Chamarajanagar is a district in Karnataka State.
It is just because the 9th Chamaraja Wodeyar (1774-1796 Christan Era),one of the king of Mysore kingdom was born here.
Kannada is the local language as well as the official language of the CR Nagar district.Road sign and boards are mostly in Kannada. English is understood by few people.Tribal people (Tribes) residing in this district have their own dialect which is different from Kannada.
From the state capital Bangalore, the State Highway 17 can be used to reach Chamarajanagar via Mysore, Chamarajanagar is at a distance of 65 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.
Chamarajanagar has a new railway station inaugurated when the railway track was upgraded to broad gauge from metre gauge in November 2008. Mysore, 61 km away, is well connected by railway to major cities in India. Some long-distance trains now come to Chamarajanagar also. 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 been got environmental clearance.
On the day of the new BG line inauguration, a local committee at Chamarajanagar had presented a memorandom to the then Honourable 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, Erode which is said to be very prosperous for the country. This proposal will bring the eastern as well as the western coastal regions closer to the northern region via Chamarajanagar. i.e. Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam including Coimbatore from the west and the eastern costal cities including Madurai, Trichy, Srirangam, etc.
Since Feb'2010, Tirupati Express (214) has been extended till Chamarajanagar station being the only long route train from Chamarajanagar.
New Rail line b/w Chamarajanagar-Krishnagiri
The 2010 railway budjet comeout with a proposal to conduct survey for newline between Chamarajanagar and Krishnagiri(Tamilnadu).This line will give direct connectivity between Chennai and Mysore.That means the new services will be through Chennai-Krishnagiri-Chamarajanagar-Mysore instead of busy Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore!
The nearest airport is at Bangalore. The airports at Coimbatore or Calicut are more distant but can be used for reaching Chamarajanagar. Once opened the airport at Mysore will be the nearest.
In otherwards Chamarajanagar can also be called as connecting point for 3 southern states of India.Because it connects Bangalore-Sathayamangalam-Coimbatore,Mysore-Sathyamangalam-Coimbatore,Mysore-Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam-Erode-palani,Bangalore-Calicut,Mangalore-Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam-Erode-Palani.But the district Chamarajanagar is still backward due to 20 years of Veerappan era, all politicians feared to come there just because of Veerappan.Other reasons for backwasdness are lack of interest from the Government.No one Chief Minister visited this district headquarter(Cahmarajanagar) since 16 years!
Bangalore-Coimbatore shortest route
The route via Chamarajanagar that is via NH-209 is shortest route for Bangalore to coimbatore.It is 320 km (Bangalore-Kanakapura-Malavalli-Kollegal-Chamarajanagar-Sathyamangalam-Coimbatore).This route has been selected for NHAI road development project(PHASE-IV B),within few months it will be a good road.So travellers should use this route,any other route will lead to greater distance and definitely greater time,fuel!
Ride through roads by motorcycles (motorbike) or four wheelers within forests and jungles.Stay at resorts or forest guest houses to enjoy the nature.
At many places of this district only signals of BSNL (Cellone) service provider are available. While going inside forests and nearby rural hamlets watch out for Elephants, Tigers, Gaur (Indian Bison),Leopards which can attack human beings. Also look out for venomous snakes.Medical facilities are poor in this district.