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Distributed all over the state are an ample number of historical places in Karnataka which would enlighten and entertain the travel lover within you. Karnataka is a rich state in terms of landforms including valleys, beaches, mountains, and farmlands making it an ideal state for a traveler to explore. A number of historical monuments in Karnataka dates back to ancient dynasties which feature not just marvelous architecture but also speak of the magnificent rich Indian culture.

Karnataka boasts the second highest number of nationally preserved Indian monuments. This states that the state of Karnataka is the ideal place to satisfy the history buff within you. With such many historical places in Karnataka, it can be tough to decide as to which one should you explore first.


Here are some of the best historical places in Karnataka:

01

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace
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Nestled in the center of Mysore facing the eastern face of Chamundi Hills lies the royal Mysore Palace. It is Wadiyar dynasty's official residence and one of the most popular historical monuments in Karnataka having being visited by over 6 million travelers annually.

Location -
Mysore, Karnataka.

Timings –
Everyday: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Sundays and Public Holidays: 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm.There is a Sound and Light Show held at the palace on all days except government holidays and Sundays. The timings are: 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm

Entry Fee -
Tickets for Foreign and Indian Adults is Rs.70 per head. While for children below 13 years and above 7 years is Rs.30 per head.

02

Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace
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The majestic Bangalore Palace is a great epitome of beauty and architecture. Built back in 1878, the palace is spread across 45,000 square feet which boasts a mixture of Scottish Gothic and Tudor architecture. Apart from being a popular historical attraction, the palace also hosts various rock shows and cultural events for the visitors to witness. Audiotape in both English and Hindi is available inside the palace such that no visitor faces language issues while exploring the history of the palace.

Location -
Bangalore, Karnataka.

Timings -
10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee -
For Indians INR 230 and for Foreigner INR 460.

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03

Bidar Fort

Bidar Fort
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Biday Fort is one of the historical monuments in Karnataka that hold architectural brilliance of the ancient South Indian dynasty. The fort is now considered one of the formidable ones in India. Bidar Fort's actual origin has been lost in time but it is said that the massive fort has had a vibrant past and has witnessed the rise and fall of a number of dynasties including the Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Satvahanas, and Yadavas followed by the Nizams and Mughals.

Over the years, it has witnessed development, renovation, and constructional enrichment. Photography is permitted in the fort making it an ideal place for photography enthusiasts as well.

Location -
Bidar, Karnataka

Timings -
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Entry Fee –
NA

04

Badami Cave Temple

Badami Cave Temple
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The Badami cave temple is a complex featuring 4 Hindu cave temples. This historical attraction is considered an ideal example of Indian rock-cut architecture (Badami Chalukya architecture) that dates back to the 6th century. All the 4 cave temples feature different themes and Hindu divinities sculptures for the visitors to explore.

Location -
Badami, a small town in Bagalkot district in northern Karnataka.

Timings -
9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee -
INR 10 per person for Indians and INR 100 per person for Foreign Nationals. For kids up to 15 years of age, the entry is free.

05

Sri Chennakeshava temple, Belur

Sri Chennakeshava temple, Belur
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Crafted in the early 12th century, the Sri Chennakeshava temple is Hoysala architecture's grandest example. Tourists from over centuries have been flocking to the temple to adore the intricate sculptures and works of art from the rich ancient times. The temple was developed was designed after recruiting the best artists and architects such that new styles and designs could be crafted during the Hoysala period.

The temple complex comprises of 2 ornate pillars, one was built during the Hoysala period and the other was built in the Vijayanagar period. Built using soapstone, the temple features a detained finishing which keeps it distinguished from other temples of the Hoysala period.

Location -
Hassan district of Karnataka

Timings -
7.00 am to 8.00 pm

Entry Fee –
NA

06

Royal Enclosure

Royal Enclosure
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The Royal Enclosure was the seat of power of the renowned Vijayanagar Kingdom. In its prime, it features almost around 45 buildings including temples, tanks, durbar halls, underground chambers, and platforms. The brilliant architecture is of the symbolic Vijayanagar style with a tinge of Mughal influence. Featuring three entrances, the Royal Enclosure marks ample use of soapstone and granite.

