Veerabhadreshwara Temple is an ancient cave temple situated in the lovely picnic spot of Kalhatti falls. Constructed in a gap between rocks, this temple is said to have been built during the Vijaynagara period. The main deity is Lord Veerabhadreshwara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva
. The entrance of the temple is decorated with three stone carvings of three elephants. According to legends, this place has once hosted the hermitages of Sage Agastya
. The temple conducts its festival for three days every year.
Veerabhadreshwara Temple and the Kalhatti falls, situated amidst the natural surroundings, attract both tourists and pilgrims.
This temple is near Kalhattipura which is 20 km south of Tarikere
in Chikmagalur District
and about 10 km from Kemmannagundi
. Tarikere Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead.
[Source karnatakatourism.org (120) 13-Jan-05]