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Richness is always about what does not perish over time. Disremember the richness of wealth, and have a glimpse of the architectural, cultural, sculptural and spiritual wealth that our ancestors have left us. Karnataka stands proof for the wealth of knowledge our forefathers had, and left us in the form of heritages.
Srirangapatna Fort

Srirangapatna Fort

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Srirangapatna Fort is a historical fort located in Srirangapatna built by the Timmanna Nayaka in 1454, and came to prominence during the rule of Tipu Sultan. The fort was in the hands of the Empire till 1495 when the Wodeyars overpowered the Vijayanagar rulers. The fort was subsequently changing hands ...
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Bangalore Fort

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Bangalore Fort began in 1537 as a mud fort built by Kempe Gowda I, a vassal of the Vijaynagar Empire and the founder of Bangalore. Haider Ali in 1761 replaced the mud fort with a stone fort. The army of the British East India Company, led by Lord Cornwallis on ...
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Bangalore-Palace

Bangalore Palace

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Bangalore Palace, located in Bengaluru was built by Rev. J. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College. The construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1884, it was bought by the then Maharaja ...
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Yadgir-Fort

Yadgir Fort

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Yadgiri fort built over a massive monolith measuring about 850m long, 500m wide and 100m height is one of the largest forts of Karnataka. Yadgiri was formerly known as Yetagiri and was ruled by the Kalyana Chalukyas, Yadavas, Cholas, Bahmani Sultans, Adil Shahis and the Nizams. Yadgiri fort was built ...
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Koppal-Fort

Koppal Fort

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Though it is not known who built this fort at Koppal, it is a structure of historic importance as it has seen a number of seizures and re-establishments. Evidence states that Tippu Sulthan built this fort as one of the strongest forts ever, after he acquired it from a Paleyagar ...
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Mahadeva-Temple-Itagi

Mahadeva Temple Itagi

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The Mahadeva Temple at the town of Itagi in Yalburga taluk in Koppal district is an architectural twin of the Amrutheshwara temple at Annigeri. An inscription inside the temple dating back to 1112 CE calls this temple ‘Devalaya Chakravarthi’ or the emperor of temples, and this temple has also been ...
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Sharana-Basaveshwara-Temple

Sharana Basaveshwara Temple

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The Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is a shrine dedicated to a noble saint who lived amidst the commons in the 18th century, but transcended the conventions of the commons in order to make lives better for them. Shree Sharana Basaveshwara, as he was called, was a Lingaith saint who upheld the ...
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Bahmani-Tombs

Bahmani Tombs

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Ashtur, 3 kilometres east of Bidar, is the final resting place of the Sultans who had once ruled the state of Karnataka. Today, the place where there mortal remains were buried are the 8 Bahmani tombs of Ashtur, one of the very few famous tombs in Karnataka. A rare attraction ...
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Mallikarjuna-Temple

Mallikarjuna Temple

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The Mallikarjuna temple is located in the town of Kuruvatti (also spelt Kuruvathi) in the Bellary district was constructed in the early 12th century rule of the Western Chalukya Empire. The building material used is soapstone. Art historian Adam Hardy classifies the architectural style and guild involved in the construction ...
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Siddhesvara-Temple

Siddhesvara Temple

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The Siddhesvara Temple built of soapstone is located in the town of Haveri and is considered an ornate example of 12th century Western Chalukyan art and is well known for the many loose sculptures of Hindu deities that exist in it. However, inscriptional evidence would suggest that the initial consecration ...
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Galageshwar-Temple

Galageshwar Temple

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Galaganath formerly known as Palluni, is a small village located near Haveri, in the Haveri District, where the famous Galageshwar Shiva Temple built during the rule of the Western Chalukyas is located. This large temple faces east and is situated along the Tungabhadra River. The rivers Tunga and Varada join ...
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Tarakeshwara-Temple

Tarakeshwara Temple

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The Tarakeshwara or Tarakeshvara Temple is a Hindu temple complex dedicated to Shiva as Tarakeswara located in Hangal. It also houses a temple to Shiva's vahana, Nandi, and his son Ganesha. The complex is a listed monument of the Archaeological Survey of India. It also has three memorial stones which ...
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Brahma-Jinalaya

