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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Revisitng Kolar - 2

I continue from here...Revisitng Kolar-1



Next morning we got up at 6:30 AM and went for a walk around the town to see KGF wake. It seemed so much like a Sunday in every possible way. I enquired about the directions to next destination with the localities. Everyone was eager to help me.

After breakfast we left to the Kolar gold fields at 8:30 AM. We walked up the abandoned fields and saw the mines in ruins. I wondered if this place would have been in the US they would have converted into a museum with an entry ticket of $10. Well in a way it’s a good way to save our history and keep the excitement alive of the gone by days.



Abandoned Gold Mine

From here we reached Byatrayanapnabetta which is a left deviation on KGF-Bangarpet road at Neraley Kere gate (10Km). The temple on top of a hill was nothing less than a abode of peace. Cloudy day, cool breeze and empty temple premises made it a peaceful place to relax. We sat below the neem tree absorbing the beauty of the silent village.




"Those hands have disappeared"

Our next stop was Vokrelli; the route from Bangarpet to Vokrelli (20km) was beautiful, passing through farms growing tomato, flowers, cabbage and others. Vokrelli has a temple on top of Markandey hills. The temple was all empty and looked so quite. Markandey temple is built by the Cholas again. We were the only people at the temple except for a bunch of monkeys and the pooja happens only on Mondays. The temple architecture was truly mesmerizing as though taking me back to the olden times.



"We express Too"

From here we rode to Malur and then back to Bangalore. On our way back, we met with a minor accident in Bangalore city. An old man hurriedly tried to cross the busy street. To avoid hitting him my friend had to apply a sudden break, as a result the bike skidded on the sand throwing us out on the road. With a few minor injuries and in that hassle observing the old man escape from the crowd in a hurry, we returned home with slight pain overshadowing the otherwise beautiful trip.

With this I have completed almost entire district of kolar; which happens to be my first district to be completed in Karnataka. Kolar for this reason will always be special apart from the innocent villagers, their eagerness to support and help others and their simplicity.

30 comments:

  1. if i ever go to your city, promise me that you'll be my tourist gude okay...

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  2. Hi Ajeya,

    Have been reading all your posts and now linked this one to BB.

    http://www.blogbharti.com/cuckoo/culture/kolar-worth-a-visit/

    What is next ? :D

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  3. Looks like you had an awesome trip :)

    Thanks for all that nice piece of information.

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  4. Nice pictures and you are right about the US!

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  5. hmmm u are a traveller in true sense.... must have been in the army...would have got to travel so much..and ASI should take care of those mandirs...idiots

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  6. Ajeya-

    Kalar visit part 2 was as interesting as part 1. Thanks to you, got to know a bit more about the Kolar gold mines, yes, iN US, they do charge to preserve their history. Good travelogue.

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  7. @Didi -Definetly, my pleasure.

    @Cuckoo - Thanks..Next...I think Kemmangundi a week after.

    @Alok - Thanks

    @Madurai Veeran - Thanks

    @Vishv - Reading your experiences i really wish i were in Army but I am not sure if i could have overcome that Hell Week. :-)

    You are correct, ASI should work on these....But I have not seen anything but a board saying "This is a historic monument"

    @ Mitr - Thanks. Yes, While i was in the USA, i used to make fun of this whole ticket affair for everything...But when i returned to India and started travelling around, I realized that we have so much to preserve and show off about.

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  8. Very motivating Ajeya, I may make a trip there very soon. :)

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  9. Lovely pics of the gold mine!

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  10. @Indrani - Thanks...I can provide you the entire plan if you need. My friend is following my trail this weekend. Entire Kolar will cover only 2.5 days or 3 in liesure...Let me know if you need any information.

    @Sloganmurugun - Thanks

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  11. why ,...i thought they were historical..they are

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  12. Am glad people think of exploring Kolar, the once capital of the Gangas. Markandeshwara Betta is one amazing place and it was a favourite haunt for us friends who studied in Kolar for a few years. The next time around head to a place called Devarayanasamudra on the way to Mulbagal and you won't be disappointed.

    Great write up, keep them coming!

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  13. @Vishv - Yes...i meant the ASI has done nothing much apart from identifying them as historical...

    @Vivek - Markandeshwara Betta is amazing indeed....DRS is in my list.

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  14. thats what they do....everytime.... they just identify

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  15. KGF is considered one of the world's deepest mines, and it's in this state now!

    Nice readings, Parts 1 and 2 both. Thank you Ajeya.

    I'll be looking forward to reading about Kemmangundi, a place I've been wanting to go since quite a while.:)

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  16. Celina - Thanks...I am all excited about being there this weekend.

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  17. Hello Vishv,

    Have been busy with several personal commitments...Will be traveling to Kemangundi (Hill station) coming weekend. Will post next about it.

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  18. didnt know there was so much to see in Kolar...its very satisfying to go on these trails in small towns..looking forward to reading more

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  19. are u back from Kemangundi or not..weekends almost over !

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  20. Hello Vishv,

    Thanks...I am back...Had been there on Sunday and Monday...Had a wonderful time, you will read soon.

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  21. bendtherulzAugust 28, 2008

    very good information ( loved your first image )....and I think am ready to head for depression...everybody is going somewhere except me ...yikes....!!

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  22. You still in USA? Busy still...dont see any updates from you.

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  23. Have u been to belgaum ever ?

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  24. NO i have not..Well i am prpeparing a distirct by district travel plan of Karnataka, and I will need your inputs to cover the Belgaum district.

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  25. Belgaum has things to see sir... things... like architecture... i mean one of only 9 jain temples of a certain type is here... I can give u exact location .... there is a particular suspension thing here whcih was hanging without cement...asi took it apart ..and is unable to put it back again... !! really !... reat all i will tell u as i get back.

    also u must see the bee hive LOL

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  26. i demand an update from this blog!!!

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