Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Places to visit around Bangalore/ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು/ Bengaluru - Anniversary Post

   It is time to celebrate! The journey of Team G Square's blog for the last one year has been successful and we are extremely delighted. We started to blog with our major objective being able" to compile places we have visited  in and around Bangalore". And we are happy to know that since the time we have put our best foot forward in this direction, apart from having shared knowledge, we have also learned much from it and continue to do so. We celebrate by sharing our anniversary post which is a brief compilation featuring places to visit around Bangalore. On this occasion, we would like to wholeheartedly thank all our readers, bloggers, supporters and well wishers for having given us the much needed encouragement and good wishes.We also thank you for sharing such wonderful posts which help us learn more about our rich Indian heritage. We are very grateful to all of you. The places  listed below are already presented  in detail in our older posts (Click on the name of the place for more details).

A) Hill Forts: 
1   Savanadurga (45 kms) 

Water Pond (Savanadurga Hill)

 2   Nijagal Betta (50 kms)

Nijagal Fort

3   Skandagiri (50kms) 

Skandagiri Sunrise

4   Makalidurga (55kms)

Makalidurga Fort Entrance

5   Devarayanadurga (55kms)


6   Huthridurga (65kms)

Rock Cut Steps - Huthridurga Fort

7   Gudibande (75 kms)

Gudibande Fort

8   Varlakonda (80 kms)

Lord Rama Temple Atop Varlakonda Hill

9   Kabbaladurga (80 kms)

Kabbaladurga Fort Ruins

10 Channarayanadurga (95kms) 


 11 Gummanayakanapalya (140 kms) 

G N Kote

B) Hill Temples: 

1  Akkayamma Betta (25 kms)
Goddess Durga inside a ruined Temple on Akkayamma Betta

2   Narsapura Betta (40kms)

  Agama spotted in Narsapura Betta

3   Mahimapura (45 kms) 

Beautifully Carved Pillar (Mahimapura Temple)

4   Aladahalli (50 kms) 

Lord Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Aladahalli

5   Bilikal Ranganatha Swamy Betta (50 kms)

Common Jezebel Spotted on Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

6   Mandharagiri (55 kms) 

Mandharagiri Hill

7   Heggunda (60 kms)

Heggunda Ramdevara Betta

8   Antaragange (60 kms)


9   Hadinakal (110 kms)

Lord Hanuman Pillar, Hadinakal

10 Hatyal (115 kms) 

Entrance to Narasimhaswamy Temple, Hatyal

11 Adichunchanagiri (120 kms)

Adichunchanagiri Temple

12 Shravanabelagola (150 kms) 

Lord Gomateshwara, Shravanabelagola

C) Hoysala Temples: 

1 Kaidala (80 kms) 

Chennakeshava Temple, Kaidala

2 Hosa Budanur (100 kms)

Kasi Visveswara Temple, Hosa Budanur 

Anantha Padmanabha Temple

3 Aralaguppe (120 kms)

Ceiling Carving, Kalleshwara Temple, Aralaguppe
Chennakeshava Temple, Aralaguppe

4 Tandaga (125 kms)

Sculptor, Chennakeshava Temple, Tandaga 

5 Basaralu (130 kms) 

 Hoysala Emblem, Mallikarjuna Temple, Basaralu

6 Hariharapura (135 kms)

Ruined Temple, Hariharapura

7 Machalaghatta (135 kms) 

Nandi, Malleshwara Temple, Machalaghatta

8 Hosaholalu (140 kms)

Venugopala Temple, Hosaholalu

9 Somanathpuram (140 kms)

Mahisasuramardini, Keshava Temple, Somanathpuram

D) Water Falls / Dams and Reservoirs: 

T G Halli reservoir (30 kms) 

Peacock Pansy spotted at T G Halli Reservoir

Manchinbele Dam (40 kms)

Ashy Prinia spotted near Machinbele Dam
Kanva Reservoir (65 kms)

Kanva Reservoir

Jaramadagu Waterfalls (70 kms) 

Jaramadagu Falls

Chunchi Falls (75 kms)

Chunchi Falls

Sangama and Mekedatu (75 kms)

Sunset, Sangama

Vani Vilas Sagar Dam (140 kms) 

Vani Vilas Sagar Dam

E) Temples:

Binnamangala (35 kms)

Lord Shiva, Binnamngala
Gulur (80 kms)

Lord Ganesha, Gulur

Seebi (100 kms)

Gopura, Narashimaswamy Temple, Seebi

Kurudumale (110 kms)

