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Malenadu region shown in Green
Malenadu region shown in Green
Country  India
State  Karnataka
Region Malnad
Districts Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Kodagu, Belagavi, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi district
 • Official Kannada
 • Regional Havyaka Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Kodava, Are Bhashe
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Malenadu is a region in the state of Karnataka in India. Malenadu covers the western and eastern slopes of the Western Ghats or Sahyadri mountain range, and is roughly 100 kilometers in width. It is situated between Coastal Karnataka and Bayaluseeme regions of Karnataka.


The word Malenadu is derived from [kannada] word 'male' meaning 'Rain and 'nādu' meaning 'land/state(region)'. Together, they mean 'the land of rain'.


Malenadu covers portions of Belagavi, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu and parts of Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. The hills of Malenadu are richly forested. Coffee and Arecanut are grown in many places. Sirsi, Siddapura, Yellapur, Dandeli, Sagara, Hosanagara ,Thirthahalli, Koppa, Sringeri, Narasimharajapura, Mudigere, Sakleshpura, Aldur, Balehonnur are major business centres in Malnad part of Karnataka. Madikeri and Somavarapete, Chikkamagaluru are towns in the coffee-growing region. Mullayanagiri, at 6,317 feet (1,925 m), is the highest peak in Karnataka. Kemmangundi at 4,702 feet (1,433 m) above sea level is a popular hill station and was a favorite retreat of Mysore's former Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Kalhatti Falls, 10 km from Kemmangundi, has a drop of 122 meters. Gangamoola peak, 10 km from the town of Kudremukh, is revered as the source of the Bhadra, Nethravathi and Tunga rivers.

Bridge across Tunga river at Thirthahalli

Rivers (origin in Malnad)[edit]

Important towns[edit]

Other important places in Malenadu[edit]

  • Unchalli Falls also called Lushington Falls perhaps one of the india's most spectacular falls located near sirsi & siddapur.
  • Yana near sirsi.
  • Ramachandrapura Math is in Hosanagar Taluk, is famous Adi Shankaracharya Math.
  • Banavasi is an ancient temple town in Sirsi Taluk.
  • Kali Tiger Reserve in Dandeli
  • Angadi in Mudigere taluk, Chikkamagaluru district is famous as the birthplace of the Hoysala dynasty.
  • Horanadu in Chickmagalur District is religious place, with Annapurneswari temple.
  • Sringeri in Chickmagalur District is religious place with Sharadamba Temple established by Adi Shankaracharya.
  • Kukke Subrahmanya in Mangalore district is a tourism and religious place.
  • Kodachadri is a mountain peak in Shimoga District.
  • Kudremukh is a mountain peak and name of a town situated in mudigere taluk, Chickmagalur district. Kudremukh National Park lies in this region.
  • Shri Marikamba Temple in Sirsi is a religious place, The Sirsi Marikamba jaatre (chariot procession) of the deity is held every alternate year in the month of February and taken through the town. It is attended by a very large number of devotees.It is said to be the most famous and biggest fair(jaatre) of the state(karnataka).
  • Sahasralinga in Sirsi Taluk, It is in the river Shalmala and is famous for being the location where around a thousand lingas are carved on rocks in the river and on its banks.
  • Sathodi Falls and Magod Falls in Yallapur Taluk.
  • Chorla ghat, Anmod ghat, Yellapura ghat, Devimane ghat, Kogar ghat, Balebare ghat, Hosanagara ghat, Agumbe ghat, Mala ghat, Charmadi ghat, Shiradi ghat and Sampaje ghat are some of the prominent ghat sections in malnad.
  • Shiradi ghat, Bisle ghat, Charmadi ghat and Sampaje ghat are places for trekking and hiking.
  • Bhadra wild life sanctuary in Chikkamagaluru Dist
  • Honnemaradu in Sagara Taluk
  • Chandragutthi near to Sagara is religious place with Renuka-Yellamma Temple
  • Jog Falls in Sagara Taluk which is the famous waterfalls in the country.
  • Siganduru in Sagara Taluk is religious place with Chowdeshwari Devi temple
  • Ulavi is an important center of pilgrimage for people of the Lingayat faith. The Samadhi of Channabasavanna, one of the most revered saints of the Lingayat faith lies here.
  • Kavaledurga in Thirthahalli taluk of Shimoga District
  • Agumbe in Thirthahalli taluk of Shimoga District famous for Sunset view and is home to the largest venomous snake in the world The king cobra. There is a dedicated forest research station in agumbe as well.
  • Humcha in Hosanagara taluk of Shimoga district is a jain pilgrim center.
  • Mandagadde in Thirthahalli taluk of Shimoga District is a famous bird sanctuary.
  • Ninasam in Heggodu, Sagara Taluk, is a famous folk art theatre.
  • Nagarakodi in Siddapur Taluq, Uttara Kannada Dist.
  • Sri Rushyashrungeshwara Swamy Temple in Kigga, Sringeri Taluk, is famous as "God of Rain".
  • Narasimha parvata is near to Kigga [4-5 km from Kigga].
  • Sirimane and Meghebaile water falls near to Kigga, Sringeri Taluk.
  • sri Bhavani shankara temple in niluvagilu koppa taluk
  • Dasa Mutt vokkaliga religious place for vishnava tradition (trupati timappa) koppa taluk (Chickamangulur district) (Karnataka), India.
  • Ambuthirtha it is in thirthahalli taluk according to ancient legend the Lord Rama shot at the ground with this ambu (bow & arrow) because his wife Sita was thristy when his arrow hit the ground water poured out and quenched her thirst near by Rama Temple is situated river sharavati originates from here.


The Malenadu region is humid and has an annual rainfall of 1,000 to 3,800 mm.[1] Sakleshpur & agumbe in shimoga district and Hassan district receives the highest rainfall in Karnataka (close to 10,000 mm).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Climate and Rainfall - Karnataka". Retrieved 2006-12-18. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 13°10′N 75°30′E / 13.167°N 75.500°E / 13.167; 75.500