Chamarajanagar is a town in the southern end of Karnataka. It is also the headquarters of the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. It is named after Chamaraja Wodeyar IX (1774-1796), king of Mysore, who was born in the town. It is also one of the less developed towns in Karnataka, even though it is situated on the interstate that links Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Chamarajanagar is also known as the 'Silk City' (Reshme Nagari). There are many tourist spots to visit in this district and around the city. These are:

  1. Chamarajeshwara temple
  2. B R Hills (Biligiri Rangana Betta)
  3. Haralukote Hanuman Temple & Janardhanaswamy Temple is about 5 km from Chamarajanagar
  4. Bannari Amman Temple Bannari is about 60 km from Chamrajnagar
  5. K.Gudi (Jungle Lodge)
  6. MM Hills (Male Mahadeshwara Betta)
  7. Bandipura (Wild life Sanctuary)
  8. Talkad (Piligrimage centre)
  9. Somanathpur (Historical place)
  10. Shivanasamudra (Shivanasamudra Falls)
  11. Madyaranga temple (Near Shivanasamudra Falls)
  12. Karivaradarajaswamy Hills
  13. Huliganamaradi temple near Terakanambi which is about 22 km from Chamarajanagar
  14. Himavadh Gopal Swamy Betta (Misty hilltop Temple with full of FOG)
  15. Veerabhadraswamy Temple Channappanapura 10 km from Chamarajanagar
  16. Veerabhadraswamy temple H.mookahalli 15 km from Chamarajanagar
  17. There are two water reservoir called chikkahole and suvarnavathi just 15 km from Chamarajanar towards talavadi
  18. Boodhipadaga
  19. Bedaguli forest area
  20. Sri Kshetra Kanakagiri, Jain Pilgrim Centre
  21. Sri Vijaya Parsvanath Basadi, a holy Jain shrine at the heart Chamarajanagar City.

State Protected Monuments in Chamarajnagara
State Protected Monuments officially reported by Archeological Survey of India in Chamarajnagara, Karnataka is listed below

State Protected Monuments in Chamarajnagara
  • Ramesvara Temple
  • Varadaraja Temple
  • Chamarajesvara temple
  • Residence of Dewan Poornayya

How to Reach Chamarajanagar
By Road: From the state capital Bangalore, the State Highway 17 can be used to reach Chamarajanagar via Mysore, Chamarajanagar is at a distance of 61 km from Mysore. The distance from Bangalore to Chamarajanagar is about 185 km. The Bangalore-Kanakapura-Kollegal-Chamarajanagar road can also be used with the distance being the same.

By Rail: Chamarajanagar-Nanjangud railway line was opened to service on 27th August 1926. Chamarajanagar has a new railway station since the railway track was upgraded to broad gauge from one metre gauge in November 2008. The project to construct a new railway line from Chamarajanagar to Satyamangalam, Gobichettipalayam, Erode is progressing slowly. It will reduce the distance between Bangalore and Chamarajanagar and other cities of Tamil Nadu. The proposal to extend the railway line further to Mettupalayam in Tamil Nadu has not yet received environmental clearance.

On the day of the new BG line inauguration, a local committee at Chamarajanagar presented a memorandum to the then Minister for Railways for State, Dr. Velu to take up the construction work between Chamarajanagar and Mettupalayam directly, and also to take up the construction work of the Bangalore-Mettupalayam railway line via Satyamangalam. They have conveyed the importance of connecting Satyamangalam with Gobichettipalayam and Erode. This proposal will bring the eastern as well as the western coastal regions closer to the northern region via Chamarajanagar.

Since Feb 2010, the Tirupati Express (213) has been extended to Chamarajanagar station and is the only long route train from Chamarajanagar.

In 2010, the railway budget proposed to conduct a survey for the newline between Chamarajanagar and Krishnagiri. This line will connect Chennai and Mysore directly; that means: the new services will be through Chennai-Krishnagiri-Chamarajanagar-Mysore instead of the busy Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore route.

The 2011 railway budget proposed to conduct a survey for a newline between Tumkur and Chamarajanagar.

By Air: The nearest airport is MysoreMandakalli which is 52 km. The International airports are Bangalore located 236 km and Coimbatore located 134 km.

Kollegal Bus Route

Kollegal is the largest taluk in Karnataka. Kollegal is well known for its silk industry which attracts traders from all over the state. It Consists of 5 Hobli's named Kasaba, Ramapura, Hanur, palya, Lokkanahalli. Distance from Kollegal to Bengaluru is 142.8 km and travelling in this route takes around 3 h 3 min via NH209. Kollegal is connected by two national highways NH 209 that starts from Bengaluru-Dindukal via Coimbatore, Kollegal and NH 215 that starts from Kollegal to Calicut, via T.Narasipura, Mysuru.

The State Government appointed Dr. M.R. Ravi as the Deputy Commissioner of Chamarajanagar on January 31, 2020. He took charge last evening from earlier DC B.B. Cauvery who has now been posted as Director, Urban Development Directorate, Bengaluru. Ravi hails from Mamballi village in Yelandur taluk of Chamarajanagar district and has an opportunity to serve as the DC of his home district. He had previously served as a lecturer, Education Officer and entered the KAS. He was later promoted to IAS.