What to see around Bangalore
Hill NANDI HILLS
Nandi Hills is one of the most popular places around Bangalore. At this place at the foot of the hill is the ancient temple of Yoga Nandeeshwara Swamy Temple, built 11 centuries ago. On the same hill stands the building of the residence of Tipu Sultan, from where, according to legend, he threw prisoners into the gorge. From the hill offers stunning views of the mountains and the plateau.
The hill is located near the town of Chickkallapur, 60 km from Bangalore. It will take about three hours to get to Chikballapura by bus, then you need to transfer to the transport going to the hills: you can get on a rickshaw (about 150 rupees), or by bus (25 rupees), go about 10 km.
What is important to know: it is better to clarify the exact bus schedule in advance, as there is a bus from Chikballapura to the hills no more than twice a day.
Address: Chikkaballapur Taluk, Chikkaballapur
Hill SHIVAGANGA HILL
At an altitude of 1400 m and 50 km from Bangalore is the hill of Shivaganga. At the foot of the hill were built two temples of Shiva — Shivagang and Gavi Gangadreshvara. A unique feature of the hill is that it looks like a bull from the east, Ganesha from the West, Ling from the south and a cobra from the north. At the bottom of the hill near the temple of Shivagang is a ruined fort.
The Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple is considered very ancient, the original construction dates back to the 13th century. The current structure was built in the 18th century. There is a huge rock with a large statue of Nandi, which offers a panoramic view of the plains beyond the hill.
On the way to the top of the hill past the Gangadhareshwara Gavi temple there is a fresh spring of Pathala Ganga. The water here is considered holy, the way to the top takes about 30-40 minutes one way.
Address: 3 km from the City Market, Gavipuram, Bangalore
At a distance of 72 km from Bangalore is a rocky hill — Devarayanadurg. It is located in the middle of a picturesque area at an altitude of 1200 meters. The main attraction of Devarayanadurga is the temple of Yoga Narasimha and Bhoga Narasimha. The temple of Bhoga Narasimha is located in the foothills, and the temple of Yoga Narasimha is on top of a hill.
Devarayanadurga is famous for the natural spring Namada Chilume, which is considered to be the source of the Jayamangali river. There are two other sources called Ramatirtha and Dhanushtirtha.
Nearby is a large cave with figures of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. You can climb to the top both by car and on foot.
Waterfall MUTHYALA MADUVU
Another popular tourist destination outside the city of Bangalore (43 km) is the Muthyala Madouwu Falls, also known as Pearl Valley (muthyalu means “pearls” and maduvu means “pond” or “pool”). The height of the waterfall is about 30 meters, located deep in the valley in the middle of the hills.
In front of the entrance to the park area there is a parking, a restaurant and toilets. Address: Pearl Valley, Bangalore.
Temple of Dharmaraya Temple
The Dharmaraya Temple was built in the 16th century in the suburb of Bangalore, in the Nagarathpet area, and is dedicated to Sri Dharmarae Swami.
The temple is known for its colorful sculptures that adorn the walls and roofs of this huge structure outside. Inside the temple premises you can also find a large number of stone sculptures and carvings. The most significant event that takes place in the temple in March / April is the Karaga Festival. Karaga is the symbol of Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas. There are huge processions in which representatives of all religions take part.
Address: Dharmaraya Swamy Temple Road, OTC, Road, Thigalarpet, Nagarathpete, Bangalore
Museum of Folk Art Janapada Loka
At 52 km of Bangalore is the museum of the history of folk art. There are numerous collections of masks, artifacts, costumes, a collection of folk music and videos of folk dances. All items in the museum are kept in three buildings, namely Lokamahal, Lokamatha Mandira and Chitrakuteera. In Lokamahal interesting folk dolls, dishes, tools, weapons and masks are waiting for visitors. Lokamatha Mandira has a large variety of baskets, dishes and earthen cans. A number of photographs are presented in Chitracouter, covering various aspects of popular life.
