Monsoon Magic in Male Mahadeshwara

The Male Mahadeshwara Temple which is nestled amongst green rolling mountains is a scenic weekend getaway. Located about 200 km from Bengaluru, the drive to the temple is an experience in itself especially during the monsoons when the mountains are crowned with wispy clouds. The chill of the winds, the sound of the forest and the green of the new shoots are refreshing.

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.

Twin Towers of Sudi

Once a stronghold of the Chalukyas of Kalyani, Sudi is now a forgotten town of crumbling stone monuments and ancient step-wells. The biggest and the most awe-inspiring among the forgotten monuments is the Jodu Kalasa Temple (Temple with Twin-Towers) which has two garbha grihas (sanctums) facing each other built on a high platform.

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.

Exploring Ajmer

There's more to Ajmer than the dargah. There are many Mughal and Rajput monuments worth seeing along with the Ana Sagar lake where one can relax at the end of a long day spent exploring Ajmer.