The Ghati Subramanya temple near Doddaballapur lies 60 kilometers from Bangalore City. It is located in the Bangalore rural district. The temple has had a great significance for pilgrims down the ages and the popularity of the deities here has defied the passage of time and even today, scores of the devout visit the temple daily. The main deities here are Subramanya and Laxmi Narayan. There is something unique about the idol. Both the deities are carved into the same idol, with Subramanya facing east and Laxmi Narayan facing west. The devotees can view Laxmi Narayan through a strategically placed mirror. The temple architecture as well as the special festival and occasions at the temple also bring in a rush of visitors. A visit to the Ghati Subramanya temple can be combined with some sightseeing of the lovely countryside. In addition to this, there are other temples at Doddaballapur, which lies 12 kilometers away. The itinerary can also include a trip to Nandi Hills. The nearest airport to the temple is the Bangalore International Airport. There are also buses running from Bangalore to Doddaballapur. You would have to depend on local transport to reach Ghati Subramanya from Doddaballapur, and the nearest railway station is at Makali Durga.
How to Reach
Ghati Subramanya can be reached via Bangalore which is at a distance of 52.6kms through Doddaballapur. Distance of Doddaballapur and Bangalore is 41.2kms. It can reached by private vehicles or rented cabs as direct buses are quite less in number.
Ghati Subramanya can reached by train through Makalidurga station which is quite close to Bangalore. Distance between Makalidurga and Ghati Subramanya is 4.5kms and the distance of Makalidurga from Bangalore is 52.6kms.
By air Bangalore International Airport is the closest airport to reach Ghati Subramanya.
Chikballapur is the district headquarters of the new Chikballapur district of Karnataka. This district, which was previously a part of Kolar district, has many fascinating tourist attractions.Chikballapur town lies about 50 km from Bangalore and is the district headquarters of the Chikballapur district. This district is the birth place of the engineer/statesman Sri Visveswarayya, and is an educational center, with many existing and proposed educational Institutions like the IIT Muddenahalli, The Visveswarayya Institute of Advanced Technology and the Sri Sathya Sai Baba University.
The Nandi Hills, located just 60 kilometers away from Bangalore, lie at a distance of about 4,851 feet above sea level. The hills in the Chikkaballapur district are close to the swanky Bangalore international airport, making this popular tourist attraction easily accessible. The Nandi Hills have a rather interesting history. Mystery surrounds its origins. Some say that the name derives from the fact that the hills have the shape of a sleeping bull. There are indications that the hills existed in the Chola period under the name Ananda Giri. Temple architecture that is typical of the Chola period does exist in these hills and the hills are also a part of India's early freedom struggle as Tipu Sultan built a fort here called the Nandidurg, which was regarded as an impregnable fort. However, it did fall to the British in 1791.
Bangalore was initially ruled by the Western Gangas and then by the Hoysalas. The region was later on ruled by Hyder Ali and then by his son Tipu Sultan. Once called Bendakaluru, it was later anglicized as Bangalore and is now officially known as Bengaluru. The city, which was previously known as the Garden City of India, is now termed as the Silicon Valley of India for its status as one of the major centers of the IT boom. Bangalore is located in south-east Karnataka and the city lies in the heart of the Mysore Plateau, a part of the larger Deccan Plateau. Covering an area of 741 square km, it has a population of about 5.8 million (third most populous city). Due to its location at an altitude of 3113 ft (949 m) above sea level, the city experiences a beautiful climate. Thanks to its tropical climate, the city experiences frequent rain along with warm summers and cold winters. The city was once termed as a Pensioner's Paradise as the climate attracted retired people from all walks of life. The temperature generally ranges between 20°C to 36°C during the summer and 17°C to 27°C during winter.
Nrityagram, with its wonderful ambience and ethnic look, is definitely worth a visit. The unique dance village is located near Hesarghatta in Bangalore Rural district. It lies at a distance of only 35 kilometers away from Bangalore and is easily accessible. The village was conceptualized by the well known Odissi dancer Protima Bedi. Her idea was to develop a village devoted to teaching dance in the age old gurukul tradition. Nrityagram's dance ensembles are indeed popular, but the beauty of the village and the use of nature and natural materials in its construction have made a visit to Nrityagram a memorable experience. The village was designed by the well known architect Gerard Da Cunha. The open spaces, greenery and the mud buildings give Nrityagram a rural look. One of the best times to visit Nrityagram would be during the Vasanthahabba festival held to celebrate the arrival of spring. Artists from all over the world perform at the Nrityagram amphitheater during this festival. A visit to Nrityagram would also give you the chance to explore the Hessarghatta Reservoir. It lies five kilometers away from the dance village. The man-made lake occupies an area of 1124 acres and was built in the year 1894.