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Halasi 

The place is in Background of Western Ghats in lush green atmosphere. It was the second capital of the Kadambas of Banavasi. The huge Bhuvaraha Narasimha temple has tall images of Varaha, Narasimha, Narayana and Surya. The place has a fort, and also temples of  Gokarneshswara, Kapileshwara, Swarneshwara and Hatakeshwara.

Saundatti 

The town proper has a fort on the hill built during the 18th Century, by Sirasangi Desai, with eight bastions. It was the capital of  Rattas who latter shifted their headquarters to Belgaum. There are two temples of Ankeshwara, Puradeshwara, Mallikarjuna, Venkateshwara and the Veerabhadra. The Renukasagar waters touch the outskirts of Saundatti. 

Hampi

The site of the capital of Vijayanagara(1336). It is known as Pampakshetra, as pampadevi temple is on the banks of Tungabhadra. There is Badami Chalukya temple,  Virupaksha temple of Chalukyan times. The rocky hilly area with Anegundi to the north of the river is identified as Kishkindha of Ramayana times.Hampi  has Krishnaswamy temple, Vithalaswamy temple, Irugappa's Basti called Ganigitti Jinalaya, Uddhana Virabhadra temple, monolithic Narasimha which is 29 feet tall installed by krishnadevaraya in 1529, and a large number other temples and monuments.  Foreign visitors who visited during 15th and 16th centuries has called it bigger than Rome. The city was destroyed and deserted in 1565.

Aihole

It is 510 kms from Bengaluru. It is a great center of Badami Chalukyan art. These temples were raised from the 6th to 12th century. It has a Jaina  and Vedic rock-cut shrine, both of about 6th Century. It has fine Tirthankara images.The place has durga temple. Other temples are Huchchi-malligudi, Gaudaragudi and Chakragudi, all in variety of designs, some big and some small. The meguti on a hill is a jaina basti which has a famous Aihole inscription of Pulikeshin 2 and also a Buddist two-storied rock -cut shrine below it. 

Badami

Badami, the capital of the early Chalukyas in the 6th century ,is at the mouth of a ravine between  two rocky hills.  Badami has rock-cut cave temples, gateways, forts,inscriptions and sculptures. A flight of stairs leads you to ancient caves and cave carved out of sandstone on the precipice of a hill.

Basavana Bagewadi 

It is 43 kms to the east of Bijapur. In 12th century Saint Basaveshwara was born in this place. It was an agrahara. The main temple here is Chalukyan style and it was called as Sangamantha in records. the Samadhis of Siddharameshwara and Gurupadeshwara of the Inchageri school of spiritual pursuit are seen here.

Udupi 

One of the holy place and it is 58 kms from Mangalore. The Krishna temple here is founded by Acharya Madhwa during the 14th century. He founded eight mathas to conduct the services of Lord Krishna in turns. Paryaya festival is held once in two years in January. The place has Kadiyali Durga temple, Ambalapadi Shakti temple, Raghavendra Matha and the Venkataraman swamy temple. Malpe is the port near here. It has a fine beach and the Vadabhandeshwara temple of Balarama.

Karkala 

It is 52 kms from Mangalore and has been notable Jaina Center with the seat of Jaina dynasty called Bhairarasas or the Shantarsas who raised the Gommata statue here. There is an Ananthashyana temple and Venkataramana temple. The St.Lawrence chruch here is highly venerated.

Annigeri

It is 30 kms from Hubli. It has a famous Amriteshwara temple of the time of the Kalyani Chalukyas. It was the birth place of great Kannada Poet Pampa and there is a Jain basadi of Parshwanatha. It was once a headquarters of famous rich province of Belvola. It was the capital of Chalukya Someshwara. In addition to Veerashaiva Mathas, there is a ruined Banashankari Temple and seven mosques and also an ancient Veerabhadra temple. 

Bankapura 

It was built by Bankeya. under Chalukya many beautiful temples were raised in the city including the wonderful Nagareshwara temple in the fort and another chalukya temple called Siddheshwara.Many temples were destroyed by Ali Adilshahi in about 1567.  There is a beautiful mosque in the fort. It has Kilari cow breeding centre and a rabbit breeding centre with its office inside the fort. 

