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Chikkaballapur was formed in 2007 by carving 6 taluks out of Kolar district. India’s most respected engineer and former diwan of Mysuru, Sir M Vishveshvaraya was born in Muddenahalli in Chikkaballapur. His birthplace is now a memorial and museum.
Chikkaballapur district is 60 kms north of Bengaluru and home to the famous Nandi Hills where thousands of adventure enthusiasts, long drive and early morning drive and sunrise lovers make it a point to visit and enjoy the best view of the sunrise. The 6th edition of the Bird Fest was organized on January 17th, 2020 by the Karnataka Eco-Tourism Board and the mascot for the festival this year was the ‘Vulture’. Stay tuned to all updates about all Bird Festivals and other updates from https://myecotrip.com/ handled by the Karnataka Forest Department.
Other places of interest are Bhoganandishwara Temple, Gudibande, Skandagiri Trek and Kaiwara to name a few. Due to its proximity to the state capital, attractions in Chikballapur are favourite weekend getaways for residents of Bengaluru.
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- Nandi Hills: Nandi Hills is the most popular getaway from Bengaluru. Thanks to its proximity of being only about 60 kms away from Bengaluru, Nandi betta (betta= hill in Kannada) gives instant respite to city dwellers who visit Nandi hills in large numbers on weekends to enjoy the cool breeze and scenic views. Nandi hill is popular for Yoga Nandeeshwara temple, Tippu Sultan’s Summer Residence, Tippu Drop, Sunrise views, Park & Play areas.
- Gudibande: Adinarayana Betta (Gudibande) is an offbeat destination on the outskirts of Bengaluru, known for a rocky fort, amazing views and history. Gudibande is a 17th century fort built by local ruler Byre Gowda. Gudibande offers Easy to moderate hiking opportunity, doable by everyone in the family. 19 rock ponds in the fort that harvested rain water back in the 17th century. The interconnected rock ponds together can hold up to three lakh litres of water. A complex network of escape routes and Beautiful views of the city and Byrasagara Lake below, along with cool breezes make Gudibande a sought after destination.
- Byrasagara Tank: A giant lake at the bottom of Gudibande.
- Muddenahalli: Muddenahalli, an otherwise typical rural village, is well known as the birthplace of Bharata Ratna Sir M Vishveshwaraya, an engineer par excellence. The house in which Sir M Vishveswaraya was born is converted into a memorial. Sir Mokshagundam Vishveshwaraya (Sir MV) was born on 15th September 1860 in Muddenahalli. Vishveshwaraya worked as Diwan of Mysuru between 1912 and 1918 and was responsible for successful execution of several engineering and construction projects in Karnataka. Vishveshwaraya’s birthday is celebrated as Engineers Day.
- Museum: Sir M Vishveshwaraya memorial in Muddenahalli showcases several personal belongings of the great engineer. Vision, simplicity, knowledge and clarity of thought Sir M Vishveshwaraya had is truly inspiring, particularly if one is from the engineering fraternity.
- Srinivasa Sagara: A beautiful lake near Chikkaballapur.
- Jakkalamadagu dam: A reservoir providing drinking water to Chikkaballapur.
- Gummanayaka Fort: Located 16 Kms east of Bagepalli, Gummanayaka fort is noted for its fortified circular rock 150 ft tall. The fort was built in the 14th century by a feudatory chieftain Gummanayaka and ruled for several years by him and his successors.
- Chintamani: Named after its founder Chintamani Rao, a maratha chieftain, Chintamani is famous for its gold and silver trade. Chintamani is also known for its agarbathi (incense sticks) industry. Popular temples are Someshwara temple, Kannikeshwari temple and Patalamma temple
- Chennakeshava Betta: 8 kms southwest of Chikkaballapur, Chennakeshava betta has a large cave temple and invites trekkers and adventure seekers. Rivers Uttara Pinakini and Dakshina Pinakini originate in Chennakeshava Betta.
- Kavaledurga: A cone shaped peak 8 kms from Chitradurga, 4740 ft above sea level. Remains of a fort can be seen.
- Rahmangad: Home to old forts and temples, 11 kms southwest of Chintamani.
- Skandagiri Trekking: Skandagiri hill is popular for trekking. Several private operators organize one day/ overnight trekking expeditions to Skandagiri from Bengaluru. Skandagiri is also home to Papagni matha. You may book your treks from https://myecotrip.com/ which is run and handled by Karnataka Forest Department.
- Boganandishwara Temple: Probably the most popular temple in Chikkaballapur. Dravidan style Boganandishwara Temple in Nandi village was constructed at around 806 A.D. by Rathnavalli of Bana Dynasty. Boganandishwara Temple is known for its captivating architecture, large tank surrounded by long square shaped corridors and intricate carvings.
- Arunachaleswara temple: Another temple built in soap stone, very close to Boganandishwara Temple, where fine Ganga, Chola and Hoysala style architecture can be seen
- Devaragudipalli Shree Venkataramana
- Kaiwara: Formerly known as Ekchakrapura, Kaiwara is where the Pandavas lived in exile, incognito, after losing the game of dice with Kauravas. Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers is said to have killed the demon Bakasura, who was torturing villagers nonstop. The temples of Amaranarayana and Bhimeshwara as well as the Yogi Narayana ashram are worth visiting in Kaiwara. A mini zoo, herbal garden, cottages named after Pandavas, a garden and musical fountains are main attractions in Kaiwara.
- Murugamala Dargah of Fakhi Shah Wali: One of the oldest Durgahs in Karnataka, located at about 8 Kms from Chintamani. Murugamala also has Chandramouleshwara Swamy temple.
- Rangasthala: A village with a beautiful temple of Lord Ranganatha (Vishnu) built in the Vijayanagar style.
- Vidhuraswatha: Vidhura is said to have planted an Ashwatha tree in this village. Vidhurashwatha is popular for Nagapratishtana rituals (to clear Sarpa Dosha). Also couples seeking children visit in large numbers and offer miniature serpents.
- Minakanagurki: Popular for Maheshwari Amma temple and annual fair.
- Alambagiri: Popular for the large temple of Lord Venkataramana temple located inside a fort.
- Kailasa Kshetra: A religious centre with multiple cave temples, 5 kms from Chintamani town. Ranganathaswamy and Chennakeshava cave temples at Vaddahalli near Kailasa Kshetra have naturally formed snake hood formations on the rocks.
- Gauribidanur: Popular for Venkataramana temple with Vijayanagara style pillars.
- Kandavara: Home to Jvaraharesvara temple
- Ambajidurga: A hill fortress 6 kms south-west of Chintamani. Ambahidurga has one Shiva temple on top of the fort and another Shiva temple at the foot of the hill in Upparpet village.