Date: 16 August 2008
Mode of Transport : Bikes
Total Distance covered : 150 Kms
Route: Majestic->Yeshwantpur->Nelamangala->Tumkur Road->Tumkur Toll gate->Dabbaspet->Shettar palya->Devarayanadurga.
Distance : 60 Kms from Bangalore Bus stop
Transport facilities: There are direct KSRTC buses from Bangalore to Devarayanadurga. Else you can reach Dabbaspet and catch private buses from Dabbaspet.Once you reach Devarayanadurga, you can hire a auto to visit places around.
How to Reach Devarayanadurga:
1. In Tumkur Toll road, you get a first Flyover, which is at Dabbaspet. Do not take the Flyover. Instead take the Left Road next to Flyover. Travel for 200 meters and take a right turn below the Flyover and from here Devarayanadurga is 20 Kms.In case you get confused ask localities for directions at Dabbaspet.
At Dabbaspet Flyover, if you take Left road and then go towards left you will reach ShivaGange. 20 Kms towards Right is Devarayanadurga
Even there are many Signboards from Dabbasapet which will guide you to Devarayanadurga.
On this route you get Devarayanadurga first, and then as you go towards Kyatsandra, you get Hanuman (Suryanjaneya temple) and Shankara temple, a little further is Namada Chilume and then Siddaganga mutt (different from Siddagange betta) and a kilometer from there is Kyatsandra where you hit Banglore Tumkur road.
2. The other route from Banglore is from Kyatsandra. About 1Km after crossing second toll gate on Tumkur road take right at Kyatsandra. After crossing railway level cross you reach Siddaganga Mutt then Namada Chilume then Hanuman Temple and finally Devarayanadurga.
Roads on both the routes are in good condition.
Places of Intrest around Devarayanadurga:
Siddarabetta 16 kms
Siddaganga : 12 Km
Namada Chilume :
Suryanaganeya temple :
Vidya Shankar swamy temple : 5 Km
Veeranjiya temple : 6 km
Siddganga mutt : 9 km
Goravanahalli Sri Lakshmi temple : 21 km
Shivaganga Sri Gangadeeshwara swamy temple : 33 km
Background for this trip:
August 15th long weekend was nearing and plans for a long trip / trek got washed away, due to heavy rains in most of the places. Jatin suggested one day biking to Devarayanadurga and surrounding places. 6 of us were intrested and started the biking trip on 3 bikes. We thought it will be just another place like Nandi hills or even bad. But this place really turned out to be an amazing, thanks to the rains which made the places more greener and the climate was also amazing.
Biking (Me , Vinay & Preeetham)
Group Photo (L -R Vinay,Jatin,Harish,Preetham,Nagesh,Vivek)
Enroute to Devarayanadurga, we stopped for some photography session. We came across a beautiful lake on the way where we did some stunts, enjoyed the cool weather and moved further.
Lake on way to Devarayanadurga
Devarayanadurga is a Hill station located at a altitude of 3896 feet above sea level.
Yoga and Boga Narasimha temples are located here. There is a Rathotsava every year on Full moon day (Hunnime in Kannada) of march.
Yoga Narasimha temple is located on top of the hill, where as Boga Narasimha temple is located at base. By vehicle you can almoist reach to top of the hill. There is enough space to park the vehicles at top. After that you need to climb 75-100 steps to reachYoga narasimha temple. There are few stalls on top of hill where you can get fruits, bhel puri, and other eatables. Even water is available on hill top. There is a small kalyani also in the temple premises. From temple you can travel further to hill top from where you can see the entire Devarayanadurga surroundings. The view is similar to view you get from Nandi hills top. You can even see the remains of fort that is built around.
Stalls at entrance of Yoga Narasimha temple
Entrance of Yoga Narasimha temple
Road leading to Yoga Narasimha temple
There are facilities to halt in Deverayanadurga which is provided by Temle authorities. Even Prasada (Free lunch) is provided at Boga narasimha temple premises.
We had our lunch in the temple premises and after that we started to Namada chelume. The drive to Devarayanadurga and Namada chilume is very good, with entire stretch covered by lush greenery.
View from Devarayanadurga peak
Snap taken @ Devarayanadurga peak
From Devarayanadurga, Namada Chilume is located at a distance of around 5 Kms. In Namada chilume there is a Deer Sanctuary and is a lovely scenic place surrounded by hills and Greenery.It started raining by 5pm and the place looked even more beautiful. The hills surrounding were covered by mist and was similar to view we get in madikeri / Kudremuk or any other trek
Namada Chilume (Water flows for 24X7X365)
Deer park at Namada Chilume
There is a saying that Lord Rama wanted to apply Naama (On Fore head) and he could not find water. so he shot a arrow and water emerged from the rock. From then till date water comes from this rock and till now it has not dried up, is the saying.Hence this place was coined Naamada Chilume.
Beautiful sceenery @ Namada Chilume
Another sceenery @ Namada Chilume
In Namada chilume there was some fun time, when Vivek, Preetham and Vinay were involved in some duet songs related to rain.
Even you can Find Surya Anjaneya temple which is located between Devarayanadurga and Naamada Chilume . By 6 Pm we left Namadachilume, took Kyatsandra route and reached Tumkur highway. Had Dosa and some snacks in Tumkur hotel and returned home getting fully drenched in the heavy rains
Points to Note:
1. The place can be reached within 1-2 hours from Bangalore.
2. Roads are in good condition. Even you get food / water at all places.
3. You can take your parents / elders as they will be happy visiting the temples. We can enjoy thew greenery and the nature around and even do some trek
4. If you start early, you can even cover Goravanalli temple and other places around Devarayanadurga
5. There are direct buses to Goravanalli and Devarayanadurga from Bangalore. It is prefered if you have your own vehicle, which will help you to cover more places