Day trips from Bangalore 9 – ninth in the series – takes you to two lovely dams at Chinnar and Krishnagiri with a visit to ancient hill temple at Shoolagiri.
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This time we look east of Bangalore. Towards the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu. The neighbouring district of Krishnagiri is rich in history and natural beauty. It also boasts some lovely hill forts which are not explored and remain unknown. In this one day trip, we will help you explore Krishnagiri and Shoolagiri. Two hills. One with a fort and a Dam and other with a lovely temple and a dam!
The circuit – Bangalore – Hosur – Shoolagiri – Krishnagiri – Bangalore
Google map Link – Bangalore – Hosur – Shoolagiri – Krishnagiri – Bangalore
Total distance – 200 KMs
7 AM – Depart from Bangalore. Hit Bangalore – Salem road or NH 7. If you are near NICE road, enter NICE road and exit at Hosur road. If not, reach Silk Board junction and take the elevated highway to each Hosur road at electronics city exit.
8.30 AM – Breakfast time. Have breakfast at Krishna Inn or Adyar anand Bhavan after Hosur or McDonalds etc
9.15 AM – Depart for Shoolagiri.
9.45 AM – Arrive at the foothills of Shoolagiri. Known as Shoolagiri because the three peaks of the hills look like “Shoola” or “Trident” of Lord Shiva. This is a thickly forested area and elephant country. Visit Varadaraja Perumal temple built during Vijayanagara period. The Sanctum Santorum has a beautiful idol of Lord Venkatesha also known as Varadaraja Perumal.
10.30 AM – Drive to Chinnar dam which is a 6 KMs away from the temple. The dam built on Ponniyar river is flanked by thick forests and rocky cliffs presenting a beautiful landscape. Spend sometime enjoying the natural beauty of the place. The peaks of Shoolagiri looks beautiful with water in foreground.
11.30 AM – Depart for Krishnagiri.
12.30 PM – Arrive at Krishnagiri. Drive straight to Krishnagiri reservoir project dam which is 6 KMs off the highway. After paying a small entrance fee, you can visit the dam and the garden below it.
1.30 PM – Lunch Time. Have lunch in Saravana Bhavan which is on the highway opposite the boat house. There are many other options on the highway.
2.30 PM – Go to boat house for a paddle boat ride in the lake. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride in the lovely lake.
3.30 PM – Depart for Bangalore. On the way you can stop over for a cup of Coffee/snacks in Adyar Anand Bhavan at Hosur
a) Both Shoolagiri and Krishnagiri provides options for trekking. The hills in Shoolagiri offers a nice trek though there is no formal trails and has to be very careful as rocks may be slippery. The Krishnagiri Fort on top of Syed Basha hill is also a nice trek. Unfortunately, the steps or trail not well maintained. The summit of the both the hills offers a panoramic view of the country side. These climbs are likely to take at least two hours one way. One has to plan accordingly.
b) Both the places are hot during day time. Please carry good hat to cover and drinking water.
c) Drive safe on the highway. This highway is so good, it tempts you to overspeed. Don’t do that.