What comes to your mind when someone says something about Kolar?
Is it always about gold? Or is it the recent blockbuster movie KGF?
Let me begin by saying, it’s not just a golden land that played a major part in the prosperity of the British Empire, and the Indian government, there’s much more to this ……
Let’s look at some interesting facts that this place has in itself, and that would probably blow your mind away!
The Gold Fields of Karnataka better known as KGF, is located inthe Deccan Plateau of the central and south of India, and is 3000 feet above sea level, popularly known as the “Golden Land” of India.
The founder of the Mining Industries in KGF was Mr. John Taylor.
Today, KGF may be a serene settlement with many attractions for the mining enthusiast, the religiously or historically inclined and also the merely curious.
An old well-planned town, beautifully maintained by Raj-era type structures, the salubrious climate of Kolar invites travellers to explore this forgotten treasure.
Kolar – Little England
KGF was referred to as “Little England” by the British because of its pleasant weather and the charming landscape was a lot of that of Britain’s, its British and Anglo-Indian population and its colonial ambience.
Throughout the city, you can observe beautifully constructed British bungalows, aesthetically laid out streets and well-preserved structures.
Kolar nests it’s very own golf course which was built in 1885, registered under the Indian Golf Union and is ranked as the fourth oldest golf club in India.
Kolar – Second Asian town to get electricity
From 1880 until the year 1902 the mines worked on steam power. The first electricity project in India was built in 1902 to supply electricity from Shivasamudram to the goldfields of Kolar. The transmission line is more than 80 miles long.
In Asia, Kolar Gold Fields was the second town to have electricity after Yeddo, Japan.
Kolar is also called the land of silk, milk and mango (National fruit of India) hence, ranked No.1 in productivity and yield of horticultural crops.
It is an Ideal destination for food processing and agro based industries. The APMC market in Kolar is the second largest in Asia, and the largest in South India.
Kolar is well connected to some major cities via regular trains andbuses. The nearest railway station is 14 km away, and the national highway-7 (NH 7) is 30 km away.
Kolar has the longest passenger train in the world, ‘the Swarna Express’, which travels from KGF to Bangalore.
The international airport is about an hour away.
The Kotilingeshwara Temple at Kammasandra is a huge tourist attraction for people from all over South India. There is a massive Shivling and is accompanied by the Nandi Bull.
A temple dedicated to Sita is located on the hill and is called–Avani. It is one of the few temples deifying Sita in India.
The Bangaru Tirupati is a famous spot, this ancient shrine is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and its structure is exceptionally beautiful.
Kolar was used for Scientific Research
The world’s first cosmic ray neutrino interaction happened in KGF in 1965. It was a combined effort of TIFR (Mumbai), Osaka City University (Japan) and Durham University (UK).
And finally. . . .
The state government is planning a modern township at Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), on the lines of Songdo in South Korea, to take the pressure away from Bangalore. They want to develop a state-of-the-art township which grows into a counter magnet to Bangalore – urban development. They feel if the township is modern enough and has plenty of opportunities to offer, then at least a fifth of Bangalore’s population will consider shifting to the new city. They also want to develop a new township on a public-private partnership model after taking inputs from the captains of IT & BT industry, and by roping in the best of global architects and town planners.