Madhya Pradesh Trip-3: Visit to Chitrakoot

Watch the full video here Overview: I first heard about Chitrakoot while watching the TV series Ramayan in the 1980s. Then later read several books and heard from different people how important Chitrakoot is in Indian history. I reached Chitrakoot from Gwalior at around 4am in the morning, and I had booked the Retiring room at Chitrakoot Railway station for my accomodation. But unfortunately after reaching ChitrakootDham railway station, I found the Retiring room in a shabby conditon and in complete darkness. People were sleeping on the platform and there was nobody to guide me on the retiring room. So finally I decided to move out of the station and look for accomodation. I managed to get a single room just opposite the Railway station for Rs 800. There are several options for stay near the railway station, and since I had my next train past midnight, I preferred some place quite close so that I can just walk to the train station. I got freshened up and at around 7:30am, I ventured ou

Tilavalli: History hidden in parts of Karnataka


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Overview: From Haveri our next plan was to visit a small village called Tilvalli. We went via the village of Kaginele, the birthplace of the great saint Kanakadasa. We reached Tilvalli at 12:15pm. It was cloudy so didn't feel the strain so much. The Shanteshwara temple in Tilvalli is not a very huge temple like in Haveri, but it is an ancient temple built by the Chalukyas in the 9th century. Keeping up to the name of the deity, the place is very silent and we cannot see many people around the temple. The architecture is very much similar to the temple in Haveri. Due to the increasing population and building roads, the temple is pushed to a side and is not even visible from the main road. We also saw some inscriptions around the temple but there was nobody to explain about it.

How to reach:  Bus: From Bangalore, there are direct buses to Hangal from Haveri, from there local autos can be hired to reach TIlavalli.
Car/Bike: From Davangere, head on NH4 directly to reach Haveri, from Haveri, head towards Hangal, from there, the village roads lead to Tilavalli.
Food/Accommodation: There are some medium budget hotels to stay in Haveri.


  1. Temples of such beauty and architectural brilliance.

  2. Beautiful pictures with informative write up...

  3. well written and nice photos....

    thanks for sharing this info

  4. Nice find. This temple's entrance (and elevation too) is similar to Tarakesvara temple of Hangal. Architecture is same as other temples of Haveri district- as Nagaresvaragudi at Bankapur and Purasiddeshvaragudi of Haveri.

    How far is Tilavalli from Kaginele?

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