Bangalore Breaks - Sunrise @ Devarayanadurga


Weekends are meant to relax and refresh. But many a time, they get packed with activities it turns out to be another working day.  Why not Look for opportunities to get out for quick breaks - may be a drive or a weekend day trip – to break the monotony?

This new series will focus on quick breaks or day trips from our metros. The ones you can go in the morning and return on the same day.  Places, which are within 150 KMs from our metros. I am christening them as Bangalore Breaks, Chennai breaks etc.…

The first post in the series is on Devarayanadurga - a small hill fort with a temple near Bangalore. We headed for a quick drive in the last winter to watch the sunrise.

Devarayanadurga or DD in short is not new to me. I have been there as a kid many times.  My grandma's place was in Tumkur. Those days were different as we used to go in a "Tonga” or "Horse Cart". Driven by horse on non-existent roads, it was back breaking but fun. We would climb the hill, have darshan of lord, finish the lunch packed from home in a nearby field and get back home. These trips were more of a pilgrimage. I am not sure whether anyone had visited DD in seventies to watch sunrise!!!

Sunrises and Sunsets are always fabulous when you watch from the hills.  DD was our choice as we did not want to go to Nandi Hills, which is flocked by drinking/dancing boisterous crowd these days.

DD is situated at a distance of 72 KMs from Bangalore and the road condition throughout is good. Our idea was to reach there in time for sunrise, watch it and come back home for breakfast after visiting the Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, which is on the hill. Getting up early, we reached the place around 6 AM with a leisurely drive. There was no one except us in the parking area. The place was pitch dark and had an eerie feeling.

I have experienced mist in North India and for the first time I was experiencing the layers of mist floating around us here. It was a great feeling but cold. The hill is part of Devarayanadurga Reserve forest spread across 49 Square KMs and is home to wild animals like wild boar, Sloth bear and leopard as well. We could see many wild rabbits in the brightness of our headlight. The sunrise time being 6.47 AM, it was still dark when we reached. We did not dare to go for a walk fearing sloth bears.

We sat in the car for sometime and started climbing the hill as the dawn set in. The temple was closed - it opens only at 8 AM - but we were able to get to a vantage point. We kept our fingers crossed as the mist was very dense and were afraid that we won't see the sunrise at all. But the mist slowly cleared and we were lucky to witness a beautiful sunrise. The sun was playing hide and seek and Brinda - who is the official photographer on all our tours - waited for moments when the mist cleared and sun shone to click the pictures.

For more on the place and pictures.......

Well laid out steps leading to temple on the hill
Devarayanadurga village.....enveloped in mist

The Mantapas on the way
Rock formation.......doesn't it look like a man's face?
The road

A tree clinging to rock

The sun shows up .......amidst mist





The mist clears giving a glimpse of the village at foot hills
One of the lovely birds
We did not stop to visit the temple and headed back to Bangalore after around 7.30. On the way we stopped over at Café Coffee Day for a hot cuppa and back in Bangalore by 9.30 AM.

A morning well spent amidst nature......

Travel Tips

Reaching there

By road – There are direct buses to DD starting from Government Bus stand in Majestic area in down town Bangalore.  It is a pleasant one and half hour drive from Bangalore if you are driving in your car.

Google Map Bangalore - Devarayana Durga

By Train – The nearest railway station is Tumkur, which is well connected to Bangalore.  One can hire an auto rickshaw to reach DD from Tumkur.

Best time to go – Any time round the year. Monsoons will be a great time to see  low hanging clouds in the valley below. Summers and winters are best for Sunrise and Sunsets. Summers will be hot during the day. 

Stay Options

Camp Linger has started a camp site close to DD and it is worth exploring the place. Click on this link for more details

Camp Linger - Devarayanadurga

Other Information

a) If you are planning to be there for sunrise, make sure you work backwards after checking out sunrise time. Keep ten minutes to climb 100 odd steps before you chose a vantage point.

b) The place is excellent for bird watching and I could see at least ten species through binoculars. Since the temple opens only at 8 AM, it will be worthwhile to hike in the forest watching birds after the sunrise. Take a look at this link here

Birds of Devarayana Durga

c) Visit Bhoga Narasimhaswamy temple which is at in Devarayanadurga village at foot hills. "Namada Chilume", a natural spring is a KM away. A deer park near this place will be loved by kids.

d) You can also visit Teetha Reservoir - a small reservoir on Suvarnamukhi river which is on the way. Good place after rains.

e) DD and surroundings are excellent for camping . It is wise to take permission from forest department as the area is known for sloth bears.

f) Nothing is available to eat and drink on top of the hill. It would better to carry it. Small restaurants serving snacks are available in Devarayanadurga village near Bhoga Narasimhaswamy temple.

Useful Links

Devarayanadurga in Wiki

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Bangalore Breaks - Sunrise @ Devarayanadurga


Weekends are meant to relax and refresh. But many a time, they get packed with activities it turns out to be another working day.  Why not Look for opportunities to get out for quick breaks - may be a drive or a weekend day trip – to break the monotony?

