Located within 60 km’s from Bangalore, Chikballapur is a place close to Nandi Hills, Vivekanand falls and many other attractions making it a good weekend getaway from Bangalore. This place sure is a stress buster and an excellent place to rejuvenate oneself.
How to reach Chikballapur:
By Air: The Bangalore International airport is the nearest airport situated 56 km from Chikballapur. From here you can either take a bus or hire a taxi till Chikballapur.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is the Chikballapur Railway Station. There are frequent trains from Bangalore and Mysore till Chikballapur. From the station, you can hire a taxi to explore the area.
By Road: Chikaballapur is well connected via road transport. Private and government buses have regular routes for Chikaballapur from Bangalore. Autos and taxis are readily available between Bangalore and Chikaballapur.
Places to visit and Things to do in Chikkaballapur
Constructed around 806 A.D. by Rathnavali of Bana Dynasty in the Dravidian style, this temple is known for its ancient Architecture. This temple is located in the Nandi Village and is a good place for the history and architecture enthusiasts.
This is a town named after a Maratha Chieftain Chintamani Rao, famous for its gold, silver and incense trade. It also draws thousands of pilgrims to one of the oldest dargahs in Karnataka, the Murugamalla Dargah of Fakhri Shah Wali about 8 Kms from
A part of the epic Mahabharata, this place is known to be the temporary home for the Pandavas when they lived in exile. Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers is said to have killed the asura (demon) Bakasura. WIth small and peaceful temple, caves and beautiful hills available for trekking and a legend attached to the place – Kaivara is a must-visit location.
Nandi Hills is located about 10 km south of Chikballapur off the state highway 74. It takes about 7 km more to reach the top of the hill from the base. With a 12th century Dravidian temple and a famous fort, this place is filled with trekkers and has popular picnic spots too. Winter months are perfect to visit this place.
The Ranganatha Swamy temple:
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The Ranganatha Swamy temple or Rangasthala as it is known is situated 5km down Chikballapur towards the Gauribidanur village. This is a beautifully designed temple with a brilliantly carved stone statue of Vishnu and there are scriptures written in original Vijaynagar way on a black stone. Be sure to visit this place when visiting Bangalore.
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Situated 12 km from the Chikkaballapur in a village called Nethenahalli, this is a beautiful waterfall. From the village, it is a 1km walk to the falls and no vehicles go there. The rainy season is the perfect one to visit these falls, also provides one with the beautiful sight of lush green fauna.
What to eat in Chikkaballapur :
Local Food and Cuisine:
The local cuisine here is dominated by south Indian delicacies which mainly include coconut or rice. Foods like idli, vada, dosa, sambhar are a specialty and even in the most modest hotels you’ll find some really good tasting food. Filter coffee is also famous here. Also, if you have a knack of picking out well, there are fresh fruits available that can be quite refreshing. One can also have tender coconut which is available in plenty