Monday, July 5, 2010

Places to visit around bangalore part-5

Continued from the previous post....Bangalore is blessed with so many places around that are worth visiting. The list seems never ending!

27. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary 
           Type :Wildlife, Boating
           Nearest Town:Srirangapatna
           Distance from Bangalore:120kms
           Direction: Take Mysore road up to Srirangpatna. On reaching a big circle ahead, take a right turn . Ranganathittu is about 4 kms hereon .
           About: A very popular place among picnickers and birdwatchers. It is a nice place to sight migratory birds from other parts of the world. Avoid going during peak monsoons as boating facilities will be suspended due to the rise in water level. Crocodiles are common  inhabitants of the river. Water birds during breeding season include the Stork (Painted, Open Bill), Spoonbill, Ibis( Black headed, White) the Pied Kingfisher. Other common birds include the Kingfisher, Egret, Heron, Cormorant, and Darter. Places to visit around: Srirangpatna (historical place) , Krishna Raja Sagar Dam , Kokkare Belluru and Mysore.
Anchor and a good Guide
               
Black Headed Ibis
               

28  Kurudumale
           Type :Hill, Temples
           Nearest Town:Mulbagal
           Distance from Bangalore: 110kms
          Direction: Take Old madras road up to Mulbagal , enter the town and take the first left turn , travel for about 6 kms, then take a right turn to reach Kurudumale.
           About: This place is famous for the Ganesha temple built by  Vijayanagar kings. The idol is 14 ft tall. There is another temple dedicated to Lord Someshwara (Lord Shiva), also situated in Kurudumale. These temples are very sacred .Lot of pilgrims visit these places. An other interesting feature of this place is the cave on a near by hillock. The cave is called GIBITA GAVI in telugu and Situated at the center/rear side of the Kootadri Parvatha hill. It is believed that Sage Koundinya still visits the cave and has made it his head quarters by offering pooja to the deities Someswara and Ganesha.It would just take a few steps (about 25 min) to reach the cave. Other places to visit nearby would be Mulbagal Hanuman temple ,Virupaksha temple, Avani  ,Bangaru tirupathi , Devara tirupathi and Kotilingaeshwara.
View of the Temple from Kootadri Parvatha
Gibita  Gavi
   
Mulbagal Hanuman Temple
  
29  Hadinakal 
            Type :Hill, Temples
            Nearest Town:Yediyur
            Distance from Bangalore: 110kms
            Trek Distance: 2kms
            Trek level:Easy
           Direction : Take Magadi Road , continue on the state highway to reach NH 48. Take left turn, cross yediyur, here on  in about 4kms you find a village called Thirumalpura .Immediately after crossing the village, take a right turn to reach the village of Byrasandra.  From here, there is no possibility of missing the route to the hill.
          About: This is a very famous local pilgrim center but still unknown to most of the outside world .This place has much to offer . I would call this a complete entertainer . First of all, it is a great place for bird watching. We spotted Egyptian vultures , varieties of Kites and Eagles, Bee eaters, Lapwings,and Silver Bills. There are high chances of spotting peacocks and pea hens too,  since it is a home to many of them .There are many old and new temples at the foothill , mostly dedicated to Lord Rama and his disciple Lord Hanuman . The trek is very easy as steps are laid up to the top , though one can deviate. On the top, there is a pillar with an image of Lord Hanuman inscribed on it. 
View of the Hill
Board at the Entrance
Temple on the Top
                       

30  Vani Vilasa Sagar Dam (Mari Kanve) 
             Type :Dam
             Nearest Town:Hiriyur
             Distance from Bangalore: 140kms
             Direction : Take NH4 to reach a crossing to Hosadurga, a  little further take a left turn to reach the Dam.
            About: The Dam was built in the year 1891 and was engineered by Sir M.Visvesvaraya. It is located near Hiriyur Taluk, Chitradurga District. It is the oldest dam in the state. The dam was built by the Mysore Maharaja pre-independence across the river Vedavathi. The dam is an exquisite piece of architecture, an engineering marvel of that time. Great place, Accommodation is available here on permission .
Details of the Dam
                          
A Great Piece of Engineering
 

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