Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Chalukya Trail: Travelling back in time across North Karnataka

Chalukya Trail: Travelling back in time across North Karnataka  

Overview: Having done a part of Hoysala trail around Hassan district, I decided to do a longer and even older Chalukya dynasty. My estimate said a total of 1400 kms to be covered across North Karnataka. But I was pretty sure that I won't be able to cover all the places in 3 full days. So I chalked out an itinerary and set off for an ambitious drive to the Chalukyan area of North Karnataka across districts of Haveri, Dharwad, Belgaum, Bagalkote, Gadag and Koppal.
Day 0: Drive from Bangalore to Davangere (around 280 kms) and stay there overnight.
Chalukya trail
We set off on Friday night by car at around 7:45pm from Bangalore and reached Davangere at 11:30 pm and stayed overnight in Davangere. As per the above map, our plan was to cover the following places:
Day 1:
1) Degaon – Kamalanarayana temple
2) Halasi - Bhuvaraha Narasimha temple
3) Hooli - Panchalingeshwara temple
4) Badami - Bhutanatha temple, Mallikarjuna temples, Yellamma temple, cave temples
Overnight halt at Badami
Day 3:
1) Sri Mahakoota – Mahakutesvara temple, Sangameshwara temple
2) Pattadakal – Group of temples (UNESCO World heritage site)
3) Aihole – Group of temples
4) Sudi – Mallikarjuna temple
5) Itagi, Kukunur – Mahadeva temple
6) Gadag – Trikuteshwara temple
7) Lakkundi - Group of temples
8) Annigeri – Amruteshvara temple
9) Lakshmeshwar – Someshwara temple
10) Kuruvatti – Mallikarjuna temple

Suggested Itinerary: Though we felt 3 days would be enough to cover all the planned places, it was not so. It is suggested to keep 4-5 days for the entire trip. Keeping this in mind, devising the following itinerary:
Place Distance Day Arrival Departure
Bangalore 267 km – about 4 hours 9 mins 0 08:00:00 PM
Davangere 63.2 km – about 1 hour 8 mins 1 12:00:00 AM 06:00:00 AM
Rattihalli, Karnataka 59.9 km – about 1 hour 4 mins 1 07:30:00 AM 08:00:00 AM
Haveri, Karnataka 35.6 km – about 45 mins 1 09:15:00 AM 10:30:00 AM
Tilvalli, Karnataka 23.9 km – about 26 mins 1 11:00:00 AM 11:30:00 AM
Hangal, Karnataka 23.6 km – about 23 mins 1 12:00:00 PM 01:30:00 PM
Bankapur, Karnataka 49.4 km – about 46 mins 1 02:45:00 PM 03:30:00 PM
Kundgol, Karnataka 24.8 km – about 31 mins 1 04:15:00 PM 05:00:00 PM
Unkal Lake, Karnataka 70.5 km – about 1 hour 23 mins 2 06:00:00 PM 06:00:00 AM
Halasi, Karnataka 24.0 km – about 31 mins 2 08:30:00 AM 09:30:00 AM
Degoan, Karnataka 55.5 km – about 1 hour 2 mins 2 10:15:00 AM 11:00:00 AM
Saundatti, Karnataka 11.2 km – about 14 mins 2 12:30:00 PM 02:30:00 PM
Hooli, Karnataka 57.5 km – about 1 hour 5 mins 2 03:00:00 PM 03:30:00 PM
Banashankari, Badami 5 km - About 10 mins 2 05:00:00 PM 05:45:00 PM
Badami, Karnataka 14 km – about 15 mins 3 06:15:00 PM 10:00:00 AM
Mahakuta Group of Temples, Karnataka 14.9 km – about 18 mins 3 10:30:00 AM 11:30:00 AM
Pattadakal, Karnataka 13.3 km – about 15 mins 3 12:15:00 PM 02:00:00 PM
Aihole Archeological Park 49.8 km – about 57 mins 3 02:45:00 PM 05:00:00 PM
Gajendragarh, Karnataka 52.6 km – about 55 mins 4 07:00:00 PM 08:00:00 AM
Itagi, Karnataka 36.0 km – about 38 mins 4 09:00:00 AM 09:45:00 AM
Lakkundi, Karnataka 12.6 km – about 15 mins 4 10:30:00 AM 11:30:00 AM
Gadag, Karnataka 22.7 km – about 23 mins 4 12:00:00 PM 01:30:00 PM
Annigeri, Karnataka 44.4 km – about 44 mins 4 02:30:00 PM 03:15:00 PM
Lakshmeshwar, Karnataka 54.7 km – about 1 hour 7 mins 4 04:15:00 PM 04:45:00 PM
Kuruvatti Village, Karnataka 338 km – about 5 hours 24 mins 4 06:00:00 PM 06:30:00 PM
Bangalore 4 12:00:00 AM
The detailed info on each temple will follow in the forthcoming posts.

19 comments:

  1. Amazing Arun! Keep going...
    You are showing the way to many travelers around Bangalore.Hats off to your spirit!

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  2. Interesting & Informative post.

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  3. oh! great trip. Travel plan itinerary is a new idea. Impressive.

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  4. @Arnab, Siddeshwar & Rajesh: Thanks a lot for the encouragement and support..

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  5. Cool trip , waiting for detailed post .

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  6. Wow, this is quite an expedition. Waiting to hear stories about all.

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  7. Nice info. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Thanks everyone for the comments..

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  9. Wonderful Arun and love the information provided. I was where all all these located!
    How could you locate so many hidden treasures, any source or guide?

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    1. @Santosh, I used the below wikipedia link as a guide -
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Chalukya_temples
      I then traced the location of these temples in google maps and chalked out an itinerary.

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  10. Good info. It is now very easy for readers to plan their trip!

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  11. near kuruvatti another 2-3 places are there called Galaganath and Coudayyadanapura,Haralahalli... these also a chalukya bulit temple al r in 10 km radias from kuruvatti

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  13. Looking forward to the complete Chalukya Trail. It will be of mighty help to me and my friends. Thanks a lot.

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  18. Bow you master!!.. You expedition and articulating a trip is a masterpiece! I have learnt a many things, how to travel, what to learn.. Such an inspiring article. Thank you so much for exploring a treasure and presenting to us.

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