Dambal

It is 21 Kms from Gadag. And it is known as "Dharmapolal" in inscriptions. It was a Buddhist centre. Therec are two notable chalukyan temple called Doddabasappa Temple and somewshwara Temple.Doddabassapa as multigonal star shaped Temple Garbhagriha and fine sculpturalo representations and huge nandi Temple.Someshwara could have been a old bsadi.The Temple has a 400_year old vast tank.There is a old ganapathi image in old ruined fort. 

Hanagal 

It was the capital of Hangal Kadambas, feudatories of Chalukyas of Kalyana. It was mentioned as 'Panungal' in records and identified by tradition with Viratanagara of Mahabharatha days. It is on the left bank of the Dharma river. The Tarakeshwara temple here is a huge structure with wonderful series of images and polished tall Chalukyan pillers. The other temples are Virabhadra, Billeshwara and Ramalinga etc.There is a famous Veerashaiva Kumaraswamy Matha here.

Gadag-Betagiri 

It is a twin city muncipality and it is 80 kms from Dharward .It is a great centre of Kalyana Chalukya art with the largeTrikuteshwara temple. It was latter expanded by kalyana Chalukyas into a vast complex.The complex has  triple shrines once housing Shiva,Brahma and Surya. The saraswathi temple has the finest shining decorative pillars,and the saraswathi image, and it is one of the largest example of Chalukyan art. The place has Someshwara and Rameshwara temples of Chalukyan style. It has Veeranarayana temple of Chalukyan times. The great Kannada poet Kumaravyasa composed his famous kannada Bharatha in this temple.Gadag has a mosque of Adilshahi times and church too.Betageri has many artistic herostones from 9th and 10th centuries.

Devala Gangapura

It is 651 kms away from Bengaluru. Sri Narasimha Sarasati who had stayed here for long and was granted a jahgir by the Bahmain Sultan. The Saint has cured the Sultan of  a serious boil. The Saint is treaded as an incarnation of Dattatreya and devotees from Maharashtra and Karnataka. 

Belur 

It is famous for its magnificent Hoysala temple complex. The  Chennakeshava temple here was completed in 1116 by Hoysala Vishnuvardhana. The magnificent image is 3.7 mtr tall and the temple standing on a platform has exquisite plastic art work on its outer walls and bracket figures of dancing girls in various poses in perfect proportion. There are shrines of Kappe Chenniga Andal, Saumya Nayaki etc.  The temple here is a classic example of Hoysala art, and Belur was one of the Hoysala Capitals. 

Halebidu 

It is 27 kms from Hassan , was capital of Hoysala and it was formerly called as Dwarasamudra. It has one of the finest Hoysala temples said to have been started by Ketamalla, a commander of Vishnuvardhana in 1121. The twin Shiva Temples with a common platform and two garbhagrihas, one houses for Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleshwara Linga and the other for Shanthaleshwara Linga. In front fo Hoysaleshwara is the Nandimantapa and behind that is shrine of Surya with a two-meter-tall image. Outer walls have rows of intricate figures narrating episodes from epics like Ramyana, Mahabartha, and Bhagavata.

Arasikere  

It is 41 kms from Hassan and 176 kms from Bengaluru.  It is famous for its coconut gardens. There is a Kattameshwara temple here which is also called Chandramoulishwara and reffered to as Kalmeshwara in the records. It is a fine Hoysala monument with a rare polygonal frontal Mantapa with special design. There is a fine Haluvokkalu Temple and  also a Sahasrakuta Jinalaya. Malekal Tirupathi near Arasikere has a venkataramana temple visited by many devotees.

 Aralaguppe

 There is a famous Kalleshwara temple in the Ganga-Nalamba style of the 9th century. Its ceiling has wonderful dancing Shiva sculpture with musical accompanists and eight Dikpalas surrounding him with all their paraphernalia.  There is a Chennakeshava temple of the Hoysala style. The image of vishnu in the garbhagriha is magnificent. There is four Ganga temples at the place. 

 Madhugiri

  It is 43 kms from Tumkur and it is famous for its hill fort which is very vast. The ancient name of the place is Maddagiri. It has a temples of Venkataramana and Malleshwara built by Vijayanagara feudatories. There is also a Mallinatha basadi. The fort has majestic gateways called Antaralada Bagilu, Diddibagilu, Mysore Gate etc. 19Kms from here is another hill fort called Midigeshi.

