Karnataka Postal circle has issued a permanent pictorial cancellation and Special Cover on The Kempe Gowda tower at Basavanagudi Head Post Office on 23 July 2013 . 32 karnataka pictorial cancellation pack on post cards including the ones depicting Belur, Helbedu, Bandipur, Nagarahole, Badami ,Aihole was also issued .
Kempe Gowda Tower:Bangalore is nearly 500 years old and has grown from a small time settlement when Kempe Gowda, the architect of Bangalore, built a mud fort in 1537 and his son marked the city boundaries by erecting four watch towers. These four towers credited to have founded Bangalore, are in Kempambudhi tank, Mekhri Circle, Lalbagh, and Ulsoor. Still unknown a fact to most Bangaloreans is that historians refer to four more towers as the City’s boundaries these have not yet been traced!
Tower Near Lalbagh lake in Lalbagh:Tower near Lalbagh tank in Lalbagh at the end of Double Road – is on top of a hillock in lalbagh is the most visited among all the towers. From here you can actually seeing the Bangalore Skyline. The tower is on a rock which is very ancient and believed to be 3,000 million years old according to Geological survey of India. “The Lalbagh rock is called the pillow or bubble rock which was formed nearly 3,000 million years ago when a single bubble of lava settled there,”
Tower Near Kempambudhi Tank:Tower near Kempambudhi Lake Hanumanthanagar – South tower the location around is very picturesque with the tower is almost invisible, perched on the top of a hillock by the Bandi Mahakali temple. It is surrounded rocks and trees.
Tower Near Sankey Tank /Mehkri Circle:Tower near Sankey Tank / Mehkri Circle underpass, next to Ramana Maharishi Park is the North Tower – is located in a well maintained park, while a few statues on the mantap are headless. The rest of the tower is in a good shape. This is one of the only tower located on a level land and not on a hillock.
Ulsoor Lake Tower:Tower at Ulsoor Lake – is really well maintained by the military. They use this place for training their personnel. Common man cannot visit this place, unless special permission is sought.
Kempe Gowda Tower at Hudson Circle:The ‘Kempegowda Tower’ was planned by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike in 2004, as part of the annual Kempegowda Day celebrations. The BMP which has the Kempegowda tower as its logo was constructed to restore the cultural heritage of Bangalore, giving it a touch of modernity. The tower, 60ft in height was built with Sagarahalli Granite, the same stone used in the construction of VikasaSoudha.
The BDA has identified five points — Makali on Tumkur Road (NH-4), Hunsemaranahalli on Airport-Bellary Road (NH-7), near Hoskote Lake on Old Madras Road (NH-4), Bommasandra on Hosur Road (NH-7) and Sheshgirihalli on Mysore Road (SH-17) — to erect these towers.