- Trek Destination: Antargange
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trek Distance/Time Taken: 3Km / 90 minutes (One way)
- Time to Visit: Any time.
- How To Reach: Bus going Kolar from Majestic.
- Other Options: Night trek is also famous in Antargange
- About: Antargange is a mountain situated in the Shathashrunga mountain range in the southeastern portion of the Indian state of Karnataka. Antara Gange literally means “Ganges from deep” in Kannada. It is about two miles from the town of Kolar and seventy kilometers from Bangalore. Antara Gange is famous for the temple situated on the mountain. In the temple is a pond which gets a continuous flow of underground water from the mouth of a Basava (stone bull). There is a steep, narrow path to the top of the mountain. There are seven villages on this mountain, including Therhalli. The mountain consists of granite rocks and lot of caves around.
- Suggestion: It could be very cold at night if doing a night trek. Don’t forget to carry warm clothes and a sleeping bag.
- Pack Bag with –
- 2 litres of water (Mandatory)
- Raincoat/Poncho (During monsoon)
- High energy-giving food & drinks like Snickers, glucose etc. (Mandatory)
- Camera (optional)
- Shoe with good grip (Mandatory)
- Sunscreen Lotion (Optional)
- Tissue papers (Avoid carrying plastic)
- Sleeping Bag (Mandatory during Night Trek)
- Torch (Mandatory during Night Trek)
- Sweater/Jacket (Mandatory during Night Trek)
Our Journey Starts: With the aim of trekking to beautiful rocky place together with excitement for Cave Exploration, I have booked a Cab the previous day as we planned to leave too early in the morning. Boarded the cab at 4AM and picked up a friend on the way. Finally we reached Majestic at 4.30AM. From there on enquiry, we took a Rajhamsa bus to kolar which is 60kms away from Bangalore. It took two hours to reach Kolar. The moment you start approaching kolar,in the journey itself you will get the feeling “oh my God! It’s a beautiful place”. From bus stand to base of trek,its just 2km. We took an auto early in the morning to reach to the base. We started our trekking at 6.45AM.From the base, you have to take more than 100stairs to reach a temple. From there, the trekking starts. We used to take break quite often to take pictures. Then, we found a dog who was showing the path. We trekked around 3kms to reach the peak and the next aim was cave exploration. We went on cave hunting ourselves. we found some small caves and finally we got a bigger one but it was too riskier to go deeper inside so we did not go that much deep, but it was fun finding caves. We had home-made sandwiches, which we finished quickly at the hill-top as all were very hungry. We explored top for sometime. Then we decided to come back. On the way back we found some magnificent flowers.Captured those in lenses. We reached base by 12PM.From there we took an auto to reach bus stand. We are not over yet. Then we decided to visit two nearby temples Kolaramma Temple and Someshwara temple. One can take an auto from bus stand to reach there. They will charge
around Rs.30 per auto. The temple were really nice. Taken lot of pictures there.The best part of Kolaramma temple is, you will not be able to see the idol directly. To see the idol, there is a mirror placed, you have to look at the mirror. I also heard, if anybody wishes for anything, his/her first wish will definitely be granted. Then someone told about Kotilingeshwara Temple. It is around 10km from Kolar bus stop. Also came to know, it has 1 Crore Shiva linga.
This thing attracted us. We took a bus from the Kolar Bus stand and reached Kolar Gold Field Bus Stop. From there we took a shared auto. Journey in auto was also nice. Facing backward at the open back of the auto. Once we have reached there, we found there plenty of Shiva linga of various sizes within one temple. Some are small, some are medium and some are huge. It was nice, but found that place to be money centric. Then we got back to Kolar bus stand by a direct bus. From Kolar bus stand, we again took a Rajhamsa bus to come to Bangalore. A day well spent. Trekking, Cave exploration and Temples…