(Last Updated on : 30/06/2014)
is a district of the Karnataka
. It is situated about 70 km north of Bangalore. This place has many things to offer to the tourists. The Veerashaiva Mutt situated at Siddhaganga here is well known for its yeomen service to education and religious activities. This Mutt runs many educational institutions including an engineering college and a charitable hostel, which feeds as many as 5000 students absolutely free of cost. Some other interesting tourist places of Tumkur District are given here:
This place is famous for the wonderful temples. Madhugiri is situated about 43 km from Tumkur. The Vijayanagara rulers built the temples dedicated to Lord Venkataramana and Lord Malleswara here. The famous Mallinatha Basti is also seen here. The visitors can see a citadel here with imposing gateways called Diddibagilu, Mysore
Gate and Antaralada Bagilu etc.
This place was once the centre of Mughal Fauzdari and Kasim Khan, the first Fauzdar. It is now the taluk headquarters and is about 52 km away from Tumkur. Some other interesting monuments of Sira are the Khan Bhag Garden, the Jumma Masjid and Malik Rihan's Tomb.
Earlier, this place was known as Sibburu. It is situated about 24 km south of Sira. An ancient 18th century temple dedicated to 'Lord Narasimha', the incarnation of Lord Vishnu
can be seen here. An officer under Hyder Ali
named Nallappa built this tranquil temple. This temple is decorated with murals, which depicts the themes of Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Dasaavathara.
This place is well known for two Veerashaiva Mutts and a temple dedicated to Lord Varadaraja
, one of the forms of Lord Vishnu. It is situated about 30 km from Kunigal. One of these Mutts is known as 'Samadhi Mutt', which has the 16th century origin.