 Sira

 It is 52 Kms from Tumkur. The town called Siriya was founded by Rangappa Nayaka  of Ratnagiri. The Jumma masjid here is a fine monument built in 1896 and the Malik Rihan's tomb is another impressive structure. The Gopalakrishna temple here has no image, and it is said to be housed in Narayana temple. 24 kms from south of Sira there is a place called Seebi, which was called as Sibburu and there is a Narasimhaswamy temple built in the 18th century by Nallappa an officer under Haider Ali.  The temple is painted with themes of Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Dashavatara themes. 

 Yediyur 

 It is 30 kms from Kunigal. It has a samadhi matha of Tontada Siddhalingahwara Yati, a famous Veerashaiva saint who lived during 16th century. Piligrims who visit the place in hunderds daily are feed free, and there are rest houses.The matha has fine wooden chariot with some interesting sculptures. The place has a Varadarja temple and two Veerashaiva mathas.The matha's building has some old paintings on walls.

 Banavasi  

It was the capital of kadambas. The place is on the bask of the Varada river and its laterite fort is surrounded by the river at its three sides. It is an ancient place as Ashoka is said to have sent his missionaries to 'Vanavasa'. There are also some Buddhist brick monuments. Chutu prince Nagashri built a Buddhist Vihara, a tank and installed a Naga image at the place according to a Parkrit record at the place. There is also a monument at Banavasi, Mudhukeshvara temple and also Kadamba Nagara Shikhara is seen on the garbhagriha of this temple. Records here indicate that Buddhism and jainism were popular at this place. 


Sonda 

 It is in the middle of the thick forest. It was the headquarters of Sonde rulers who were feudatories of Vijayanagara. Its large number of monuments are spread over a wide area in the forest. It was a jain center and has a Samadhi of great scholar Bhattakalanka. There is also a small jain matha, Swarnavalli matha of Smartha tradition, Trivikarama temple, Shankaranarayana temple and Gaddige Matha. From 5 kms from Sonda the river Shalmala creates a falls of 91 meters height called the Shivaganga falls.

 Ulvi

 It is in the middle of thick forest, where there is a Samadhi of Chennabasavanna( the nephew of Saint Basaveshwara). Gavi Matha is a series of caves here in which the Sharanas lived. one cave is named after Akka Nagamma, Chennabasavanna's mother. On the samadhi of Chennabasavanna, a Nandi is installed in the sanctum.  Every month on poornima, a jatra is held and a major jatra is held on Shivaratri Day. There is also a ruined fort called Baburayana Kote.

 Mercara

 Known as Scotland of India, Mercara has enchanted millions of travelers with its misty hills lush forests,coffee plantations and breath taking views.It is also known for its lovely climate. It has many places of attraction such as Tala Cauvery, Nagarahole  National Park, Abbe Water Falls, Bagamandala, Cauvery Nisargadhama, Belegiri Hills, Thadiyanda Murali Kund, Igguthappa Temple, Irupu Falls And Coffee & Tea Estates.

 Avani   

It has a Shankara Matha and a wonderful complex of temples of the Nolambas who were from Henjeru or Hemavati in the Madakshira taluk in Andra pradesh during the 9th and 10th century. According to legend sage Valmiki had his Ashrama here and sita gave birth to the twins at the same spot. There are Rameshwara, Lakshmaneshwara, Bharateshwara, Shatrighneshwara, and also Sita and Subrahmanya temples. On the hill here Agni Tirtha, a pond, and the Ekantha Ramaswamy Temple are also seen.

 Srirangapattana 

 It is 14 Kms from Mysore & it is an island in between two branches of the Cauvery. It was also the capital of the mysore rulers. There is a  Ranganath temple here. The fort here was built in 1454. The Mysore rules made it their capital in 1610 in the days of Raja Wodeyar, who took it from the Vijayanagara Governer. The Ranganatha temple is called Adi Ranga.  Ganjam has Dariya Daulat palace of Tipu and Gumbaz, the mausoleum of Haider and Tipu. Both are impressive structures of Indo-Saracenic style. The palace has paintings, fine wood work and it houses a museum. 

 Melukote 

It is a religious centre which attracts lakhs of people during its world famous annual feast Vairamudi. The temple was reconstructed in the Hoysala style by Visnuvardhana with the guidance of Ramanujacharya, a famous Visistadvaitist, in 11th century A.D. There are Cheluvanarayanaswamy temple, Kalyani, Hill shrine of Lord Narasimha, Thottilamadu, Dhanuskoti, Academy of Sanskrit Research and many more to visit.  The nearest tourist places are Thondanur,  Srirangapatna, Karigatta, Nagamangala etc.,

 Maddur 

 It is 20 Kms from Mandya and it is headquaters of this district. It is described in records as "Arjunapuri agrahara", the institution being ascribed to epic hero Arjuna. Madduramma is the village goddess of the place. The Narasimha Swamy Temple here of the Hoysalas has the figure of Narasimha, which is seven feet in height. The Varadaraja temple is a Chola structure with a 12 feet tall Varadaraja image.

