A day where we can spend some time by visiting places around Bangalore? Yes, this time I Visited Mukthinaga Temple, Big Banyan Tree and Manchanabele Dam. One who are interested in trekking, they can also visit Savanadurga hill which is close to Manchanabele Dam. If you plan trekking Savanadurga hill, then you should obtain prior permission from Ramnagaram forest department and Local police station. Where one can trek through the forest and reach the top. If you are just planning to visit the temple then you have to reach Nayakanahalli and then you can climb the uphill to reach the Temple base.
All the places are close to each other which is hardly few distance from each other, I started my journey around 6:30 in the morning from Bangalore and reached Kengeri around 7:00 AM. To reach Mukthinaga temple, After Kengeri town, travel further for next 4-5 KM’s take a right turn from the main road ( next to Raja rajeshwari medical college ). Continue on the same road for another 4 KM’s and you can find a welcome board.
Follow the Sign-board and travel through this road for another 1.5 – 2 km which would lead you to the Mukthinaga temple. Mukthi Naga Kshetra, which is located off Mysore Road, within a kilometer from the village of Ramohalli, five kilometers towards the Dodda Alada Mara (Big Banyan Tree), and 18 kilometers from the Bangalore bus stand.
200 years ago, this place was called Junjappana Gudi Bayalu. At that time, the people of the Golla community, who were the residents of this place, used to offer prayers to Nagappa, the snake god. Junjappa, in the native dialect, is another name for the snake god. Legend has it that a cobra, 25 feet in length and more than 100 years old, used to live here at that time. Even today, this place is inhabited by myriad varieties of serpents.
16 feet tall statue
Sri Karya Siddhi Vinayaka temple
Lord Subramanya in Naga avatar
After Visiting Mukthinaga Temple, I progressed my journey towards Big Banyan tree which is around 3 KM’s from temple. The Dodda Aladha Mara , literally translated to Big Banyan Tree, is a giant 400-year-old Banyan tree, located in the village of Kettohalli in the Bangalore Urban district of Karnataka, India. This single plant covers 3 acres and is one of the largest of its kind. In the early 2000’s, the main root of the tree succumbed to natural disease, and thus the tree now looks like many different trees.
It is believed that the Big Banyan Tree symbolizes the holy trinity of Hindu Gods. The root, stem and branches represent Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively.
Lord Munisvara Temple
I spent around 10-15 min in this place and then I headed towards my next and final destination, which Manchanabele Dam. Manchanabele dam is around 9 KM’s from Big Banyan Tree and it would take around 15 minutes to reach this place. Manchanabele dam is an artificial dam stacked by the government of Karnataka on river Arkavati for irrigation and drinking water in the village of Manchanabele and also supplies water for Magadi taluk. Its a perfect picnic spot but the entry to this place is restricted. One can still take permission and have a visit to this beautiful backwaters.
Dam from a far view
Quick points to plan your trip
Route : Bangalore – Sri Mukthi Naga ( 31 km ) – Dodda Aalada Mara ( 3 km ) – Manchanabele Dam( 9 km )
Overall Distance – 100 km ( to and fro )
Trip budget – 200 / head ( excluding fuel )
Carry Suncap, Sunscreen lotion, Water and Snickers