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Gundlupet

Gundlupet or Gundlupete is a town in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. This small town is about 56 km from the Mysore-Ooty / Mysore-Calicut NH 212 highway and about 200 km from Bangalore. Gundlupet is the last town in Karnataka en route to Ooty, Wayanad, Kozhikode, situated very close to Tamil Nadu and Kerala state borders. NH-67 starts from Gundlupete and ends in Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu via Ooty and Coimbatore. Previously this town was known as "Vijayapura" which got its name due presence of historical Vijayanarayana temple.

Gundlupet is famous for Gopalaswamy Temple and Manchalli Cave Temple. Homestays, lodges and resorts are available near the main town. Gundlupet Tourism is also getting attention for nightlife in Cottages. Bandipur National Park is at a distance of 19.7 km and hardly takes half an hour 29 min via NH181. Distance from Gundlupete, Karnataka to Ooty, Tamil Nadu is 67.8 km and takes around 2 h 6 min via Mysore - Ooty Road. Other popular tourist places to see near Gundlupet are wayanad wildlife sanctuary, br hills wild life sanctuary, Catherine Falls, Coonoor, Needle Rock Gudalur and Pykara Lake.

Gundlupet is famous for Sunflower and Marigold cultivation. Sunflower plants grow up to 300 cm and bloom only once a year. Having the scientific name helianthus annuus, they originally belong to the American continents and were brought to India in the 16th century. They are farmed mainly for the purpose of producing oil. Seeds, leaves and roots of the plant are used for manufacturing medicines. Roasted sunflower seeds are a snack and are available in the border villages. Huge areas of Land is cultivated during the pre-monsoon to time their harvest for the festival season in September - October.

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