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Places to visit around Bengaluru / Bangalore part-2

The list goes on..... Second part :
13. Nandi Hills
    Type :Hill, Fort , Temples, Mosque
    Nearest Town: Devanahalli
    Distance from Bangalore: 45kms
    Trek Distance: About 2 km (one way)
    Trek level: Easy
    Directions: Take the Hyderabad highway NH7 till Devanahalli. Then take a left turn ,travel for about 22kms to reach the peak
    About: This is the highest peak around Bangalore . It is about 1400mt above MSL . This  is the most commonly visited places around Bangalore. The fort was built by Doddaballapur Nadaprabhus and later improved by Tippu Sultan. This place is an excellent place for bird watching. People who don't wish to trek, can take their vehicles up to the peak.
Place to visit around Bengaluru Nandi Hills
A Water Pond at Base of Nandi Hills
Trekking route to Nandi Hills
Mantapa on the Way to Nandi Hill Peak
14. Melukote 
           Type :Hill, Temples, Wildlife
           Nearest Town: Nagamangala
           Distance from Bangalore: 160kms
           Directions : There are two ways A) Take the Mysore road , cross Mandya and then take a right turn and follow directions to reach Melukote. B)Take  the NH 48 Mangalore highway till Belluru cross , then take a left turn, proceed  a little further to reach a Y fork. Take a right turn here and follow directions to reach Melukote.
         About: This place is also known as 'Thirunarayanapuram'. It is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Cauvery valley. Approach roads to this place are very picturesque. It is a temple town with many temples, main ones being Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple and Yoga Narasimha Temple  .There are many Kalyanis here .There is also a secret cave underneath the Yoga Narasimha temple . It is believed that the great Srivaishnava saint Sri Ramanujacharya did penance for 14 years here . But the entry to the cave is prohibited now. Other attractions are the wildlife sanctuary and the museum. If one is  fond of Puliyogare , then this is the place to taste it the best. Excellent Puliyogare is served here at all hotel and eateries. Overall, a great place for family outing .     
Yoganarasimha Swamy Temple, Melukote
Yoganarasimha Swamy Temple, Melukote
Incomplete Rajagopura, Melukote
Incomplete Rajagopura, Melukote
15 Gudibande
           Type :Hill, Fort , Temple
           Nearest Town: Gudibande
           Distance from Bangalore: 75kms
           Trek Distance: About 3kms (one way)
           Trek level: Easy
           Direction :  Take the Hyderabad highway NH7 till Chikballapur.Continue until you reach   Perasandra. Take a left turn to reach the Gudibande.
           About: Gudibande fort was built by a local chieftain named Byre Gowda. With  more than 13 (locals say there are 19) rock ponds at different levels, this fort seemed to have a perfect rainwater harvesting system.There is a temple on the peak dedicated to Lord Shiva , which  has been renovated recently with marble flooring. The Shiva linga in the temple  is believed to be one amongst the 108 jyothirlingas in India. When  viewed from here, the Byrasagara lake  looks like the map of India.              
Place to visit around Bangalore - Gudibande Fort
Gudibande Fort
Gudibande fort
Ruins of Temple inside Gudibande Fort
Fort Walls
Amani Byrasagara Lake, Gudibande
Amani Byrasagara Lake (just look like Map of India)
16 Narsapura Betta
           Type :Hill, Temple
           Nearest Town: Kolar
           Distance from Bangalore:40 km
           Trek Distance: About 3kms (one way)
           Trek level: Moderately Difficult.
           Direction: Via NH4 Kolar road, travel till you reach Kamat Upachar , from here take a right turn adjacent to Volvo godown. Travel  a little further till you reach a small hamlet . Then take  a left turn to reach the base of the hill .
            About: This hill is a paradise for rock climbers. Steps are laid up to the cave  temple which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman . Here on, one can go up till the peak, but there is no definite way or directions. One can use the line of electrical poles for guidance. There are  a lot of caves along th e way to the hill top. The view  from the top is awesome .
Places to Visit around Bangalore - Narsapura Betta
View from the Top 
17 Antaragange
           Type :Hill, Water, Temple
           Nearest Town: Kolar
           Distance from Bangalore:60 km
           Trek Distance: About 6kms (one way)
           Trek level: Easy.
           Direction: Via  Kolar road  till you reach Kolar. From the bus stand,  take a right turn , this road will lead to Antaragange.
           About: Antaragange is a mountain situated in the Shathashrunga mountain range in Kolar . Antaragange literally means "Ganges (Holy water) from deep" in Kannada.  Antaragange is famous for the temple situated on the mountain. In the temple is a pond which gets a continuous flow of underground water from the mouth of a Basava (stone bull). There is a steep, narrow path to the top of the mountain. The mountain contains volcanic rocks and lot of caves around.
Antara Gange Hills, Kolar
Antaragange Spring
Rajagopuram, Theruhalli
18 T G Halli Reservoir 
           Type :Dam, Water
           Nearest Town: Magadi
           Distance from Bangalore:30 kms
           Direction: Via Magadi road till you reach T G Halli
           AboutT G Halli Dam or the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, also known as Chamarajsagar is located at the confluence of the rivers of Arkavathi and Kumudavathi. It serves as a major source of drinking water for Bangalore west. The dam was built under the supervision of Sir M Visvesvaraya. Entry into the dam premises requires prior permission from concerned authorities, although there are many ways one can enjoy the dam surroundings. This place is a heaven for bird watchers.  Read more

