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North Karnataka Heritage Sites

Nowhere else can you find such a profusion of monuments as in North Karnataka. The wonderful world heritage sites at Hampi and Pattadakkal, the cave temples of Badami the exquisite temples at Aihole and the stately Forts, Domes and minarets of Bijapur resurrect the history and cultural affluence of Karnataka state. These matchless wonders are eloquent reminders of a rich heritage. Apart from these, places like Kudala Sangama, Tungabhadra Dam historical town and fortress of Anegundi, unique Sloth Bear sanctuary all of which reflects the regions history and glory.

Here are few places worh visiting with Hampi Tour

Pattadakal: Pattadakal is located on the left bank of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district. Pattadakal is also a world heritage site and well known for Chalukya monuments. Pattadakal is a great centre of Chalukya art and architecture, noted for its temples and inscriptions. The group of Monuments at Pattadakal include Virupaksha Temple, Sangameshvara Temple, Chandrashekhara temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Kashivisvanatha Temple, Galaganatha temple, Kadasiddhesvara and Jambulingeswara temples, Jambulinga temple, Kadasiddheshvara temple, Jain Temple, Papanatha temple and other temples.

Badami: Badami formerly known as Vatapi, was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples. Badami is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake. Badami has been selected as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY (Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana) scheme of Government of India. Badami is famous for its sandstone cave temples.

Aihole: Aihole is an imporatant tourist destination and well known for historic temple complex with about 125 Chalukyan architecture stone temples dating from 5th century CE. Aihoḷe has the potential to be included as a UNESCO World heritage site. It was established in 450 CE as first capital of Chalukya kings. Aihoḷe has been described as a cradle of temple architecture. Some brick structures of pre-Chalukyan times have also been excavated in this village. Important temples at Aihole include Durga temple complex, Lad Khan Temple, Ambigera Gudi complex, Mallikarjuna temple complex, Chikki temple, Rachi temple, Eniyar temples complex, Hucchimalli temple complex, Ravanaphadi rock-cut temple, Jain temple, Meguti temple, Hucchappayya Math Complex, Kunti temples complex, Charantimath complex, Tryambakesvara group, Gauri temple, Jaina temples in the village, Rock-cut Jain Basadi, Ramlingesvara Temple Complex and Galaganatha Temple Complex.

Mahakuta: Mahakuta group of temples is located in Mahakuta, a village in the Bagalkot district. The temples at Mahakuta are dated to the 6th or 7th century CE and were constructed by the early kings of the Chalukya dynasty of Badami. The dating of the temples is based on the style of architecture which is similar to that of the temples in nearby Aihole.

Banashankari: Banashankari temple is a Hindu shrine located at Cholachagudd near Badami, in Bagalkot district. The temple deity is also called the Shakambhari, an incarnation of the goddess Parvati. The original temple was built by the 7th century Kalyani Chalukya kings, who worshipped goddess Banashankari as their tutelary deity. The temple was built initially in the Dravidian architectural style. The rebuilt structure is in the Vijayanagara architectural style. The temple is enclosed by a high wall on all sides. The main structure has a mukha mantapa (portico), ardha mantapa (entrance porch/chamber in front of the sanctum) and a sanctum topped by a Vimana (tower). The main sanctum of the temple has the image of goddess Banashankari deified in it. The black stone sculpture depicts the goddess seated on a lioness trampling a demon under her foot. The goddess has eight arms and holds a trishul (trident), damaru (hand drum), kapaalpatra (skull cup), ghanta (war bell), Vedic scriptures and khadga-kheta (sword and shield). The goddess was the Kuladevi (tutelary deity) of the Chalukyas. The Devanga weaver community in particular, holds this goddess in great reverence.

Kanakagiri: Kanakagiri is an historical place located in Gangavati taluk of Koppal district. Kanakagiri means a Hill of Gold. The common local saying is that "those who have eyes should visit Kanakagiri and those who have legs should visit Hampi". Kanakagiri was the capital of the southern area of the Mauryan Empire during the 3rd century BC. During the Vijayanagar period, this was the chief town of the Bedar Rajas. From the 15th to the 18th centuries Kanakagiri was the capital of Kanakagiri palegars (Naiks of Kanakgiri), constructed temples including Kanakachalapathi temple and forts they built in and around Kanakagiri including fort of Hemagudda. The huge Kanakachalapathi temple built by the Naiks of Kanakgiri, it has beautiful architectural, example of south Indian architecture of the Vijayanagara times and it has got spacious halls and massive pillars. The gopuras and walls have sculpture.

