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weekend getaways

A tryst with nature, religion & history

Kudur with its verdant pristine beauty is an ideal weekend getaway. The Antharagange matha and the Bhairavadurga fort/hill add value to the place.

Kudur is almost like a picture postcard. Flanked by the massive Bhairavadurga hill on one side and the lush green countryside on the other, Kudur is an ideal place to spend a weekend trekking and hiking in the lap of nature. Antharagange matha and the Bhairavadurga fort/ hill are the two notable places that one must visit here.

Antharagange is an interesting monument with a small tank located in the centre and several quaint shrines on either sides. The shrines have artistically carved images of the important gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. Long ago, the tank was fed by a perennial spring of water, but today its base has been plastered by cement and unfortunately, the temple that was once buzzing with activity, is now in disuse and ruins.

Bhairavadurga is located at the outskirts of the village. Once, an impregnable fort, the massive rocky hill with steep gradients on all sides is difficult to climb. Built by the erstwhile ruler and architect of modern Bangalore – Kempegowda II, Bhairavadurga is a conical hill with inclines – almost like cliffs – on three sides. The hill can be climbed only from the western face and one has to be careful while climbing as there are no proper steps.

Halfway up the top of the hill is a cave shrine dedicated to Lord Bhairava. The cave has been formed under a large rock. This, along with three other stone mantapas has been covered with an enclosure to form a large temple. In front of the temple there is also a stone pond, which gets filled with rainwater. The hilltop is fortified and encloses a large plateau and a fresh water spring. Viewed from an angle, the boulders at the apex of the hill appear to be laid out like lotus petals.

There is a deep fresh water spring in the crack between two massive boulders. One of the key features of the place is its climate; during the hottest of summers the weather at the top of Bhairavadurga remains cool. The hill top also offers some of the best views of the surrounding countryside. Lush green paddy fields interspersed with small rocky hills and quaint villages seem to stretch endlessly. The hill fort is also home to wildlife such as mongoose, monitor lizards, fox, sloth bears etc.

A visit to Kudur is therapeutic to the city dwellers. The beauty of the surrounding fields, forests and hills and the pure unpolluted air, laced with the fragrance of wild flowers is well worth every effort that goes into making the trip.


How to get there:

By bus: Travel to Magadi town and take another bus to Kudur Hobli, which is 58 kms from Bangalore. Alternatively, travel to Solur and take another bus.

By Road: Kudur is located in the interiors of Bangalore rural district. To reach there, one has to travel on the Bangalore-Tumkur Road till Nelamangala (23 km).

Turn left and proceed on the Hassan Road till Solur (18 km). Turn right here and proceed for about five km to reach Kudur town. Once at Kudur one has the choice to either visit the ruins of Antharagange matha or head straightaway towards Bhiaravadurga hill fort.

To visit the fort turn left at the entrance of the town and proceed till you reach the government boys hostel, turn left and after about one km, park your vehicle at the edge of the fields and proceed on foot. To visit the Antharagange matha, turn right. A 100 meters from the main road is the temple.

Place to stay and eat: Kudur is the Hobli HQ and has some facilities such as few good hotels and stores.

Special Information: The ideal time to visit Kudur is during winter as the hill, being completely rocky and bereft of any vegetation, can get quite hot during summers. It is advised to carry lots of water and ready-to-eat foodstuff for the climb can be quite tiring.

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