Another attraction of the museum was a huge temple chariot. The museum also has an amazing amphitheater, and in the back of the museum is a lake with a boat complex.
Working hours of the complex: from 9.00 to 17.30, closed on Tuesdays. Address: Mysore highway, Ramanagar District, Doddamannugudde Forest, Ramnagaram
Waterfall CHUNCHI FALLS
83 km from Bangalore, there is another waterfall on the Arkavathi River, it has become one of the most famous and one of the most visited tourist sites.
Water falls from a height of 30 meters through multiple tiers into a small pool, thus forming a bathing area with running water. There is always a lot of people, especially on weekends and holidays.
The terrain is quite dangerous because of the slippery rocks and the deep gorge on the way to the waterfall. It is recommended to be careful around the waterfall.
106 km from Bangalore, in the city of Madhugiri, at an altitude of 1197 meters
is the second largest monolithic rock hill in Asia after Savandurga. On the hillside there is a fort, and the top of the hill is headed by the temple of Gopalakrishna. Both sights are in a ruined state.
The construction of the fort began around 1678 during the reign of Raj Hir Gouda and was completed by 1740. For a short time, the fort was controlled by the British and was used as a prison for the rebels during the first war of independence of India in 1857.
The way to the top of Madhugiri takes about 1.5 hours one way. Some sections of the path are quite dangerous and have an angle of inclination from 50 to 70 degrees. At half way to the top, in some places, rails and steps are installed to facilitate the ascent. In 30-40 minutes, the steps will end and you will have to climb the cliff.
At the top, visitors explore the ruins of the Gopalakrishna temple and the barracks, and can enjoy stunning views of the countryside. It is recommended to take with you a supply of water and food, comfortable shoes.
One of the best waterfalls in the state of Karnataka is Sivanasamudra, located 130 km from Bangalore and 81 km from Mysore.
The island of Shivanasamudra divides the Kaveri River into two parts, which form two waterfalls, one Gaganachukki and the other Bharachukki. Bharachukki is located approximately 15 kilometers from Gaganachukka.
Gaganachukki Falls is also known as Shiva Samudram, which literally means the sea of Shiva. The height of the waterfall is 90 m, the water cascades down a rocky channel into a deep gorge. The flow of water is quite strong and swimming is strictly prohibited. For the safety of tourists, the passage to the waterfall is fenced.
Barachukki is a cascade waterfall 70 m high. The path down to the waterfall is relatively safe, it is fenced with railings and there are benches for rest.
A few kilometers from the waterfall is the Asia’s first power station Shivanasamudra Hydroelectric Power Station.
Shri Ghati Subrahmanya Temple
One of the most popular pilgrimage centers in South India is the Shri Ghati Subrahmanya temple, located 60 km from Bangalore.
The temple of Ghati Subramania is dedicated to the Lord of Subramania (the eldest sons of Shiva and Parvati, and is also considered the Lord of the Serpent) and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. The uniqueness of the temple lies in the fact that Sri Subramanya looks to the east, and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha looks to the west.
According to legend, Gati is the place where the Lord Subramanya repented as a serpent inside a cave before killing the demon Tharakasura. The history of Ghati Subrahmanya has more than 600 years. This is an ancient temple built in the Dravidian tradition. Hundreds and even thousands of believers come to pray at this temple, Sri Subrahmanya is especially popular among the Tamil population of Karnataka.
Shree Kotilingeshwara Swamy Temple
Another pilgrimage temple is located 100 km from Bangalore. The temple was built in 1980 on an area of 13 hectares and has great religious significance. The temple is famous for the huge 32-meter statue of Shiva and the 10-meter statue of Shiva’s faithful friend, the Nandi bull. Inside the complex there are shrines of Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara, Rama, Lakshman and Sita, etc. On weekends and holidays, believers from all the neighborhoods come here to avoid crowding and crowds, it is recommended to arrive at 8 am. Water and food is better to take with you.
