Mandaragiri is the perfect weekend drive since it is just located 75km from Bangalore. This temple and hill is in Tumkur ideal for photography. To take a break from the city life this is the perfect nearest place to chill.
Timing: 10am to 6:30 pm
Entry Fee: 0 Rs. (Parking fee is charged)
Best time to visit: Oct to Feb (Winter ,when its not hot as climbing hill in Sun will be exhausting)
We started from Bangalore at 8:30am and reached the temple at 10:15 am. We followed the google map and it takes to you the entrance of the temple. The spot has a proper parking.
A Pinchi shaped 81 feet Guru Mandi can be spotted. The shape of the temple is unique in Jain History. The PEACOCK FEATHERED Guru Mandir is dedicated to the Digambara Jain ascetic Sri Shantisagarji Maharaj. The feather-shaped dome is in hues of blue, green, and orange. This place is a famous Instagram spot.
Beside Pinchi temple at the Mukh Mantapa we also have tall statue of Chandranatha Trithankara. Its smaller version of BAHUBALI.
Near the Guru Mandir there is small hill rock with well carved 435 steps. One can go for a short trek with family and friends. Mandaragiri Hills also Known as Basadi Betta. It has ancient temple from 12th and 14th century. Trekking to peak is easy and it wont take more than 20min.
Once you ascend the peak you would see a mesmerizing view of the lake known as Mydala Kere lake. On the hillock you would also see a small pond.
Once you are on top of the hill, the 360 degree panoramic view of the village Pandithanahalli will make you gaped in awe.
This off beat place is serene and beautiful and spend sometime to relax.
3 Important spots to visit here
1.Pinchi shaped temple
3.Mandaragiri Hills and View of Mydala Kere lake
1. Start early so that when you climb the climate is cool.
2. No eatery around the spot
3. Carry water and food as no vendor on the hill
4. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes to climb on hill
Happy Travelling !!
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