Ganesha Temple Complex, Kurudumale

Melukote (140 kms)
Kalyani and Yoga Narashima Temple, Melukote

F) Parks :

1 Bannerghatta National Park (25 kms) 

Red Eared Turtle, Banneraghatta National Park 

2 Ramohalli (30 kms)

Black Shouldered  Kite spotted near Ramohalli

3 Innovative Film City (35 kms)

Innovative Film City

4 Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (125 kms) 

Black Headed Ibis Family, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

5 Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary(130 kms) 

6 Horsely Hills (140 kms)

Jacaranda  Avenue, Horsely Hills
Dancing Peacock, Horsely Hills
   We feel that our travel experience is only 'a drop in the ocean' and there is much more to see and explore. A life time may not be enough! Nature is vast, beautiful and is the most unselfish. It reminds us of the quote "the best things in life are free and worth every penny". Nature has been very kind to man and it is our duty to conserve and preserve the same. If not, we're afraid that the beauty it holds can be lost forever. Nature commands respect after all. The signboard below rightfully says it all I guess.

True. Isn't  it?


  1. a wonderful post to celebrate your blogversary!


  2. Oh, what a fantastic look back over a very wonderful blogging year! I'm so glad to have learned about your blog and have the chance to follow your adventures/travels to all the wonderful places in your country! Thank you for sharing the beauty, the history and Congratulations on a very wonderful year! I do so look forward to your second year! Enjoy your week!


  3. This is a great post of pictorial round up of all the previous travels... Wish you luck for the second year:)

  4. wow!! what a list! and i havent seen any of these except a visit to Banneraghatta when i was about my son's age! Congrats on completing a year! and wish you many many more years of travelling and writing!

  5. Let me first congratulate you on completing 1 year of wonderful blogging. This post has a beautiful collection of destinations for one day breaks. Useful piece of info. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Wonderful compilation..! Congrats TGS..! Looking forward to your successful 10th year compilation..!

  7. @ Deepak, Sylvia, Arti, Anu, Das & Sridharan
    Thanks a Ton for the wishes and support .

  8. very nice place you showing

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  9. excellent information and very helpful!

  10. Wow, there is SO much to see. Brilliant photos. Love all of them!

  11. @ Rajesh , Geeta , Monika , Joshi and ASh
    Thanks for your support and comments .

  12. Whoa!! thats an extensive list!! thanks for sharing...

  13. Thats an incredible list!!

    Happy Blogoversary :)

  14. Congratulations on the Anniversary. Wishing you many more happy years of enjoyable adventures , wonderful discoveries and of course, great blogging !
    Best Wishes.

  15. @ Prashanth , Srik , SM
    Thanks a ton for wishes and support .

  16. @ mitr
    Thanks , anytime
    @ Yosee Madam
    Thanks for all encouragement , support and wishes .

  17. I have so many posts to read from yours. i shall take sometime and read it leisurely. Do not think visiting all these places is possible

  18. Outstanding collection! I guess this is the most exhaustive list that I have ever seen for places around Bangalore. You are doing fantastic.

    And hearty congratulations on your 1st anniversary.

  19. Wow! you guys have been to probably every place there is around Bangalore. Very well written! Keep going!


  20. Wow ! You've been to so many places and I am a bit of jealous now. Neighbourhood of B'lore is a hub of places to see.

    Compared to you, I haven't been travelling at all ! :( Here http://bit.ly/i1HGJn

    BTW, what are you? Alone, crowd or a team? :-)


  21. @ Chitra Madam , You are always Welcome .
    @ Sankara , Thanks a ton for wishes and support

  22. @ Sneha , Thanks for your comment
    @Nisha , Thanks for the comment and as the name says we are a team .

  23. feeling good to get a complete view of your pictures .Thanks for sharing.

  24. Really good knowledge of the spots. I didn't know some of these places around bangalore. Add more details about how to reach these places. Thanks for this much information.

  25. Madhusudhan , Please click on the names of the places to know more about that places and if you require any more information you can always write to us @ dhiruguri(@)gmail(.)com.

  26. without right click, I am unable to explore a link without losing the current page

  27. Awesome!!!Very interesting post... Beautiful pictures...Thanks! your blog is one of my must-visit place when I plan trips.This post is very useful for those who wish to explore places around Bangalore.

  28. OMG..I have so many places to visit around Bangalore ..
    Very Good Informatiom..
    Thanks a lot TeamGsquare.

  29. Very comprehensive list of places in and around Bangalore I think you missed out Shiv gange and Avani.