Tumkur

Tumkur is one of the industries towns and is famous for its ancient temples and other historical structures. Though not popular as a tourist destination this city is known for several monuments, temples, and places of scenic beauty. Devarayana Durga, a popular hill station, surrounded by lush green forests, is a fine spot for lovers of nature. Siddhalingeshwara temple in Yediyur, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, is quite famous among pilgrims and has a natural spring called the Siddhaganga.

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1/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)

Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math, sanctified by the penance of Lord Shiva, is an ancient Religious Institution of India. This "Dharmapeetha" is committed for preservation and propagation of Indian Heritage through the ages. Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math, situated in the state of Karnataka, India, at a distance of 48 kms from Tumkur District is a Socio-Spiritual centre, which has the history of 1500 years to its credit. Sri Math is involved in various activities like; Healthcare activities, Environmental activities, Educational activities, Moral and Ethical activities apart fro...

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Belonging to the pheasant family, peacocks, are the national pride of India. With many initiatives being taken to protect these shy yet flamboyant creatures, Adichunchanagiri Peacock Sanctuary is the one that shelters several of them and that too with utmost care. Located in the Nagamangala Taluk of Mandya district of Karnataka, owing to a good population of peafowls, Adichunchanagiri was declared a sanctuary on 21st october 1981. One of the most striking features of the place were its historical adherence to the strict norms for the protection of these creatures, which can be credited to the...

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3/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)

Around hundred kilometers from the city of Bangalore, Channarayana Durga, a perfect trekking destination, lies in the Tumkur district of Karnataka. A fort that is situated on a hill at a height of 3734 feet, the fort has witnessed to the rise and fall of several kingdoms. Kings who ruled Madhugiri, who were not that popular, were the ones who originally built this fort. The old structures that remain intact and few of the temples that are still there in the fort reminds us of the glory it held in the past. It is located at a distance of 40 kms from Tumkur city.

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Sri Dandina Maramma Devasthana is Shakti temple located at Madhugiri, Karnataka at a distance of 43 kms from Tumkur District.

Maramman Temple of Dandi in Madhugiri is a special temple. It is natural to ask what is the relationship with Dandiga and Maramman when one hear this name. It has a strong reason. Earlier during the reign of Rajaraja, the soldiers went to this temple and worshiped before entering Pura. The mother, who has been constantly maintaining military power, has since been known as Dandi Maramma. A large fair is organised every year before the Yugadi festival. The car...

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5/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)
Devarayana Durga
15 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Devarayanadurga is located around 15 kms from Tumkur district in Karnataka. True to its name Devarayanadurga, when translated aptly means “Fort of the God”. Though it had various other names, it got the name Devarayanadurga after the Mysore ruler Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar captured it on one of his victorious feats.

The place is located above 4000 feet above sea level and can be a weekend pilgrimage spot and getaway for a quick retreat or picnic, to escape from the grind of the daily hustle and bustle of city life. It is also a trekker’s paradise, due to the fact that it has numerous ...

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Gulur Ganesh Temple, Tumkur
5 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Gulur Ganesh temple is situated about 5 kms away from the Tumkur town, on the Tumkur-Kunigal road. It was built about 50 years ago by Thopegowda and does not have any permanent deity. Gulur is a small village in Tumkur district. Gulur, along with Kaidala formed the erstwhile Kridapura. This place is famous for its unique way of celebration of the Ganapathi festival, especially among the locals.

Gulur Ganesha Temple, There is a permanent idol of Lord Ganesha and Sage Agastya in the temple. There is a pillar opposite the temple entrance and sculptures of Lord Ganesha, Nandi and an El...

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The Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar in Karnataka state, India, located at around 54 kms from Tumkur district was built in c. 1223–1224 CE by Polalva, a commander and minister of the Hoysala Empire King Vira Narasimha II. In 1268 CE, Soma, a commander of King Narasimha III of the same dynasty made some additions.

The temple houses the deity Harihara, a fusion of the Hindu Gods Vishnu and Shiva. The image of the deity is a fusion of the right vertical half of Shiva and left vertical half of Vishnu. The image holds in its right hand, the attributes of Shiva and in the left hand, thos...