Bannerughatta National Park
The most famous wildlife park Bannerughatta is 23 km from Bangalore Railway Station. This is one of the best open-air zoos in India.
The park was founded in 1971 and received national status in 1974. The territory of the park of 25 thousand acres consists of the main reserve, zoo, children’s park, aquarium, crocodile park, museum, butterfly park, snake park and safari park. The park is inhabited by tigers, lions, elephants, leopards, bison, deer, bears, birds and butterflies.
One of the main attractions of the park is a lion and tiger safari or Grand Safari. Hour safari gives you the opportunity to see leopards, white tigers, Bengal tigers and lions. The park also inhabits several species of birds.
In the park there is the Temple of Champaka Dham Swami, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his spouses Sri Devi and Bhudevi.
Admission: adults — 80 rupees, children — 40 rupees. A tour on a bus without air conditioning — 200 rup./pers., With air conditioning — 500 rupees. Jeep safari — 2500 (maximum 4 participants); boating is 60 rupees.
Opening hours: from 9.00 to 17.00. The park is closed on Tuesdays. Address: Bannerghatta Road, Bannerghatta, Bangalore, + (91) 8894917116
98 km from Bangalore and 30 km from the city of Kolar is the small village of Avani, which is famous for a variety of ancient temples. Pilgrims and excursion groups from all over India come here.
According to the legends, the goddess Sita gave birth to her twin children in Avani. There was also a war between Lord Rama and his sons. And according to local faith, the sage Valmiki lived here while he wrote the epic Ramayana.
In Avani is the oldest temple of Sita, the temple of Ramalingeshwara, the temple of Lakshmaneshwara, Bharateshwara and Shatrugneshwara. These temples were built in the 10th century and have historical and cultural value.
Kolar is a small town 80 km from Bangalore, which was once known for its gold mines. Kolar has several tourist attractions: the Temple of Someshvara and the Temple of Kolaramma. These are protected cultural monuments and are maintained by the ASI.
Temple of Someshvara is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built near the fort in the 14th century during the reign of Vijayanagar.
The Colaramma Temple is located 100 meters from the Temple of Someshvara. It is believed that the temple was built in the 5th century during the Ganges dynasty.
Opening hours: from 5.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 17.00 to 20.00.
Park Lumbini Garden
Lumbini Garden is 11 km from Bangalore Railway Station, on Nagawara Lake, located on the outer ring road near Hebbal Overpass.
In the park you can ride a boat, swim in the wave pool, and for extreme sports there is a bungee jumping. For children there are several attractions, a children’s play area and a high-tech kindergarten. The garden has a 25-meter statue of Buddha.
Opening hours: from 11.00 to 19.00. Address: Ring Road, Nagawara Lake, Hebbal, Bangalore +91 93434 44646
Trekking through the hills of Savandurga
For those who are not afraid of extreme sports and are ready to overcome difficult obstacles, there is an opportunity to try their hand at trekking and climb to a height of 1,226 meters above sea level. Savandurga Hill is considered part of the Deccan Plateau and one of the largest monolithic hills in Asia.
Trekking in Savandurgh is an extremely popular activity. Two main hiking routes have been developed here: one of them is Karigudda and the other is Billigudda. On both routes, steep climbs up the vertical cliffs. Billigudda is a little easier to climb, and Karigudda is tougher and less explored.
The ascent of Biligudda passes through the ruined fort built by Kempe Gouda. Directions are drawn on the rocks, there are also four checkpoints on the way to the four different walls of the destroyed fort.
For adventure seekers, Karigudda is a much more difficult route with less laid paths and requires skill and good climbing equipment. The route is recommended for experienced trackers.
There are two temples at the foot of the hills: Sawandi Veerabhadreshvara Swami and the temple Narasimha Swami, and pilgrims from all over South India constantly come here.