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Bangalore: Places around City

Bangalore City

Mysore

Known, as the city of silks, sandalwood and palaces, Mysore is a popular tourist centre with a very comfortable climate. Follow the link for more information.

Banerghetta National Park

Banargatta National Park

About 20km from Bangalore in the densely forested hilly area where wild animals like bison, elephant, lion, panther etc. roam freely. It has a crocodile farm, a serpentarium, a pets corner, a deer pen and a prehistoric animal park. Safari vans are available for the visitors to tour the park to view the animals at close quarters. The park is open everyday from 900hrs to 1700hrs except on Tuesdays.



Ramohally

Ramohally is famous for the 400 year old Baniyan Tree spread over four acres of land. The place is 20km from Bangalore in the Bangalore - Mysore road.

Nandi Hills

Located 60km from Bangalore, a range of craggy hills, It is a popular health resort of today. It was also the place where assorted royalty retired to escape the din of battle and heat of summer.

Somanathpur

The abode of Prassanna Chennakeswara Temple, one of the three famous Hoysala temples, Somanathpur is 137km from Bangalore. The temple has a star shaped grand plan with triple shrine. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple has idols of Lord Kesava (main shrine), Lord Janardhana (northern shrine) and Lord Venugopala (southern shrine).

Sravana Belagola

Sivaganga

Often popularly referred, as 'Dakshina Kasi' (Southern Varanasi) Sivaganga is a pilgrim centre of great importance. The temples dedicated to Gangadhareswara and Hanna Devi are located on top of a 4600ft hill whose silhouette looks like the Nandi Bull from the east, elephant headed Lord Ganesh from the west, a Sivalinga from the south and a cobra with spread out hood from the north. Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley): A popular picnic spot with a 300 feet high waterfall Pearl Valley is 44km from Bangalore.

Sravanabelagola

An unspoiled township between the Indragiri hills and Chandragiri hills, Sravanabelagola is a great Jain Centre. It is 160km from Bangalore. Thousands of pilgrims flock to see the gigantic statue of Jain Saint, Lord Gomateswara also known as Bahubali. The statue was anointed in 981 AD. Carved from a single block of stone, the statue stands 17m tall and is visible from 30km away. It is one of the largest monolithic statutes in the world.

There are several Jain temples and monasteries on the Chandragiri Hills those are worth visiting.