Sigandur, also known as Singadooru, is one of the small villages located in the Shivamogga ( Shimoga ) District, in the southern state of Karnataka. The village is located at a distance of about 40 km from the taluk headquarters of the Sagara Town.
The village is famous for the Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple, where it is believed that the goddess punishes thieves mercilessly. Therefore, people who have lost valuables visit the goddess to pray and get their valuables back. The temple attracts hundreds of people to the spot everyday. The afternoon lunch is also provided at the temple.
The village was cut off from the general town when the Linganamakki Dam was built over the Sharavathi River. The village is now connected to the town with the help of ferries or barges which carry people, vehicles and pilgrims.
Sigandur is also famous for it being a water locked village. The village is surrounded by backwaters three sides, which is formed because of the Linganamakki Dam that is built on the Sharavathi River. People visit the village to enjoy the scenic beauty of the village and also to pay a visit to the Chowdeshwari Temple.
ಸಿಗಂಧೂರು ಸಾಗರದಿಂದ ೫೦ ಕಿ.ಮೀ ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿ ತುಮರಿ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಸಾಗರದಿಂದ ಹೊಳೆಬಾಗಿಲು ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಗುವ ಬಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ೧೦-೧೫ ನಿಮಿಷ ಶರಾವತಿ ಹಿನ್ನಿರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಲಾಂಚ್ ಪ್ರಯಾಣ ಮತ್ತೆ ನಾಲ್ಕೈದು ಕಿ.ಮೀ. ಬಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಗಿದರೆ ಸಿಗಂಧೂರು ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಪಾವಿತ್ರತ್ಯೆಯ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರ ಕಣ್ಮನ ಸೆಳೆಯುವ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವಾಗಿ ಈಚೆಗೆ ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಸುಮಾರು ಎರಡೂವರೆ ಶತಮಾನಗಳ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಇದೆ ಎಂದು ಸ್ಥಳೀಕರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ. ಪ್ರತಿ ವರ್ಷ ಮಕರ ಸಂಕ್ರಾಂತಿಯಂದು ಎರಡು ದಿನ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಜಾತ್ರೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಪ್ರತಿ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಶುಕ್ರವಾರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಶೇಷ ಪೂಜೆ ಇದೆ. ಶರಾವತಿ ಹಿನ್ನೀರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಲಾಂಚ್ ಯಾನ ಒಂದು ರೋಮಾಂಚಕ ಅನುಭವ ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ.
Sigandur is a small village, cut off from the neighbouring town of Sagara because of the reservoir that is built on the Sharavathi River. The village is surrounded with backwaters on three sides and provides its visitors with a marvellous view.
The village is also home to the famous Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple. People believe that the Goddess mercilessly punishes thieves and therefore, most people visiting the temple pray to get their lost valuables back.
The ferry ride from the town to the village is a journey through which one can enjoy nature at it’s best of beauties.
On the day on Makara Sankranthi ( Jathre – Annual Festival) thousands of devotes from various parts of Karnataka visit here.
During the month of Ashada (June and July) every year a special pooja is conducted at the Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple which is known as the Ashada Pooja. The village sees a flow of people during this time.
Sundays and Saturdays are very crowded when compared to the other weekdays, because of which the ferries and barges and buses are extremely crowded. Therefore, if one wants to enjoy the beauty and the ride on the backwaters then the weekdays should be preferred.
The ferries are available only till 5:00 pm.
The town of Sagara is well linked by the road transport. Visitors can reach the town through buses from the nearby towns and then use the ferry or barge system to reach the village. There are other set ups like that of lorries and tractors which takes the visitors till the village.
Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport – 113 km.
Nearest Railway Station: The Bhatkal Railway Station – 44 km.
The town is well connected by road.
Jog Falls –67.6 km- Jog falls is the second highest waterfall in the country and is a scenic beauty as it is made up of a combination of four different waterfalls. The falls originates from the Sharavathi River.
Humcha – 85.5 km- It is a village that is famous for the ancient Goddess Padmavati Temple. The village is also famous for being home the Humbaj Matha which is an important institution for the Jains.
Kodachadri Hills – 51.7 km- It is a mountain peak that is located amidst the lush green forests of the Western Ghats. The peak is also declared to be a natural heritage.
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary – 83.3 km- The sanctuary spreads over 0.74 km2 of land and is lined with trees along its banks. The sanctuary also houses a natural lake and the trees make home to a wide variety of birds that fly in from different parts of the world.
Achakanya Waterfalls – 88.2 km-The falls is one the least explored spots in the state of Karnataka. the waterfall originates from the River Sharavathi. Tourists should trek their way through to reach the falls and amidst all the lush green forests the white stream of water falling from the falls becomes a mesmerising memory to every individual who visits.
Kunchikal Falls – 80.1 km-The falls originates from the Varahi River and stands at a massive height of about 455 mt. It is a splendid beauty during rainy seasons and provides it’s visitors with a marvellous view.
Honnemaradu – 64.9 km-It is a tourist place located on the back waters of the River Sharavathi. The village gets it’s name from because of the presence of a lot of Honne Trees in the locality. The village is perched on the hill which overlooks the Linganamakki Reservoir. The village is a beautiful spot to relax.
Linganamakki Dam – 67.8 km- The dam was constructed in 1964 and is approximately 2.4km in length, built on the Sharavathi River. The dam receives water from the rainfall along with the water from the Chakra and Savahaklu Reservoirs.
Savehaklu Dam – 70.6 km- The dam is located very cose to the Chakra Dam and be found on the way to Kodachadri from Nagara. The dam is built across the River Chakra mainly built to generate hydro-electricity.
Chakra Dam – 64.1 km-This dam is also placed on the route from Nagara to Kodachadri. Tourists visiting the dam are requested to travel in their own vehicles as it is not very well connected by other means of transport.
Balligavi Kedareshwara Temple – 79.6 km- The temple is a three shrined temple which is also known as the Trikuta style. Each of these shrines has a superstructure also known as the Shikhara. The temple is home to the Hindu god Shiva in the west and the aouth and houses the image of the Hindu god Vishnu in the north.
Chandragutti – 86 km- It is located on the Sahayadri ranges, which is a rocky terrain. It is famous as it houses a temple that is dedicated to the Goddess Renukamba who was the mother of the Great Lord Parashurama. The temple is one of it’s kind and is visited by a wide variety of people through the year.