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Karnataka Tourist Destination

The modern yet having an old-world charm, Karnataka is a leader in software technologies and latest scientific innovations. However, it hardly influences the religiosity and traditionalism of its people. The capital of Karnataka, Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India and the Garden City of India and houses a number of parks and monuments to go with the mood of Karnataka. The tribal area of Madikeri (the capital of Coorg region), the Varanasi of the South
- Belur is known for its magnificent temples along with those of Halebid and Hassan. Manglore has some of the finest and cleanest beaches in India,the temple of Hasanamba (the Smiling Goddess) at Hassan, the beautiful hill country full of enormous and rounded boulders along the shores of Tungabhadra River at Hampi. Let's have a glimpse of Karnataka:

Aihole

Ailhole is a glorious part of India and a trip to this great center of medieval Indian art and architecture would make you aware of a great heritage. Aihole is situated on the banks of the river Malaprabha. The cave temple of Ravana Phadi stands all by itself backed against the rocky hill out of which it has been carved. Plan your trip to Aihole and fix your date with history.All across
Karnataka, invaders, conquerors and dynasties have come and gone. They have left their imprint on the land, its people and their folkways. Nowhere is this more evident than at Aihole in Northern Karnataka.The Chalukya Dynasty was founded by Pulakesin I, or the Great Lion, in AD 543. In all likelihood, his family was feudatories of the earlier Kadamba dynasty before they declared their independence from their former lords.This period saw the construction of great architectural wonders not only at Aihole but the whole region including Badami, Pattadakal, and other places. Its own district officers, the Rashtrakutas in AD 757, ousted the early Chalukya dynasty. Later on, Aihole became a part of the Bahmani and other local Muslim dynasties. In the 17th century, Aurangzeb annexed the Deccan and made it a part of the Mughal Empire and Aihole, as a part of that region, came under the Mughal rule.

Badami

Badami is the epitome of Karnataka's love towards art and architecture. This north Karnataka site is known for its beautifully carved cave temples, artificial lake, museums and rock-cut into the cliff face of a red sandstone hill of 6th & 7th Century. This village is located at the beginning of a ravine in the midst of red sandstone hills in northern Karnataka. Badami is an excellent tour option
in case you like to explore the remains of the distant past in the form of caves, temples and forts, other monuments and ruins that remind you of the grandeur, lifestyle and ways of the past. Travel to Badami can be the ideal holiday choice. Badami was at one time the capital of the Chalukyas. The Pallavas, who had been defeated by Pulakesi II, later captured and destroyed Badami to avenge their defeat. Badami was also in the possession of the Vijayanagar Kings, the Adil Shahis, the Savanur Nawabs, the Marathas, Hyder Ali and finally the British who made it part of the Bombay Presidency. A number of annual temple festivals are held in towns near Badami. The annual temple festival, held at Banashankari, in the month of January-February is worth visiting; so are the Virupaksha Temple Car Festival and Mallikarjuna Temple Festival held in Pattadakal during March-April.

Bagalkot

Bagalkot is 90 Kms away from the city of Bijapur. According to the legend, the town was believed to be granted to Vajantries (ie. Village orchestra) of Ravana. In inscriptions, the old name of the two was quoted as Bagadage, and headquarters of a unit called Bagadage-70 under the Chalukyas. One of the Bijapur kings said to have presented the town to his daughter as a bangle or
ornament money; consequently the place is said to have been called Bagdikot and corrupted to Bagilakote or Bagalkot.Earlier to this, Vijayanagara kings had held sway over this part of the country. From 1664 to 1755 this territory was under the management of the Savanur Nawab from whom it was annexed by the Peshwa, Balajirao. During 1778, Haider Ali took possession of Bagalkot and was later held by the Savanur Nawab as his vassal. Again, it fell into the hands of the Marathas by the agreement of Srirangapatnam (1792). In 1800, the provincial manager, Anandarao Bhikaji belonging to the Rastia family residing at Bagtalkot built a palace. In 1810, Peshwa Bajirao II gave the area to Nilkantharao Sarsubedar who held Bagalkot Fort supported by a garrison till Gen. Munro occupied it in 1818. The chief temples of the place are of Shri Bhavani, Panduranga and Kotalesha, Raghavendraswamy Matha and of Motagi Basaveshwara.

