Exploring Shivanasamudra

The river Kaveri at Shivanasamudra splits into two, plunges downward forming two famous waterfalls –Gaganachukki and Barachukki and then re-joins thereby forming an island on which are situated two ancient temples – Ranganatha and Someshwara Temples.

Hanagal Beckons

Hanagal was an important bastion even when the Hoysala Dynasty ruled over large chunks of Karnataka. Located on the left bank of the river Dharma, Hanagal has a connection to the Mahabharata also. The kingdom of Virat where the Pandavas spent a year incognito is identified with present day Hanagal. A crumbling fort and a handful of desolate temples from the 8th to the 12th century now dot the once prosperous town.

Head to Hedathale

The temple at Hedathale is neither well known like the Chamundeshwari Temple near Mysore nor is it magnificent like the Virupaksha Temple at Hampi and maybe that is why it is so special. If you like quiet places filled with tranquillity and rich in architectural value, Hedathale is the place you should visit.

Hoysala Magic at Amrutapura

One of the finest examples of Hoysala Temple architecture, the Amruteshwara Temple at Amrutapura, dates back to the 12th century. Located in Chikmagalur District, Amrutapura is just 35 km from Shimoga and about 5 km from Tarikere. The temple is well maintained and set in an idyllic atmosphere. Coconut trees, paddy fields and lush green manicured gardens surround the temple.

Panchalingeshwara Temple at Govindanahalli

In the middle of emerald green fields and coconut trees gossiping with the wind is a patch of elevated land with manicured gardens surrounding an interesting temple. Located in Govindanahalli, this interesting piece of architecture is a rare form of Hoysala Temple architecture as it is a panchakuta temple (five shrines) dedicated to Shiva built in the 13th century.