Brahma Jinalaya

Brahma jinalaya is in Lakkundi which is located in Gadag District, and is a tiny village on the way to Hampi (Hosapete) from Hubballi which is about 14 km from Dambal and 25 km from Mahadeva Temple (Itagi). It was built by queen Danachintamani Attimabbe and is the largest of ...
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Trikuteshwara-Temple

Trikuteshwara Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Saraswathi, the Trikuteshwara Temple of Gadag is another architectural masterpiece of Karnataka. The temple is said to have been planned by the great sculptor ‘Amara Shilpi – Jakanachari’, and is another feather on the cap of Chalukya style of architecture. The sanctum of the ...
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Harihareshwara-Temple

Harihareshwara Temple

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Located at the serene banks of the great tributary Thungabhadra, Harihara is a city in Davangere, that houses the infamous Harihareshwara Temple of Karnataka. The city is also called ‘Dakshina Kashi’, and is connected to every major city of Karnataka by road and railways. An artefactfrom the times of the ...
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Kedareshvara-Temple

Kedareshvara Temple

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Balligavi, known by various other names such as Belagami, Belligave, etc., is a town located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. It is said that during the 11th and 12th centuries, this place was of learning importance, and has also been recognised as ‘Anadi Rajadhani’ or ancient capital of Karnataka. ...
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Chandramouleshwara-Temple

Chandramouleshwara Temple

Unkal is a beautiful tourist attraction located 3 kilometres north of Hubli, famously known for its natural Unkal Lake. But the bigger attraction of the area is the 9 centuries old Chandramouleshwara Temple, which stands as an evidence of the rich architectural heritage of Karnataka, and of Chalukya architecture in ...
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Avani

Avani

Avani, Known as the Gaya of the south is a small village in Mulbagal taluk, Kolar district about ten miles from Kolar Gold Fields. The village is located at 32 km from Kolar, the district centre and 32 km 13 km from Mulbagal, the Taluk headquarters and is a popular ...
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Channarayana Durga

Channarayana Durga

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Channarayana Durga is a fort on a hill near Madhugiri around 100km from Bengaluru. Originally built by the kings of Madhugiri, it later fell into the hands of Marathas. But in subsequent years control of the fort changed several times between Marathas and Mysore Wodeyers. The British took over the ...
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Kolaramma Temple

Kolaramma Temple

Kolaramma is the presiding deity of the town of Kolar and the Kolaramma temple is thousand years old, built by the Cholas in the South Indian style where Goddess Parvathi is worshipped. Another deity of this temple is Chelamma or the scorpion goddess. People believe that by praying at the ...
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Kalleshwara Temple

Kalleshwara Temple

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Bagali, a place in the Davangere district of Karnataka houses this infamous Kalleshwara temple. The construction of the temple spanned the rule of two dynasties in the province, the Rashtrakuta dynasty, and the Western Chalukya Empire. Built of soapstone, the architecture of this temple can be distinguished by a closed ...
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Saavira Kambada Basadi

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Moodabidre, known as the ‘Jaina Kashi’ or the ‘Jaina Varanasi’ of the South, houses 18 Jain temples or basadis located close to each other in the town. The most famous and artistic among them is the Saavira Kambada Basadi or the ‘thousand pillar temple’, located at the heart of the ...
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Banavasi

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Banavasi also known as Konkanapura is an ancient temple town in Uttara Kannada District which is about 374kms from Bangalore, Karnataka is surrounded by forest area and villages, with the Varada river flowing around it on three sides . Huen Tsang the Chinese traveler-monk who was in India between 630-644 ...
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Museums-in-Mysore

Museums in Mysore

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Situated at the foot of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the most famous tourist attraction of not just Karnataka, but entire India. Previously, the state of Karnataka was called Mysore and this area was the capital of the state. Even after that changed, Mysore, also known as ‘The Palace City’, remains ...
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Palaces-in-Mysore

Palaces in Mysore

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Situated at the foot of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the most famous tourist attraction of not just Karnataka, but entire India. Previously, the state of Karnataka was called Mysore and this area was the capital of the state. Even after that changed, Mysore, also known as ‘The Palace City’, remains ...
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Gol Gumbaz

