Just about 60 kms from Bengaluru is yet another destination that is perfect to get away for a day or the weekend, the Mandaragiri hills. Not yet reached to the Nandi Hills fame, Mandaragiri hills in Tumkur is an ideal photography destination. The hill also known as Basadi Betta locally is a hillock that scales up through around 450 steps. While there's a short trek, a small pond, several boulders of all shapes and sizes, and multiple temples, the highlight of the place is the famous architectural beauty- the pinchi-shaped 81 feet tall Guru Mandir. A pinchi is a peacock feather fan the bright blue-green shades of which can take away all and any of your blues. Another attractions here is the tall Chandranatha Thirthankara statue. Basadi Betta has been a significant pilgrim centre for Jains in the southern state of Karnataka.