Revana Siddeshwara betta or SRS Hills as it is known, Aprameya temple and a surprise hill are the places you will visit in this day trip from Bangalore. These are another set of places to visit near Bangalore in a day.
This is the eighth in the series of day trips from Bangalore. These day trips are easy to do and will break the monotony of city life. They will also provide a nice outing to children who can experience outdoors.
The Circuit – Bangalore – Revana Siddeshwara Betta – Aprameya temple – Shivalli/Kadambam restaurant – Channapatna – Kootagal – Bangalore
Total Distance – 190 KMs
Route Map – Google Map of the circuit
Road condition – Good
7 AM – Depart from Bangalore. Enter Kanakapura road. You are lucky if you are near NICE road where you can exit at Kanakapura Road and join the road.
8 AM – Breakfast at MTR after you cross Art of Living ashram. Look out for the MTR signage. It is slightly deceptive and you may miss out if you are not alert.
8.45 AM – Depart MTR and drive straight to Kanakapura. After crossing the main roundabout in Kanakapura, look out for the yellow signage for Revana Siddeshawara Betta or SRS Hills as it is also called.
10 AM – Arrive at the Foothills and climb the steps. It will take 20 minutes to climb the steps. Spend an hour enjoying the panoramic view of the sights. Have darshan of Lord Revana Siddeshwara and come down.
11.30 AM – Drive straight to Dodda Mallur on the outskirts of Channapatna. The temple is located two KMs from Channapatna town on the Mysore highway. You can not miss the big arch on the left. Enter the side road and arrive at the temple. Spend 45 minutes in the temple. Appreciate the cute idol of Lord Krishna in the form of a toddler.
12.15 PM – Visit a toy making factory in Channapatna. The lacquered toys of Channapatna is world famous. It is a intricate job when skilled artisans of wood create lovely toys.
1 PM – Time for lunch. You can drive few kilometres after Channapatna for good south indian lunch at either Kadambam or Shivalli Vegetarian restaurant. There is also an option of Cafe Coffee day close to Shivalli.
2.30 PM – After lunch drive back to Bangalore. At Ramnagaram take a detour towards Shanubhoganahalli for 7 KMs. At Shanubhoganahalli drive towards Kootagal. A lovely place, quiet and serene. Climb up the Thimmappana Betta as Kootagal hill is also known to enjoy the panoramic view of the surroundings. Appreciate the geological wonder locally known as “Agasa – Agasagitti bande”. For more details check out this – Kootagal Hill – Quiet and Lovely!
3.45 PM – Depart from Kootagal and drive back home. On the way you can stopover at Malgudi Vatika for a quick bite of snacks and coffee.
a) 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.
b) Make sure you wear a nice hat and carry enough water.
c) While SRS Hills and Doddamallur has some shops selling soft drinks and and snacks, there is nothing in Kootagal.
d) For lunch there are a lot of options between Channapatna and Maddur.
e) The temple in Revana Siddeshwara Betta, Aprameya temple and Kootagal will all be open during daytime.
f) The road condition throughout the route is good. You may encounter a small patch of bad roads on the way to Kootagal
g) If you don’t mind going back late to Bangalore, you can take small detour after Channapatna towards Kanva reservoir which looks excellent after rains. You can also stop over to have a darshan of Lord Hanuman at Kengal before taking a detour to Kanva reservoir.
h) Be careful climbing the hills when it is raining as it may be slippery.
i) Always wear a good shoe to climb. A nice trekking shoe will be a good bet.
j) Carry a binocular to enjoy the panoramic view of the hills from Revana Siddeshwara Betta and Thimmappana Betta.
If you are looking for more such interesting places to visit near Bangalore, please check this post on this blog which has a list of eight detailed day trips from Bangalore with itineraries
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