Thursday, 29 November 2012

Bidar: An interesting place at the northern tip of Karnataka

Bidar: An interesting place at the northern tip of Karnataka

Overview: Living in Bangalore and belonging to Southern Karnataka, its very difficult for me to explore the far away districts of Karnataka. Luckily because of a friend’s wedding I got a chance to explore Bidar. Though there are very limited places to see in & around Bidar, the places are very interesting and worth seeing. I explored the following 3 places in Bidar during my trip. Click on each of the place to view description:
1) Bidar Fort
2) Jharni Narasimhaswamy temple
3) Gurudwara Nanak Jhira
How to reach: Bus/Train: KSRTC Volvo buses ply from Bangalore to Bidar everyday. Bidar can also be reached by train by 16594 Bangalore-Nanded Link express which leaves Bangalore City at 11pm everyday and reaches Bidar at 3:10pm the following day. The return train leaves Bidar at 12:30pm everyday and reaches Bangalore City at 6:10am the following day.
By Bike/Car: The best route by own vehicle can by by taking NH 7 to Hyderabad, before entering Hyderabad, turn towards Zaheerabad to reach Bidar.
Food/Accommodation: There are quite some good Hotels and Lodges near the bus stand and railway station for accommodation.
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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Lost Temples of Karnataka: Degaon

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This Post is a part of the Chalukya Trail. Please Click here to read the main post
Overview: We started our Day 2 of our Chalukya trail early in the morning towards Degaon in Belgaum district. To reach here, turn left near Kittur cross, and the village roads lead to Degaon which is around 8 kms from the NH4. Degaon, or Devgaon is known for the Lakshmi Narayana temple built by the Kadambas which was taken over by the Chalukyas later. The temple is divided into 3 cells, the first one dedicated to Narayana, the second one dedicated to Lakshmi-Narayana, and the third one dedicated to Kamala. The doorways are very well carved and its really pleasure to watch the intricate carvings which goes into it. The ceiling is carved with lotus which is adorable.
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Nearby places:
Kittur: 8 kms from Degaon is Kittur, the capital of the legendary Rani Chennamma. It is known for the fort belonging to the times of Rani Chennamma and a museum built which houses all the archaeological findings from nearby places.
Halasi: Around 10 kms from Degaon is Bhu Varaha Narsimhaswamy temple at Halasi, we couldn’t get time to go there and the roads were also not in a good shape. Below is a pic from Halasi (Courtesy: Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halasi
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How to reach:  Bus: From Bangalore, there are direct buses to Belgaum. At Kittur cross, hire an auto to reach Degaon.
Car/Bike: From Davangere, head on NH4 towards Belgaum. At Kittur cross on the way to Belgaum, turn left and travel for 8kms to reach Degaon or Devgaon.
Food/Accommodation: Lot of Hotels and restaurants are available at Hubli and Dharwad for food and accommodation. Some small restaurants are also available at Kittur for food.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Anekere: From the Hoysala Diary…

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This Post is a part of the Hoysala Diary. Please Click here to read the main post
Overview: A small village near Channarayapatna has a beautiful temple dedicated to Chennakeshava. It was built by the Hoysalas in the 10th century but there are not many carvings as seen in other Hoysala temples. One special feature of this temple is a Kalasha which is placed on the top of the temple. To reach Anekere, Travel on Bangalore-Mangalore road till Channarayapatna. At CR Patna, ask for directions to Anekere. Buses are not available to reach Anekere. Shared auto or Private buses can be hired from Channarayapatna.

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