Itagi: Itagi is one of the upcoming tourist destination located in Yalburga taluk of Koppal district. The major attraction of Itagi is the Mahadeva Temple. The Mahadeva Temple at Itagi was built circa 1112 CE by Mahadeva, a commander in the army of the Western Chalukya King Vikramaditya VI. The Mahadeva temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The well-executed sculptures, finely crafted carvings on walls, pillars and the tower make it a good example of complete Western Chalukyan art which speaks volumes about the taste of the Chalukyan artisans. An inscription dated 1112 CE in the temple calls it "Emperor among Temples". The Mahadeva temple is officially protected as a national monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Lakkundi: Lakkundi is located at a distance of 11 Km from Gadag. Lakkundi, full of ruined temples like Mallikarjuna, Virabhadra, Manikeshwara, Nanneshwara, Lakshminarayana, Someshwara, Nilakanteshwara and many more. Lakkundi is a place of antiquarian interest with as many as 50 temples, 101 stepped wells and 29 inscriptions, spread over the period of the later Chalukyas, Kalachuris, Seuna and the Hoysalas. A great center of Kalyani Chalukyas art, there are several temples of note here. Among them Kasivisvesvara temple, Lakkundi is the most ornate and elaborately furnished. There is also a Jain Temple dedicated to Mahavira, the largest and oldest shrines at Lakkundi. There is sculpture gallery (Museum) maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Gadag: Gadag is located in North Karnataka was a major center of Chalukyan architecture and it has many beautiful temples and Jain Basadis. The town has 11th- and 12th-century monuments; the temple of Veera Narayana and the Trikuteshwara complex are sites of religious and historic importance. One of the two main Jain temples is dedicated to Mahavira. The Trikuteshwara temple was built by the early Chalukyas between the sixth and the eighth centuries, exemplifying Chalukya architecture. The temple is dedicated to Saraswati. The Veeranarayana temple, believed to have been built during the 11th century, attracts many devotees a year.

Dambal: Dambala is a small village in the gadag district. Dambala was an ancient center of Buddhism and remained so as late as the 12th century. The Doddabasappa Temple is a 12th-century Western Chalukyan architectural temple is major attraction of Dambal. Dambala temple has a star-shaped plan for the vimana with so many star points that it almost becomes circular in appearance. Each right angle is divided into four 22.5 degrees angles. Then each angle is again divided and covered with intricate carvings.

Annigeri: Annigeri is a town in Navalagund taluk of Dharwad district. Annigeri is well known for the black stone temple built by the Western Chalukya Empire. A temple of mythological figures supported by 76 columns, located in the Dharwad district, and has a derasar dedicated to Parshva, the 23rd Tirthankara in Jainism. Annigeri also has temples dedicated to Banashankari, Basappa, Gajina Basappa and Hanuman.

Haveri: Haveri is a town and district headquarters of Haveri district. Haveri is said that Haveri had around 1000 maths (sacred religious places) in ancient days. One of the famous maths is Hukkeri Math. Haveri also comes under Core area of Western Chalukya architectural activity. Siddheshwara temple at Haveri a staggered square plan with dravida articulation and superstructure, 11th century CE. Miniature decorative dravida and nagara style towers at Siddhesvara Temple in Haveri.

Bijapur: Bijapur is well known for the great monuments of historical importance built during the Adil Shahi dynasty. Bijapur is rich in historical attractions. The major attractions in Bijapur include Gol Gumbaz, the Jumma Masjid mosque, the Uppali Buruj tower and the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II (Ibrahim Rauza).

Bidar: Bidar is a hill-top city situated on the deccan plateau, in the north-eastern part of Karnataka. Bidar has a prominent place in the Archaeological Map of India and symbolically described as City of Whispering Monuments. Picturesquely perched on the Deccan plateau, the Bidar fort is more than 500 years old and still standing strong. Bidar have become the major attraction for film shooting in recent years with Bollywood making visits apart from kannada film industry. Bidar Fort is considered one of the most formidable forts of the country. The main citadel complex housed the royal places. Mahals and Mosque. Adjoining to this on the southern side, the city was built for the people. Both the citadel complex and city had separate forts for protection the plan of the Bidar city fortification is pentagonal. There are five gateways for entry into the city fort. It is main citadel complex fort which is stronger. It is built on the brink of the plateau. Engineers and architecture of various countries were employed on its design and construction. The other places of attraction include Rangeen Mahal, Tarkash Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Takht Mahal, Chaubara, Solah Khamba Mosque, Jama Masjid, Papnash Shiva Temple, Bahmani Tombs and Barid Shahi Tombs.

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