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Traverse Through The Heritage Destinations of Karnataka

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Karnataka, the southern state of India that is popular for its information technology hub, the city of Bangalore, is also a travellers delight with the many hill stations such as Coorg and Chikmagalur attracting tourists around the year. But did you know that the state also has many heritage sites that boast of exquisite craftsmanship, stunning architecture and are cultural treasure troves? Some of the heritage sites gain importance for a single monument, while others have monuments scattered across the entire town! Here is a look at 20 such amazing destinations in Karnataka that travellers would love to explore.

Destinations such as Hampi and Belur-Halebidu are just a few places that have gained immense popularity. There are many more such heritage sites in Karnataka that have to be seen to be believed. The forts, temples, palaces, tombs, etc provide a fascinating peek into the rich kingdoms of the past that flourished in the region. Come along with us on a mesmerising visual tour of the heritage places in Karnataka.

Badami
  

Badami

The beautiful Bhoothnath temple at Badami.

Photo Courtesy: Nilmoni Ghosh

 

Mahakuta
  

Mahakuta

The Vishnu temple and shrine at Mahakuta group of temples.

Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

 

Kudala Sangama
  

Kudala Sangama

The 12th century poet and revolutionist Krantiyaogi's Samadhi is located here.

Photo Courtesy: Mankalmadhu

 

Aihole
  

Aihole

The architectural symmetry of the Gaudara Temple at Aihole.

Photo Courtesy: Jean-Pierre Dalbera

 

Balligavi
  

Balligavi

The Ancient Temples of Balligavi.

Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

 

Bidar
  

Bidar

Past ruins amidst modern gardens.

Photo Courtesy: Amit Chattopadhyay

 

Gulbarga
  

Gulbarga

The Gulbarga Fort

Photo Courtesy: Matteo

 

Bijapur
  

Bijapur

The lovely Ibrahim Roza.

Photo Courtesy: Albert

 

Annigeri
  

Annigeri

Amrtesvara Temple at Annigeri

Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

 

Gadag-Betageri
  

Gadag-Betageri

The Saraswati Temple at Gadag-Betageri.

Photo Courtesy: Shriram Swaminathan

 

Itagi
  

Itagi

The Mahadev Shiva Temple at Itagi.

Photo Courtesy: Manjunath Doddamani Gajendragad

 

Lakkundi
  

Lakkundi

The Manikesvara Temple Step Well at Lakkundi

Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

 

Haveri
  

Haveri

The Siddhesvara Temple Mantapa at Haveri.

Photo Courtesy: Rhalasur113

 

Dambal
  

Dambal

The 12th century Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal.

Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

 

Barkur
  

Barkur

A well-preserved Katthale Basadi.

Photo Courtesy: Abhijith Sadanand

 

Belur
  

Belur

Exquisite Sculptures at the various monuments of Belur.

Photo Courtesy: Arian Zwegers

 

Halebid
  

Halebid

Stunning works of art at Halebid.

Photo Courtesy: Rick Rowland

 

Hampi
  

Hampi

Ruins of the glorious Vijayanagara Kingdom at Hampi

Photo Courtesy: Marmontel

Kavaledurga
  

Kavaledurga

A once magnificent fort, now reduced to a grazing ground for cattle.

Photo Courtesy: Manjeshpv

Pattadakal
  

Pattadakal

Pattadakal is a World Heritage Site in Karnataka for its popular Chalukya Monuments.

Photo Courtesy: Soham Banerjee

 

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