Meeting my friends after a long time, which also calls for a bike ride. After doing lots of solo trips, this time I am happy to be accompanied by my friends. The previous day we looked out for places nearby to Bangalore. Antaragange being one of the popular tourist spot, that’s when we decided to visit this place. Antaran Ganage is around 74 km far from Bangalore and about 2 km far from Kolar. This hill is covered with big rocks and situated in the Shathashrunga mountain range.
Here’s the reason why this place is famous for, one reason being the closest weekend gateway from Bangalore and another being, right next to Kashivishweshwara Temple ( Lord Shiva ) you can notice small pond and bull(Nandi) within a cabana. The interesting part here is, the water flows through the bull (Nandi) though out the year and it is considered to be holy water. Also, you can see lots of people carrying back the holy water to their home.
Now that we are four (Charan, Dhanya, Pradeep and myself) of us and left with one bike, Charan wanted to try his hands on Bullet sand storm, we looked throughout on several bike rental sites for it and didn’t find any. Finally, we booked bullet 350 and had to pick it up from Kormangala at 9:00 AM. Next day, we got a delayed pickup nevertheless, they delivered a brand new bullet which had hardly done 13 km. It was around 11.30 am, we started from HSR towards Kolar via KR puram. As Kolar was nearby, we didn’t hurry and entered kolar around 12:40 pm. From Kolar highway, we took a diversion which took us through inner roads and we reached the base of Antara Ganage. We parked our bikes and continued to move by clicking some pictures.
As we climbed a couple of steps, we noticed the place was covered with lots of Nilgiri trees and big rocks. Also, there’s a viewpoint. We walked through series of steps and being accompanied by monkies, we didn’t realize that we reached the temple.
we spent some time around and also took a look at the bull ( Nandi ) and spring water and then we noticed that some of the sightseers finding their way out through big rocks. On enquiring them, we were informed that there are a couple of caves which you can go visit. Now this made us bit curious on how would the caves look like and we directed toward it. We got to see many people returning from the hill, so it wasn’t difficult to find our way to top. It was already 1:20 pm and walking under the scorching heat, made it difficult to take every step. After climbing half the way to the top, Dhanya and Pradeep decided to take a halt and wait until we return back.
Charan and I continued to walk uphill and finally reached one of the cave. As we walked through the cave, we found it dangerous and risky. So we decided to head back to the base of the temple.
Quick points to plan your trip
- Route – Bangalore – Kolar (66km)- Antaragange (74km)
- Overall Distance – 150 km ( to and fro )
- Trip Budget – 300 / head ( excluding fuel )
- Places: Caves and Kashivishweshwara Temple
- Fuel station in Kolar
- Hotels – couple of small shops available [OR] have to reach Kolar town.
- Carry Suncap, Sunscreen lotion, Water and Snickers
- Parking available for two wheelers and four wheeler
NOTE: Try to reach early before climate gets warm.