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Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve
80 kms from Tumkur city limits
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The Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve is located in the Tumkur district. It is located next to Maidenahalli, which is a small village in the Madhugiri Taluk. It is one of two grasslands in Karnataka where blackbucks are found. Formerly called Maidanahalli, meaning “the village of open meadows,” the only indication of entering the now-protected area is a nondescript gate. This reserve is the only notified protected area in the entire district of Tumkur. The area of the reserve is 798 acres with the largest population of blackbucks. Apart from blackbucks, the area consists of Acacia and Eucalyptus p...

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9/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)
Juma Masjid, Sira
50 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Juma Masjid is located in Sira about 50 kms from Tamkur District. It is an example of Saracenic architecture.

The foundation of the town and the fort is attributed to Rangappa Nayaka, a chief of Ratnagiri, during post¬ Vijayanagara period. Before the fort was completed, the region was conquered by Ranadulla Khan, a commander of the Adil Shahis of Bijapur. Malik Hussain who was appointed as provincial governor by the Adil Shahis, completed the fort and enclosed the town with mud walls. He was also responsible for constructing a palace at this place. The capture of Bijapur by Auranga...

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10/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)
Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary
9 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary is a breeding ground for herons and this bird sanctuary in Kaggaladu is actually a small village in Sira Taluk of the district of Tumkur, Karnataka and it is located around 130 km from Bangalore and is a mere 3-hour drive. But the surprising thing is that they nestle on a particular tamarind tree every year. However in 1996 due to poachers some of the birds were killed in the region of Muddakanahali. From then onwards the villagers had taken it upon themselves to conserve these rare species. From 1999 onwards, Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary has been a safe haven for Grey Her...

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11/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)

The Chenna Kesava temple at Kaidala, Karnataka situated a mere 9 kms from Tumkur town off Gulur village on the Kunigal road is a Hindu shrine primarily dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The temple is well known for some excellent stone sculptures and inscriptions. One such inscriptions which dates back to the 12th century reveals that Shiva, Vishnu and Sugata (epithet of the Buddha) as the one and the same ultimate almighty, despite being known by different names in this world. The place Karidala was originally called the Kreedanagari. During the reign of the famous Hoysala dynasty, Kaidal...

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12/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)

Kalleshwara temple is one of the major popular temples in Aralaguppe located in the district Tumkur and was built by Nolambas style of the 9th century A. D. It represents the architectural features in which the Nolamba craftsmen show a high order of excellence and that warrant inclusion in an art historical account.

Kalleswara temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and there is huge Lingam in the Sanctum. The Kalleshwara temple has two attractions which are worth many a visit -The extraordinary ceiling intricately carved and the sculpture of Umamaheshwara. While the Adhishtana is made ...

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13/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)

Shri Kamakshi Sharada Temple managed by Shri Kodandashrama Mutt of Hebbur, is situated near Kunigal Taluk, Tumkur district of Karnataka. Hebbur is situated at about 23 kms from Tumkur and 15 Kms from Kunigal on the Tumkur - Kunigal road.

The greatest and perhaps the oldest civilization known to mankind, the virtuous land that it is, India is acknowledged as the 'Cradle of knowledge' where Vedas have originated from. Among the many holy places, a few have survived the onslaught of invasion, natural calamities as well as human decadence in terms of absence of thirst for knowledge. I...

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14/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)

Tumkur also is a place for many religious sacred places and Kote Anjaneya Swamy statue temple is one among them. The great Hanuman is a mythlogical powerful character and famously known for God of strength who holds an important place in the Epic Ramayana. Hindus beleive that Hanuman is the one who helps them in weaker times to be strong and brave and he is known as the great bhakta (worshipper) of Lord Shriram.

While entering the Tumkur, one can visit the Kote Anjaneya Swamy Statue temple. This temple is well known for its 75 feet tall and gaint Hanuman which was inaugurated in 2005...

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Kucchangi is a place having a Digambara Jain temple which is located 12 kms far from the Tumkur city of Karnataka.

The Digambara Jain temple is built long time ago in 1180 AD and it is situated North of the Tumkur town. Here the black coloured stone idol of Lord Bhagawan Parshwanath who can be seen in a Kayotsarga posture who has an immense religious value. Here in Jainisam Kayotsarga posture has an important role in the Jain Medititation and it is literally meaning "Dismissing the body". This ancient Parshwanth Tirthankar is 23rd and one of the well-known Tirthankars among the 24 Ti...

