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|Attractions||: Temple, Hill station|
|Season||: January to December|
|Weather||: Summer (23 to 37°C), Winter (15 to 27°C)|
Devarayanadurga is a beautiful hill station located just 60 kilometers away from Bangalore city. Devarayana durga is famous for it's scenic green cover, ancient temples and hills. The place was also known as Anebiddasari. Karigiri is another name for the place which means elephant hill. From the eastern side, the hills looks like an elephant and hence the name. The hill is situated at around 3940 feet above the sea level. With it's diverse flora and fauna, the place provides a visual retreat.
Devarayanadurga is the birthplace of river Jayamangala which is one of the tributaries of river Kaveri which is the lifeline of Karnataka and Tamil nadu. This river joins Kaveri through the Krishna and Shimsha River at Shivanasamudra. The hills mark the boundary of Krishna and Kaveri river basins.
The place got it's name when the Mysore ruler Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar captured it in 1696. Till then it was adressed a Anebiddasari. The place was ruled by Vijayanagara and Hoysala dynasties.
Devarayana durga is the home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The hill station provides a beautiful landscape which makes it ideal for nature lovers.
On the hill, there are two temples dedicated to Lord Narasimha. The Bhoganarasimha temple is located at the base of the hill and the Yoganarasimha temple is placed at the top of the hill. The temples have devotees flocking throughout the year.
Mythology states that Lord Rama visited this place on his way to Lanka. Unable to find water to prepare Nama which is a paste that Hindus apply on their foreheads, he shot an arrow into the ground. This lead to a creation of a spring. The spring can still be found and the foot impression of Lord Rama can also be found near it.
The ruins of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar dynasties of the 17th century can be seen in the Devarayanadurga village and Kumbhi hills. Traces of the Mysore Wodeyar dynasty too can be found.
The terrain is great for moderate trekking. It is also quite popular for cycling.
Tumkur is the nearest bus station.
Tumkur Railway Station is the nearest railway station.
Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport.
There are KSRTC buses from Bangalore to Tumkur on a regular frequency. From Tumkur, another bus has to be taken to Devarayanadurga.
There are trains available from Bangalore Railway Station to Tumkur. From Tumkur, bus/taxi can be taken to reach Devrayanadurga.
Devarayanadurga is 75 kilometer ride from Bangalore. Connect to Tumkur road from Bangalore. There are many routes to reach Devarayanadurga.One route is from Bangalore to Tumkur and then to Devarayanadurga. Another route is through Nelamangala, Dabaspet, Urdigere and Devarayanadurga. From Nelamangala, Devarayanadurga can also be approached through Kyatsandra i.e Siddaganga cross. The Tumkur road is well maintained and driving here is a pleasure.