Halebid

Beautiful Halebid

This ancient capital of Hoysala was founded in the early 11th century and huge named Dwarasamudra, after a huge artificial lake dating back to the 9th century. The flourishing capital city had a small fortress with a magnificent palace. It was fortified with a wall of enormous boulders and a moat that was connected with …

Karnataka

Visit Karnataka, it’s beautiful!

Charismatic Karnataka, the land of royal grandeur and oriental glory, is studded with architectural marvels, ancient sculptures, endless beaches, looming hill stations, pristine forests, and excellent game reserves. Kaveri, Tungabhadra, and Krishna, the three great rivers of the South, originate from the verdant ghats. A changing pageant of cultures, customs, lifestyles, and religions has left …

Bijapur

Bijapur, ‘City of Domes & Minarets’

Bijapur, the ‘city of domes and minarets’ was the capital of AdilShahi’s and is known as a treasure house of Islamic architecture’. The Chalukyan rulers of Kalyana originally founded Vijayapura or the ‘city of victory’, which came under the reigns of Bahmani rulers of Bidar in 1347. Yusuf Adil Shah, the Governor of Bijapur declared …

Serene Sravanabelagola

Serene Sravanabelagola, literally meaning the ‘Monk of the White Pond’ is one of the oldest and most important Jain pilgrim centers in the country. Its antiquity dates back to 297 B.C., when Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Mauryan empire renounced his kingdom and came here along with his guru, Bhagwan Bhadrabahu Swami, to become …

Mysore, ‘the cultural capital’ of Karnataka

Majestic Mysore, the city of palaces and parks is the ‘cultural capital’ of Karnataka. The historical town has legendary origins and its name is said to be derived from the word Mahishasurana Ooru”, which means the town of Mahishasura. According to a mythological legend, Mahishasura, the demon king, once lived here and was killed by …

Mangalore, the cleanest city!

Mangalore, the headquarters of Dakshin Kannada district is an important seaport town and a major export center of coffee and cashew nuts. The city flanked by the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea has been a trading center for many centuries. Today, it is famous for beaches, backwaters, seaside fortress, architecture, and pleasant climate. The …

Hampi – The Ancient Village

Historic Hampi, set on the banks of river Tungabhadra is world-renowned for the ruins of the glorious capital of the Vijayanagar empire. It was described by the Portuguese traveler Domingo Paes as “being as large as Rome” and the best-provided city in the world”. The famous capital was founded by the two brothers Hukka (Harihara) …

Gokarna Getaway

It is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centers of Southern India. Mythological legends suggest that Rudra (Shiva) arrived here shortly after the creation of the earth, squeezing through the ear of the earth and named it as “Gokarna or the ‘ear of the cow’. Gokarna is also an important beach resort and has …

Belur

Belur, the quaint little town

Beautiful Belur, the quaint little town is set elegantly on the banks of river Yagachi amidst lush surroundings. It was chosen as the capital of the Hoysalas, after the sacking and destruction of their capital at Dwarasamudra (Halebid), by the Delhi Sultans. The Hoysalas ruled this region between the 11th and 13th centuries. They were …

Bidar

Bidar – The Hilltop City

The fortified town was once the capital of the Bahamani’s and the Barid Shahi’s. The Bahamani empire broke into four kingdoms and Ahmad Shah I, the 9th Bahamani ruler shifted his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1424. He rebuilt the old Hindu fort and also made beautiful palaces and gardens. The Bahamani was succeeded …