4 lesser-known caves of Karnataka
- Cave temples can be found in Bangalore, and other parts of Karnataka
- They are natural caves
When you think of caves, Bangalore isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But, surprisingly, Bangalore is home to a few caves that you may not have known about. Besides Bangalore, the state of Karnataka is also home to lesser-known caves.
A. Guhantara Caves:
Located on Kanakapura Road, just a kilometre past the international airport, Guhantara Caves is a great option for a day trip. It is perhaps the only underground cave in Bangalore. A resort called the Guhantara Resort is here, and is a popular place for team outings and families, and even couples looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
B. Hulimavu Cave temple: Bannerghatta is not just home to a wildlife sanctuary. Did you know there was a cave temple here? Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is also called as the Hulimav Shiva Cave Temple. A tomb of a saint who meditated many years ago can be found here. Legend has it that this temple is around 500-years old. Besides the saint, there are three more holy idols found here – a lingam, Ganesha and Goddess Devi.
Antharagange Caves: This hill station in Kolar, Antharagange, is known for its trekking adventures. It takes almost an hour to reach the top. What makes this trek even more special, you can even do it at night. The caves surround the hillock are beautiful
Neelitheertha Cave Temple: Meaning gooseberry (nelli) and water (theertha), this cave temple in Mangalore, is known for its pond where Shiva devotees take a dip in it. Besides this, a special kind of healing mud is found in these caves. This cave is really low, so one has to crawl to reach the inner sactum of the cave where the lingam is kept.