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Kolar Gold Fields (KGF)
Kolar Gold Fields or KGF is located in Bangarpet taluk of Kolar district in Karnataka state. Kolar Gold Fields is located at a distance of 30 Km from Kolar and 100 Km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.
Kolar Gold Fields refers to the land owned by Bharat Gold Mines Limited or BGML. Kolar Gold Fields are believed to be the second deepest gold mines of the world.
The Kolar Gold Mines were taken up for systematic exploitation by John Taylor & Sons in the year 1880. The Kolar Gold Mines were handed over to the Government in 1972 and BGMC (now BGML) was formed.
Once Kolar Gold Fields were counted as one of the major gold mines in India but now the gold mines are closed down by BGML in 2001 due to reducing deposits and increasing costs.
According to experts, the resources now available under the ground are only about 3 million tones of gold ore of low to very low quality.
Places of Attractions in and around Kolar Gold Fields
Kotilingeshwara at Kammasandra: A Huge Shiva Linga and Nandi along with around 86 lakh shivalingas have been installed at Kotilingeshwara.
Avani: Avani is famous for the Sita temple situated on a hill. This temple is one of the few temples dedicated to Sitadevi in India
Bangaru Tirupati: The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara.
Some Interesting facts about Kolar Gold Fields
Kolar Gold Fields was referred to as "Small England" by the British, because of its more pleasant weather as well as a landscape much like Britain's. KGF too had a large Anglo-Indian People who employed at the number of mines in different designations.
Kolar Gold Fields played a significant part of the prosperity during British Rule
The town is situated on the Deccan Plateau of central as well as south India, in the region of 3000 feet above sea level
Kolar Gold Fields was the 2nd town in Asia to get electricity after Tokyo, Japan, from Shivanasamudra Hydo electric project in Mandya District.
Longest passenger rail of the world is "Swarna Express" run from Kolar Gold Fields to Bangalore.
National Institute of Miners Health had its head office in Kolar Gold Fields
Silicosis, a type of pneumoconiosis resulted by inhalation of crystalline silica dirt, was first discovered in KGF
You can observe the ancient British bungalows as well as structures still in the present day in good condition in Kolar Gold Fields.
KGF even offers the excellence of owning a Golf course started by Britisher's dating back to 1885 and affiliated to Indian Golf Union
Kolar Gold Fields is a place of birth of Magsaysay Awardee Jockin Arputham, the founder and chair person of National Slum Dwellers Federation (India)
The good Indian artist John Wilkins was born at Kolar Gold Fields.
Distance of Kolar Gold Fields (KGF)
Kolar: 30 Km
Bangalore: 100 Km
Mulbagal: 36 Km
Bethamangala: 15 Km
Chintamani: 65 Km
Malur: 46 Km
How to get there :
Nearest Airport: Bangalore International Airport
Nearest Railhead: Kolar Gold Fields
Road: Kolar Gold Fields or KGF is well connected with road network.
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