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.
On a daily basis there are approximately 362 flights that operate at Bengaluru International Airport.SpiceJet, IndiGo and Air India are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
By road Kolar is surrounded by Hosakote, Hosur, Bangalore which are 22.94 km, 35.39 km, 36.62 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.