 Mahadeshware Betta

 It is 220 kms from Bengaluru and 142 kms from Mysore . It is very close to eastern Ghats. It is said that a saint called Mahadeshwara could ridetiger lived during the 14th-15th century has his gadduge here. The hill is full of thick forests and thousands of pilgrims visit the place.

 Talakadu

 A Holy place on the banks of the Cauvery. It is full of sands, carried by the wind from the dried bed of the river. It was the second capital of the Gangas. They built the Pataleshwara and the Maruleshwara templeshere. Hoysala Vishnuvardhana  built Kirti Narayana temple. 

Bhadravathi 

 It is an industrial town in Shimoga district 256 km away from Bengaluru,which was earlier known as "Benkipura". There is a13th century Lakshminarayan Temple in Hoysala style. The Visveshwara Iron and Steel works, a cement factory and a paper factory function at this place on the banks of Bhadra river.

 Ikkeri

 It was a capital town of the Keladi Nayakas from 1512, and a place very near to Sagar. The Aghoreshwara temple is a 16th century monument of great attraction. There is also a Paravathi temple nearby.  Keladi is another place nearby, the original capital. It has the Rameshwara and Veerabhadra temples. There is also a Museum.

 Sravanabelgola

 It is famous for the statue of Lord Bahubali. The place is an important Jain pilgrimage center and has a long history. The 17 meter high statue of Bahubali is said to be the tallest monolithic structure in the world. It overlooks the small town of Shravanbelgola from the top of the rocky hill known as Indragiri. One can reach this hill after ascending 614 rock-cut steps.

 Somnathpur

 It is the home to one of the best examples of Hoysala temple architecture, the Kesava Temple.

 Karkala


50Kms from Mangalore and 20kms from North of Moodabidire, is Karkala, an important centre of Jainism. There are several important temples and a 13metres high statue of Bahubali (Gomateswara), situated on a small hill. The statue is a naked figure reached  by a flight of rock-cut steps. Some of the temples are Chaturmukha Basti (1587), Neminatha Basti, Anatapadmanabha Temple(1567) dedicated to Vishnu, and Venkataramana temple.

Venur


Situated 50kms NE of Mangalore, has eight Bastis and ruins of a Mahadeva temple. The largest of them is the 17C Kalli Basti, dedicated to Shantinatha. There is a Gommanteswara Monolith, 11metres high dating back to 1604 in Venur.

Malpe Beach


Situated 66 kms north of Mangalore, near Manipal. The peaceful surroundings, makes this beach a favourite holiday spot. The uninhibited St. Mary's Island, just a boat ride away has a beach and an impressive geological formation of basalt rock pillars into the sea.

Dharmastala


Situated 75 kms from Mangalore, Dharmastala  is an attractive site surrounded by forested hills, rice fields and by the river Netravati on all sides. The Manjunatha temple here is a famous pilgrim centre. A Monolithic statue of Bahubali 14metres high was erected here in 1973. Visitors are provided with free boarding and lodging by the temple authorities. There is a small museum, Manjusha Museum located opposite to the temple. There are two temple chariots covered in wooden figures and all types of religious objects including carved and painted panels, bronze sculptures and bells.

Kollur


Kollur is 147 Kms from Mangalore. The famous temple of goddess Mookambika  is located here on top of Kodachadri hill, at the foot of the Western Ghats. The goddess takes the form of a 'Jyotirlinga' incorporating aspects of  Shiva and Shakti. It is a famous pilgrimage centre attracting lot of devotees.

Moodabidire

Situated 35kms from Mangalore, Moodabidire is famous for its Jain temples known as Basti's. There are 18 Bastis, the oldest and the largest is the Chandranatha Basti (1429) famous for its 1000 pillared hall. 'The Jain Matha' near the entrance has an important collection of manuscripts. Other shrines worthy of mention are Shantinatha, Settara, Derama Setti Basti, Guru Basti, Kote and Vikrama Setti Basti.

