Male Hill (Malethirike): The most fascinating of them all is the Malethirike Shiva Temple. Set in the scenic Malethirike Hill — part of the Chomakund range, known for its treacherous slopes and dense vegetation — the temple destination is incredibly pristine! With floating clouds kissing the green trees, we thought we had walked into the pearly gates of heaven! What attracted us to Malethirike was the impressive drive with breathtaking views. A narrow road with many hairpin bends took us to the top of the hill. Many people trudge up the hill and the two-hour trek is made comfortable by shady trees lining the path. Actually, there is no temple building. Under the canopy of trees are five udhbhava, or self-manifested Shiva Lingams. There are many stories about the Malethirike shrine. The five Pandava brothers are believed to have prayed here during their exile. You will find bells of different sizes hanging in neat rows all along the open stairway and the natural spring ponds, leading up to the small clearing where the lingams are. We enquired, but no one seemed to know when the custom of offering bells started. But every time, a devotee’s wish comes true, he offers a bell. Some soldiers from Tipu Sultan’s retreating army are said to have rested here for some time. There is a small collection of shields, cannon balls and swords, which the priest proudly displays. It is a peak with lot of naturistic views and small flows around., Male Hill (Malethirike) 1599 meters, 40 kms to Palangala, Madikeri Talku, Kodagu(Coorg). Situated at a height of 11599 mts.
Elevation: Prominence: Listing: Coordinates: Location: Karnataka, India Parent range: Western Ghats Easiest route: Hike
Timings:Opening: , Closing: Distance:From Madikeri km How to Reach: Duration of Visit: 5- 8 hour (approximately)