Tumkur, with its scenic countryside, embellished with tall coconut palms and magnificent ancient temples decorating its cityscapes, is a place where nature creates an aura of undying spirituality and devotion. According to legends, Tumkur once served as the resting place of Lord Rama and Sita on their way back from Lanka
This, along with a strong religious tradition, has turned the city into one of the holiest temple towns in Southern India. Fueled by folklore and age-old traditions, the city has a vibrant and colorful culture that adds to its appeal. The city itself was named after a folk musical instrument known as 'Tumaki'. Tumkur embodies a warmth and appeal that makes it difficult not be lured by the beautiful city.Tumkur is a renowned religious destination housing a number of temples and important places of worship. One such site is the Sree Siddaganga Mutt, a 15th-century religious monastery. The Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple is an important place of worship, believed to house a self-manifested idol of the deity. Several other temples such as the Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara Temple, the Chennakeshava Temple, the Kalleshwara Temple and the Anjaneya Temple are also worth visiting.The 15th century Pavagada Fort is an important historical monument reminding of the city’s momentous past. Tumkur also has some interesting sightseeing locations such as the Devarayana Durga, Siddara Betta and the Marconahalli reservoir. Filled with natural beauty, the rocky hills surrounding the city are also ideal for trekking and mountain climbing.Visit the city during festive occasions to enjoy the fervent celebrations. Pongal and Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated in Tumkur with great gusto. The month of Shravan is considered to be highly auspicious and is marked with religious and cultural activities. You can witness performances of the classical Carnatic music and the Dollu Kunitha Dance forms. The traditional puppet show known as Togalu Gombeyaata is also prominent here.The government operated city buses in Tumkur are the most preferred means of public transport. The buses are well connected to all major areas in the city and can be boarded at regular intervals. Auto-rickshaws are also easily available. For traveling more comfortably, you can hire a private vehicle from the numerous car rentals in Tumkur.Avoid visiting Tumkur during summer as the weather during this period is very hot and unsuitable for travel.Pickpockets are a common menace in crowded public spaces like bus stops
Tumkur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Bangalore at a distance of 66kms.
Airports: Bengaluru International Airport
There is no regular trains to Tumkur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Bangalore which is located at a distance of 66kms.