Mandaragiri: The architectural beauty in Tumkur

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Photo of Mandaragiri: The architectural beauty in Tumkur by Ayushee Chaudhary

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.

Get a relieving view for your eyes out of the concrete jungle

Photo of Mandaragiri: The architectural beauty in Tumkur 1/5 by Ayushee Chaudhary
Credit: Abilash Mariswamy

Witness one of the most photographic temple site

See the smaller version of the Gommateshwara

Photo of Mandaragiri: The architectural beauty in Tumkur 3/5 by Ayushee Chaudhary
Credit: Abilash Mariswamy

Trek your way up the monolith

Dip your toes in the pond at the top

Awe at the peacock-feature architecture

Photo of Mandaragiri: The architectural beauty in Tumkur 4/5 by Ayushee Chaudhary
Credit: Abilash Mariswamy

Watch the sun slide down between the valleys

Discover the hidden water falls

Float over the water in a teppa

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