Located 65 km from Bangalore
, Tekal is a small town guarded by two hills on the Malur
- Bangarpet Road. The northern hill is called Kurmadri and the southern hill is Hemadri. This erstwhile capital of Vijyanagara Empire earlier had 101 wells, 101 temples and 101 cannons . The town got the name from Tekanchi, which means southern Kanchi and this became Tekal in later years. The temple of Lakshmivaradaraja Swamy built in Chola style is the unique attraction of this town. The temple enshrines the deity which is more powerful than the Varadaraja at Kanchi. It will be a memorable experience to explore hills, caves, and temples around the town.