Omkar Hills and Turahalli Forest - Morning booze 04/01/2015 | Bike Rides Bangalore

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Omkar Hills and Turahalli Forest - Morning booze 04/01/2015

Place: Omkar hills and Turahalli forest, Bangalore.

Distance: 20 x 2 = 40 kms
Route: Mind Tree -> Omkar Hills -> Turahalli Forest -> Bangalore University -> Vijaynagar
Crew:  AbdulArun and Sagar (Myself)
Type: Sight Seeing
Ideal for: Omkar Hills - Friends & Family, Turahalli forest - Friends
Bikes: Bajaj Discover 125 and Honda Trigger 150
Budget: 50/Head

Its my third visit to this beautiful place. I have covered every bit of the journey in my last post 
Omkar Hills & Turahalli Forest: A perfect morning 08/06/2014 hence I am restricting description as short as possible.

Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple

Brief about the places:


Omkar Hills: 
  • 2800 ft above sea level 
  • Houses many temples, Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple being the main attraction (the one in above photo)
  • Sarvadharma Samanvaya Peetha which means seat of equality for all religions. Banyan tree surrounded by eight mini shrines of different religions.
  • Giant tower clock which is one of the biggest clocks in the world. Each hand of the clock weighing 40 kg.
Turahalli Forest: One of the few forest tracts near Bangalore, Turahalli, a dry, deciduous forest of 800 acres, is dominated by eucalyptus and other native shrubs. Its a destination for the Rock climbers and Bird watchers. Its a reserved forest for Peacocks.



Sunday Morning: Left Adbul's home at 5.45 am. His home is near to Mindtree, it took hardly 10 minutes ride to reach the Omkar Hills Temple. As we reached temple were none other than us as I expected. The temple opens at 8 am so we saw places around and left the place.

Sun hiding behind the clouds

Omkar Hills Temple Front side

1200 kg Metal bronze Bell.
One of the heaviest bells in India
Asia's Giant Tower Clock

Proof to the above caption


Temple Back view
Sarvadharma Samanvaya Peetha

The mighty banyan tree




Kaapi Katte: Another 5 mins ride to Kaapi Katte Hotel. Had really tasty Idli-Vada and Masala Dosa.
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Turahalli Forest: Drove 15 more minutes to Turahalli forest. There were 8+ cyclists from Basavanagudi and couple of people making short movie. The calm place refreshed the old memories. We sat there enjoying the cold breeze. Though this time we couldn't see any peacocks. 




Entering the forest

Temple at the top






Top view of the forest

Police Trouble: Two constables came to the hill and asked us to leave as its unsafe place because of past record of robberies. Even last time also we got similar warning for coming to this forest. There were many visitors but still I don't know why its unsafe at day time. I agree its never good for sunset seeing or weekday as there wont be much people. Anyways as long as you are in group of 4+  it shouldn't matter much. 


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Also read places around 50 kms from bangalore:

Art of Living International Center - 24 km [Ashram]


Pyramid valley - 37 kms [Meditation Centre]


Rasta Cafe - 45 kms [Hotel, Night out]


Shivaganga Hill - 50 kms [Temple, Trek]


Nijagal Betta, Tumkur - 52 kms [Trek]



10 comments:

Atmaja said...

Thanks Sagar for the blog.Its really useful and informative.

sagar sakre said...

Thank you atamaja :)

Raghavendra Char said...

Nice information dude...Thank u

sagar sakre said...

Thank you +Raghavendra

Unknown said...

Nice blog.

Supriya Raj said...

Thanks :)your blog gave us a lot of information.

Bharath said...

nice work sagar....like ur blogs...they are helpful :-)

Rahul Deva Varma said...

Can we think of staying overnight at this place (keeping trouble from animals aside) like some advanture outing

Sagar Sakre said...

If u r talking about turahalli then,, No.
1.area isn't safe after dark
2. Police will do regular rounds and don't allow anyone to stay there.

amrita sherene said...

I was really looking for the nearby places to explore bangalore other than usual. Thank you so much.. its been really helpful as we won't get much about these place on the internet.