Kolar Gold Fields, or KGF, in Karnataka is a town that has been known for gold mining for over a century. Now defunct, the mines are thought to be the second deepest gold mines in the world
Today, KGF is a serene settlement with several attractions for the mining enthusiast, the religiously or historically inclined and the simply curious. The well-planned city, old but beautifully maintained Raj-era structures and salubrious climate of Kolar invites travelers to explore this forgotten nugget of time.KGF was often referred to as ‘Little England’ by its British residents due to its pleasant weather and charming landscape. Throughout the city, you can observe beautifully constructed British bungalows, aesthetically laid out streets and well-preserved structures. Try your hand at putting at the superb 1885 golf course established for British employees of the gold mines.The Kotilingeshwara Temple at Kammasandra is a huge tourist attraction for people from all over South India. Its massive Shivling and accompanying Nandi Bull, along with numerous smaller Shivlings, are much revered by locals and are something of a phenomenon for outsiders.Avani is a famous spot that has a temple dedicated to Sita on a hill. It is one of the few temples deifying Sita in India. The Bangaru Tirupati is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and its structure is exceptionally beautiful. Auto-rickshaws are the easiest and most affordable way of getting around town. You could also hire a car, or risk one of the state-run or private buses for a more adventurous ride.Do not venture alone into any abandoned mine or mine shaft. Stay clear of tailing ponds—even though the water looks green and inviting, it is full of cyanide and potentially harmful.
Kolar is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Bangalore at a distance of 46kms.
Airports: Bengaluru International Airport
There is no regular trains to Kolar from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Kuppam which is located at a distance of 48kms.
Railway Station(s): Kuppam