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Antaragange & Kotilingeshwara | Your One Day Trip Guide from Bangalore!

Antaragange near Kolar is a lovely destination. This day trip will take you on a tour of Antaragange and exquisite temples in Kolar and a fascinating Shiva temple near Bangarpet.

This is the thirteenth in the series of one Bangalore to help you visit places around Bangalore/weekend getaways from Bangalore. If you are looking for places to visit from Bangalore within 150 kilometers or if you are looking for a comfortable one day trip from Bangalore, this series of 26 day trips from Bangalore with a detailed itinerary provide you with all details. We encourage you to explore the rich landscape, heritage, and beautiful spots surrounding Bangalore.

This one day trip helps you to explore Antaragange which is a trekkers’ delight, beautiful temples at Kolar, and a fascinating Shiva temple at Kotilingeshwara – a temple with one crore Shiva lingas. We have trekked and did caving in Antaragange years back when it was still relatively unknown.

The Circuit

Route – Bangalore – Antaragange – Kolar – Kotilingeshwara Temple – Bangalore

Distance – 210 km (complete circuit)

Road condition – Excellent

Google map of the circuit – https://goo.gl/maps/q4LmMJbp5BD2

The Itinerary

6.30 AM – Leave home and hit Old madras road. Take the outer ring road and join the Old Madras road at KR Puram. Those who are in the city can take the Old Madras Road from Indira Nagar and continue onto the highway.

8 AM – Breakfast at either “The Terminal” or “Nandi Grand” after Hosakote. We suggest having breakfast in any of these two places as it will give you some time before you start climbing in Antaragange.

8.45 AM – Drive straight to Anataragange.

9.45 AM – Arrive at Antaragange.


The entrance to the famed hill – Antaragange


The canopy covered pathway


The holy pond. This is the place where the spring water continuously flow out of Nandi’s mouth

Park your car and start walking up the hill to the temple. Around 400 steps under a canopy of trees take you to the temple where you find “Antaragange” or “Subterranean Ganga” – where the water from natural spring flows through Nandi in the Kashi Vishveshwara temple complex. After visiting the temple, you can trek up the hill for another 30 minutes to enjoy panoramic vistas of the places around you. This place has many caves which can be explored if one is interested. Add additional time if you go for caving.

11.45 AM – Depart from Antaragange and head straight Someshwara temple at Kolar. A lovely temple of the Vijayanagar era, explore the beautiful sculpture of the temple and enjoy the serenity.


The main gopuram of Someshwara temple


Finely carved pillars of main mantapa


Finley carved pillars of Kalyana Mantapa

12.45 PM – Head to Kolaramma temple. Dedicated to Kolaramma, The town deity – The Kolar city takes the name from the Goddess name – this is smaller than Someshwara temple. But well laid out and nice. Spend 30 minutes in this place.


Entrance to the temple


A lovely sculpture inside the temple

1.30 PM – Drive to Maiya’s restaurant on the highway. Have a nice lunch.

2.45 PM – Drive straight to Kotilingeshwara temple which is near Bangarpet.


Thousands of Shiva Lingas surround a giant Shiva Linga and Nandi in Kotilingeshwara temple

3.30 PM – Arrive at the temple and get fascinated by numerous Shiva Lingas in the temple. Don’t try to count! Get mesmerized by the massive Shiva Linga – the tallest in the world – and Nandi. Spend 45 minutes in this place.

4.15 PM – Depart for Bangalore. Reach home safely.

Travel Tips

  1. It is better to leave early as suggested as days get hotter in these areas.
  2. Climbing Anataragange and exploring in the morning is easier than later in the day.
  3. If planning to trek beyond the temple in Anataragange, it is advisable to wear a shoe.
  4. Wear a good hat to cover from the sun.
  5. Do not expose any eatables or eat in the open in Antaragange as there are many monkeys around.
  6. If you are planning a trek and caving in Antaragange, it is better to take local guides. Do not attempt to enter any cave without a guide. If planning to enter a cave, please make sure you carry a torchlight, and wear glasses.
  7. Carry a nice camera. You will get a lot of opportunities to take some pictures.
  8. All timings are indicative of traveling in a car or bike.
What has been your experience of visiting Antaragange, Kolar & Koti Lingeshwara? We would like to hear from you. Please share it in the comments below.

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