A city in the Southern State of Karnataka, Kolar, is popularly referred to as the Land of Silk, Milk and Gold. It is famous for Kolaramma and Someshwara Temples and is known for gold mining.
Kolar was built by the founder of the Ganga Dynasty, Konganivaram, and ruled for twenty years thereafter.
Kolar has been referred to by many different names through the ages. Each name has some historical significance attached to it. For instance, it used to be known as Avantika-Kshetra and was celebrated for religious creations from ancient times. Under the governance of the Ganga prince Madhava Muttarasa it was known as Aavanya.
Legend holds that after Sita was exiled, she came to Kolar (then Avani) to give birth to her twins, Lava and Kusha. Kolar was also the home of Maharishi Valmiki, the author of Ramayana.
Attractions: Hundred Peaked Mountain
Hundred Peaked Mountain (Shatasringa Parvata) is a hill to the West of Kolar. It is believed that Parasurama (the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu) fought a great battle over here.
Another tourist attraction in Kolar, it is also known as the Dakshina Kashi Kshetra. It has a unique perennial supply of water to a pond from the mouth of a stone bull.
Along with the magnificent old city of Kolar tourists can also visit and witness the new city that is slowly developing into an urban hub.