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Ambaragudda is a hill, covering 250 hectares (620 acres) located in Western Ghats near Kodachadri in Hosanagara taluk, Shimoga District in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is covered with rainforests. Mining operations have drawn protests.[1] The Karnataka government declared it as a natural heritage site of Western Ghat region in 2009.[2][3]

Ambaragudda is a part of Sharavathi valley and is located near Linganamakki hydroelectric dam and the hill and Ammanaghatta hill range give birth to five tributaries of Sharavathi river.[2]


Mining is opposed by local people, including environmentalists such as Raghaveshwara Bharathi, in view of massive damage to surrounding hills.[4] Local people stopped mining activity during 2005.[4] It was alleged that the mining company furnished false information to the court, stating that the hill is barren, even though it is covered with forests.[4] Certain mining companies undertook illegal mining in 2004.[5] Local people formed a front named "Kodachadri Sanjeevini" to protest all mining activities in and around Ambaragudda and Kodachadri hill range.[4]

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  1. ^ TNN (18 October 2009). "Plea to stop mining in Western Ghats". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Natural heritage site tag for Ambaragudda, Ammanaghatta". The Hindu. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Kaggere, Niranjan (2012). "Kodachadri now a Heritage site". Times of India- mobile e paper. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Special, Correspondent (17 August 2005). "Andolan seeks restoration of ban on mining at Ambargudda". Bangalore: The Hindu. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Basavaraj Sampalli, P.N.Narasimhamurthy (6 July 2004). "Dynamites & JCBs greet you at this bio-diversity hotspot". Deccan Herald (Spectrum). Retrieved 5 October 2012.