This new series will focus on quick breaks or day trips from our metros. The ones you can go in the morning and return on the same day.  Places, which are within 150 KMs from our metros. I am christening them as Bangalore Breaks, Chennai breaks etc.…

The first post in the series is on Devarayanadurga - a small hill fort with a temple near Bangalore. We headed for a quick drive in the last winter to watch the sunrise.

Devarayanadurga or DD in short is not new to me. I have been there as a kid many times.  My grandma's place was in Tumkur. Those days were different as we used to go in a "Tonga” or "Horse Cart". Driven by horse on non-existent roads, it was back breaking but fun. We would climb the hill, have darshan of lord, finish the lunch packed from home in a nearby field and get back home. These trips were more of a pilgrimage. I am not sure whether anyone had visited DD in seventies to watch sunrise!!!

Sunrises and Sunsets are always fabulous when you watch from the hills.  DD was our choice as we did not want to go to Nandi Hills, which is flocked by drinking/dancing boisterous crowd these days.

DD is situated at a distance of 72 KMs from Bangalore and the road condition throughout is good. Our idea was to reach there in time for sunrise, watch it and come back home for breakfast after visiting the Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, which is on the hill. Getting up early, we reached the place around 6 AM with a leisurely drive. There was no one except us in the parking area. The place was pitch dark and had an eerie feeling.

I have experienced mist in North India and for the first time I was experiencing the layers of mist floating around us here. It was a great feeling but cold. The hill is part of Devarayanadurga Reserve forest spread across 49 Square KMs and is home to wild animals like wild boar, Sloth bear and leopard as well. We could see many wild rabbits in the brightness of our headlight. The sunrise time being 6.47 AM, it was still dark when we reached. We did not dare to go for a walk fearing sloth bears.

We sat in the car for sometime and started climbing the hill as the dawn set in. The temple was closed - it opens only at 8 AM - but we were able to get to a vantage point. We kept our fingers crossed as the mist was very dense and were afraid that we won't see the sunrise at all. But the mist slowly cleared and we were lucky to witness a beautiful sunrise. The sun was playing hide and seek and Brinda - who is the official photographer on all our tours - waited for moments when the mist cleared and sun shone to click the pictures.

For more on the place and pictures.......

Well laid out steps leading to temple on the hill
Devarayanadurga village.....enveloped in mist

The Mantapas on the way
Rock formation.......doesn't it look like a man's face?
The road

A tree clinging to rock

The sun shows up .......amidst mist





The mist clears giving a glimpse of the village at foot hills
One of the lovely birds
We did not stop to visit the temple and headed back to Bangalore after around 7.30. On the way we stopped over at Café Coffee Day for a hot cuppa and back in Bangalore by 9.30 AM.

A morning well spent amidst nature......

Travel Tips

Reaching there

By road – There are direct buses to DD starting from Government Bus stand in Majestic area in down town Bangalore.  It is a pleasant one and half hour drive from Bangalore if you are driving in your car.


By Train – The nearest railway station is Tumkur, which is well connected to Bangalore.  One can hire an auto rickshaw to reach DD from Tumkur.

Best time to go – Any time round the year. Monsoons will be a great time to see  low hanging clouds in the valley below. Summers and winters are best for Sunrise and Sunsets. Summers will be hot during the day. 

Stay Options

Camp Linger has started a camp site close to DD and it is worth exploring the place. Click on this link for more details

Camp Linger - Devarayanadurga

Other Information

a) If you are planning to be there for sunrise, make sure you work backwards after checking out sunrise time. Keep ten minutes to climb 100 odd steps before you chose a vantage point.

b) The place is excellent for bird watching and I could see at least ten species through binoculars. Since the temple opens only at 8 AM, it will be worthwhile to hike in the forest watching birds after the sunrise. Take a look at this link here


c) Visit Bhoga Narasimhaswamy temple which is at in Devarayanadurga village at foot hills. "Namada Chilume", a natural spring is a KM away. A deer park near this place will be loved by kids.

d) You can also visit Teetha Reservoir - a small reservoir on Suvarnamukhi river which is on the way. Good place after rains.

e) DD and surroundings are excellent for camping . It is wise to take permission from forest department as the area is known for sloth bears.

f) Nothing is available to eat and drink on top of the hill. It would better to carry it. Small restaurants serving snacks are available in Devarayanadurga village near Bhoga Narasimhaswamy temple.

Useful Links


Did you like this post? Please share it with your friends if it can be of help to them. If you need more information on Devarayanadurga, you can write at poorna62@gmail.com

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4 Comments:

At 11/09/2012 , Blogger chittu said...

wounderful picture..
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At 12/24/2013 , Blogger bunny dot said...

good pictures the spots you are shown very good to enjoy in the weekends
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At 1/19/2014 , Blogger RK said...

superb pictures and thanks a ton for lots of information

 

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