12 Most Important Historical Tourist Attractions of Karnataka

Karnataka is famous for its various tourist attractions which includes historical place,monuments,temples and religious sites. The state is fifth most popular place in India for tourism and home to 3600 protected monuments in India,ancient sculptured temples,World heritage centres and impressively architecture such as Gol Gumbaz Bijapur, Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal,Lakkundi Monuments and Twin-towered temple.

Hampi Group of Monuments, Hampi


The Group of Monuments at Hampi is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, The capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi village is home to several other monuments such as Bukka’s Aqueduct,Elephant Stable, Talarigatta Gate and Hampi is also the most searched historical place in Karnataka.

Pattadakal Group of monuments, Pattadakal


Group of Monuments at Pattadakal is an important tourist centre in the state of Karnataka and a World Heritage site in India. Pattadakal monuments are the best example of Hindu temple architecture in Nagara and Dravidian styles of temple architecture.

Bidar Fort City, Bidar

Bidar is a hill-top city well known for its many places of architectural, historical and religious importance. The fort in the city has been built with a number of monuments, over 30 monuments inside Bidar fort and seven gates.

Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebidu


Hoysaleswara Temple is dedicated to Hindu god Lord Shiva, well known for its sculptures that run all along the outer wall. Hoysaleswara temple and Kedareswara temple complex are one of the well visited tourist attractions of Karnataka and renowned for its exquisite architecture.

Aihole Historic Temples, Bagalkot


Aihole village is a historic temple complex in the Bagalkot district and a popular tourist spot in north Karnataka. The temple complex has the unique collection of architectural structures,monuments and 125 stone temples from Chalukyan period.

Mahakuta Group of Temples, Mahakuta

Mahakuta group of temples is an important place of worship for Hindus constructed by the early kings of the Chalukya dynasty. The Mahakuta complex provides important information about the Chalukyan lineag, conquests and monuments.

Basavakalyan Fort Monuments, Bidar

Basavakalyana Fort has seven gates and monuments located in Bidar district and also famous as Karmabhoomi of Basavanna. Basavakalyan is also known for some Islamic monuments Moti Mahal, Hydari Mahal, Peeran Durga and the fort has Jain images on its walls and a Shiva Temple at Narayanpura.

Lakshmeshwara Trading Town, Gadag


Lakshmeshwara  is an agricultural trading town with many important Hindu temples,ancient Jain temples as well as a notable Jamma Masjid. Lakshmeshwara is also home for many smaller shrines and most famous Someshwara Temple.

Badami Cave Temples, Badami


Badami cave temples are famous for its sandstone caves,rock cut halls and stone steps. The Badami temple complex is considered as one of the best example of Indian rock-cut architecture,surrounded by hills forts and an artificial lake.

Somanathapura Heritage Site, Somanathapura


Somanathapura is located near to historic Mysore city and famous for the Keshava Temple. The temple is in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India as a protected heritage site and one of the finest and most complete examples of Hoysala architecture.

Chennakesava Temple, Belur


Chennakesava Temple also called as Vijayanarayana Temple is located on the banks of the Yagachi River and well known for its marvelous architecture. The temple complex is one of the favored tourist destinations in Karnataka state.

Lakkundi Ruined Temples, Gadag


Lakkundi village is full of ruined temples, a place of antiquarian interest with stepped wells,50 temples and inscriptions. The tiny village on the way to Hampi is known for the temple architecture and has about 50 temples of various stature and antiquity.

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