Places of Interest




Hyder's Peak
Birthplace of Tipu Sultan
Nandi Hills
Nandi Hill Temple
Nandi Village Temple
Devanahalli Fort
Tipu Sultan's Mosque
Sericulture Units





Hyder's Peak - Perched on a huge rock at the top of a hill called 'Hyder Bettai', Hyder Ali built a shelter consisting of a roof built out of stone slabs supported on stone pillars, as a picnic spot. A very interesting, scenic climb rewarded with some beautiful scenery all around form the hilltop.

Birthplace of Tipu Sultan Devanahalli (Wikipedia) is the birthplace of Tipu Sultan and there is a small commemorative plaque there.  

Photograph by S C Bali

Nandi Hills The fort on Nandi Hills was built by local feudatory lords and once captured by Tipu Sultan, was enlarged and developed as a summer haven.  The British continued to use this facility as a refuge from the heat of the plains and this today's visitor continues this tradition.  


Nandi Hill Temple This Yoganandeeswara hill temple was built by the Cholas and added to by the Vijayanagar rulers.

Nandi Village Temple This Bhoganandeeswara temple in Nandi town, dating from the 9th century, shows an assimilation of architectural styles of several dynasties.  The original temple is attributed to the Banas, and was later added to by the Cholas, the Hoysalas, and the Vijayanagar rulers.

Devanahalli FortThis fort, of which the walls and some of the buildings inside remain largely intact, was built in 1501 by Mallabairegowda.  After being captured by the Mysore Dalawai, it later passed into the hands of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan.  In 1791 Lord Cornwallis captured it during the Mysore Wars.  

Photograph by S C Bali


Tipu Sultan's Mosque - Tipu was born in Devanahalli. He and his father Hyder Ali lived a greater part of their lives in this area. Tipu built a Mosque as a private place of worship for himself, the remains of which can be seen even now. This is situated within walking distance from our Farm.

Sericulture Units- Two procedures leading to the silk yarn production can be seen in the neighborhood.   The first stage is when the silk worm is housed into mats woven out of spliced bamboo with concentric spiral patterned ‘dwelling’ for the worms.   These worms take 4 to 5 days to build their cocoons.

The second stage called ‘reeling’ is the removal of silk yarn from these cocoons.  This is done by first cooking them in water to remove the gum that holds the filaments of the cocoon together, and then unwinding the filaments (reeling). Usually 8-10 cocoons are reeled together. There are three methods for reeling: the ‘Charkha’, the slightly more advanced cottage basin and the costly automatic machines.  The method used in our village is with the cottage basin. 

By prior appointment, visit to these units, not far from our farm, can be arranged.