Located in the leeward region of the Nilgiris, Chamarajanagar or Chamarajanagar is a town in Chamarajanagar District in the southern end of Karnataka state in India. The district is bordering Mysooru (also spelled as Mysore) district to the west and north, Mandya and Bangalore districts to the north-east of Karnataka. Externally it borders Erode District of Tamil Nadu and Wayanad District of Kerala. The district was created after the larger Mysore district was split into the new Mysore district and the current Chamarajanagar district. The District capital is the city of Chamarajanagar. The taluks of Chamarajanagar include Chamarajanagar taluk, Yelandur taluk, Kollegal taluk and Gundalpet taluk.
Chamarajanagar was earlier known as Arikottara. Chamaraja Wodeyar, the Wodeyar king of Mysooru (Mysore) was born here and hence this place was renamed after him.
Once you are in the town, you can visit number of places. Chamarajeshwar Temple, B R Hills (Biligiri Rangana Betta), Haralukote Hanuman Temple and Janardhana Swami Temple, Bannari Amman Temple Bannari, K.Gudi, MM Hills (Maleahadeshwara betta), Bandipura Wild life Sanctuary, Talkad Piligrimage centre, Somanathpur, Shivanasamudra & Hogenakal Falls, Mudukuthore, Himavadh Gopal Swamy Betta, Veerabhadraswamy Temple etc.
Situated in the Nilgiris, Chamarajanagar is a scenic beauty consisting of mainly semi-arid rain dependent flatlands along with forested hills. The region is known for its multi-linguistic speeches because of its borders touching Kerala and Tamil Nadu although Kannada remains the main language. Chamarajanagar is known for a good extent of forest land within its boundaries. Hence, it has a very high population of forest-dwelling tribals - Soligas, Jenu Kurubas, Betta Kurubas. Most of these tribes inhabit the forest of B R Hills, Malai-Mahadeswara Hills, and Bandipur National Park. All of these are protected areas. These tribal have their own dialect, usually with a strong Tamil influence. The place is also rich with religious sites of many religions and lots of tourist spots - from trekking destinations, to challenging hills and wildlife sanctuaries.
Chamarajanagar is at a distance of 65 km from Mysore and 185 km from Bangalore.