Badami, formerly known as Vatapi was the capital of the early Chalukya dynasty, from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its beautiful rock-cut caves, which represent some of the earliest known examples of Hindu temples and proves again that Karnataka is one of the most remarkable states in India regarding archaeological treasures.
The colossal Gomateshwara stands tall on its hilltop, like a lighthouse protecting the town of Shravanabelagola and benevolently guiding the traveller. This Jain holy place of rocks and palm trees breathes tranquillity.
Mangaluru is a port city on the Arabian Sea. Much of India’s coffee output leaves from here. The town’s main attractions are its ancient temples, luxuriant vegetation and golden sands – a foretaste of neighbouring Kerala. Mangalore (or Mangaluru) is a busy port city exporting coffee and cashew nuts. It is home to a, Read More
Udupi, 60km from Mangaluru, is best known for its famous temple devoted to Krishna, one of the incarnations of the hindu god Vishnu. It is an important pilgrimage place and it has also given its name to a renowned style of Indian cooking. Vaishnava Shri Madhvacharya Krishna Mutt (“the temple of Lord Krishna”), Read More
Beluru was the capital of the early Hoysala Empire. The town’s main attraction is Chennakeshava Temple, a Hindu temple which, like those at Halebid and Somnathpur, reflects the excellence and ingenuity of the Hoysala temple builders. The entrance to the temple is a gopuram (tower) in Dravidian style. This was added later by the, Read More
Halebid, or Halebidu, was the capital of the Hoysala empire in the 12th and 13th centuries. This dynasty has left a monument of unparalleled splendor, the temple of Hoysaleswara. The richness and finesse sculptural details are undoubtedly the most exquisite example of Hoysala architecture. It was built around the year 1121 CE, during the, Read More
The city of the Vijayanagara kings is one of the most grandiose sights in India. A listed Unesco World Heritage site, it features thousands of vestiges spread over an area of more than 4000ha. Hampi is a treasure chest lost in a desert of rocks lovingly polished by time. For the most part Hampi, Read More
The first image that comes to mind when I think of Mysuru is its incredible palace, sparkling with thousands of lights. But this city of Maharajas has far more to offer: its famous flower market, its Indo-Saracenic architecture (legacy of the British Raj) and its open-air Nandi sanctuary on Chamundi Hill. Together these have, Read More
Chennakesava or Keshava temple with its grey-green reflections stands near the east bank of the river Cauvery at Somnathpur. It is built on a surprising star-shaped platform and, with its fine carvings, it is a formidable representative of Hoysala architecture, like the temples at Beluru and Halebidu. Chennakesava or Keshava temple stands near the east, Read More
Having earned a sound reputation in the aerospace and data processing industries, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), capital of Karnataka, is known as India’s Silicon Valley. This resolutely modern city enjoys a temperate climate and its many parks have earned it fame as the Garden City of India. There is a folk legend to explain the, Read More