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Lost Temples of Karnataka: Degaon

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)
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.


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