MAGADI town is situated in a valley (51 km from Bangalore) is to be reached by a serpentine ghat road crossing the chain of hills running from Shivaganga through Magadi and Savanadurga.

        The place name has been referred as Magudi in a record dated 1524 from the same place. There is a tradition that Magadi was founded by a Chola king. It is  also described as associated with Sage Mandavya. Under Achuta Raya one Samanta Raya is said to have been appointed to manage the district and he is also

 said to have fortified the tall hill of Savandurga, in return for which that part of the country was granted to him as a Jahgir.

       The Someshwara temple, located on the main road outside the town towards Kunigal, is said to have been built by Mummadi Kempavira Gowda around 1712 AD. The temple sprawls an area of around 25000 sq ft and has a spacious inner Prakara (courtyard) with lofty lowers and several fine mantapas (sheltered structures with an attractively designed arch). These mantapas are now in ruins due to neglect and lack of maintenance.

        There are beautiful sculptures of figures of humans, birds, animals, etc. decorating the pillars of the temple, which is built in the Hoysala style of architecture and the pillars have the typical symbols of lions, soldiers and dancing girls on them. To the left of the main temple is a small temple dedicated to Parvathi, which has small towers at the four corners of the enclosure and a large pond at some distance in the front.

         Outside the town is the striking monument, the Ranganathaswamy temple, also built in an elevated place called Swarnadri Parvata. The area in which this temple is situated is called `Tirumale’. There is a vast Prakara with a gateway having tall Rayagopura. The Garbhagriha has a Dravida Shikhara having later Vijayanagara workmanship. The main deity though called Ranganatha is actually a standing image of Narayana in Vijayanagara style with Shankha, Chakra, Gada and Abhaya attributes in four hands. The main deity is traditionally believed to be installed by Mandavya Rishi. In front of the Ardhamantapa is a spacious Navaranga having square later Vijayanagara pillars. 

        Savandurga at 4,050 ft is one of the tallest peaks in the region. Savandurga is actually two hills separated by a deep valley — the darker one, on the left and overflowing with vegitation, is aptly called the Karigudda or the black hill. And the frighteningly sinister and completely barren one further down is the `Billigudda', the white hill, and surprisingly, it is the easier to climb of these two

        Most visitors come to Savandurga to visit the temples of Veerabhadraswamy and Narasimha, located near the village. Should you desire to climb Billiguda, you will have to take the tiny footpath, overgrown with shrubs, near this temple.. 


Manchina Bele, Magadi

This is about 36 km from Bangalore  by road and about 8 km from the Big Banyan Tree. Manchinabele Dam is situated in the midst of hills and forests. Even though it is not a big dam, it is a good picnic spot. 



Route: Proceed from the Big Banyan Tree via Chikkappa Circle, This reservoir and dam is about 15 km from the Big Banyan tree.