Kanakapura – Your Dream Destination in Bangalore!
They dream is not what you see when your eyes are closed. Here, a dream refers to the imaginative thoughts that one gets indulged in while awake. In other words, it’s more about the fantasies than the reality. However, Kanakapura town is an exception. Confused? Hang on, we shall take you through a panoramic view of the town and you will feel proud of being a home owner there.
Key Places of Interest in and around Kanakapura
Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta
Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is a hill near the Kanakapura town and it’s popularly called Bilikal Betta for the whitish rocks at its summit visible from a long distance. Bangalore is about 70 km from this place. Under a huge granite rock, there is a temple at the top dedicated to Lord Ranganathaswamy. People with a knack for biking will find this place interesting situated at a height of 3,780 feet. Visitors opine that biking is the best way to reach the top.
However, the area falls under the conservation law and it’s a shrub forest. You can find midsize wildlife animals such as elephants roaming around. Visitors can have a panoramic view of the adjoining areas such as the hillocks of Kanakapura from the top. Hiking isn’t permitted by the Forest Department and anyone desirous for it has to seek a permission from the said department in Bannerghatta.
It is a good place for a day trip and located along the River Kaveri in Kanakapura Taluk. Interestingly, Mekedatu means goat’s leap in Kannada and the name has its origin from an old incident believed to have been witnessed by some herdsmen. A goat was chased by a tiger and the goat leaped over the gorge in a desperate bid to save its life. However, the tiger didn’t attempt this and gave up. The point from where the goat leaped has widened by the ferocious flow of the Kaveri water. According to the folklore, the goat (meke) was Lord Shiva in disguise.
Shivanasamudra Falls is here in the upstream of River Kaveri. You can see a hydroelectric power station that was established way back in 1902. In short, one can feel the touch of history here. Mekedatu is approximately in a distance of 130 km from Kanakapura. On the way to Mekedatu, you get to see Galibore Fishing Camp.
It is deemed as one of the most beautiful falls of Karnataka and visitors are to pass through a narrow muddy path full of rocks. You have to reach the vantage point here to have a panoramic view of the Chunchi Falls and its surroundings. This is not a place to try swimming due to the presence of crocodiles and strong underwater current. Swimming is also prohibited here. The best time of visiting is August to February and the visiting hour is 8 AM to 5 PM. On your way to Chunchi, you can have some quick bites available at the makeshift stalls on the Kanakapura Road.
4D Disney Land Park
On Vaikuntha hillock, this park is coming up themed around the life of Lord Krishna. Disneyland California has been the guiding principle for the park. It is a natural park that’s getting a facelift with the technology.
Krishna Rao Park
It’s a garden just a stone throw’s away from the famous Lalbagh Garden. It’s a perfect place for a family outing. Kids can enjoy many events here such as Tree Walks, Storey Telling, games, and yoga.
Spiritual centres like Art of Living Ashram, Pyramid Valley International, ISKCON Sri Jagannath Mandir, and Meenakshi Sunderashwar draw a good number of tourists all throughout the year.
It is the confluence of Akravati with Kaveri in the three and a half kilometre downstream from Mekedatu. People willing to visit Mekedatu has to pass through this place. A word of caution is not to try diving here as the riverbed is full of rocks and the water is also shallow.
The town Kanakapura owes its name to the fort named ‘Kanakapura’ that was built by Jagadeva Raya. In short, the town has many attractions for living in the compact luxury homes.