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Places to visit around Bangalore/ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು/ Bengaluru - Part 12

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Type: Hoysala Temples
Distance from Bangalore: 220 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 48 - Tumkur - NH 73 - Arsikere - Left turn - Mavuthanahalli
About: The Mahalingeshwara Temple here serves as a very good example of Hoysala architecture which  flourished during the 12th century. The temple is extremely beautiful despite being in ruins. The locals offer their daily prayers. More.
Mahalingeshwara Temple, Mavuthanahalli
Mahalingeshwara Temple, Mavuthanahalli 
Type: Hill Fort, Temple Town
Distance from Bangalore: 70 km
Trek Distance: 2 Km (One way)
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 77 - Hoskote - Left towards Chintamani - Till Kaivara
About: The hill fort here was built by Tippu and later improvised by the local Palegars. Much of the fortification remains intact and is currently being maintained by the Forest department. There is a temple dedicated Lord Veerabhadraswamy and a water pond. More
Rehmangarh Fort, Kaivara
Rehmangarh as Seen from Ambajidurga 
Type: Hill Fort, Temple Town
Distance from Bangalore: 70 km
Trek Distance: 2.5 km (One Way)
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 77 - Hoskote - Left towards Chintamani 
About: The hill fort here was built by Tippu and later improvised by the local Palegars. Much of fortification remains intact but this place is now abandoned. Trekking here is strictly prohibited. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. More
Ambajidurga Fort, Chintamani
Ambajidurga Fort 
Type: Hill Fort, Temple Town
Distance from Bangalore: 122 km
Trek Distance: 3 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 47 - Dabaspet - Right towards Madhugiri
About: The hill fort here was built during the Vijayanagar period and later improvised by Hyder Ali. Though much of the fortification remains intact, the ASI have taken additional measures to restore this fort along with all precautionary measures in order to ensure a safe climb to people venturing this fort. More
Madhugiri Fort
Madhugiri Fort 
65. Nallur
Type: Bio-diversity Site, Temple Town
Distance from Bangalore: 50 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 4 -  Hoskote - Towards Devanahalli - Nallur
About: Nallur's Tamarind Grove is regarded as the first bio-diversity heritage site in India. This site covers around 53 acres in area having more than 300 tamarind trees. The oldest tree here is confirmed to be around 410 years old. There are numerous ruined temples here which were built during the reign of Chola dynasty in the 12th century. More
Nallur Biodiversity Heritage Site
Nallur Biodiversity Heritage Site 

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Places to Visit Around Bangalore/ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು/ Bengaluru Part -11

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Type: Hill, Fort, Temple Town 
Distance from Bangalore: 110 km
Trek Distance: 1.5 km (One Way)
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - Old Madras Road - Till Mulbagal 
About: Mulbagal forms the eastern gateway to Karnataka and is popular for its Anjaneya temple and Namkeens (Savories). The fort is supposed to have been built during the Vijayanagar period which later underwent renovations during Tippu's rule. There are 2 big boulders on the peak of the hill known as Mahadeva Gundu and Babaiah Gundu. More
Mulbagal
Mulbagal Fort 
57. Hulukudi 
Type: Hill, Fort, Temple Town 
Distance from Bangalore: 80 km
Trek Distance: 1.5 km (One Way)
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - Doddaballapura - Right turn towards Devanahalli -  Right turn after 6 km - about 4 km to reach the hill base
About: Hulukudi is an erstwhile town of the Cholas. There are many inscriptions here belonging to this period. There are also many temples on the hill and in the village - Veerabhadraswamy temple, Narashima temple, Mukaneshwara Temple, Anjaneya temple and others. There is no much history known about the fort . More
Hulukudi
Nandi Enclosure, Hulukudi Fort
58. Lepakshi 
Type: Temple Town 
Distance from Bangalore: 110 km
Directions from Bangalore: A) Bangalore - Doddaballapura - Gauribidnaur - Hindupur - Lepakshi
                                           B) Bangalore - Devanahalli - Chikkaballapura - Bagepalli - Lepakshi 
About: The Vijayanagar King Virupanna is known to have built the Veerabhadra temple here. Though it has passed through the hands of many kingdoms, the  contribution of the Vijayanagar Kings is vast. This place is also associated with the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The fresco paintings on the ceilings are remarkable, leaving one to only wonder about the immense skills people possessed during those times. The statue of Nandi situated at about 600 meters from the temple is another excellent piece of artwork of the Vijayanagar period. More
Lepakshi
Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, Lepakshi 

Type: Hoysala Temples
Distance from Bangalore: 120 km
Directions from Bangalore: A) Bangalore - NH 48 - Right turn at Nayakanahalli - Santhe Bachalli
About: The Mahalingeshwara Temple here serves as a very good example of Hoysala architecture that flourished during the 12th century. The temple interiors are beautifully executed. The Veeranarayana temple is supposed to have be built during the Vijayanagara period. More
Hoysala Temple
Mahalingeshwara Temple Santhe Bachalli
60. Kendatti Madivala 
Type: Prehistoric Site 
Distance from Bangalore: 50 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 7 - Left turn at Kendatti - Kendatti Madivala
About: The standing stones/Menhirs here tell a wonderful story about the skills of these prehistoric people. This site is spread across a few acres and one can witness the various prehistoric burials. More 
Pre historic Site
Stone Circle, Kendatti Madival


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


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  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 

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 


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)

Devarayanadurga

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) 

Channarayanadurga


 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)

Antaragange

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) 


KWLS
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?