Hampi stone sculptures and rock-cut statues are symbol of Karnataka Tourism, the iconic stone chariot,Ugra Narasimha statue and Murudeshwara, Gommateshwara statues are major tourist places in Karnataka. Best places to visit in Karnataka are Hoysaleswara Temple,Chennakesava Temple,Badami cave temples and monuments at Hampi.
Murudeshwara town known for the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world and also famous for the Murudeshwar Temple and its tallest Gopurams. The huge towering statue of Lord Shiva is 123 feet (37 m) in height, lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and visible from great distances.
Gommateshwara is called as Bahubali and Shravanabelagola city of Hassan district has one of the largest free standing statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali. The 57ft high Gommateshwara statue at Shravanabelagola is one of the 5 statues of Bahubali in Karnataka, situated above a hill is also listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of India.
Gadag district has tallest statue of lord Basava in the world measuring 116.7 ft tall at Bishmakere tank. The statue has been erected in the middle of the 103-acre tank and one of the two tallest statue of lord Basava in Karnataka.
Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashram premises has India’s tallest (70 feet) monolithic Hanuman statue, chiseled out from a grey granite rock from Andhra Pradesh. Karyasiddhi Hanuman in Mysore is the latest tourist attraction of the city.
Murugeshpalya temple has a statue of Lord Shiva which is 65 feet tall and one of the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in sitting posture. The Temple complex also has a huge Lord Ganesha statue,Navagraha temple and Shiva lingas in different forms.
Kotilingeshwara is a temple village of the same name in Kammasandra in Kolar district. The place of Kotilingeshwara has the one of the largest Shivalinga in the world, measuring 108 ft (33 m) and a huge Nandi statue of 35 feet, one of the largest staute of Nandi Bull in India.
Chamundeshwari Temple of Mysore has a giant statue of Nandi the Bull, located at the top of Chamundi hills. The statue of bull Nandi has been carved out of a single piece of black granite and one of the largest monolithic Nandi statues in India.
The town of Basavakalyan host world’s tallest Statue of Basavanna with 108 feet (33 m) on a beautiful Hillock at Sharana Shaila. Basavakalyan is a town in Bidar district eariler known as Kalyan and was the royal capital of the Western Chalukya.
Agara is a panchayat village and has Lord Jagannath temple with huge Hanuman statue in the complex, on the road side and visible from quite a distance. This is the tallest statue of any god of any kind in Bengaluru city.
Karkala is a town located at the bottom of Western Ghats and has a number of natural and historical landmarks. Gommateshwara statue at Karkala is one of the top 5 monolithic tallest statues of Bahubali in Karnataka, measuring 12.8 m (42 feet).
Badami Cave Temple has an excellent example of Indian rock cut sculptures and statues. The Badami caves includes stone carved sculptures of Vishnu’s Varaha Avtaar, goddesses Lakhsmi, Buddha statue,Vishnu image and beautifully sculpted images of Lord Shiva.
The Hoysaleswara temple is most well known for its sculptures on outer wall of temples. It has one of the tallest monolithic Nandi statue in the premises, Hindu god Ganesh and Shiva and Parvathi statue.
Hampi temple housing the huge statues of stone pillars with carved sculptures along with stone monolithic nandi bull statue,monolithic Ganesha statue, Ugra Narasimha statue,the largest monolith extant in Hampi and Kadalekalu Ganesha, one of the largest statues.
Pattadakal is renowned for the group of monuments and temples and an important tourist center in the state of Karnataka. Virupaksha temple at pattadakal is the most magnificent temple and home to 18 pillars,monuments on the walls and a huge nandi statue inside nandi mandapa.
Aihole is a historic temple complex known for Chalukyan architecture with 125 stone temples and stone sculptures. Group of monuments at Aihole has Durga temple with sculpture, Rock-cut architecture and stone statues.