Kollegal is a small town in Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka State.
Kollegal is 60 km from Mysore city. Take the road by the Lalitha Mahal Hotel and turn right. After several villages with green paddy fields, coconut farms and small lakes, you will reach the town of T.Narasimpura. Sugarcane fields on the both sides of the roads welcome you to Kollegal town another half an hour drive from T.Narasimpura town.
The nearest railway station is Chamarajanagar. Chamarajanagar is a new railway station inaugurated when the railway track was upgraded to broad gauge from metre gauge in November 2008. Mysore, 61 km away, is well connected by railway to major cities in India. Some long-distance trains now come to Chamarajanagar also.
The nearest airport is at Bangalore. The airports at Coimbatore or Calicut are more distant but can be used for reaching Chamarajanagar. Once opened the airport at Mysore will be the nearest.
Autorikshaws are easily available charging only ten rupees per kilometer.
- Hogenakal Water falls, M.M.Hills Road.
- Waterfalls of Gagana Chukki.
- Shivana Samudra (Bluff).
- Gundal Dam, 15 km (M.M.Hills Road).
- Maradi Gudda, Near BSNL (1 km). A short flight of stone steps take you directly to the little hill in the middle of the city. Very good views from top. There is a garden on the right side. Very photogenic place.
Kollegal is the starting point for visiting Male Mahadeshwara Hill, which is about 80 km from Kollegal. There are many coconut and sugarcane farms on the way. Very often the farms stretch for five to ten kilometers without any buildings in between. There are two villages called Kamagare and Hannur on the way. When only 18 kilometers are left to M.M.Hills, the 27 hairpin bends begin. There is a yellow temple when only seven kilometers are left. The final landmark is the checkpost after which there is one more kilometer to the bus station at the hill. The hilltop has an ancient Shiva temple, situated deep inside the forest. The hilltop is well developed with a paved footpath and wide roads.
- Nandini Restaurant, Opposite bus station. The only reliable vegetarian outlet in the city. Crowded and noisy but food is clean. Meals are served only for short duration. Fried rice and dosa items are available all the time. Prices are average.
- Srinidhi Vegetarian, Opp.KSRTC bus station. Fine food. Small and silent hall inside. Tea is not served in the restaurant, you have to walk out and go for the open tea stall.
- Emirates Restaurant, Near the College.
There are many bars and wine shops. Alcohol carries no stigma here.
- Nandini Lodge, Opposite bus station. Rs.600.
- Vijayalakshmi Lodge, Opposite bus station, ☎ . Rs. 550.
- BDL Bhavana Lodge, Opposite bus station, ☎ . Big rooms with toilet. Old TV with unreliable electric connection. Rs.350.
The people are very friendly.