Mekedatu


It is a beautiful picnic spot were river Cauvery offers an unforgettable site. It tumbles down majestically through a deep ravine, on top of which is a chasm around 5meters wide, narrow enough for a goat to leak across. Mekedatu is on Kanakapura Road.

Hesaraghatta


Hesaraghatta has an artificial lake, a dairy and a horticulture farm. Baoting & windsurfing are the other attractions. Also here is the famous 'Nrityagrama' where young dancers are trained in all disciplines of traditional dance.

Shivaganga


An interesting hill with four faces, rising to a height of 4599ft looks like a Nandi from the East, Ganesh from the West, A Linga from the South and Cobra with it hood spread from the North side. It is accessible by road.

Shivanasamudram


The picturesque waterfalls, the Ganganchukki and the Bharachukki, cascade down 90 meters. These falls are the source of Asia's first Hydro Electric Power  Statin called "Shimsa". The falls are in full splendour  during July-August. The falls are 22 km from the Bengaluru.

Hogenekkal Falls

These are also known as the 'smoking rocks' because of the mist. At the bottom of the 90ft water falls, one can ride in a coracle.

Devarayanadurga

This is a hill station of Tumkur road perched at a height of 3940 feet. A few kilometers  from foot of the hills is a natural spring called "Namada Chilume".  

Ankola


Located 37kms south of Karwar, is a small town with 15century ruined walls of king Sarpamalika's fort and the ancient Shri Venketaraman Temple. Near the temple there are two giant wooden chariots carved with scenes from the 'Ramayana'.

 Jog Falls


Jog falls, the highest waterfalls in India, is located about 50kms from the coast midway between Udupi and Karwar. The Sharavati river drops 253 metres in 4 separate falls known as Rani-the Rocket and Raja-the Roarer. The highest is the Raja with the fall of 253 metres and a pool below 40metres deep. After rain during the monsoon season, the falls  are a magnificent spectacular sight.  The best time to visit is Late November to early January. The 50km long Hirebhasgar Reservoir and the Linganamkki damregulates the flow of the Sharavati river to generate the hydro electricity.

 Gokarna


The Coastal town of Gokarna is a famous pilgrimage centre as well as a centre of Sanskrit learning, 56kms from Karwar. It is famous for the Mahabaleswar Temple with the 'Atmalinga' dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a enormous chariot, which is taken out in a procession on Shiva's birthday in February.  The Tambraparni Teertha  here is considered sacred to perform obsequies of the dead.

 Yana 


Situated 60kms from Karwar, Yana or Bhairavakshetra is a deserted town ship and an important pilgrim centre with unique rock formations. Located in a beautiful valley, one has to trek a distance of about 10kms by foot amidst thick forest to reach Yana. It is a popular rock climbing haunt. There is a shrine of Bhairaveswara on a hillock 100 metres high. A fair is held here during Shivaratri. 

Honnavar


Honnavar, situated 90 kms from Karwar, has a Portuguese fort. There is also a fort in Basavaraja  Durga Island, amidst the sea which can be reached by a sail upstream on river Sharavathi.

Dandeli

Located 93 kms from Karwar, Dandeli is a popular holiday resort and an industrial township. The wildlife sanctuary here in an area of 207Sq.Kms abounds with a variety of rare animals. The watch tower inside the sanctuary are inaccessible during the monsoon months of June to October. This forest region is famous for its paper, plywood, teakwood and Ferro-manganese factories. The cave with Shivalinga-like laterite formations is also worth a visit.

 

Lushington Falls


110 kms from Karwar, the famous Lushington Falls or Keppa falls is located in Siddhapur Taluk on the Shimoga border. The falls where the river Aghanashini thunders down from the height of 116 meters is named after a District Collector who discovered it in 1845.

 Magod Falls


The Magod is 125 kms from Karwar. The river Gangavathi emerging from the Western ghats takes a leap into a chasm of 183metre (600 feet) down,  in a series of cascades over the cliffs presenting an enchanting sight. 

 Bhatkal


Bhatkal located 135 kms from Karwar was the main port of Vijayanagar empire in the 16th century. The ancient town has temples of Vijayanagar style and many interesting Jain monuments. The 17th century Hindu temple here in Vijayanagar style has beautiful animal carvings. 16 kms away is the shore temple of Shri Murdeshwar. The temple attracts a lot of devotees and tourists.

   
 
 
 

 

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