Kundgol & Unkal, Hubli: From the Chalukya Trail
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Overview: After visiting Bankapura, our next place was Kundgol which is in Dharwad district. We reached Kundgol in the evening by around 4:30pm. Kundgol is popular for the Shambhulinga temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was fortunately open and we had a view of the lord as well. The temple was built in the 11th century by the Chalukyas. This temple has been recently renovated and some colouring has been done and iron bars have been put along the temple area.
From Kundgol, we proceeded towards the final place for the day, the Chandramouleshwara temple in Unkal, Hubli. There is no proper approach road to this temple, so we parked our car at the entrance of the street and went to the temple. The temple is built on a high platform and is probably built out of sandstone, is lined with intricate carvings on the walls and pillars. The temple was built overlooking the Unkal lake, but due to enroachments, many houses have been built around the temple blocking the view of the lake. According to the inscriptions found here, this temple was built around 10th century by the Chalukyas. After visiting this temple, we spent some time watching the sunset at the Unkal lake and then proceeded towards Dharwad for the night halt.
How to reach: Bus: From Bangalore, there are direct buses to Hubli.
Car/Bike: From Davangere, head on NH4 towards Hubli. To go to Kundgol, go to Hubli and travel south for around 10 kms.
Food/Accommodation: Lot of Hotels and restaurants are available at Hubli and Dharwad for food and accommodation.