taken to reach the village provides its visitors with amazing views of the hills that overlook the Linganamakki Reservoir.

The village is home to a variety of attractions and therefore, it attracts tourists who are nature lovers, bird lovers and also people who are nature lovers.

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Best Time to visit

Honnemaradu, like all other South Indian places, has a hot summer. Therefore, the village can be visited during any time of the year excluding the summer months. Even though the village is open all through the year, the village is at it’s best during the months between October to December and during the March-April months.

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How to Reach Honnemaradu

By Road
By road is the lengthiest way to commute to the village. Regular buses are available from the major cities to the nearby town of Sagar. The buses, however, are not seen to follow a strict schedule.

Many buses (Government and Private) ply frequently between Shivamogga ( Shimoga ) and Sagara. Visitors need to take local buses from Sagara (Taluk headquarters) to Honnemaradu.

Direct buses - Both Government (KSRTC) and private are available from Major Cities in Karnataka like Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Mysore and Belgaum go to Sagara. 


By Rail

The nearest Railway Station is the Shimoga Railway Station that is located at a distance of about 100 km. Travelling by train is said to be better when compared to any other modes.

Nearest Railway Station (distance from Jog Falls): Talaguppa (12 km), Sagara (30 km), Shivamogga (100km).

Visitors travelling from Bengaluru and Mysuru can opt for Talagoppa Express train.


By Air

Domestic Airport: Hubli (130 km), Mangalore (135 km), Pune (500 km)

International Airport: Bengaluru International Airport (BLR): 340 km 

Places around Honnemaradu

Linganamakki Dam – 17 km- The dam was constructed in the year 1964 across the River Sharavathi. It stretches to around 300km2 area and impounds about 4368 million cubic meter water. The dam receives a major share of its water from the annual rainfalls.

Jog Falls – 18.3 km- It is the second largest waterfalls in the country and is considered to be a thrilling spectacle of the Western region of Karnataka. The state receives a major share of its hydro-electric power from the falls.

Ikkeri– 25 km-Ikkeri is famous as it is home to the Aghoreshvara Temple which is completely built with granite. Like most other South Indian temples, this one too has a lot of carvings and sculptures on them.

Keladi – 29 km- It is famously known as a temple town and is famous for the Rameshwara Temple which is built in the Hoysala-Dravidian architecture. The temple also has a statue of the famous Rani Channamma.

Dabbe Falls – 35.7 km- The falls is a hidden treasure and is about 100m in height. The fall is located in an isolated hillock. Tourists visiting the falls must be ready to trek their way up and can also carry their tents and other equipment if they would like to stay at the top overnight and enjoy the sunrise.

Chandragutti – 40 km- It is a beautiful pilgrimage centre that is located on a rocky mountain bed in the Sahyadri Ranges. It is famous for the Goddess Renukamba Temple, which is dedicated to Goddess renukamba who was the great Lord Parashurama’s mother. The temple is one of its kinds in the country.

Gudavi – 49 km-Gudavi is famous for its bird sanctuary. About 217 different varieties of birds are said to visit the sanctuary through the year according to surveys. The sanctuary also has a natural lake and the lush green trees provide the birds with their homes.

Bheemeshwara Falls – 52 km-The falls is a trekker’s love and nature lover’s paradise. Visitors are to trek their way through to the top of the falls. The falls is located in the famous Bheemeshwara Temple premises. According to the localities, the temple was constructed by the famous Pandavas themselves, during their 12-year exile.

Sigandoor Chaudeshwari Temple –64.8 km-The temple is the abode for Matha Chowdeshwari, locally known as Sigandureshwari. The temple celebrates the Makara Sankranti with by conducting a grand Jatre and devotees from various parts of the country visit the place to pay their respects to the goddess.