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Tumakuru district is home to South Asia’s second largest painted storks sanctuary, Asia’s largest monolith at Madhugiri, Asia’s largest solar Park at Pavagada, an engineering marvel at Markonahalli earth dam, reputed educational institutions, hills, religious centers and other tourist attractions.
Tumakuru is 60 kms north of Bengaluru and known for arecanut and coconut plantations. Earliest recorded history of Tumakuru dates back to 400 AD copper plates of Ganga Dynasty.
A giant idol of Hanuman (Anjaneya) with Lord Rama and Lord Lakshmana on his shoulders is an interesting exhibit in Tumakuru city.
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- Markonahalli: Markonahalli is a village in Tumkur district, known for its earthen dam with unique features, built by Sir M Vishveshwaraya. Markonahalli dam was commissioned by Maharaja of Mysuru- Krishnadevaraja Wodeyar the fourth and built by Diwan of Mysuru, Sir M Vishveshwaraya. Markonahalli dam is built across the Shimsha River, a tributary of River Kaveri. Markonahalli dam has a catchment area of 4100 sq kms and a capacity to hold 68 million cubic meters of water. Markonahalli dam features a “water self-releasing mechanism” which operates without electricity. The system consists of several wells with spiral walls. As water level in reservoirs breaches critical mark (90 feet), water enters these wells and gets released downstream, without any need for manual intervention or need for heavy crust gates and powerful motors to operate them. This system, designed centuries ago, works well even today, a symbol of engineering excellence and creative thinking of Sir M Vishveshwaraya.
- Pavagada: Pavagada is a taluk headquarter known for popular Pavagada Fort. Pavagada Fort is at a height of 700 meters, offered seven layers of fortification to its residents and was built by the Vijayanagara rulers in the 14th Trek to the top of Pavagada hill to visit the fort may take up to 2 hours. Resting places are available on the way up, cool breeze will offer some respite in otherwise usually hot weather. A Hanuman temple is located halfway uphill. Essentials like water, fruits and food are available at shops near the foot of the hill. Shani Mahatma temple is located at the foot of Pavagada hill. Pavagada gets huge crowd of visitors during Shravana Masa (July-August)
- Madhugiri Fort: Madhugiri is a single hill and the second largest monolith in the entire Madhugiri fort is famous for its architecture and was built by the Vijayanagara rulers. Only part of the fort remains at present. The fort is perched on a steep slope of the hill and makes an excellent hiking opportunity and fitness test.
- Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve: An open area home to blackbucks that roam freely in an open area bordering Andhra Pradesh.
- Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary: The Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary is the second largest painted storks sanctuary in South Asia (Kokkare Bellur in Mandya district is the largest). Best season is from February till August, must visit to witness storks, pelicans and blackbucks. Villagers maintain Tamarind trees to help the migratory birds build their nests in.
- Borana Kanive: A fine picnic spot next to a reservoir built across Suvarnamukhi River.
- Devarayana Durga: Devarayana Durga is a mini hill and temple town on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Devarayana Durga is popular for its temples as well as cool surroundings even in summer. Devarayana Durga got its name from maharaja of Mysuru- Chikka Devaraya Wodeyar who captured the hill and surrounding areas in a war. Bhoga Narasimha temple is the first temple at Devarayana Durga located at the foot of the hill. Yoga Narasimha Temple is the second major temple in Devarayana Durga. Built in Dravidian style architecture, Yoga Narasimha temple is located on a hillock little higher and further from Bhoga Narasimha
- Namada Chilume: Namada Chilume is a historical place where a small spring of water emerges from a rock. It is believed that this streak of water is flowing nonstop from Threthra yuga (From Ramayana times). When Sitha was thirsty, Lord Rama to quench her thirst aimed an arrow to a Rock from which water splurged out. Since then this natural spring of water has never dried up even during the worst of the droughts. Namada Chilume is 8 kms from Tumkur and also has a deer park.
- Huliyur Durga: Home to an old fort built by Kempegowda. Fort is 2771 feet above sea level and houses a granary, barracks, weapon storage units and other facilities.
- Hutridurga: A fortified hill 3808 feet above sea level with a Shankareshvara temple on the top.
- Chennairayana Durga: A hill 3734 feet above sea level, with an old fort, tank and Ishvara temples
- Sira: Sira town and fort was founded by Rangappa Nayaka. Sira was later conquered by Ranadulla Khan, a general in the Bijapur Present day Sira has the Juma Masjid and the tomb of Malik Rihan, ruins of a palace, fine garden and Ibrahim Rauza, a complex of tombs with the look of Hindu monument.