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Lakshmikantha Swamy Temple is a prominent Hindu temple in Muganapura. It is located 56 kms south of Tumkur of Karnataka.

The temple was built at least to the period between 18th-19th century AD and it is observed the style of temple architecture is in Dravidain style. The temple was once under the partonage of the some of the kings of Mysore Kindgdom and later periods took many developments in the temple. The other deities can be seen here are Goddess Lakshmi, Rama, Ganesha, Krishna etc. People visit this temple to seek the fulfillment of fame, freedom from disesases, wealth, courage...

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Madhugiri Betta (Hill)
43 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Among many beauties of Karnataka, Madhugiri Betta has a prominent name while talking about hills. Madhugiri Betta is located in a small town called Madhugiri which is 43 kms away from Tumkur of Karnataka. Betta means in Kannada a Hill and Madhugiri means Honey Hill.

The honey hill is a single hill and is known as the second largest Monolith rock in Asia. The name Madhugiri Betta is derived because once there were many honey-bees colonies presided here in the Northern part of the hill, that's why it was named as Madhu-Giri(Honey-Hill). The greenary surrounding the hill is breathtaking...

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Madhugiri Fort
43 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Madhugiri fort is located in the Madhugiri town which is a town 43 kilometres from Tumkur area of Karnataka. Madhugiri is named for its hillock, Madhu-giri (Honey-Hill) which is also famous for its hills.

The Madhugiri fort was built long back in 17th century around 1670 AD by the then Raja Heera Gowda of Ganga Dynasty. Later Hyder Ali added watch towers, arches and circular granaries around the fort. Intersting story behind builidng this fort in Madhugiri is once there was a stray sheep found missing around the Madhugiri hillock and later returned with dripping of water, Raja Heera ...

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Mahalakshmi Temple, Goravanahalli
30 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Goravanahalli is a village in Karnataka, famous for Mahalakshmi temple. Mahalakshmi temple of Goravanahlli is located 30 kms off from Tumkur city.

Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi temple is a very ancient temple and here the goddess Mahalakshmi is Uddbhava murthy (Self created or not placed by anyone). There is beleif here that if one wish for something with pure heart, it will come true as soon as possible with the blessing of Goddess Mahalakshmi. There is daily dasoha (prasadam or holy food) offered to Goddess Mahalakshmi while performing pujas and Nitya Anna dana ( daily Free supply of f...

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Mahalakshmi Temple, Gubbi
20 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Mahalakshmi temple, Gubbi is 20 kms far from Tumkur of Karnataka. Very near to the other famous Mahalakshmi temple in Goravanahalli , Gubbi's Mahalakshmi temple has its significance on her bhaktas(worshippers).

As the name suggests Mahalakshmi temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi and Lord Vishnu. One can find three deities in this temple namely, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi. The temple is always crowded on Tuesdays and Fridays with the flow of many devotees as these days are considered as very special to conduct pujas for Goddess Mahalakshmi and ...

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Markonahalli Reservoir
64 kms from Tumkur city limits
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A dam built on the river Shimsa called as Markonahalli Reservoir is famous for its engineering feat and the scenic views surrounding it. It is located in Kunigal Taluk of Tumkur district of Karnataka. It is located 64 kms off south of Tumkur.

The history behind the construction of the reservoir is very fascinating. This reservoir was built by Sri Mokshagundam Visweswaraiah with the orders of then king of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It was built with a good cause for irrigation of 6,070 hecatres of agricultural land. Currently, it has a catchment area of 4,103 square kilometres an...

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Namada Chilume
11 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Namada Chilume is known for its sacred link with Ramayana as this Natural Spring (or fountain)is located in Devarayanadurga which is 11 kms North-east of Tumkur of Karnataka.

In Kannada language, Namaada Chilume means "Spring of Tilak" in which 'Nama' means 'Tilak' and 'Chilume' means 'Spring'. The story behind the name kept is very interesting that as we all are aware about that Lord Shriram along with his wife Sitadevi and younger brother Lakshamana went for Aranyavasam (staying in forests) for 14 years. During his journey of exile in forests, one day as usual he searched for water...

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Narasimha Swamy temple in Seebi which is 20 kms far from Tumkur. Seebi is located on National Highway 4 and belongs to Sira taluk of Tumkur of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu's Narasimha Avatar.