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Hoysala Malleshwara Temple, Machalaghatta

     "Machalaghatta" is a sleepy village of Nagamangala taluk , Mandya District. This place houses a lesser known Malleshwara temple belonging to the 13th century probably built during the reign of Hoysala king Someshwara.
         With this little information, our search began for this place. After a lot of inquiries of the route to this place, we drove towards  to Cheenya (located on the Nagamangala -Pandavapura road). After making it to Cheenya , an elderly person rightly directed us to the Machalaghatta village. Finally, after a few inquiries we reached the temple which was situated outside the village. At the first look, we knew the temple had under gone renovations.
Malleshwara Temple
   This soap stone temple doesn't  have an appearance like the other famous Hoysala temples from outside. Though it felt simple compared to the Hoysala standards, it looked wonderful. The temple was locked and without a single soul around, we had to head back to the village to find out the priest's whereabouts. We found out that the priest lived in the neighboring village(Raghuramapura). We reached  the neighboring village only to find the priest pretty busy with his agricultural work. On approaching him, he was kind enough to make an alternate arrangement for us to see the temple. Thanks to him since we were able to see the temple interiors which turned out to be a Hoysala master piece. The pillars, ceilings, door frames, lintels and sculptures were all intricately carved .
Outer Ceiling
Central Ceiling
Central Ceiling - Full View
   The central ceiling is an 8 angled star shaped lotus with 3 blocks of carvings in each angle, the center one depicting the Ashtadikpalas while the others contained  mango leaves, toranas and orchestra.
Door Frame
Lord Malleshwara
Lord Ganapathi
   There are some Kannada  inscriptions on the outer wall of the temple. There is also a beautiful sculpture of Lord Bhairava, just opposite to the entrance of the temple. There is a hero stone by the side of the temple . and a little farther away from the temple.  
Lord Bhairava

Hero Stone
Parvathi Parameshawara
        This is a  wonderful place to visit and  is very close to the famous Melukote temple. The temple was renovated with the help of Mr Hedge (Dharmadhikari of Dharmastala ). The temple priest's contact numbers are as follows: 9845781822 (Kumar) and 8861962968 (Raju) - Both residents of Raghuramapura

     Directions from Bangalore : Bangalore - SH17- Mandya - Right turn (towards Melukote) - Jakkanahalli - Right turn (towards Nagamangala)- Travel about 6 kms - Right turn (there is a small board in Kannada) - Travel about 2 kms to reach Machalaghatta

Distance from Bangalore : 135 kms

Places to visit around : Melukote , Nagamangala, Hosaholalu, Kikkeri, Govindanahalli, Ranganathittu bird sanctuary and many more .

Trip Date: 26 Jan 2011

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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?