Kanakapura Road: Interesting places to explore

Kanakapura in Bangalore is one of the fastest developing areas. This place has a host of cultural and religious centres which is frequented by many tourists. Here are some interesting places you can explore around Kanakapura Road.

Kanakapura Road is a Karnataka
State Highway which connects Bangalore city to Kanakapura town. This road is now a bustling suburb of Bangalore. The road is dotted with large industrial units like Khoday's Breweries and is home to German retail giant METRO's wholesale outlet. The adjoining area of this road is fast changing into a concrete jungle, as many real estate developers are building residential projects.

Most prominent residential projects (apartments or Condominiums) include GR Residency, Shravanti Paradise, Adarsh Nivas, HM Tambourine, Gopalan’s Temple Trees, Gopalan Jewels, Mantri Tranquil, Purva Belmont and Purva Highlands. There are many good schools on this road like Delhi Public School, Alpine Public School, Sri Kumaran Children's Home English Nursery and Primary School, Jain International, The Valley School, Jyothi Kendria Vidyalaya. Here are some interesting places you can explore around Kanakapura Road.

Art Of Living Ashram
As you drive on Kanakapura Road, you will find amidst the rolling green hills a home vibrant with wisdom. At Sri Sri Ravishankar’s ashram, people gather from all over the world to spend time with the Master and to deepen their spiritual experience. Entering its gates, one feels the presence of the Divine. The ashram also provides free education to 600 children. A special attempt is made to locate absolutely illiterate families and a monthly stipend is paid to the girl's parents to encourage them to send her to school.

The ashram boasts of an ayurvedic clinic. Regular Art of Living courses are held, which draw participants from overseas as well. They have a large meditation hall and a hilltop amphitheater, Sumeru, makes a wonderful backdrop for moonlit satsangs with Sri Sri Ravishankar. Visitors treat this ashram as the abode of the Divine. There are rumors that an ancient Shiva temple lies beneath the waters of the lake within the ashram. Others say that the ashram of the Vedic sage Vashistha was on this very site.

Thottikallu Falls

Thottikallu is a place near Bangalore off the Kanakapura road which is famous for a falls called Thottikallu falls, more popularly known as TK falls. A de route at Kaggalipura off the Bangalore - Kanakapura road will lead to a place called Byalemaradadoddi, from where a mud road leads to the falls. The place also has a small shrine. The best time to visit is after the monsoon rains if you visit in this time you can to find the falls in full flow. The place is about one hour from Kempegowda Bus Terminal. A lot of biking expeditions are conducted at this place. This place is surrounded by lush greenery and makes for an ideal picnic spot. 

METRO Cash & Carry
METRO Cash & Carry is an international self-service wholesale retailer. It is the largest sales division of the German trade and retail giant METRO AG. METRO Cash & Carry is different from B2C retail chains (such as Walmart, Carrefour or Tesco) in that its business concept is targeted towards professional customers rather than end consumers. The cash-and-carry concept is based around self-service and bulk buying. METRO Cash & Carry serves to registered customers only. METRO Cash & Carry started operations in India in 2003 with two Distribution Centres in Bangalore.

With this METRO introduced the concept of Cash & Carry to India. These Centres offer the benefit of quality products at the best wholesale price to over 150,000 businesses in Bangalore. METRO offers assortment of over 18000 articles across food and non food at the best wholesale prices to business customers such as Hotels, Restaurants, Caterers, Food and Non-food Traders, Institutional buyers and professionals. METRO today is poised to extend its concept of Business to Business (B2B) Wholesale to other cities in the country.

Holiday Village Resort
When ever you feel the pressure is on and you need a short break with out the hassle of a long and tiring Drive out of Bangalore, Plan a short vacation at Holiday Village. You can laze around the pool; enjoy a game of Billiards or just switch off and do nothing. Holiday Village is abuzz with activity every week of the year. Events like the live Ghazal recital by a group of authentic Classical Indian Singers have been going on for about 6 years now continuously every week, a live barbeque is set up serving piping hot tandoori delicacies.

The Sunday Lunch buffet is also a big hit with regulars, seen taking a relaxing dip in the pool followed by the sumptuous buffet. This buffet has a very elaborate menu which is changed every week, Live counters like the pasta station, live assorted dosas, channa bhatura, Amritsari kulchas & rotis, Noodles of choice are a part of this Buffet spread. It is an ideal place to go for a weekend getaway. 

CREST - (Centre for Research, Education, Sadhana and Training)
The CREST campus, set in sylvan surroundings and encircled by a flowing brook, is located on Kanakapura Road. CREST has been established by the Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation with the aim of providing participants with a panoramic spiritual education to inspire an inner appreciation of multiple religions, cultures, philosophies and ideologies, realizing that the essence of these various paths is the same. 

Courses are conducted under the ancient gurukula concept, with trainees living under ashram conditions, providing for a comfortable life in a spartan setting, without luxury, but spiritually enriched. These courses are designed to cater to all dimensions of existence: the physical, the mental and intellectual, the moral, and the spiritual.

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bowler Jan 03rd, 2011 12:23 PM

The thottikallu falls is mostly visited by middle aged gangs for their drinking binges and currently is not fit or safe for families .
if there is a regulator in place then the same could change.

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