Welcome to heaven – Mandaragiri Hills which is also popularly known as Basadi Betta.
Looking for a hassle free ride, a calm and quiet place, a Jain temple, and a short trek on a weekend? Then head out to this place.
A secluded place ideal for a short trip on weekends. You can either make it in the mornings or late afternoons and enjoy the place for its serenity.
Mandaragiri Hills is around 60 – 70 km from Bengaluru.
Here is the route: Travel from Bangalore to Tumkur on the highway. Near Hirehalli Industrial Area (after 10 km from Dabaspet and 7 km before Kyatsandra) on the highway you will find an arch right opposite to the entrance to Industrial Area. Take that route and cross the railway gate and you will reach this place.
The beautiful glimpse of the location.
Mandaragiri Jain Temple
The idol of Chandranath Thirthankara in the open air in the area adjoining the gurumandir. It looks similar to Gomateshwara Idol in various parts of Karnataka.
The temple at Manadargiri foothills is a Gurumandir which has a “pinchi”(peacock feather) look. The 81ft gurumandir is first of its kind in Jain history.
You can find a 5 foot Guruji idol in this mandir. This gurumandir is built in the memory of the Digambar Jain ascetic Acharya 108, Sri Shanthinsagarji Mahara. In addition to this, there are lots of paintings that you find around the inner circular walls of the gurumandir depicting the life of the saint.
The peacock feather shaped architecture of the temple is unique and one of a kind.
Mandaragiri Hills Also Known as Basadi Betta
The Mandaragiri hill is a small hillock with 435 steps. There is also a Jain Temple on top. The view from the top of the hill is absolutely picturesque.
It would hardly take 10 – 15 mins to climb up the hill.
The view of Jain mandir while climbing the hill.
A lake named Mydala Kere here enhances the beauty of this unexplored place. It’s just right behind the hills.
The view from the top of the hill.
To sum up, a perfect lesser known place near Bengaluru to head out on a weekend. Along with this one can visit Shivagange, Namada Chilume, Devarayanadurga Hills also.
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Most important – Travel Responsibly, do not litter. Also, do not throw plastic, if possible carry a separate garbage bag and stay hydrated. Have a happy time and bring back good memories.