- Kandikere: Home to a ruined fort and Gopalakrishna temple
- Midigeshi: Hoe to a wonderful hill fort and Venkataramana temple
- Nagalapura: Home to Chennakeshava temple and Kedareshwara temple
- Nidugal: A fortified hill 3769 meters above sea level
- Nittur: Referred to as Aihole of South, Nittur is a place of historic importance, with temples of Padmavati, Mariyamma and several Jain temples
- Nonavinakere: Home to Gopalaswamy temple, Beterayaswamy temple and Garigeshvara temples. Nonavinakere was a prominent centre during the Nolamba
- Theeta Reservoir: A lake and picnic area 30 kms from Tumakuru
- Lakshmikantaswamy: Largest and oldest temple in Tumakuru town.
- Siddhaganga: A famous centre for pilgrimage and educational hub, Siddhaganga has a temple dedicated to Siddhalingeshwara on a hill.
- Amruthur: Home to Chennakeshava temple and Pattaladamma temple
- Bhasmangi: A fortified hill with Bhasmangeshwara temple, 42 kms from Tumakuru. Bhasmangi also has a palace built by Hyder Ali on top of the hill and perennial supply of water.
- Aralaguppe: 6 km from Banasandra railway station, famous for the 9th century Kalleshwara temple built in Ganga-Nolamba style. Ceiling of Kalleshwara temple features a wonderful dancing Shiva sculpture with musical accompanists and eight Dikpalas (guards) surrounding him with all their paraphernalia. Aralaguppe is also home to Chennakeshava temple built in Hoysala style. The image of Vishnu in the inner sanctum is magnificent. There are four Ganga temples in Aralaguppe.
- Goravanahalli: Popular for Mahalakshmi temple, believed to be self-originated.
- Kaidala: Home to beautiful Keshava temple in the Dravidian style containing a 5 feet 6 inches tall figure of Channigaraya. Originally named Kridapura, Kaidala acquired its present name because of a supernatural incident believed to have taken place here, connected with the legendary sculptor Jakanachari. A flaw in design was pointed out in a masterpiece that was being created by Jakanachari by another young sculptor called Dankana. This resulted in the senior sculptor cutting off his right hand. On building the Kaidala Keshava temple, Jakanachari’s lost hand was restored and hence the name Kaidala (Kai refers to Hand in Kannada language) came into being. To his great surprise, Jakanachari later found that Dankana was his own son.
- Turuvekere: Turuvekere is home to many fine Hoysala temples. Channakeshava Temple, Gangadhareshwara temple and Moole Shankareshwara temple are the most popular temples. a large soapstone bell, located to the east of Gangadhareshwara temple is popular because of the unique metallic sound it emits when tapped.
- Seebi: 24 kms from Tumakuru, Seebi is popular for Narasimha temple with interesting murals.
- Yadiyur: Yadiyur was the home of a popular Veerashaiva spiritual teacher and author, Totada Siddhalinga. Siddhalingeswara temple in Yadiyu, built in Dravidian style houses Samadhi of Todada Siddhalinga. Annual car festival of Siddhalingeswara temple takes place in March-April and lasts a fortnight. The procession car (ratha) is a majestic vehicle with six big stone wheels.
- Chikkanayakanahalli: Popular for Venkataramana temple, Renukadevi temple and two Anjaneya temples
- Gulur: Popular for a huge Ganesha idol made of clay each year.
- Holavanahalli: Houses tomb of Sri Raghavendraswamy in a Brindavana (garden).
- Hosahalli: Popular for its Kalleshvara temple
- Huliyar: Home to Ranganatha temple built in Hoysala style
- Kadaba: Home to Rama temple built in Dravidian style
- Kadasur: Home to Bhairava temple
- Keregodi: Home to Shankareshvara temple with a garden full of fruit bearing trees and flower plants.
- Koratagere: Home to temple of Sri Gangadhareshvara in a cave.
- Kunigal: Home to Hoysala era Narasimha temple, Someshvara temple, Venkataramana temple, Shivarameshvara temple and Padmeshvara temple
- Siddarabetta: Home to Samadhi of Saint Gosala Siddheshvaraswamy, known for rocky hills, cave temples and a perennial spring.
- Tandaga: Home to 14th century Hoysala style Channakeshava temple.
- Turuvekere: Home to Basava temple, Gangadheeshvara Temple, Channgiaraya Temple and Shankareshvara temple.
- Vighnasante: Known for Lakshminarasimha temple and Balalingeshwara temple
- Pavagada Solar Park: Spread over a total area of 13,000 acres (53 sq kms) in Pavagada taluk, Pavagada Solar Park is Asia’s largest solar park. 600 MW of power was commissioned by 31 January 2018 and a further 1,400 MW are planned.
- Gubbi: Popular trading centre, educational hub and home to Gadde Malleshvara temple and Gubbi Chennabasaveshvara temple.
- Tipaturu: A popular trading center and home to several modern era temples.