Honnemaradu is a tourist place situated on the backwaters of River Sharavathi in Shivamogga district. Honnemaradu derived its name from the Honne tree. However, the literal meaning of Honnemaradu is Golden Lake. It is located about 35 km from Sagara on the way to Jog Falls.
It is a small village perched on the hills that overlook the Linganamakki Reservoir. In the middle of this huge water body there is a small island that attracts campers. In addition to the adventure activities, Honnemaradu is a birdwatchers’ paradise and one can spend endless hours watching and trying to identify different species of birds and butterflies.
The place, ideal for water sports, is tucked away in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats. Deep in the forest, Honnemaradu is a haven for outdoor fanatics as well as for those who want a complete break from city life. Trekking, however, is only permitted along roads in a designated area. Some of the water sports activities here include boating and kayaking, but these are only permitted with a guide. Swimming is not allowed.
Reaching there: If you are planning to take your car, Honnemaradu is around 342 kilometres and it will take approximately 4 to 5 hours for you to reach there. Also, buses and trains are available from Mysuru to Talaguppa — VNS