Devarayanadurga & Goravanahalli: Day trips from Bangalore
Overview: Devarayanadurga has become a popular tourist destination of late. For many reasons, Devarayanadurga has been able to attract tourists from all age groups, for trekkers, rock climbers, photographers and more importantly, pilgrims. The temple has two important temples - YogaNarasimha and BhogaNarasimha. This can be reached by climbing a series of steps to the top. The Laxmi Narasimha Swamy temple is built in Dravidian style and is believed to be renovated by the Wodeyars in the 18th century. BhogaNarasimha temple is at the base of the hill and Yoga Narasimha temple is on top of the hill. Also there is a Kalyani next to the Hanuman temple at the top.
For the trekkers, there is a pathway which leads to the top of the hill and there is a bell on top of the hill. The climb is not so tough and many climbers take it up. It is said that the hills look magical during rains and we were lucky enough to catch the rains but because of the rains we could not make it to the top of the hill through trekking. It was still raining till we reached back to the parking lot. Next we went to Namada Chilume, which is a natural spring believed to be struck by an arrow by Lord Sri Rama during their vanavasa.
Another popular pilgrim center near Devarayanadurga is Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi temple. This is visited by a large number of pilgrims everyday and is like a fair once you are in Goravanahalli. It is believed that the idol of Shri Mahalakshmi is self originated. The temple was developed and maintained by Kamalamma who is much revered by the locals and there is a shrine dedicated to Kamalamma next to the Mahalakshmi temple.
These three places can be covered well within a day. Also if time permits one can visit Hebbur Sharada Mutt.
How to reach: KSRTC buses ply from Bangalore to Devarayanadurga. It is advisable to check the timings before planning.
Car/Bike: Head north on NH4 towards Tumkur road, after crossing Dobaspet, head towards Kyathasandra, from there, turn right towards Siddaganga Mutt. From mutt take the road to Devarayanadurga.
Food/Accommodation: Kamat Upachar is available at Dobaspet for food. Accommodation is available even at Devarayandurga.
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