Tumkur in One day
The nearest airport to Tumkur is Bengaluru International Airport. It is best to arrive in the city early in the morning so that more can be covered within one day. Tumkur has abundant sightseeing spots that cannot be covered in just a day; however, there are some important and famous tourist spots that cannot be missed when traveling to Tumkur. For example, a famous ashram known as Siddaganga Mutt is a must visit tourist spot in Tumkur. Built in 15th Century, Siddaganga Mutt is a two-in-one Gurukul that provides free education, food and shelter to over 8000 poor children everyday. Situated about 7 kms from Tumkur, Siddaganga Mutt can be easily accessed by buses or taxis from the city.
For people looking for some adventure in the city, they can visit the Pavagada Fort, which is famous for trekking. Built in 1405, this fort is located in Pavagada town of Tumkur District, around two hours by road from Tumkur city. Another fort that is much closer to the city is the Channarayana Durga Fort, which is about an hour from Tumkur. The Channarayana Durga Fort is perfect for those adventurous trekkers who love climbing steep hills. All that effort will definitely be worth it once you feel the peace and calmness at the top of the fort.
Tumkur also has numerous temples with magnificent artworks including Dravidian and Hoysala architectures. The most famous temple of Karnataka, Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple, is about 50 minutes by road from Tumkur Bus Stand. The entire temple is surrounded by lush greenery and Theetha reservoir. Usually after visiting the temple, people go to this reservoir for a boat ride or just to sit there. Other temples such as Chennakeshava Temple, Kalleshwara Temple, Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara Temple and Chandraprabha Temple are all beautifully constructed temples each with their own divine historical story. All are located within 30 to 60 minutes by taxi from Tumkur and are easily accessible by buses as well.
An interesting place to visit while in Tumkur is Namada Chilume near Devarayanadurga State Forest. The Namada Chilume has a small streak of water flowing through it continuously and nobody till now knows where the water comes from. It is believed that during the exile of Ram, Sita and Lakshman, to quench Sita’s thirst Lord Ram shot an arrow at a rock and water started flowing from it. Moreover, Namada Chilume also a beautiful Travelers Bungalow and a deer sanctuary situated nearby, which is definitely worth seeing. It is situated about 20 minutes from Tumkur Bus Stand and can be easily accessed by taxi also.
For people looking for some relaxing activities such as boating, you can always visit the Marconahalli Reservoir that is an hour away from the city. It is the largest reservoir in Tumkur, which is built along the Shimsha River. Many buses are available from Tumkur to Marconahalli that run everyday.
The best time to visit the city is during winters when the weather is quite pleasant and the rains are over. Tumkur is well connected by buses and cabs, which makes traveling in and around the city easy and trouble-free. Moreover, there are plenty of restaurants and rest stops in the city filled with delicious and inexpensive local cuisine that is definitely worth trying at least once.