Kolar

Kolar

Things to do - general

Kolar is an old town located 70 KMs from Bangalore on the Old Madras Road. It is best known for the now closed Gold Mines. Some of the other attractions here are Sage Valmiki’s Ashram from Ramayana, Silk farms, Wool spinning units, temples like the Kotilingesvara temple with ten million lingams,  Adventure Sports and a Black Buck sanctuary. Interestingly Kolar was the first city in Asia to get electricity from Hydro Electric power.

A notable landmark at Kolar is Antaragange. It is a temple on a hill with a pond that is filled by water from a perennial underground spring. The spring has mysterious origins and the local community considers it holy. The hill above the temple is full of boulders and provides a great opportunity for trekkers. There are a few caves on the top of the hill created by a unique formation of boulders.

CountryIndia
Visa requirementsForeign nationals require a valid visa to enter India.
Languages spokenKannada is the main language in Kolar. There is a section of the people who speak Tamil and Telugu as well.
Currency usedINR
Area (km2)26.6

Sports & nature

Kolar is home to more than a thousand Blackbucks.The Menaka Gandhi Black foundation is helping protect them as well as conserve their habitat.Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

Kolar has long been associated with Gold. Gold mining started in the 2nd century AD and was at its peak during the British Period. The Champion Reefs mine with a depth of 3200mts is the second deepest mine in the world. During its hey days, a multinational work force used to live in Kolar. 800 tones of Gold has been extracted over the last 100 years from Kolar. The Mines were closed down in 1992 after it became unviable to extract any more at a reasonable cost.Culture and history image
Bouldering , Hiking & Safari in Kolar

Bouldering , Hiking & Safari in Kolar

Kolar
Bouldering & Safari is a day trip from Bangalore to Kolar. Key highlights include  bouldering ov More info
Bouldering Trail to Kolar Gold Mines - Weekend

Bouldering Trail to Kolar Gold Mines - Weekend

Kolar
Bouldering Trail is a 2 day guided experiential tour over weekends from Bangalore to Kolar. Key high More info