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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS NEAR TUMKUR
Namada Chilume is one of the chronological place which has a small distort of water flow, it is said that this streak of water is flowing from Threthra yuga it is said in history that during Rama - sitha vanavasa, Sitha was thirsty to quench her thirst Rama aimed a arrow to a Rock from which water splurged out since than this spring of water has never got dried up even during worst droughts.
Source from which this water is flowing is unknown till today. It has thick forest and beautiful Deer Safari which is quite amusing. It has beautiful Travellers Bungalow which makes staying here more pleasant. This place is 62km to 65km from Bangalore, 8km from Tumkur.
Siddara Betta is one of the visited places near Madhugiri and is a rocky hill situated in Tumkur district. The place lies at a distance of about 100 kms from Bangalore. The place is mainly known for a temple and a few caves located at the top of the hill.
There is a shrine of Lord Siddalingeshwara (Shiva) inside one of the caves. That is why the place holds an attraction equally for the pilgrims and trekkers and nature lovers.
Siddara Betta, a wonderful tourist place near Madhugiri, has historic significance attached to it. Siddara Betta is a Kannada expression to describe Hill of Saints. The naturally beautiful place was once home to countless Hindu Saints who preferred the place to perform sacred meditation and to obtain Nirvana. But with time, this practice gradually diminished.
Today there are just a handful of saints whose chanting can be heard coming from a distance. And they are based at an aashram situated at the base of the hill.
Siddara Betta stands close to the Devarayana Durga. The forest surrounding the hill holds attraction for birdwatchers. Several species of migratory birds make this forest their habitat. Birdwatchers can spot several rare and beautiful migratory birds in the area. It is home to some lovely bird species like the Yellow Throated Bulbul.
Siddara Betta is known for its medicinal herbs. A natural spring that gushes out from the top of the hill is also believed to have medicinal value.
Devarayana durga Known as DD hills with wide forest and army to Vijayanagar kingdom. This place was named as Devarayana Durga in 1696 when it was under the control of Mysore's Chikkadevaraja wodayar before which it was known as Anebiddajari, Jatakana Durga, Kari Giri.
At the tip of mountain there is Kumbi On which there is "Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha" Temple and on mountain there is "Bhoga Lakshmi Narasimha" Temple. There are Pushkarnies called Narasimha thirtha, Parashara thirha and Padha thirtha.
Goravanahalli Lakshmi Temple
About 30 Km from Tumkur in Koratagere taluk there is a renowned Lakshmi Temple whose idol is said to be self originated, there will be special poojas which will be performed on Fridays.
On South Kunigal Road of Tumkur at about 6 Km there is Chenna keshava temple which is of Hoysala's period it is said that icon of Sri Chenna Keshava is carved by famous architect Sri Jakanachari and his son Sri Dankanachari.
Madhugiri Eka Shilla Betta
Madhugiri is a place in the Tumkur district 40kms away from Tumkur. Overlooking the town of madhugiri is a large hill, believed to be the second biggest rock dome in the area,
the first being savanadurga. There is a historic fort on top of the hill, and the maidanahalli blackbuck sanctuary is 20 Odd kilometers away. The highlight is the rock dome, atop which Stands a fort, once official to Hyderaali.
There are a series of doorways leading to the top and the climb is steep and showing in some places. On the top is ruined Gopalakrishna temple.
Marconahalli Dam is a reservior built across Shimsha River. Boating is accessible here.The cone shaped hill offers a breathtaking view from its top. Also known for the shrines of Gangadareshwara and Honnadevi situated 20KM from Tumkur.