Bethamangala is about 30 km from Kolar.  Bethamangala is a small town in the Bangarpet Taluk of Kolar district in the state of Karnataka, India. It has a large man-made lake which is a popular picnic spot and supplies drinking water to the nearby mining city of Kolar Gold Fields (“KGF”), about 5 miles from Bethamangala.

In the days of the British, prior to say 1957, Bethamangala was where the British workers of KGF went at weekends to sail and relax around the sailing clubhouse. It was also where Diana Dunlop kept her canoe.

Her father Max ran the KGF Electricity Dept. At Bethamangala the Palar river emerges from underground. It is home to the Vijayendra temple, which dates back to the period of the Gangas, and has been renovated by the Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar rulers. The temple here has beautiful sculptures.3 km away is the famous Kotiligeshwara Temple.


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