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.
|Visa requirements||Foreign nationals require a valid visa to enter India.|
|Languages spoken||Kannada is the main language in Kolar. There is a section of the people who speak Tamil and Telugu as well.|