Kolar TourismKolar is located in the state of Karnataka and is the headquarters of the Kolar district. It lies in a drought-prone, semi-arid region. The city borders the Eastern Ghats and occupies the highlands of Mysore. There are small rivers and brooks which are seasonal and originate in the highlands. The city has a vivid history and has associations with great legends and epics. Being a part of various dynasties and kingdoms, the monuments and architectures of this city contribute a lot to its diverse culture.
Here are some major famous attractions of the town which cannot be overlooked:
The typical South Indian style temple is built in L-shape, thus two shrines share a single vestibule, one for Durga who is well-known as Kolaramma and other for Saptamatrikas, the seven mothers. Both have a common entrance. The temple has many beautiful statues, carvings and inscriptions in languages like Tamil and Kannada, all done on granite stone which is approximately 800 years old.
Kotilingeshwara TempleThis temple is the home to the largest Shiva Linga in the world which measures up to 108 feet, accompanied with its 35 feet tall Basava. It lies in the Kolar district, 5 km away from the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF). Every year, more than 600,000 devotees visit this glorious temple during Mahashivratri.
Koti means crore (10 million). The temple is spread over 15 acres of land and more than 8 million Lingas of various sizes have been installed there since 1974. It is said that they intend to install 1o million Lingas, hence named as Kotilingeshwara Temple.
Kolar Gold Fields (KGF)
Antharagange ExplorationIt’s a popular trekking site which is 70 km from Bangalore and about 2 miles away from Kolar town. It is also known as ‘Antara Gange’ and is located in the Shathashrunga mountain range. It also has natural pool water which gets its continuous flow of water from the Basava (stone bull). At the top of the hill, one can spot a small village named ‘Paparajanahalli’ which is well-connected by roads to the town as well.
Transport in KolarKolar is well-connected by roads, railways, airways and waterways. NH4 and three state highways cut through this town. Recently, the town is reconstructing its roadways, making them strong and well-connected, thus creating new investment opportunities for the town. The nearest airports for international travelling are those of Bangalore, Chennai, and Kochi along with airports of Belgavi and Mysuru airports for domestic purposes. Two railway lines pass through the district and it is connected to three seaports- Mangalore, Karwar and Chennai, thus ensuring good accessibility and ease of trade.
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