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INFORMATION ABOUT KOLAR

Kolar town, the headquarters of this district was formerly known as Kuvalala. It is the Head Quarters of the Kolar District in Karnataka State. it is located at a distance of about 68 Km away from the Bangalore and 39 Km from Kolar Gold Field. it is situated on the Bangalore to Chenni National Highway-4. The city is Situated on the southern 'maidan'(plains) region of Karnataka. On the north is the Kodikannur tank, the main source of water supply to the city. The nearest railway junction is at Bangarpet at a distance of about 15 km.

The Kolar Town Municipal Council was established in 1925 and it was upgraded into City Municipal Council in the year 1985, the City is Divided into 31 wards for administrative convenience.


KOLAR HISTORY

Kolar is a place of great antiquity , but has passed through so many vicissitudes and was so much devasted by warfare and what little now remains in it is ancient. The Cholas and pallavas have contributed their builders. Later , the city was ruled by the Vijayanagara Kings. This town came under the rule of Maharaja of Mysore and since then several improvements have taken place and with a result that it became the district Head quarters. It was Krishnaraja Wodeyar who was responsible for connecting the road and Railways. As seen from study of above facts, the town has got a glorious and rich cultural heritage. The Makbara or Tomb of Hyder Ali's father is one of the Principal old buildings in Kolar and it is still maintained by Endowments. The major and important temples in the town are Kolaramma Temple and Someswara Temple. Kolar was the first capital of the Gangas, till about the 4th century A.D. In 1004 A.D., the Cholas annexed Kolar with their empire. Later, Kolar came under the Vijayanagar empire, before being taken over by the British in 1768. In 1792,Kolar was given to Tippu Sultan, by the British. The Ammenallikere, a tank, forms its eastern boundary.

KOLAR TOURISM

    The Places of Interest Sight Seeing

  • Someswara Temple : This is fine example of Vijayanagara style, complete with a massive pillared mukha mandapa. Heavy Prakara walls , ornate Kalyana mantapa and a Devi Shrine, lofty gopura is known for fine stucco figures on the tower , while the door frame is carved in typical Vijayanagara style with dwarapalas etc.. The temple has large tank (Kalyani) also. There are vijayanagara inscriptions on the wall of store room and the yagashala datable to 15 cent A.D. The Kolar Betta or Kolar Hills which are also known as Satasringa hills present a barren and rockery appearance on all sides but on the tops are some villages with irrigable lands. A perennial spring on the east of the hills called Antaraganga is deemed sacred culminated a small pond having a mantapa in the center supplied with water falling through the mouth of a stone Bull. This Place is also a popular picnic spot.. Kurudumale: The famous Kurudumale Temple is situated 12 Kms away from Mulabagal, was the capital of Hoysala Dynasty. The gaint 13.5 foot sculpture of kurudumale Ganesha and the Someswara Temple, attract thousands of visitors from the surrounding states.


  • Koti Lingeshwara :Kammasandra, a village 6 Kms away from Kolar Gold Fieid has a collection of number of Shiva Lingas. More than 80 lakhs of such Lingas have already been installed here since 1974. Among them 108 ft. height Linga is the main attraction. Accommodation and free food facilities are also available for Tourists. The Kolar Gold Fields is located 27 Kms away from Kolar. The K.G.F. City is entirely a creation of the Gold mining industry. The Champion mine is the deepest mine in the world. The BEML, recently established at this place by the Union Government as a large scale industry for the manufacture of Earth moving Equipments and Crawler tractors. Avani known as Gaya of the South, Avani has a cluster of Ramalingeshwara Temple all with in one courtyard dedicated to Lakshmana, Bharatha, and Shatrugna as well as a shankara muth built by the Nolamba dynasty. Legend has it, that the hill above was home to Valmiki's Ashram, where Lava and Kusha were Born and raised. How to reach Kolar Kolar is well connected by rail and road with almost all the important towns and cities in the State. The nearest airport is at Bangalore.


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