The Kolar Gold Fields, or KGF, in Karnataka, is a city known for its gold mining for more than a century. The now-closed mines are considered to be the second deepest gold mine in the world. Today, KGF is a quiet settlement with many attractions for the mining enthusiast, the religious or historically inclined, and the simply curious. Well-planned cities, old but beautifully maintained Raj-era structures and Kolar’s healthy climate invite travelers to explore this forgotten nugget of time.
Discover Kolar Gold Fields
The KGF was often referred to as ‘Little England’ by its British residents due to its pleasant weather and attractive landscape. Throughout the city, you can observe beautifully maintained British bungalows, beautifully designed streets, and well-preserved structures. Try your hand at the spectacular 1885 golf course set up for British gold miners.
Kotilingeshwara Temple in Kammasandra is a major tourist attraction for people from all over South India. Its huge Shivling and the accompanying Nandi bull, along with many smaller Shivlings, are highly revered by the locals and a phenomenon for outsiders.
Avani is a famous place that has a temple dedicated to Sita on a hill. It is one of the few temples dedicated to Sita in India. Bangaru Tirupati is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara and its structure is exceptionally beautiful.
Auto-rickshaw is the easiest and cheapest way to travel around the city. You can also rent a car, or risk one of the governments or private buses for a more adventurous ride.
Do not venture alone into any abandoned mine or mine. Stay away from tailings ponds – even though the water looks green and inviting, it is full of cyanide and potentially harmful.
How to Reach Kolar Gold Fields
There are around 362 flights that operate at Bengaluru International Airport on a daily basis. Indigo, SpiceJet, and Air India are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
By Road, Kolar Gold Field is surrounded by Robertson Pet, Kolar, Krishnagiri which are 0.44 km, 16.11 km, 28.38 km respectively. These places are ideal places for people to plan their short weekend breaks.