Karnataka’s southernmost tip

The Vijaya Parsvanath Basadi, a holy Jain shrine was constructed by Punisadandanayaka, the commander of the Hoysala king Gangaraja in the year 1117 A.D. Being the southernmost district of Karnataka, Chamarajanagara district borders the state of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Specifically, it borders Mysore district of Karnataka to the west and north, Mandya and Bangalore districts to the north-east, Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu to the east, Salem and Erode districts of Tamil Nadu to the south-east, Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu to the south and Wayanad district of Kerala to the south-west.

Most of the district lies in the leeward region of the Nilgiris and consists of mainly semi-arid rain-dependent flatlands along with forested hills. Also, Chamarajanagar range of forests is one of the hottest bio-diversity spots in the whole world. It comprises as many as 372 mammal species, some of which are found only in these forests. Chamarajanagar is home to a staggering 21 per cent of all known plant species. Widespread hills, valleys, lush green and well spread grasslands. Flowing rivers, rivulets, ponds, lakes and streams. Different kinds of forests like shola, evergreen, dry and deciduous forests are part of the region.

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