The Lotus Mahal, watchtowers, and elephant stables are excellent examples of the influence of the Islamic style of architecture in the Royal Enclosure. It is one of the most undiscovered and interesting historical places in Karnataka for you to explore.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee –
NA

07

Hampi Archeological Ruins

Hampi Archeological Ruins
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Hampi Archeological Ruins incorporated a number of sites that require nearly an entire day or more to be thoroughly explored. The collection of Hampi Monuments are widely classified into Muslim, Hindu, and Jain monuments, comprising temples, hill monuments, elephant stables, mosques and tombs, complexes, shrines, water reservoir, community kitchens, and fountains.

Out of all the ancient structures, some are still intact. Some of the monuments worth a visit include Virupaksha Temple & Market Complex, Hazara Rama Temple, Queen’s Bath, Vitthala Temple & Market Complex, and Pattabhirama Temple Complex.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
Generally, the ruin sites are open for the visitors on all the days from sunrise to sunset. But, some specifics might be applicable to some of the attractions.

Entry Fee –
NA

08

Bangalore Fort

Bangalore Fort
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In 1537, Bangalore Fort began as a mud fort by the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda. Later, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan's father converted it into a massive fort of stone. This historical beauty has witnessed Mysore empire's struggle against the British. Nestled within the fort is the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, which is another piece of brilliant architecture to explore and adore.

The interiors of the palace boast rich Islamic inscriptions. The walls of the Summer Palace still hold patches of its original paint. The walls also feature murals and paintings which narrate royal historical stories.

Location -
Bangalore, Karnataka

Timings -
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee –
INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners

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09

Elephant Stables, Hampi

Elephant Stables, Hampi
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Elephant Stables in Hampi is quite an impressive historical structure that was used as a shelter for the Vijayanagara Empire's royal elephants. It is one of those few ancient structures of Hampi that has not suffered much damage and still stands almost intact. It not just showcases the outstanding craftsmanship of those days but also indicates the royalty of the elephants in that era.

The stable features the brilliant Indo-Islamic style of architecture with eleven dome-shaped massive chambers all lined in a row. Each chamber is huge enough to accommodate two elephants.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week

Entry Fee –
INR 10.00 for Indian travelers and INR 250.00 for foreign travelers. Entry for kids under 15 years of age is free of cost.

10

Bara Kaman, Bijapur

Bara Kaman, Bijapur
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Bara Kaman is Ali Adil Shah II's unfinished mausoleum. Adil Shahi dynasty's Ali Adil Shah wanted a mausoleum to be built of unmatched architectural brilliance. Twelve arches were planned to be placed horizontally and vertically surrounding Ali Adil Shah's tomb.

However, the construction was left incomplete due to some unknown reason. Only two vertical arches were raised. Rumors say that the development was stopped as once completed its shadow would reach the renowned Gol Gombaz. These days, the remains of the 12 horizontal arches are available to be seen.

Location -
Bijapur, Karnataka

Timings -
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee –
NA

11

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur
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Gol Gumbaz, one of the most visited historical places in Karnataka is King Mohammed Adil Shah's mausoleum. The tomb was started being constructed in 1626 and completed in the year 1656. It showcases the excellent Deccan style of architecture and is named so owing to the Gol Gombadh meaning the circular dome.

Expanding in an expansive area of 18,000 sq. ft. Gol Gumbaz features one of the world's biggest single chamber areas. Owing to the acoustics of the space even the slightest of whisper can be clearly heard on the mausoleum's other side. This is known as the whispering gallery.

Location -
Vijayapura (formerly Bijapur), Karnataka.

Timings -
10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is closed on Fridays RED MARK

Entry Fee –
For Indian Tourists INR 10 and for Foreign Tourists INR 100.

12

Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid

Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid
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Hoysaleswara temple, also popularly known as the Halebidu temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an ancient temple dating back to the 12th century. It is the Halebidu town's largest monument. Built on the banks of a man-made lake, the temple is a beauty of the Hoysala Empire.

The temple is a renowned Shaivism tradition monument, yet it incorporates themes from Hinduism's Shaktism and Vaishnavism tradition. It also includes pictures from Jainism. The temple used soapstone for its creation and is considered one of the notable historical monuments in Karnataka owing to its intricate reliefs, iconography, inscriptions, sculptures, detailed friezes and history.

Location -
Halebidu, a town in Hassan District in the state of Karnataka.

