Bankapura: Chalukyan marvel in the peacock district


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Overview: After lunch at Hangal, we proceeded towards Bankapura towards NH4. Bankapura is a very old town. It is popular for the 11th century Nagareshwara temple. The Chalukya temple was excavated by archaeologists and hence it is below the ground level. The Gopuram of the temple are no longer visible now. This temple again is another example of the Chalukyan art and architecture. The floor plan is similar to other temples built by the Chalukyas. The pillars are carved exquisitely with animals and birds. The ceiling is well carved with lotus design. The temple is popular for its 66 pillars. This temple, though not much damage has been done, has failed to attract tourists. The authorities need to seriously look into this. The temple can be reached through a Peacock reserve which is another attraction in this town. We were fortunate enough to spot a couple of peacocks on the way back. Bankapura fort is another attraction which was built and ruled by the Kadambas of Banavasi.

How to reach:  Bus: From Bangalore, there are direct buses to Hubli which pass via Bankapura.
Car/Bike: From Davangere, head on NH4 directly to reach Bankapura on the way towards Hubli.
Food/Accommodation: There are very less options for food at Bankapura. The nearest place for some decent food/accommodation is Hubli.


  1. Beautiful photos esp temple

    nice narration

    thanks for sharing

  2. Marvelous!!!!!

  3. Nice temple and beautiful shots.

  4. So well captured. I was here couple of months back, Wish I had captured as well

  5. Nice photos. It is a vast temple. Well maintained by ASI. Serene place.

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