Mattur is a quaint village in Karnataka. It is located on the banks of River Tunga and is at a distance of about 8 km from Shimoga (Shivamogga). Mattur is famous as the ‘Sanskrit village’ of India. It is the only village in India where most of the residents use Sanskrit as the medium of communication.
It is a unique accomplishment that the residents of Mattur have managed to keep alive the ancient language through their day-to-day communication in Sanskrit even though the official and native language of the state is Kannada.
Why should a traveller visit Mathur? Mathur or Mattur is a village in Shimoga; the beautiful surroundings on the banks of Tungabhadra River is relaxing.
You can also see the Agraham lifestyle which has vanished over the years. Most fascinating part is to hear people speak in a mix of Sankethi, Sanskrit and Kannada languages. A strange language hit your ears in a modern set up. A strong Vedic lifestyle with a modern touch invite you to Mattur and Hosahalli. Hosahalli is on the other side of the river; it is famous for the Gamaka art (singing and storytelling). Recently, Mattur even came under the spotlight for some controversies. However, the people of this village lead a peaceful life and firmly believe in their customs. Offbeat travel to the last existing Sanskrit speaking town will take you back in time. You will feel the strength of this ancient Indian language.
Mattur is a small village that does not have any dining places or guest houses. The place is ideal for a single day visit. If guests want to stay in the village for a couple of days then they can stay in the local village school (pathshala). The villagers in Mattur also offer homestays for guests.