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Amidst the sea of clouds... 

It looks like a scene from the hill town of Mussoorie. But it is a place in your backyard, on a winter morning. It is at Channakeshava Betta near Nandi hills. Only a small valley separates these two hills. It has a motorable road too. 

Channakeshava Betta is an ideal place for adventure seekers to visit. However, one has to be careful about the direction they take as the thick bushes in the area can be quite misleading. The hill is quite popular with devotees and trekkers alike. Channarayaswamy is believed to be the presiding deity of the hill. 

There is a pushkarini on top of the hill, which has water throughout the year. The water is crystal clear during the rainy season, though it turns greenish in colour the rest of the year.

A stream from Channarayaswamy Betta is believed to be the major feeder of Arkavathi river. The hill is also the source of Pennar river. The hill, 4,762 feet above sea level, is one of the five hills forming the shape of kushmanda, and hence called Kushmandagiri. The other four are the Nandi hills, Skandagiri, Dibbagiri and Brahmagiri. 

While descending the hill, you could visit Kanive Basavanna for its big Basava statue. You could also visit the Bhoganandishwara Temple a few kilometres away. This temple is perhaps the finest and the most ornate Dravidian temples of Karnataka.

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