Tumkur is situated in the eastern part of Kamataka state. Tumkur town is the headquarters of Tumkur district. It is located at a distance of 70 km from Bangalore Tumkur town is the chief administrative, commercial and business centre of the district.
Devarayanadurga is a hill station located at a distance of 15 km from Tumkur, 65 km from Bangalore and 25 km from Dobbespet. The rocky hills are surrounded by forest and the hilltops at an altitude of 3940 ft. The two temples the Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha are found here. Devarayanadurga is also famous for Namada Chilume, a natural spring considered sacred and is also considered the origin of the Jayamangali River. There are Pushkarnies or tanks called Narasimha thirtha, Parashara thirha and Padha thirtha.
Siddara Betta is located at a distance of 35 km from Tumkur. Siddara Betta is situated close to Devarayanadurga. A rocky hill with temple and caves at the top are the main attractions of Siddara Betta. The natural spring on the hillock is known for its medicinal value
Kaidala, situated a mere 9 km from Tumkur town off Gulur village on the Kunigal road, hosts two exquisite temples sculpted by Jakanachari. It is famous for a small Dravidian style Kaidala Chennakeshava Temple buit in 1150. Jakanachari, the master sculptor was born and brought up at Kaidala. The temple contains some striking stone images and inscriptions An inscription of this temple dating back to the 12th century, reveals Shiva, Vishnu and Sugata (epithet of the Buddha) as different names of the one universal absolute. Originally it was known as Kreedanagari.In the Hoysala Reign Kaidala was under Nripa Haya and was ruled by a chieftain Baachideva.