The potters of Sultanpet

Sultanpet is on the Nandi Hills route and about 50-60 kms away towards the North. Instead of the left diversion to Nandi Hills, you need to take a right and continue along the road. There is also the Bhoga Nandeshwari temple there. And a little ahead is Sultanpet where there is a famous cemetery – all from the time of Tipu Sultan.


While on a drive to that area, we found a a few potters here hard at work early morning and spend some time around their work area and the adjacent building where they stored the pots. Apparently, their pots go to both Bangalore and places in Andhra Pradesh.

potters @ work

We watched the process of pot-making, which was quite interesting. They deftly made the pots and removed them and piled them up on one side. All of them were making them in different sizes. After this, they take them to the drying and sunning area where they harden.


A little ahead from this area are the ruins of an old building with a board saying Sultanpet.

From here, another km or so ahead is a small temple but there seemed to be quite a lot of activity going as people were gearing up for some major pooja. If you’re going towards Nandi Hills you can stop at both places.


Sultanpet, Nandi Hills and the adjoining areas make nice weekend drive getaways.

And if you’re interested in pottery, another place you can venture out to is the Pottery Town in Bangalore.

10 Comments so far

  1. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    Great post Anita, enjoyed the pictures very much indeed.

  2. Radman (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    lovely pics. btw, have you noticed that whenever you see a man or women that is doing manual labor in india, they always seem to be physically fit. never seen a fat potter or a fat construction worker.

  3. Just some dude (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    Hey! Who deleted my comment?

  4. Ramesh Balasundaram (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    Hello Anita,

    Nice post, very close to this pot making unit – there is a beautiful farm house run by an old couple. Been there???

  5. Libran Lover (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm


    Would you please share more information about this farm house?



  6. Rajesh (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    Great pictures!!

  7. tarlesubba (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    nice pics anita.

    radman… lol.. @ your observation.
    if you read some modern indian authors, you will notice that they have exploited this observation to the hilt. many a authors have typically found the charms of the “shudra” woman irresistible and have lent their fantasies to their “upper caste” characters.

    girish karnad’s hayavadana, URA’s samskaara are examples.

  8. naren (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

    the real potter is bhaktha Kumbara.

    the freedom of speech sucks in this blog. better mail among urself. y blogging…?????

  9. Ramesh Balasundaram (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Libran Lover,

    This place(farm)I had mentioned is called ‘Silver Oak Farm’; you could make reservations in this place by calling Praveen Khanna on +91-98456-52267
    The Physical address is:
    Silver Oak Farm
    Sultanpet Village
    Nandi P.O. 562 103
    Chikballapur Taluk

  10. Libran Lover (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    Thanks for the info, Ramesh.

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