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One Day trip from Bangalore 17 | Exploring Channapatna Toys & a Lovely Hill!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Channapatna is famous for its lovely wooden and lacquered toys. These toys are very colourful and elegant. This one day trip from Bangalore helps you to explore the glorious heritage of Channapatna toys. You will also get a chance to visit not much known Brahmalingeshwara betta which is a small hill with lovely views of surrounding landscape.

This series of one day trips from Bangalore provide you an opportunity to spend a day visiting places near Bangalore. We encourage you to explore the rich landscape, heritage and beautiful spots surrounding Bangalore.

“One Day trip from Bangalore 17” is the seventeenth in this series. If you are looking for places to visit from Bangalore within 150 kilometres or if you are looking for a comfortable one day trip from Bangalore, please take a look at this post on this blog.

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The Circuit

Bangalore – Ramanagara – Channapatna – Maddur – Mandya – Doddabyadarahalli – Brahmalingeshwara Betta – Budanoor – Channapatna – Bangalore

Total Distance –  238 KMs

Road Condition – Very good

Google Map

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The Itinerary

7.00 AM – Leave home and hit Bangalore – Mysore highway. If you are closer to NICE road then take the NICE road and exit at Mysore road exit.

8.30 AM – Breakfast time. There are many choices on this road. You can either have “Thatte idlis” (Soft flat idlis) at “Renukamba” in Bidadi. The other good options are Malgudi Vatika near Wonderla gate or good old Kamat Loka Ruchi.

9.15 AM – After breakfast drive to Doddabyadarahalli.

10.45 AM – Arrive at Doddabyadarahalli which is 18 KMs from Mandya which is at the foothills of Brahmalingeshwara betta. The hill has steps to climb. There is a small temple for Brahmalingeshwara on top of the hill. The view of surrounding landscape from the top is beautiful. Pandavapura and surrounding areas are known for lush green paddy and sugarcane fields.

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View of Byadarahalli railway station from the hill

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Lord Brahmalingeshwara

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View of surrounding landscape from the hill (Courtesy – Deccan Herald)

11.45 AM – Drive back towards Bangalore. On the way you may stopover at Budanur to visit two small Hoysala temples dedicated to Lord Ananthha Padmanabha and Lord Shiva.

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Kashi Vishveshvara temple

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Interiors of Kashi Vishveshwara temple

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Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple (Picture courtesy of above three pics – Sharath Haasan)

1 PM – Depart Budanur.

1.30 PM – Lunch break. There are many options between Mandya and Channapatna. You can choose from Adigas, Maddur Tiffanys, Empire, Shivalli Tiffin Room, Kadambam, McDonalds, Cafe Coffee Day, A2B etc

2.30 PM – Depart for Channapatna

3 PM – You will be greeted by the welcome arch welcoming you to the “Town of toys”. Yes. Chnnapatna is known for wooden and lacquered toys. These are colourful and are excellent decorative pieces. Drive to Muniyappanadoddi which is 4 KMs from town to visit houses where the toys are manufactured. Walk into any house cum production centre who welcomes you and explain how the lovely toys are made.

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Channapatna Toys

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Channapatna toys

4 PM – Depart the village and drive to Channapatna craft centre in town where you can see artisans selling their ware. You can pick up anything that interest you.

4.45 PM – Depart Channapatna for Bangalore. Stopover for snacks at either Kamat Loka Ruchi or Malgudi Vatika.

Travel Tips

  1. It is good to climb the hill early in the morning. Departing home around 6.30 AM should bring you to foothill around 9.30 AM.
  2. Since this trip involves climbing the hills, it may be tough for old people. They can stay put in the car if they wish to.
  3. Make sure you wear a nice hat and carry enough water.
  4. The road condition throughout the route is good.
  5. Carry a binocular to enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape from the hill.We will continue to add more to this series. Till then plan an outing to Channapatna on one of the weekends!
  6. The timings given are indicative and is for travelling by car or bike.

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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