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A green view

For some history lessons just around the corner in Kolar



QUIET COMMUNION The shrines here are ancient

Around Bangalore you can find so many historical places, and that too within a radius of 100 km. Kolar is one such place and is situated 65 km from Bangalore. It was founded by Madhava I of Ganga dynasty and called Kuvalala. The kings used to call themselves Kuvalaleswara.

There are two historical temples in the city, one is of Kolaramma and the other is of Someshwara. The first one was built by the Ganga Kings in the second Century C.E. and was believed that the goddess would safeguard the city from enemies. It was later renovated by the Chola king Rajendra in the 10th Century and the Vijayanagar rulers in 15th Century. The Someshwara temple's 150-foot gopura and the beautiful pillars of the mukhamantapa are grand.

Must visit

The Antargange hill is a must for every tourist. Situated just two km from the city, the hill is a part of the Satasringa range of hills. The road there is surrounded by green forests and makes the journey enjoyable. You have to climb about a 100 steps before you reach the top. The Kashi Vishwanatha Temple is the main attraction. In the small pond within, there is a small shrine dedicated to Ganesha. A magnificent Nandi idol in front of the temple is another attraction. The green environment here is attractive and peace-inducing.

On the other side of the hill is the Seethi village where there are two more ancient temples called Sripathiswara and Kalabhairava, which can be part of the visit.

Fact file

Kolar is 65 km from the city and on NH 4.

Frequent bus services available to reach there.

Food and water: Available.

Accomodation: Available in Kolar.

SOUMYA NARAYAN ACHARI

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