Timings -
6:30 am to 9:00 pm

Entry Fee –
NA

13

Mahakuta Temple, Badami

Mahakuta Temple, Badami
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Nestled in the tiny village of Mahakuta, Mahakuta group of temples is a delight for fine architecture lovers, mirroring the rich ancient rock-cut constructional pattern of the times of the Chalukyas. Most of the shrines here, dedicated to Lord Shiva were developed back in the 7th century out of which the largest one is the Mahakuteshwara temple.

Similar to several other temples of this region, the Mahakuta group of temples showcase a mingle of Nagara styles and Dravidian styles of architecture. A large tank is featured within the complex which is fed by a natural spring. It is said that a dip in the waters of this tank washes away all the sins of a person.

Location -
Mahakuta, a small village in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

Timings -
6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee –
NA

14

Durga Temple, Aihole

Durga Temple, Aihole
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The Durga temple is a Hindu Temple of the medieval times. One of the fine historical monuments in Karnataka this temple is also a pending UNESCO world heritage site's part. Popular for its fine carvings it also represents a final stage transition of the ancient to the later Hindu temple architecture.

It was built in the later 7th century by the Chalukya Dynasty. The temple's architecture is predominantly of the Dravida style while some areas also feature the Nagara style. Overall, the Durga Temple majorly belongs to the Badami Chalukya architecture.

Location -
Aihole, Karnataka.

Timings -
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee –
INR 15 For the citizens of Indian states, BIMSTEC and SAARC countries. INR 200 for citizens of other countries. Entry is absolutely free for kids up to 15 years of age.

15

Bahubali, Shravanabelagola

Bahubali, Shravanabelagola
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Bahubali, the son of Rishabhanatha is a much much-revered figure among the Jains. It is said that for a year he motionlessly meditated in a standing posture. During this period a number of climbing plants grew around his legs. After the completion of his meditation, it is said that Bahubali had attained omniscience.

The other name of Bahubali is Kammateswara Gommateshwara owing to the massive Gommateshwara statue dedicated to him. This 57-foot massive statue was developed by the Ganga Dynasty commander and minister named Chavundaraya. This statue is one of the biggest free-standing statues in the whole wide world.

Location -
Shravanabelagola in the Hassan district, Karnataka.

Timings -
6:30 am to 11:30 am and 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the afternoon.

Entry Fee -
There is no entry fee though you can hire a guide who would take around INR 200 and provide additional information.

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Raja's Tomb, Coorg

Raja's Tomb, Coorg
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Raja’s tomb also popularly known as Gaddige is one of those historical monuments in Karnataka that is nestled on a beautiful hill station. It depicts the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture which use to prevail during those times. The monument features royal Kodavas' mortal remains.

The tombs are constructed with turrets at the corners and tombs at the center just like how the Muhammadan style mirrors. On the top corners of the tomb, Nandi figures are carved. Most of the tombs belong to Muslim dynasties and kings but the idol placed inside the Raja's tomb is that of Lord Shiva. This is a much fascinating fact about the attraction.

Location -
Coorg, Karnataka

Timings -
6:00 am to 8:30 pm

Entry Fee -
There is no entry fee though they collect INR 10 in the name of maintenance.

17

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort started developing in the year 1204 AD by Jaya Raya, a Rattan Dynasty's ally. Since then, it has undergone a number of renovations under dynastic rulers over centuries. Dating back to the Adil Shahi dynasty the fort has a history and religious significance.

The fort has witnessed various battles and has been captured by a number of rules over the years until it was finally stabilized by the British. It also holds significance in India’s freedom struggle as the British imprisoned Mahatma Gandi in this fort.

Location -
Belagavi City, Belagavi district, Karnataka.

Timings -
8 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee -
INR 25 for Indian visitors and INR 150 for foreign nationals.

18

Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe

Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe
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The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism's largest teaching center in the world. Nestled in Mysuru District's Bylakuppe, the monastery is home to over 5,000 lamas (both nuns and monks). It also features a hospital, a religious college, and a junior high school in the name of Yeshe Wodsal Sherab Raldri Ling.

The monastery was built by Palyul lineage's 11th throne holder. This initial structure of the monastery was a bamboo constructed temple which covered an area of almost 80 sq. ft. It was carved from the government granted jungle to the Tibetan Exiles.

