Kolar is 65 km northeast of Bangalore. History has it that Luv and Kush were born here in Valmiki's house. Kolar is popularly known as city of Gold, Silk, Mangos and Milk. Kolar is a place of great antiquity and rich history. The Cholas and Pallavas were the initial builders. Later, the city was ruled by the Vijayanagara Kings following which the Mysore Rajas, viz Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan took over. They effected several improvements since they were the last rulers before the IV Mysore war, when Tippu Sultan was defeated and the kingdom was shared by the Mysore Rajas, Hyderabad Nijam, Marathas & finally the British. This town came under the rule of Maharaja of Mysore and since then several improvements have taken place due to which it became the district headquarters. It was Krishnaraja Wodeyar who was responsible for connecting the road and railways.
How to get there
Kolar is about 69 kms away from Bangalore on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway No 4.
Other Minor Attractions
3 Km from Kolar is Antharagange, a sacred stream that pours sweet water from the mouth of a bull. This scenic spot, known as Shatha Shringa Parvatha or the 100-headed mountain, abounds in rocks of many shapes and rare flora and fauna. The hilltop resembling a snake's hood (Havina Hede), gives a bird’s eye view of seven towns. It is a trekker’s delight. The granite temple of Neelakanteshwara, at the foothills, is another attraction.
Kolar Gold Fields, once produced a sizeable amount of gold during the era of the British Raj. It is now closed by the government, but the huge mounds of gold mining waste still draw tourists. Currently even tourists arent allowed
Anthargange is a hill range situated near the city of Bangalore in Kolar. Kolar is a place of great antiquity , but has passed through so many vicissitudes and was so much devastated by warfare and what little now remains in it is ancient. The Cholas and Pallavas have contributed their builders. Vo...