This ancient temple is built back in the 1800 AD and having an interesting story behind the construction. Once a merchant was carrying grain on bullocks stopped at Seebi along with his attendants. A pot of grain was boiled on a projecting rock, suddenly it's colour turned blood red and soon the merchant, his attendants and the buffalo fainted. It took 10 years to complete th...

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South India has been forerunner of India’s imperial history, and hence houses several pieces that despite being a reminiscent of antiquity stands as ever new providing a glimpse of that resplendent era. Be it Hoysalas, Cholas or any other dynasty, each one of those who conquered South India, left their everlasting mark with the presence of withstanding religious structures. Perched on top of a hill at Pavagada taluk of Tumkur District, is such an ancient architecture- Nidugal Jain Temple - which is known to have been constructed in 1232. Also known as Joguvatti Basadi, the temple is dedicate...

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Quintessence to the glorious history of Pavagada town of Tumkur district of Karnataka, are several architectural relics. While much is known about them, one of them which spell the unspoken truth about history without much details, is the 6 century’s old Pavagada Fort. This multi-level fort is located on a hill, with several enclosures, watchtowers, and bunkers. This aesthetic historical contrivance is bordered by stone walls, which transfers each one back to the era of kingdoms and empires. With its strategic placement above the hills, the Pavagada Fort commands mesmerizing views of the surro...

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Savandurga Hills
60 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Called the fort of death or Savinadurga by Robert Home in his Select Views In Mysore (1974), the hazel hills swathed in a verdant cover of lush greenery offer one of the most intriguing getaway from the boisterous and fast-paced metropolis life of Bangalore. It is no other than, Savandurga Hills, Perched at a distance of 60 kms from Tumkur. As its stunning formation suggests, the hill comprises of two component hills locally known as Karigudda and Biligudda.

The Savandurga hills stands at a height of 1227 m above sea level. This endemic monolith hill forms a part of the Deccan Platea...

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Shivgange
27 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Positioned at a height of 804. 8 metres or 2640. 3 feet, Shivgange is a mountaintop and a Hindu pilgrimage spot near Dobbaspet, in Bengaluru Rural district of India. The peaks name is derived from two aspects of the spot, one that it gives the appearance of Shivalinga and second that a local spring which is named Ganga flows nearby, hence, giving it the name of ShivGange. It is located at a distance of 27 kms from Tumakuru city.

The historical antecedents of Shivgange can be traced back to the Hoysala kings and queen Shanthala. A well-known legend exists in relation to the queen, wh...

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Shri Siddaganga Mutt, Tumakuru
5 kms from Tumkur city limits
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The 15th century education institution Sree Siddaganga Mutt of Karnataka, is one of the earliest initiatives towards an unbiased extension of education to the youth. Also known as Siddaganga Kshetra, Sree Siddaganga Mutt is a renowned Veerashaiva Mutt established by Sri Haradanahalli Gosala Siddeshwara Swamigalu. The Gurukul works for a noble cause and has dedicatedly moved towards their goals and aspirations. It is located at a distance of 5 kms from Tumakuru city center.

Apart from helping the economically unstable children with education, food and accommodation, Sree Siddaganga M...

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29/30 Places to Visit in Tumkur (Tumakuru)

Siddara Betta is one of the most visited tourist destination near Tumkur owing to its rugged topography perfect for trekking and the religious significance. Surrounded by tall dark hills, beautiful ancient temples and mysterious caves, Siddara Betta attracts thousands of adventure enthusiasts and devotees of Lord Shiva every year. It is located at a distance of 32 kms from Tumakuru.

Most of the tourists come to this beautiful locations in search of the enchanting shrine of Lord Shiva inside one of the rocky caves. Literally translating to 'Hill of Saints’, Siddara Betta served as the...

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Yediyur
64 kms from Tumkur city limits
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Karnataka is home to numerous pilgrimage destinations, one such place is Yediyur, located in Tumkur district. It is an important pilgrim centre for people belonging to Lingayat faith. The town houses, Sri Siddhalingeshwara Swami Temple, which is dedicated to a 15th century Lingayat saint- Siddalinga Shivayogi. Apart from the temple, the place contains a Samadhi of the great saint. It is located at a distance of 64 kms from Tumkur ciy.

Yediyur is a famous site in Karnataka with several tourist paying visits to Sri Siddhalingeshwara Swami Temple every year. Tontada Siddalinga, or Sid...

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