Location -
Bylakuppe, Mysore District, Karnataka.

Timings -
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Group Of Monuments at Pattadakkal

Group Of Monuments at Pattadakkal
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Pattadakal, the ‘City of the Crown Rubies’ is not just one of the popular historical places in Karnataka but also a world heritage site for witnessing the renowned Chalukya monuments. It is a village on the banks of river Malaprabha. The place features 10 temples, each one displaying excellent architectural features which are a perfect blend of southern and northern architectural forms.

Nine out of the town temples are Hindu temples while the remaining one is a Jain temple. The architecture, sculptures, and carvings of all the ten temples depict the ancient rich kingdoms.

Location -
Pattadakal, a small town in the Bagalkot district of north Karnataka.

Timings -
open from sunrise to sunset.

Entry Fee -
INR 10 for Indian citizens and travelers from the SAARC countries. For other visitors, the entry fee is INR 250 or USD 5 per person. For kids up to 15 years of age, the entry is free.

20

Old Palace, Hampi

Old Palace, Hampi

Gagan Mahal or the Old Palace is an ancient palace that belongs to the Vijayanagara Empire. The present palace is merely a shadow of the original form. However, it still is a charm and leads to attracting a number of visitors each year. These days it serves as an administrations' building of the local region.

It was once quite an impressive setup developed in the brilliant Indo-Islamic architectural style. Till date it showcases the intricate carvings that speak of the fine skills of the artisans of that era.

Location -
Anegundi a small village close to Hampi, Karnataka.

Timings -
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Kavala Caves, Dandeli

Kavala Caves, Dandeli

Nestled at around 25 kilometers from Dandeli, Kavala Caves are ancient limestone caves which have naturally led to the formation of Shiva Lingam. It can be easily entered by taking a flight of 375 steps. Tourists require crawling down into a forty feet deep narrow tunnel in order to get a glimpse of the Shiva Lingam that the caves feature. These caves are said to have existed since prehistoric times.

Currently, the caves inhabit a number of bats and snakes. Loads of stalagmite formations can be spotted within the caves owing to the fact that they were formed ages back by the activity of volcanoes. The place is visited by a number of Lord Shiva devotees during the festival of Shiv Ratri.

Location -
Kavala Caves, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttara Kanadda, Karnataka.

Timings -
6:00 am 6:00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bangalore

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bangalore
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Nestled inside the massive Bangalore Fort, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace is one of the most popular historical monuments in Karnataka. An ideal example of the ancient Indo-Islamic architecture style of architecture, this beautiful palace was back in time used by Tipu Sultan as a summer retreat. It was often referred to as 'Rash e Jannat' and 'Abode of Happiness'.

One of the most noteworthy creations, the palace flaunts magnificent arches, brilliant motifs, ornamental frescoes, and protruding balconies. Taking a stroll across the balconies can be a good start to exploring the palace. You would get a glimpse into Tipu Sultan's royal lifestyle as you explore the attraction.

Location -
Bangalore, Karnataka

Timings -
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee -
INR 15 for Indian visitors and INR 200 for Foreigner visitors.

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Keshava Temple, Somanathapura

Keshava Temple, Somanathapura
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Keshava temple is a magnificent monument dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is an elegant Trikuta Temple which houses Lord Krishna in three different forms including Janardhana, Venugopala, and Keshava. Unfortunately, Venugopala and Janardhana idols are damaged and the Keshava idol is missing from the temple.

Yet, the temple is worthy of a visit merely to soak in the talent and artistry of the sculptors who ended up crafting this magnificent monument dedicated to the Divine. A stone slab inside the temple holds an old Kannada inscription that gives all the details related to it.

Location -
Somanathapura, Karnataka.

Timings -
9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee -
INR 5 for Indian Nationals, INR 100 for Foreigner Tourists, No charges for carrying in still camera and INR 25 for carrying in a video camera. No entry fee for kids up to 12 years of age.

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Raja Seat, Coorg

Raja Seat, Coorg
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Raja's Seat is a beautiful garden with artificial fountains and rich vegetation including various flowering plants. It was a venue for the kings of Kodagu to rejuvenate and relax along with their queens while adoring the sunset. The view of the sunset from this attraction is mesmerizing. It is also a remarkable picnic spot for the locals.

