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Shivagange, a hillock situated 56 km from Bangalore, is a combination of temples and scenic beauty that makes it both a pilgrimage as well as an adventure spot. From a distance, the hillock looks like a 'Shiva Linga' - A form of Lord Shiva.
There are many water spots on the way to the top of the hill and people there believe the water is of the sacred river Ganga. As a result of this, the hillock gained its name as Shivagange. The stone carving of 'Nandi'- the bull is a major attraction of the place and attracts a lot of visitors. The place is also known as Dakshina Kashi or Kashi of South India because of the many temples situated here. (Gangadhareshwara temple, Olakala Teertha, Nandi Statue, Patala Gange, etc.) The hilly feature of the place attracts a lot of adventure sports seekers providing them opportunities of trekking and rock climbing All in all, it is a popular getaway for travelers with both religious and adventurous inclinations
- If going for the trek, make an early start and aim to climb down by 4-5pm before it gets dark- Avoid Mondays and auspicious days like Mahashivratri as the temples are flocked with people and trekking in the crowd would be devoid of it's pleasures- Beware of monkeys, they are experts in physically searching a person to find food. It's best to stay clear of them- There are not a lot of good restaurants around so try to keep a backup for food
With the shape of the hill like the Shiva Linga, Shivagange is a Hindu pilgrimage centre and a perfect adventure hotspot.
The steep rocky terrain is very slippery during the monsoon season, hence making it a risky place to visit.
Shivagange is a perfect destination for those looking forward to having a spiritual as well as an adventurous vacation. Also ideal for a short weekend getaway from Bangalore.
Shivagange does not have any airport. The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore. The place is well connected by trains, and many trains ply on a regular basis from Ba... (Read More)