(Last Updated on : 01-04-2013)
Savana Durga is one of the most exciting sites of tourism near Bengaluru
, which attract a number of tourists every year. This monolithic hill rises up to a height of 1226 above the sea level and form a major part of old Godwana land. The structure of the hill has gone through a lot of erosions and weather change that reflects the age of the hill.
Savana Durga consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, and basic dykes and lacerates. This hilltop provides an excellent sight for tourism for the visitors who get an opportunity to enjoy trekking as well as boating in the Thippagondanahalli reservoir that flows nearby. The hill is surrounded with Arkavathi River
, which flows along with the hill towards Manchanabele dam
Savana Durga is formed by two hills, which are locally known as Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill). The name of Savana Durga was originally mentioned in the records of inscriptions of Hoysala dynasty
, which can be dated back to 1340 AD. Originally, this place came under the rule of Magadi rulers who ruled the area in ancient past. This area later on came under Mysore
during 1638 to 1728 which was recaptured by Lord Cornwallis
who captured it from Tipu Sultan
's force during the third Anglo- Mysore
Savana Durga along with its historical background provides a unique site for tourism. Among the prominent places around the hill are the temples of Gandhara-swara and Honnadevi. It also includes the temple of Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temple, which are sited at the foothills of Savana Durga. The stream, which is known as 'Patal Ganga', also originates from the foothills of the Mountain. With Arkavathi River and Manchanabele dam, this hill is considered to be one of the most attractive sites near Bengaluru.
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