Kolar: Once the capital of Ganga kings. It has two ancient temples Kolaramma and Someshwara. Kolar is the haunt of Rock climbers.
Chintamani: Founded by a Maratha Chieftain. Now it is a bustling industrial town specialising in Gold, Silver and precious stones.
Kolar Gold Fields (KGF): Was the oldest and the deepest gold mines in the country, founded by the British. It was recently closed.
Nandi Hills: The summer retreat of Tippu Sultan, Nandi hills was popular with the British and favourits week end spot for Bangaloreans.
Chikka Tirupati: Famous for Vishnu Temple, worshipped as Venkata Ramana Swamy, situated in Malur taluk.
Bethamangala: It is a small town on the right bank of River Palar. It has famous Anjenaya Temple and Vijayaranga Swamy Temple.