It sits on an elevated surface which oversees the beautiful valleys that lie towards the west. There is a toy train featured here as well for the kids to enjoy. The mornings here are cold and misty but with the sun setting in the warmth also sets in.

Location -
Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka.

Timings -
6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Entry Fee -
INR 5 per person

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Melukote

Melukote
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Melukote is a sacred place in the Mandya district of Karnataka. Nestled on the rocky Yadugiri Hills, Melukote features the Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple. The town is home to various ponds and shrines. It also flaunts the Academy of Sanskrit Research which features a collection of over thousands of Sanskrit and Vedic manuscripts.

One of the attractive temples is the temple of Yoganarasimha located on a hilltop. Back in the 12th century, saint Sri Ramanujacharya stayed at Melukote for a long time span of 12 years. Since then it has turned out to be a prominent Srivaishnava sect center.

Location -
Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka.

Timings -
From 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Archaeological Museum, Hampi

Archaeological Museum, Hampi
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The Archaeological Museum of Hampi is a small yet worthwhile museum. Apart from featuring a museum's usual aspects, it also features a useful exhibit to a visitor: two scaled models of the topography of Hampi with all the various monuments located in there. One can get an idea about the locations and sites helping them to further plan their whereabouts.

The larger model is a smaller copy of the whole of Hampi along with rivers and hills. The smaller one, on the other hand, is a much detailed model giving you a comprehensive view.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
10.00 am to 5.00 pm. It remains closed on Fridays and other national holidays.

Entry Fee -
INR 5 per head. Entry for children up to 15 years of age is free of cost.

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Lakshmi Narasimha, Hampi

Lakshmi Narasimha, Hampi
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Found in the ruins of Hampi, the Lakshmi Narasimha statue is one of the essential historical monuments in Karnataka. It is Hampi's largest monolith statue standing erect on the Hemakuta Hill. This gigantic structure of the concrete stone is a major attraction amongst tourists. It was built in the year 1528 during the rule of Krishnadevaraya.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narasimha owing to which it is also popularly known as the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. It was mutilated and vandalized in 1565 by the Mughals after which it was unlike its original form.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Bijapur Fort

Bijapur Fort

Popularly known as the Agra of the South, Bijapur is one of the most popular historical places in Karnataka. The Bijapur Fort majestically stands in the Bijapur City of Karnataka. It was built in 1566 during Yusuf Adil Shah's reign. It is spread in a large expanse, and is enclosed within a 50 feet large moat.

The precinct of the fort features palaces, tombs, historical forts, gardens, etc. developed with an excellent style of architecture including Persian and Ottoman Turkish arts. You can also spot some ruins of the ancient temples.

Location -
Bijapur city in Bijapur District, Karnataka.

Timings -
9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The fort is closed on all public holidays.

Entry Fee -
INR 15 for BIMSTEC members, Indian tourists, and SAARC members. INR 200 for tourists belonging to other countries

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Monkey Temple, Hampi

Monkey Temple, Hampi

Nestled on Anjaneya Hilltop the Monkey Temple also known as the Yantradharaka Hanuman Temple lies inside a cave. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the temple is 500 years old. Being one of the popular tourist destinations of the Anjeyanadri Hill, the temple is a sacred spot for Hindu devotees. Being located on a hilltop to reach the temple one has to climb 570 steps.

The climb is steep but the views are beautiful. This attraction is an excellent combination of spirituality and nature.

Location -
Anjanadri Hill in Anegundi, 4 kilometers from Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
6:00 am to 9:00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Dodda Alada Mara

Dodda Alada Mara
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Dodda Alada Mara is a well-kept and maintained secret of Karnataka featuring a four-hundred-year-old Banyan tree, the sprawling branches of which has spread on land over around 3 acres in Kethohalli village. It makes an excellent sightseeing historical places in Karnataka which is also the second largest tree in India. Almost a thousand hanging aerial roots hang out from the tree and spread over 250 meters of the circumference.

It is protected and properly fenced with cemented seats where the visitors can be seated and enjoy this nature's magic. The most amusing fact about the attraction is that even with the main root being dead, the tree stands erect with numerous aerial roots.

