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Channapatna

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Best Time: July - September Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru Check Flights

"Town of Toys"

Channapatna Tourism

Located between Mysore and Bengaluru, Channapatna is a city situated in the state of Karnataka, India. It is famous for the small wooden toys that are being sold since the times of Tipu Sultan. However, it has been entirely modernised, and people use rubber, cedar and other materials to enhance artistry and the appearance of the toys. There are also temples and historical monuments that are a significant attraction in the city.

The town of toys has been following the artistry for over 200 years now and has become one of the city's major attractions. Pen stands, horses, puzzles, games and dolls are some of the wooden works which are popularly made. The city also has beautiful reservoirs and sanctuaries that are some exciting places to visit. Adding to the charm, the climate at Channapatna is enjoyable.

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Places to Visit

Kunnirkatte Lake Park
The small park is built alongside a lake which is located at a distance of 6.6 kilometres from the centre of the city. The spot is well visible from the highway and is an excellent recreational spot. One can go for a short walk along the lake and enjoy the natural breeze.

Neelakanteshwar Temple
The temple is located at a distance of 1.2 kilometres from the heart of the city. The main deity is Lord Shiva and is also the oldest temple dedicated to the lord.

Sri Rama Aprameya Swamy Temple
The temple is located in Mysore Road, at a distance of 3.5 kilometres from central Channapatna. The beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The idol of Sri Krishna eating butter is a lovely sight to cherish.

Food and Restaurants

There are several excellent cuisines spread across the city. Taj Hotel, Five Star Chicken Restaurant and Sahara Hotel are some savouring options to try a combination of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. They have classic South- Indian food varieties and also a taste of North- Indian dishes. Cafe Coffee Day and the local chaat shops are perfect stops to grab a quick snack and soothe the hunger pangs with some fast foods.

Channapatna Culture

Most people in the city are businessmen engaged in the small-scale craft business. The people are amiable and often recite historical stories about the woodworks, business and popularity. People in the city speak Kannada and are kind and helpful.

Town of Toys

The wooden toys that mark as the major attraction in the city are sold on roadside shops where artisans design and colour them in vegetable dyes.

Moulding the Art Piece
Once the wood is procured and seasoned, they cut the wood into the desired shape and size.

Adding Colour
Once the perfect shape is obtained, it is painted with vegetable dyes and is then polished to give it a glossy appearance.

Highlights
Multinational companies like Microsoft also purchase some mathematical toys designed by them.

The USA in Channapatna
In 2010, during President Obama's first visit to the country, First Lady Michelle Obama purchased these beautiful toys at Channapatna.

Popular Stores in Town
Channapatna Toys, Barath Arts and Crafts and Manjunatha Traders are some popular shops in the city which sell these wooden toys. They have a variety of crafts such as wall hangings, pencil holders, children's toys, puzzles, and so on. According to a survey taken over a decade ago, around 6,000 people of the city work on this business.

History of Channapatna

The history of the town of toys and the artistry is very engaging. The creation of these toys traces back to the Tipu Sultan's era, when he invited Persians artist to teach this beautiful art to the kingdom localities.
The Father of the Toys
Bavas Miyan, the father of these toys, was a significant person who taught the knicks and knacks of the artwork by adopting the Japanese technique of toy-making. However, the business dropped after a few decades. Thanks to the Karnataka Government who came to rescue. The Government helped in expanding the company, which later became a big hit all over the country.

Traveller Tips

  • As there aren't many comfortable places to stay within the city, it is recommended that accommodation arrangements are made either in Mysore or Bangalore.
  • It is also recommended that transport facilities are taken care of as travelling within the city can be a challenge.
  • Also, carrying extra hard cash is always a helpful option, as there aren't much ATMs around the city.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

The handmade toys made of ivory-wood, coconut, rubber and teak are the most popular attraction in the city. The woodcrafts are designed to perfection and have an excellent finishing. There are also lacquerware which are sold in the town.

What's Not So Great?

There are not much sightseeing places to visit in the city. Also, it is not an ideal place for children as there aren't any fun-filled and exciting places that kids would enjoy.

For Whom?

People who have a broad interest in arts and crafts can visit this place to get a great deal of exposure to most handmade woodworks. Also, it is an ideal place for people who are spiritually inclined as there are several holy places of significance to visit within the city.

How To Reach Channapatna

Channapatna is comfortably reachable by road, rail and air from different states.

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