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10 Heritage Sites in Karnataka That Should be on Your Bucket List!

10 Heritage Sites in Karnataka That Should be on Your Bucket List! holidayiq.com

Blessed with beautiful beaches adorning the coastline, lush mountains, valleys and an array of monuments. These monuments include historical places, monuments, temples and religious sites. HolidayIQ lists down 10 must visit heritage sites in Karnataka.

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10 Heritage Sites in Karnataka That Should be on Your Bucket List!:

  1. Hampi (Karnataka)
  2. Badami (Karnataka)
  3. Somanathapura, Talkad (Karnataka)
  4. Pattadakal (Karnataka)
  5. Bidar (Karnataka)
  6. Kurudumale, Kolar (Karnataka)
  7. Bylakuppe, Coorg (Karnataka)
  8. Aihole, Badami (Karnataka)
  9. Halebid and Belur (Karnataka)
  10. Mysore (Karnataka)

Day 1. Hampi group of monuments, Hampi

Hampi group of monuments, Hampi
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The forlorn ruins of erstwhile Vijayanagar Empire are scattered around Hampi over an area of 40 square km. Criss-crossed by the Tungabhadra River irrigating sugarcane, banana plantations, and paddy fields with a backdrop of an azure sky with cirrus clouds, Hampi is truly a magical landscape. The Virupaksha temple, the most famous and important temple of Hampi, is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

HolidayIQ traveller Lambith recommends a visit to Hampi if you wish to relive history then head to Hampi. He adds, “Hampi is a historical place where the great king of Vijayanagara walked and ruled the state. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Considered one of the great king of India was an erudite and great ruler. Visiting the ruin make you relive the time and imagination take you as if you are with the locals.”

Day 2. Badami

Badami
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The ancient caves temples of Badami are an excellent example of Indian rock-cut architecture of the Chalukya era. The 2 Bhuthanatha temples extend into the Agastya lake, they depict the early phase and mode of South Indian architectural styles and are made of local sandstone.

HolidayIQ traveller Thakur Ganesh Singh shares his experience of Badami caves. He says, “The 6th century single stone carved temple were built during the Chalukya dynasty. The four historic temples numbered 1-4 based in their order of creation. The first three gives details of mythological stories of Lord Vishnu and Shiva and the last and uppermost is a symbol of Jain's. The temples are well built and are carved in a single rock. Almost 500 feet tall with a number of steps to climb makes it an adventurous place to visit.”

Day 3. Somanathapura

Somanathapura
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Somanathapura houses the grand Chennakesava temple (Keshava temple), which perhaps is the last remaining piece of Hoysala architecture. The temple was built to commemorate the victory of the Hoysalas over the Cholas at Talakad. It is quartered inside an impressive high walled enclosure and the entrance to the complex is through a porch with tall lathe-turned pillars.

Day 4. Pattadakal Group of monuments, Pattadakal

Pattadakal Group of monuments, Pattadakal
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The monuments in Pattadakal represent a period where the transition from rock-cut medium to structural temples took place. The Chalukyan rulers being patrons of art encouraged artists and craftsmen to experiment and innovate in different architectural styles. The oldest temple at Pattadakal is Sangameswara, followed closely by Kada Siddhesvara, Jambu Lingeswara and Galaganatha temple.

HolidayIQ traveller Varun Kulkarni shares, “Pattadakal is a declared world heritage site. The temples found here go as back as 7th century. It has series of temples which has an architectural beauty which just amazes you. Some of them are Jambulinga temple, Virupaksha temple. One should visit this place once in their life, this place tells how our country's history is rich.”


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Day 5. Bidar

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Situated on planes of Deccan plateau, amidst the beautiful landscape ready to explore, with down to earth and hospitable people lies the town of Bidar. Once ruled by the Barid Shahi dynasty, you get to see many tombs all across the Bidar town and located centrally the Fort of Bidar, whose perimeter wall is known to be one of the longest. Bidar also has the third largest Gurudwara of India, an underwater cave Shiva temple and Karanja reservoir situated in the outskirts.