Gol Gumbaz

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Gol Gumbaz, which literally derives its meaning from the terms ‘Gola Gummata’, or the ‘circular dome’, is Karnataka’s most famous mausoleum. It is located in Bijapur, and is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. The tomb is typical of Deccan architecture. The structure of the tomb ...
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Pattadakal

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Pattadakal also spelled Paṭṭadakallu is a World Heritage site, a village and an important tourist centre in the state of Karnataka and is located on the left bank of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district and is 22 km from Badami and 514 km from Bangalore. It is 22 km ...
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Devanahalli-Fort

Devanahalli Fort

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Located 35 kilometres north of Bengaluru city is the Devanahalli fort which tells the tales of history that dates back to over 5 centuries. This fort holds a grand history of being built, invaded, and owned by a number of rulers including Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. During the Anglo- ...
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Somanathapura

Somanathapura

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Lovers of History and Art are to find ecstasy in this nearly 800 years old temple at Somanathapura. The Chennakesava temple was built by a commander of the Hoysala king Narasimha |||. The Hoysala dynasty was then a major power in South India, and this temple stands as the finest ...
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Melukote

Melukote

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Melukote in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka, in southern India, is one of the sacred places in Karnataka. The place is also known as Thirunarayanapuram. It is built on rocky hills, known as Yadugiri, Yaadavagiri and Yadushailadweepa, overlooking the Cauvery valley and is about 51 km from Mysore and ...
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Chitradurga Fort

Chitradurga Fort

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Chitradurga Fort or as the British called it Chitaldoorg, is a fortification that straddles several hills and a peak overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga District,Karnataka, India. The fort's name Chitrakaldurga, which means 'picturesque fort' in Kannada, is the namesake of the town Chitradurga and its administrative district. The ...
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Bellary Fort

Bellary Fort

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The Bellary Fort situated in the historic city of Bellary in Karnataka state, India was built on top of a hill called the "Ballari Gudda" or the Fort Hill in two parts namely, the Upper Fort and the Lower Fort. The Upper Fort was built by Hanumappa Nayaka, a feudatory ...
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Arsikere

Arsikere

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Arsikere, located in Hassan district in the state of Karnataka and is popularly known for its coconut production and the Malekallu Tirupathi hill and has an average elevation of 807 metres. It is situated about 44 kilometres from Hassan and 166 kilometres from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Miraj railway line and ...
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Kittur Fort

Kittur Fort

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Kittur also known as (Kitturu) is a village in Belgaum District in South Indian state of Karnataka. It is a place of historical importance because of the resistance of Rani Chennamma of the State of Kittur (1778–1829) against the British East India Company, during which a British Commissioner, St John Thackeray was killed. Kittur is a fort located in the Karnataka state of India, it is the former capital of ...
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Kavaledurga

Kavaledurga

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Kavaledurga Fort sometimes called the Bhuvanagiri fort, is a 9th century fort, located at the distance of 18 km from Thirthahalli, Shimoga located on a hill at an attitude of 1541meters. Among the many forts of Karnataka, one that cannot be missed is Kavaledurga in Shimoga district. There are interesting ...
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Hampi

Hampi

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Hampi, a village in northern Karnataka state is the core area of the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1336 to 1565.Traditionally known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkinda-kshetra or Bhaskara-kshetra is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River on whose southern banks the city is built. The ...
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Halebeedu

Halebeedu

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Halebidu (literally "old city") is located in Hassan District, Karnataka, India. Halebidu previously called as Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudrawas the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. It is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples. This name ...
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Belur

Belur

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Belur, located in the Hassan district, was also referred to as Velapuri according to inscriptions discovered here. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana. There are two more shrines here that are still in use by devotees and there is a ...
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Aihole

Aihole

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Aihole, one of the most notable places in the history of art of Karnataka well known as Ayyavoḷe and Aryapura in its inscription was a prominent city of the Chalukya Dynasty. A place known by the name Morera Angadigalu near the Meguti hillocks has a large number of cists of ...
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