Masthikatte

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Masthikatte is a city located in Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga district, Karnataka, India.

Etymology[edit]

In local tradition, Masthikatte means "a place where woman (may be widow) sacrifised herself" or a place where suttee or Sati was practiceed. Masthi means "Maha Sati" or revered lady. There is a spot near three road junction which is identified as "Masthikatte".

Activity[edit]

Masthikatte came into existence in the 1980s when the Karnataka Power Corporation built a township for its employees working on the Varahi Hydroelectric Project. It can be called a gated community, surrounded by the thick forests of the Western Ghats. The town has a number of amenities including a Post Office, Bank, and Medical facilities which were all provided by the Karnataka Power Corporation.

Transportation[edit]

Masthikatte is well connected to the towns of Shimoga, Hosanagara, Thirthahalli, Kundapura, and Udupi on the State Highway.

Rainfall[edit]

Masthikatte receives heavy rainfall and receives equal amount or more rainfall (in some seasons) than Agumbe, which has record of heaviest rain fall in Karnataka.

Flora and Fauna[edit]

As the village is located in the midst of dense forests belonging to Western Ghats, a World Heritage site, variety of flora and fauna occur around Masthikatte.[citation needed]

Places of interest[edit]

Varahi Backwaters[edit]

Backwaters of the Varahi River dam exist in the low lying areas some 3 kilometers away, near the village of Hulikal

Kunchikal Falls[edit]

The Kunchikal Falls in the Western Ghats area, created by Varahi River, are located 5 Kilometers away from Masthikatte. At 1,493 feet,(455 metres)[1] the falls are dubbed as Highest in India. Damming at Mani for the Hydroelectric plant has greatly reduced the flow of the waterfalls, however.[1]

Chandikamba Temple, Hulikal[edit]

Deep inside the forest, on state highway, small temple complex belonging to Chandikamba Temple is located at a distance of 5 km from Masthikatte.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Varahi Hydro Electric Project". Karnataka Power Corporation Limited. Retrieved 2012-08-03.