Location -
Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Timings -
9:30 am to 9:30 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Madikeri Fort, Madikeri

Madikeri Fort, Madikeri

The Madikeri Fort in Coorg is located at the center of Madikeri town. It boasts the information and insights of the bygone era and bears the testimony of Coorg's history as well as all that the town has witnessed. The fort's elevated structure offers a bird's eye view of the town, which is both breathtaking and calm.

It was constructed by Muddu Raja, the then ruler who declared Madikeri as Coorg's new capital. The fort passed onto the hands of various other rulers until it was captured by Tipu Sultan. Consequently, there have been various constructional changes witnessed by the fort, the major ones made by the British.

Location -
Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka.

Timings -
10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
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The Virupaksha Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Hampi, one of the most popular historical places in Karnataka. Hampi, popularly known as the temple town is one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The Virupaksha Temple still stands pristine amongst all the ruins of the town that surround it.

It never stopped to prosper and has been till date attracting a large number of travelers each year. The temple features a holy place for worshipping with three antichambers. The temple boasts large courtyards, few small-sized shrines, a pillared monastery, as well as a number of ways of entrances surrounding the temple.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Entry Fee -
NA

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Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi

Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi
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Vijaya Vittala Temple is one of such ancient monuments in Karnataka which is renowned for its unmatched craftsmanship and brilliant architecture. Nestled on the Tungabhadra Riverbank, it is one of the largest creations in Hampi. This iconic temple boasts fascinating musical pillars and an outstanding stone chariot.

The temple showcases the architectural excellence and immense creativity possessed by the artisans and sculptors of the Vijayanagara era. It has been crafted in the renowned Dravidian style of architecture. It is said that the temple's main shrine possessed one enclosed mandapa. In the year 1554 A.D. an open mandapa was further added to the entire setup.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Queen's Bath, Hampi

Queen's Bath, Hampi
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The Queen’s Bath is a colossal bath exemplifying the architectural brilliance prevalent back in the era of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is nestled close to the Royal Enclosure. The Queen's bath was developed for the women of the royal families by Achyuta Raya. It was used as a private bathing chamber for both Kings and Queens.

It is a massive development with an ornate interior and a simple exterior. Developed in the excellent Indo-Islamic architectural style, this space is quite a unique creation as compared to any other public or private bathing creations.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi

Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi
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Developed amongst the last few temples prior to the Vijayanagara Empire's decline, the Achyutaraya Temple is nestled between the beautiful Gandhamadana and Matanga hills. It depicts the magnificent Vijayanagara style of architecture in its improved and polished form. Unfortunately, the temple lies in ruins owing to the consequence of the attacks of the Bahamani kingdom.

Additionally, it also has been severely affected by the force of nature over a long period of time. The location is quite a secluded one which makes it less crowded and more peaceful for you to visit and explore.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
From 5:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 5:30 am to 9:00 pm.

Entry Fee –
NA

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Lotus Mahal

Lotus Mahal
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Hampi's trip is incomplete without visiting Lotus Mahal. Named after its lotus look-alike design, this palace flaunts fine architecture. It is a part of the Zenana Enclosure, a separated place for Vijayanagara Dynasty's royal women. It is also known as Chitragani Mahal or Kamal Mahal.

It's unmistakable and remarkable design is the highlight of the place.It is one of those limited attractions in Hampi that have not been destroyed or damaged while the city was under attack.

Location -
Zenana enclosure, Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
6:30 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee -
INR 10.0 per person for Indian visitors and INR 250.0 per person for foreign visitors. There is no entry fee for Children under 15 years of age.

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Sasivekalu Ganesha, Hampi

Sasivekalu Ganesha, Hampi
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One of the fine temples of Hampi is the Sasivekalu Ganesha temple. It features a massive statue of Lord Ganesha that has been carved using one single block of solid rock. The idol is around 8 feet tall. The statue and the temple are both fine specimens of renowned Indian sculptures.

A massive mandapa stands on top of the statue with the help of pillars in order to conveniently cover the statue. A big sitemap has been installed here by the archaeological department that consists of the history of the statue and the whereabouts of the place.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Mirjan Fort, Kumta

Mirjan Fort, Kumta

Spread over an expanse of 4.1 hectares, the Mirjan Fort is a royal reminder of our ancient history. Functional until the year 1785, the fort has witnessed a number of battles in the past. Later it was captured by the British and they used it for their armoury. It is one of the remarkable historical monuments in Karnataka featuring excellent architecture of the ancient era such as moats, canals, secret passageways and many others.