HolidayIQ traveller Laddoo Kumar suggests visiting “Bidar Fort, Mahmud Gawan, Chowbara (clock tower), Papnash temple, Guru Nanak Gurudwara in Bidar.” He also recommends” a walk around the massive area, courtyard, Solah Khamba mosque inside.”

Day 6. Kurudumale

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Kurudumale is famous for the Old Lord Ganesha temple, built by the Vijayanagar kings. It was once the capital of the Hoysala dynasty. The temple with a 13.5 ft high tall statue of Kurudumale Ganesha.

HolidayIQ traveller Sandeep Roshni shares, “Kurudumale is worth visiting for the artistic Someshwara Temple, which dates from the Chola occupation of this part of Karnataka in the 11th-12th century. The interesting fact of Someshwara Temple is that it is built of a rock without any foundation, a feat very difficult to achieve even with today's available technology. The temple compound is approached from South by mounting a flight of steps. A large sculpture of Ganapati is placed on the ground in front of the porch.”

Day 7. Bylakuppe

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One of the largest Tibetan settlements outside Tibet, Bylakuppe is a small yet beautiful town near Coorg. The settlement came up in 1960’s when a large number of Tibetan refugees settled here due to Chinese aggression. The area is dotted with monasteries, out of which Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey are the most significant.

HolidayIQ traveller Ronak Ravindran shares, “Bylakuppe, a short drive from Siddapura in Coorg, is the center of a Tibetan monastery and town. It's a great place to soak in the authentic culture and heritage of Tibet. The monastery has some authentic Tibetan artwork and paintings. The main highlight, though, is in the form of the 3 colossal statues of The Buddha in the monastery.”

Day 8. Aihole

Aihole
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On the banks of river Malaprabha, lies the legendary town of Aihole. Once, the capital of Chalukyas dynasty, Aihole was once considered the cradle of Hindu temple architecture and had more than 125 temples. Surrounded by legends, one of the most popular legends states Parshurama from Ramayana cleaned his ax here after killing the KshatriyasDurga Temple is one of the best known and important temples of Aihole, probably built during the late 7th century or early 8th century. The Ravana Phadi is one of the oldest rock cut cave temples in Aihole, dating back to the 6th century AD. 

HolidayIQ traveller Sanchayan Ghosh shares, “Aihole has amazing temples all still standing with no sign of wear or tear. You can actually see a temple complex with experimentation done on temples. This region is full of groups of stone temples along the river banks of the famous regional river Malaprabha.”

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Day 9. Halebid and Belur

Halebid and Belur
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Halebid and Belur formed a part of the Hoysala Empire between the 12th and 13th century. The range of the temples of the Hoysala Dynasty is distributed between both the towns. Termed as the temples towns, the specialty of the temples of these towns is that they are drafted out of the soft stone called Chloritic Schist. The temple sculptures also portray the tradition of ivory and sandalwood handwork. Shravanabelagola Temple is one of the chief pilgrim centers of Jains and houses an 18 meters high monolith of Lord Gomateshwara atop Indragiri hill.

Just 4 hours from Bangalore close to Hassan, these 2 sites are 16 km apart shares HolidayIQ traveller Shijo Thomas. He further adds, “With carvings from Puranas and mythological characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata, you can spend hours looking into the pillars and walls of the temple, admiring the south Indian architecture on display.”

Day 10. Mysore

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An ancient city that is believed to have existed since the time Emperor Ashoka’s rule. Known for its glittering royal heritage and opulent monuments and buildings, Mysore is fabled to have come into existence after the goddess Chamundi slayed the vicious demon, Mahishasura. The famed Mysore palace, botanical park and musical fountain at Brindavan garden are must visit.

HolidayIQ traveller Aditi Kale shares, “Mysore city has much more to offer the wax museum, railway museum are amongst them! Brindavan gardens located around 20 km must be visited at evening and musical fountains are a treat to your eyes. The amazing Mysore Maharaja Palace is the most amazing monument of the great Wadiyar dynasty! It's just breathtaking and it should be visited on Sunday evening as it gets lit and shines bright!”

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