Temples in sandstone form a distinctive feature of Koppal's landscape. The town's temples have religious as well as architectural importance. The little town gets visitors throughout the year who come to marvel at its grand past.
Koppal is a town situated on the left bank of Hirehalla River. The historic Koppal Fort with a base of 400 mt from plains is the most significant attraction of Koppal district. It is believed that Tipu Sultan captured the fort way back in 1786 AD from the Marathas and reconstructed the fort with the help of engineers from France. The strong construction of the fort was appreciated by British forces too when they along with Nizam acquired the same in 1790.
The ruins of the fort
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Ittagi is a small town in the Yelburga Taluk and near Kukanoor. It is famous for the Mahadeva Temple, built in the Chalukya style architecture. As per the common belief, the Theertha of the Mahadeva temple is considered divine. Kannada inscriptions in the temple speak of the reign of the Chalukya kings. The Mahadeva temple has 13 shrines with Lingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed in 1112 AD by the Chalukyas.
A temple at Ittagi.
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The small town of Kukanoor is home to many buildings from the medieval age, which is in ruins now. Kukanoor is also known for the presence of many ancient temples. Famous temples in Kukanoor include Navalinga temple, Kalleshwara temple, Mallikarjuna temple and Mahamaya temple. The Navalinga temple is famous for inscriptions and sculpture dating back to 9th century. As the name conveys, this temple has nine Sivalings. You can find the mention of another famous temple, Mahamaya temple in Kukanoor in the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
An inscription tablet
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How to Reach Koppal
By Air: The closest airport to Koppal is Hubli and at a distance of 154kms. It is well connected with the rest of the country.
By Rail: Koppal is connected to the rest of the state through Koppal railway Station.
By Road: Deluxe and semi-deluxe buses are available to reach the Koppal town from all major cities of Karnataka like Shimoga, Hubli, Mangalore and more.