Namma Bengaluru is a vibrant city which offers some of the most idyllic destinations best suited for weekend breaks.Not only different destination but each place provides you a totally different experience.If you are looking for some of the unexplored getaways please give a read.
Karighata a blackish hued hill situated at a distance of 10kms from the historical town of Srirangapatna. Atop the hill is an ancient temple dedicated to lord Vishnu.The hill is amidst green fields and forest,on the sacred bank of the river Lokapavani. One can get a panoramic view from the hill,the slopes of the hill is covered with tall sharp grasses known as Darbe. The place is ideal for photography and bird watching.
Travel info-There are very less frequent public transport facility.It’s better you opt your own vehicle/Cab
Thonnur Lake(Kere Thonnur)
This amazing historical lake was planned and built by the famous Vaishnava saint Sri Ramanujacharya it is also known as the Moti talab/lake of pearls referring to the crystal clear water.The lake is a fishermen’s delight due to the availability of many varieties of fishes.In the history of this lake existence there is not a single instance of lake drying up.
Distance from Bangalore-140kms
Distance from Pandavapura(Mandya district)-9kms
Travel info-Don’t venture out in water as the lake is very deep.
For all the architecture and history enthusiasts Kere Thonnur has four ancient Hoysala temples Nambi Narayana,Yoga Narasimha,Venugopalawamy and Srinivasa.
Nambi Narayana Temple
One of the lesser known temples in this region it’s about one kilometer from Thonnur lake.The temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu. The temple was built about 1000 years ago with contributions of several kings who ruled over this region.The pillars inside the shrine is embellished with motifs of flowers and beads.One can also find inscriptions in Kannada and Tamil.
walking across the road and opposite to Nambi Narayana temple lies the Venu Gopalaswamy temple.A temple dedicated to Lord krishna you can see a beautiful idol of Krishna with his flute and Sridevi and Bhudevi on either sides.
You can also visit Yoganarasimha and saint Ramujacharya temple which is located on a small hillock.This place is of historical importance.One sanctum dedicated to Ramanujacharya sitting in preaching pose.The box used by Ramanujacharya is kept as a exhibit inside the temple.
After bidding bye to Kere thonnur(Thondanur) which beckons visitors with its ancient temple and fresh water man-made lake it was time to hit Nagamangala.
Saumya Keshava Temple-Nagamangala
Saumya Keshava temple located in the midst of the bustling town Nagamangala in Mandya district is dedicated to lord Vishnu.The shrine was built by the Hoysala and Vijayanagara kings.The unique feature of this temple is the Adiseshan engraved on the ceiling around the Adiseshan,108 crunches are engraved.The temple is also known for mitigating the bad influence of Rahu and Ketu.
Distance from Bangalore-120kms
Photography-strictly prohibited inside the sanctum
If you are planning to explore the less explored destinations around Bangalore it’s time to visit.If you have been to any offbeat destinations kindly let me know in the comment section.
Wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year 2018.
©Divya RC 2017