Devarayanadurga is a picturesque, rocky, hill station near Tumkur just about 70 kms from Bangalore, ideal for a one day picnic from Bangalore. A favourite spot for trekking and rock-climbing, Devarayanadurga is surrounded by hilltops and lined with several temples. Devarayanadurga is also a popular destination for cycling enthusiasts from Bangalore.
Devarayanadurga also called as Kanakagiri is a hill station with historical and religious importance with Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple at the base of the hill and the Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple on top of the hill. There are three theerthas (water streams) here named as narsimha theertha, parashara theertha and paadha theertha. Naamada chilume is another stream of mythological importance. A little way above, is the temple of Garuda
Mini Forest of Medicinal Plants
The Karnataka forest department has developed a nursery of medicinal plants right opposite Namada Chilume. There are about 300 varieties of rare ayurvedic plants in this nursery. Only specific species of plants are cultivated on specified plots for easy identification of the plant varieties. The nursery, known as the mini forest of medicinal plants, has been developed with the objective of conserving endangered species of plants on Devarayanadurga hills.
Car Festival - Devarayanadurga
This is not really a automobile festival but a jathra of Sri Bhoga Narasimhaswamy which is an annual affair usually organized in the month of March-April. On this day the chariot of Sri Bhoga Narasimhaswamy is drawn in Devarayanagurga.
Namada Chilume is a natural spring in Devarayanadurga at the base of the hill. Myth has it that Sri Rama on his way to Lanka halted here. As he did not find water anywhere around to wet the "Nama", he shot an arrow into the ground, and a spring sprang and thus the name Namada chilume. The spring can be still seen, and there is a foot impression of Lord Sri Rama near that.