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In The Temple Village Of Hooli In Karnataka

By Akshatha Vinayak

When it comes to conservation, not just the heritage structures but the whole locality has to be restored. The importance has to be given to the whole region which has existed along with heritages. There are many historical places in India which are unknown and are getting silently vanished over a period of time. One such village is Hooli in Karnataka that holds some beautiful archaeological sites.

Hooli is an ancient village, which was once ruled by Rattas of Saundatti and Patwardhans of Ramdurga. The temples belonging to those era are the ones seen in the village now.

 Hooli – The Temple Village Of Karnataka

Hooli Panchalingeshwara Temple
PC: Manjunath Doddamani Gajendragad

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Where Is Hooli?

Hooli is a small village located in Belgaum District which is around 12 km from Saudatti or Saundatti. This historical village is about 60 km from the city of Hubli in Karnataka.

Significance Of The Name Hooli

According to historical records and folklore, the place was called as Poovalli. The name Hooli is said to be derived from of Poovalli. However, the name Hooli has been in use from a very long time.

 Hooli – The Temple Village Of Karnataka

Ruined Temples
PC: Manjunath Doddamani Gajendragad 

Temples Of Hooli

Hooli is dotted with several temples with most of them having Chalukhya style of architecture. Among them, the Panchalingeshwara Temple is the famous temple of Hooli. Apart from this shrine, Hooli Sangameshwara Ajjanavaru Temple, Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, Madaneshwara Temple, Andhakeshwara Temple, Suryanarayana Temple, Kalmeshwara Temple, Tarkeshwara Temple and Bhavanishankara Temple are some of the other temples located at Hooli.

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Hooli Panchalingeshwara Temple

Hooli Panchalingeshwara Temple is one of the main temples that is in a good condition. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it exihibits Chalukhya style of architecture. Today, it is one of the monuments, which is preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India.


Unfortunately, most temples of Hooli are not in good condition and they have to restored. The Government has proposed a plan to develop tourism in this village. The whole locality has to be restored without affecting the families living in this village.

The place is under threat because of the lack of maintainance. There has to be combined efforts of locals and Government to restore this place.

 Hooli – The Temple Village Of Karnataka

Another Temple
PC: Manjunath Doddamani Gajendragad 

Best Time To Visit Hooli

October to February is the best time to visit Hooli as the climate is cool and pleasant during the months. The summers are really hot and not suitable for travel. Monsoon is also one of the good seasons to explore this village.

Tourist Places Near Hooli

Saundatti Yellamma Temple, Gokak Falls, Belgaum Fort, Shri Hari Mandir, Vajrapoha Falls, Kittur Fort, etc., are some of the top tourist places near Hooli.

Hooli is one of the monumental sites in Karnataka, more efforts have to be made to protect these structures from vanishing. No doubt, it is one of the beautiful offbeat destinations in Karnataka that must be explored.

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