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.
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.
Besides flying you can also reach Tumkur through train.Tumkuris one of the most popular train stations in Tumkur.On an average about 64 trains pass through Tumkur on a daily basis.Arsikere to Tumkur, Bangalore to Tumkur, Birur to Tumkurare some of the most popular routes to Tumkur with 89, 86, 81 trains weekly respectively.
By road Tumkur is surrounded by Gauribidanur, Chik Ballapur, Hindupur which are 32.51 km, 41.94 km, 42.83 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.