Kurudumale is famous for the Old Lord Ganesha temple, built by the Vijayanagar kings. It was once the capital of the Hoysala dynasty. It has a temple with a 13.5 ft high tall statue of Kurudumale Ganesha.
Guttahalli village, around 15 km away from the Kolar Gold Fields, is famous for the Lakshmi-Venkateshwara temple, often called the Bangaru Tirupati and the Golden Tirupati.
Avani, also called as the Gaya of the South, is famous for a cluster of Ramalingeshwara temples. Within a courtyard, there are shrines dedicated to Lakshmana, Bharat and Shatrugna. It also has a Shankar Matha, built by the Nolamba rulers.
Mulbagal is famous for the Anjaneya temple and the Someshwara temple that were constructed during the rule of the Vijayanagar kings. The tomb of Haider Qulia, a Muslim saint and the tomb of a Madhwa saint, Shripadaraya, are also located in Mulbagal.
Robertsonpet is a small township in Kolar Gold Fields which is one of the first planned residential areas of India. It was planned and constructed for accommodating the rising population in the city of the Kolar Gold Fields.
Kolar Gold Fields
Kolar Gold Fields, a small mining town, was known for producing a good amount of gold during the colonial period. During the same period, the city employed nationals from United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, along with Anglo-Indians.
Bangarapet town is the administrative headquarters of the Bangarapet taluka in the Kolar District. It was originally known as Maramootlu and was later changed to Bowringpet, after the name of an officer who worked in the Kolar Gold Fields.
Bethamangala town in the Bangarapet taluka is known for the large artificial lake that supplies drinking water to the city of Kolar Gold Fields. During the British rule, the employees of the Kolar Gold Fields used to spend time at the sailing clubhouse in Bethamangala.
The Budikote village or Fort of Ashes is located in the Bangarapet taluka of Kolar. It is around 21.8 km from Kolar Gold Fields and is the birthplace of Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan. Namma Dhwani, India’s first cable community radio station, has been operational in the village since 2002.
Muddenahalli is the birthplace of Sir M. Visweswaraya, the engineer and architect of Karnataka. His home has been converted into a museum, where his personal belongings and paintings are displayed. The Bhoga Nandeeswara temple is situated near this house.
Kaivara, also known as Ekchakra Pura, is the place where the Pandavas stayed for a brief period during their exile. A demon named Bakasura was killed by Bhima at this place. There is a garden with musical fountains and five cottages, named after the Pandavas. The garden also has a mini zoo, with a herbarium, that attracts children.
King George Hall
King George Hall is considered to be the town hall of the Kolar Gold Fields. It is situated in the heart of Robertsonpet, which was built in honour of the former Emperor of India, George.
Champion Reefs is one of the major areas of mining in the Kolar Gold Fields and is located near Andersonpet. This area has the deepest mining shaft in Asia which has been named after a British Officer, Champion. The mining area is believed to have been mined till the depth of 50 m during the 5th century, by the Gupta dynasty.
The Someshwara temple, located in Kolar, is dedicated to Lord Someshwara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is a 14th century temple built in the Vijayanagar architectural style. There is a kalayana mantapa inside the temple that has intricate carvings on its pillars.
The Kolaramma temple, an ‘L’ shaped temple, has two shrines dedicated to Goddess Durga and Saptamatrikas. A wagon-roof tower is the shrine of Goddess Durga. There are large stucco figures in the Saptamatrikas shrine. This temple has been constructed in the Dravida Vimana style.
Antara Gange, a holy stream, is known to pour sweet water from the mouth of a structure resembling a bull. This site is known as the Shatha Shringa Parvatha which resembles a snake hood. There is a small temple on the top of the Anthara Gange mountain which has a pond that is filled with water coming from the mouth of a Basava or a stone bull.
The Kotilingeshwara temple, situated in Kammasandra village, is famous for the idol of Lord Kotilingeshwara. The idol is considered to be the biggest Shivalinga in the world with a height of 108 ft. There is a 35 ft tall Nandi right in front of the idol. The temple remains crowded during the festival of Mahashivaratri.
Bangaru Tirupati has been modelled after the famous Venkateswara temple of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is known for the festival celebrated during the month of Shravan.
Ankathatti village is popular for its rich religious heritage and the 4 ft tall Utsava murthy. It is also famous for its high production of milk and silk. The village is the birthplace of the Gandhian Honnegowda Govindegowda, who constructed a Gandhi school in the village.
Virupakshi, situated 5 km away from Mulbagal, is known for the Old Virupakshi temple that was constructed during the reign of the Vijayanagar king, Krishnadevaraya II. The temple has an idol of Goddess Parvati, with a figure of a lion in front of the temple sanctum.