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Bangalore Like You've Never Seen Before: A Heritage Trail Around India's Silicon Valley

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Synonymous with progress and modernity, Bangalore is the IT capital of India. Bangalore is also known to be within striking range of some well kept and very popular nature getaways. The region has also played a very significant part in the history and the cultural evolution of this part of the country. Here are perfect places to explore this heritage while also enjoying a quick getaway around Bangalore! 

Bangalore Like You've Never Seen Before: A Heritage Trail Around India's Silicon Valley:

  1. Lepakshi (Andhra Pradesh)
  2. Srirangapatna (Karnataka)
  3. Mysore (Karnataka)
  4. Hampi (Karnataka)
  5. Chitradurga (Karnataka)
  6. Halebid and Belur (Karnataka)

1. The Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi

source: Mohit Aggarwal

HolidayIQ reviewer Mohit says, "The temple is depicted to Lord Shiva. Situated in a small village, can be best reached by own vehicle or you can hire a cab or bike. The temple has lots of god and goddesses carved on the walls. The temple also has the renowned Hanging Pillar." 

HolidayIQ reviewer Sri Bhargav says, "It is a very beautiful and old temple near to Lepakshi Town. The main issue with the temple is that it has a very small parking space due to which we have to park the cars on the National Highway. Lepakshi is about 120 kms from Bangalore. So, about 4-6 hours are enough to explore this place." 

2. Daria Daulat Bagh in Srirangapatna

source: Vibhooti Mangal Tiwari, HolidayIQ reviewer shot this in Srirangapatna

HolidayIQ reviewer Snehal Raibole says, "The murals depicting the life of Tipu Sultan and his battles is sheltered inside the summer palace. Photography is not allowed to preserve them. I recommend taking a guide to get a clearer and an insightful picture of the life of the Tiger of Mysore." 

HolidayIQ reviewer Padmaprasad says, "This is a summer palace built by Tippu sultan, who ruled erstwhile Mysore state from 1782 to 1799. The palace is amidst a green lawn, with trees around. Bagh -in Hindi and urdu means -garden. The palace is a small one, single storied, but very beautiful to look at. It is of a different style and type than the Grand Mysore palace. There are mural paintings depicting the Tippu dynasty and Mysore wars fought between Hyder Ali, Tippu and Britishers." 

3. Seat of erstwhile royalty, The Mysore Palace

source: HolidayIQ reviewer, Snehal Raibole shot this at Mysore

HolidayIQ reviewer Snehal says, "The Mysore Palace is the most visited place in India after the Taj Mahal. The official residence of the royal family of Wodeyars - the rulers of Mysore. The palace architecture blends the Indo-Saracenic architecture with Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles with breathtaking results. Not many people know this, but the Mysore Palace that we see today is the second palace built on this site. The 1st one which was made of wood was destroyed in a fire in 1897 during the royal wedding. Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, commissioned the British architect Lord Henry Irwin to build a new palace to replace the old one. The new palace was ready in 1912." 

4. The best sunrise and sunset in Hampi, The Hemkuta Temple complex

source: HolidayIQ reviewer, Vibhooti Mangal Tiwari, shot this in Hampi

HolidayIQ reviewer Amit says, "The rocky Hemakuta Hill is home to many temples. These temples mostly lie in ruins and are believed to have been built even before the reign of the Vijayanagar Dynasty. Climb up the Hemakuta Hill before sunset and discover the history yourself under the last rays of the sun." 

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5. The legendary Chirtadurga Fort

source: HolidayIQ reviewer, Vandana Sharma, shot this in Chitradurga

HolidayIQ reviewer Rags says, "First let me say that I never knew that a fort like this existed so close to Bangalore. Just 3 hours on an excellent national highway.
This fort stands on 
couple of thousand acres of hill land. What's interesting is that multiple parts of the fort are still intact ... The temples, wells, pillars. I was surprised by this. Most forts that I have been to in India have great ramparts but nothing inside ( either destroyed or decayed). The view from many parts of the fort are great. There is a small canteen inside, well located. Its gets very hot in these parts, so its good to take a break. One needs at least 3-4 hours to do justice to cover the key parts of the fort. This fort is also strategically located for those who are willing to do a history circuit ... One could cover Belur/halebid, Chitradurga and Hampi all together in a couple of days. Sadly, Chitradurga is not as famous as the other two and barely anyone I know has gone there. This is one fort that should not be missed." 

6. Shravanabelagola Temple at Halebid and Belur

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Vibhooti Mangal Tiwari shot this at Halebid and Belur

HolidayIQ reviewer Sumit says, "Ancient Jain heritage site, famous for statue of Bahubali, famous for Mastakabhishek function taken place once in a period of 12 years. Located in Karnataka state and is 158 km from Banglore. Chandragiri hills, Vidhyagiri is a notable place to visit." 

7. Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebid and Belur

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Snehal Raibole shot this at Halebid and Belur

HolidayIQ reviewer Deepika says, "Like the Belur Temple, this place too is a world heritage site built by the same Hoysala Dynasty. Though some sculptures are deformed/ removed, most parts of the temple is being maintained at its best. The sculptures & stone carvings are more detailed than the Belur temple & they depict stories from great epics like Mahabharata. We will require a knowledgeable guide help to understand the details. Words & pictures cannot summarize the beauty of the place. A must visit for a lifetime experience. Best to be visited at sunset or sunrise to spend more time." 

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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