Bangalore

Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka is also known as the Garden City because of its many beautiful gardens and parks along with pink cassias, golden acacias and jacarandas, which bloom throughout the city. From its comfortable perch of 3,250 feet above sea level, Bangalore offers visitors delightful weather conditions throughout the year. The pleasant climate is also
conducive to greenery in the city. The city is a popular destination for all leisure seekers, for which the mild climate of Bangalore is amply suited. This metropolitan city has a lot to offer in terms of tourist attractions like the Cubbon Park, Visvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum, Tipu Sultan's Fort, Venkataramanaswamy temple and the Someshwara temple etc. Moreover, Bangalore with its many pubs and bars guarantee a pulsing nightlife and high spirits. Also on offer in the city are historic monuments, contemporary shopping malls, a racecourse, two golf courses, traditional art and crafts stores and friendly people.

Belgaum

Belgaum lies near the borders of Bangalore and Goa. Due to its location, Belgaum has acquired the finer points and cultural influences from both its neighbors. Belgaum is a charming blend of the old and the new and presents a fine union of the old as well as the modern day culture and lifestyles. In the heart of Belgaum is the Fort, Kapileshwara Temple, Ananthashayana Temple etc.
Belgaum also has some very impressive churches. The vegetation here is lush green and the destination offers the best by way of scenic beauty.Belgaum has the blend of the local Kannada culture that creates a rich heritage, which is unique in its manifestation. Belgaum is famous for its history and natural beauty and is known as Malendu or Rain Country.Belgaum is famous for its Toys. Made of locally-available wood, yellow teak and even leather. Gokak Toys too are very popular. Bright, colorful vegetables, fruits, cradels, toys, masks, images od deities and palanquins. You also get some good pottery, and gold and silver jewelry.

Bellary

Bellary district takes its name from the word Balari which refers to goddess Durugamma as this goddess had manifested herself in the town. Some of the events in the great epic Ramayana are related to this historical place. It is said that Rama while searching for Sita met Sugreeva and Hanuman at a place that is very near to Hampi, the celebrated capital of Vijayanagara kingdom. The
history speaks volumes about significant role it acquired during Satavahanas, Kadambas, Chalukyas of Kalyana, Kalachuryas, Sevunas and Hoysalas period. There upon the Vijayanagara rulers built the " City of Victory " on the bank of Tungabhadra river at Hampi in Hospet Taluk. This area which had witnessed the prosperity to its peak fell into political turmoil after the fall of Vijayanagara in 1565. This district was transferred to erstwhile Mysore State on 1st October 1953 from Madras State. With the reorganization of the districts during 1997, the number of taluks is reduced to 7. The Harapanahalli taluk has been transferred to Davanagere district.

Belur

Belur was the capital of the Hoysala Empire. With Halebid, this is one of the major tourist destinations in the district of Hassan in Karnataka, India. According to inscriptions discovered, it was also referred to as Velapuri. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple, which is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It was built by King Vishnuvardhana in
commemoration of his victory over the Viceroy of Talakadu in 1117 AD. Legend has it that it took 103 years to compete with Vishnuvardhana's grandson completing the work started by his grandfather. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and frinzes with no portion left blank. The intricate workmanship includes elephants, episodes from the Indian mythological epics, and sensuous dancers (the Shilabalikas). Inside the temple are a number of filigireed pillars.

Bidar

Bidar, the tiny district, is steeped in history and rich culture. The capital of the Bahamani kingdom and later the Barid Shahi dynasty, Bidar has many places of architectural and historical interest. The Bidar Fort welcomes you with five darwazas (gates) that lead into a little town settled cozily within the ramparts. Historically, Bidar was a part of the Bahamani Kingdom, which
comprised of Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Golconda, and Birar. The ruler of Bidar was Barid Shah. The Nizams of Hyderabad later ruled Bidar. Bidar witnessed the "religious revolution" under the Lingayat Reformist Basavanna. Bidar was the capital of the Bahmani kingdom from 1428 to 1489. It was besieged by Aurangazeb in 1656 and remained under a series of Mughal governors until 1724 when the Nizams swallowed it up. Bidar is famous for Bidriware, a distinct and exquisite craft of this district.