The splendid fort is covered with lush greenery. Believed to be crafted in 1608-1640 A.D., the fort is now a protected monument by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). It has also undergone recent renovations in order to improve quality.

Location -
11 km from Kumta town in Karnataka

Timings -
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Devanahalli Fort

Devanahalli Fort
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Well-known for its archaeological brilliance and historical significance, the renowned Devanahalli Fort is a living example of the extensive battles that were won and fought. Lately, in ruins the fort was oncethe residence and birthplace of Tipu Sultan, the great warrior. Spread in an expanse of over 20 acres, the developments is made up of mortar and stone.

It was originally built in 1501 during the Saluva Dynasty's reign. It was later taken up by Hyder Ali followed by Tipu Sultan. The most attractive is the chief residence of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali in the fort.

Location -
22 miles north of Bangalore, at Devanahalli in the State of Karnataka.

Timings -
Morning from 7.00 am to 01.00 pm and Evening from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm

Entry Fee -
NA

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Tippu's Death Place

Tippu's Death Place
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Visiting Tipu Sultan's death place is the place where the deceased Tipu Sultan was recovered. Colonel Wellesley had installed a stone tablet at the place where Tipu Sultan's body was found to demarcate the area. Water Gate, the site where the body was spotted inside the fort, still stands in a good condition. This is one of the most remarkable historical places in Karnataka.

Location -
Srirangapatnam, Karnataka.

Timings -
open 24 hours

Entry Fee - NA

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Elephant Stables, Hampi

Elephant Stables, Hampi
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Elephant Stables in Hampi is quite an impressive historical structure that was used as a shelter for the Vijayanagara Empire's royal elephants. It is one of those few ancient structures of Hampi that has not suffered much damage and still stands almost intact. It not just showcases the outstanding craftsmanship of those days but also indicates the royalty of the elephants in that era.

The stable features the brilliant Indo-Islamic style of architecture with eleven dome-shaped massive chambers all lined in a row. Each chamber is huge enough to accommodate two elephants.

Location -
Hampi, Karnataka

Timings -
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week

Entry Fee –
INR 10.00 for Indian travelers and INR 250.00 for foreign travelers. Entry for kids under 15 years of age is free of cost.

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24 October 2015
Agnimitra Banerjee Trekking in Nishani Motte
Excellent
Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly exploring more of South India now and to get the best of South I prefer reading thrillophilia reviews .
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.\n\nBest to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory."
23 October 2015
Excellent
This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very easy and convenient for us to blindly trust and do this. Also, most of the adventurous activities didn’t require much background skills like swimming or gym training. It was meant for everyone and before heading out at this place I also saw some thrillophilia reviews to know more about it.
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations close-by and it was raining the whole time. Trek is an easy to medium range one. Except for the rain and leeches (which we were informed earlier) there is absolutely nothing to point out in the trek. We met many new people and it felt like college days all over again. Loved this trek and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
04 September 2019
Excellent
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' thrillophilia reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later and experience it as done by so many folks who have shared about their amazing adventures at thrillophilia reviews. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. The itinerary was more or less the same as shared by people at thrillophilia reviews.Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies which I always wanted to visit after reading thrillophilia reviews.My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara about which many people have recommended visiting it at thrillophilia reviews. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host about whom many people have mentioned at thrillophilia reviews for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.
We were a team of 20 people and I must say the services were great. Many activities available for us to enjoy like badminton, volleyball, carrom etc. The staff was very proffessional and polite. The food was also delicious. I would definitely consider opting for it again in future.
I enjoyed my stay in Vistara on 2nd Oct 2020. Very courteous staff, the rooms were clean and spacious. The property is really amazing with walking path, cycling track, indoor games. We missed camp fire due to heavy rain. But the restaurant should be generous while serving breakfast. Very limited options we had but the taste was good. Overall it was nice stay after corona pandemic.
05 October 2020
Excellent
Being very close to the city, this villa is perfect for all the Bangaloreans. I went there with my whole family last month and i must say the experience was great. The services, the staff, the food everything was great. There were so many activities for us to enjoy, like badminton, volleyball, chess, carrom etc. Would definitely recommend.
"it was awesome"
04 October 2020
Excellent
Amazing experience . Must Do Activity !

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