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Kolar - Karnataka's Eastern Gateway


The quiet little town of Kolar lies in the eastern edge of Karnataka. Spread over an area of 3,969 km, Kolar borders Tamil Nadu as well as Andhra Pradesh, thus earning it the sobriquet of the Eastern Gateway to Karnataka'.

Kolar is today famous for its gold mines but it has a golden past as well - a past that has given the town some truly magnificent temples and fortresses.

The Legends Around Kolar

One of the myths and legends that revolve around Kolar is that it was the abode of Valmiki, the ancient saint. Lord Ram visited him in Kolar after his exile and it was here where Goddess Sita stayed when Lord Ram banished her from his life. Their sons Luv and Kush were born in Valmiki's ashram at Kolar.

The warrior-saint Parasuram reportedly lived in the green hills that fringe the western side of Kolar. As far as recorded history is concerned, Kolar's name is evocative of its past. Kolar is derived from the word Kolahahapura which means `violent city'. The hills of this cool little town have seen violent battles between the Cholas and the Chalukya dynasties.

Tourist Places In And Around Kolar

The remains of this glorious past can still be witnessed in the town. The Kolaramma and Someswara temples are worth visiting. Other popular activities for visitors include adventure sports like parasailing and rock-climbing.

How To Reach Kolar

Kolar is located 65 km from Bangalore and is well connected by rail and road.

Best Time To Visit Kolar

July to September is considered as the ideal time to visit Kolar.  

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How to Reach Kolar

  • By Road
    Kolar is a major city in Karnataka, which is well connected to various nearby cities and towns. Several private buses and the state owned KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses ply regularly from Bangalore for Kolar. Besides, tourists can hire cabs and SUVs from airports and railway stations to reach Kolar
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  • By Train
    Kolar has its own railway station, situated at a distance of about 2 km from the city centre. The railway station is well connected to all the nearby cities and towns. Travellers can hire taxis to reach Kolar from here to visit the nearest tourist destinations
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  • By Air
    Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to Kolar, catering to both domestic and international tourists. It is situated at a distance of about 62 km from Kolar. Bangalore airport connects to all the major cities in India as well as abroad.
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