Sunday, September 22, 2013

Places to visit around Bangalore/ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು/Bengaluru - Part 10

 Continued from here..

  51.   Midigeshi
Type: Hill, Fort, Mosque, Temples
Distance from Bangalore: 120 km
Trek Distance: 2 km (One Way)
Trek level: Easy
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore – NH4 – Dabspet – Right Turn – Madhugiri – Bypass - Midigeshi
About:  The fort of Midigeshi is believed to have been built by a local Chieftain named Nagareddi, who named the fort after his wife Midigeshi, called so because she had hair (kesha) long enough that reached her heel (midi). This place was ruled by queens of the same family for a long time. Read more……
Fort Midigeshi 

   52. Manne/Manyapura  
Type: Ancient Capital, Temples
Distance from Bangalore: 50 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore – NH 4 – Dabspet – Right Turn Towards NH 207 –  Drive Till Railway Crossing – Left Turn – Manne
About: 'Manne' is the erstwhile capital city of the Gangas, who shifted their capital from Avani of Mulbagal Taluk to here, and later to Talakad. There are many temples present here which were built during the reign of the Gangas. While most of them are completely renovated,  a few such as the Kapileshwara temple (though in  ruins now), proves a  great witness to the excellent  style of  Ganga Architecture. Read more…..
Kapileshwara Temple , Manne 
53.   Sheelanere
Type: Hoysala Temples
Distance from Bangalore: 145 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore – Mysore Road – B R Koppal – Right Turn – Pandavapura – Towards K R Pete – Right Turn (Board in Kannada) - Sheelanere
About: 'Sheelanere' is a small village located near K R Pete. The Eshwara temple here was built by the Hoysalas in 1157 AD. This beautiful soap-stone temple is situated near a huge lake. Read more

Sunk Eshwara Temple, Sheelanere 
   54. Nagalapura
Type: Hoysala Temples
Distance from Bangalore: 150 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore – NH 48 –  Right Turn – Myasandra –  Left Turn After 3 km –(There is a School on the Right Side) – Left Turn At The Dead End – Right Turn After 6 km – Nagalapura
About:  'Nagalapura', a village located in Turuvekere taluka , has two significantly beautiful and ornate Hoysala temples.  Nagalapura was a prosperous town under the Hoysala rule, whose grandeur can be felt when we look at these temples. Like most of the Hoysala towns, this too has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Kedareshwara) and another temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Chennakeshava). Read more…..
Wall Panels of Kedareshwara Temple

Chennakeshava Temple - Rear View

Ceiling of Chennakeshava Temple

    55.   Narayanadurga
Type: Hill, Fort, Temples
Distance from Bangalore: 148 km
Trek Distance: 2 km (One Way)
Trek Level: Easy
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore – Mysore Road – B R Koppal – Right Turn – Pandavapura – K R Pete – Right Turn – After 7 km Turn Left – Sindhaghatta – 3 km Further is Narayanadurga.
About: This place is also known as 'Kailaseshwaradurga' because of the Kailaseshwara temple present at the top. The fort is believed to have been built by a local chieftain under Vijayanagar Kings. There are many legends associated with this place, suggesting its association with the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Read more…..
Narayanadurga Fort 
Kapileshwara Temple 


  1. what a wonderful tour of this area and scenic attractions, love to visit this someday

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  2. Such beautiful and incredible temples!! Your captures are superb, as always! I really enjoy the detail you capture!

  3. Wow! Just like a guide book! I haven't seen any of these places yet.

  4. just like Indrani says, its like the perfect guidebook! and i havent even heard of any of these places before!!!!

  5. Very interesting post... Beautiful pictures...

  6. Interesting places to visit around Bangalore. Great set of images.

  7. Very well put together, just what I was looking for.

  8. Have bookmarked this series and plan to visit as many as possible every time I visit Bangalore. Thank you so much!

  9. Thanks! your blog is one of my must-visit place when I plan trips. Being a bit of a sculpture buff that Hoysala temple is marked in my calendar for a visit.

  10. I'd love to see these temples in person.. That wall panels of Kedareshwara looks so intriguing, I'd love to take a close look at it.

  11. This post is very useful for those who wish to explore places around Bangalore. Thanks for sharing.

    BTW, link of top of post is not working.

  12. These are just amazing structures and the details are out of this world!

  13. Bangalore has so many places around it that one month is also less! Will have to come to your posts when I plan my next trip there.

  14. @saru singal. . .thankyou for the information. . It is much appreciated. The link is correctly updated now:)

  15. very nicely written and i found it really helpful. I am planning a visit to Bangalore for the christmas and i have already booked my package with Adventure Nest. thanks again :)

  16. Nice information. This is the first time I heard about this places in Bangalore. Thank u for the information.

  17. Nice pictures!!!! I had heard somewhere that Bangalore is now known as "Silicon Valley of India". There are around 1589 places to visit in Bangalore. One must visit all these.

  18. Great list of ancient temple list you shared. This is really helpful to who all looking for research about ancient temple. I think these places also very nice Places to visit in Bangalore. Thank you to share this.

  19. This is really interesting information about around Bangalore. Very nice places. Thank you for sharing all this beautiful information. Place to visit in Bangalore.