There are many places to visit in Karnataka like Hampi, Bangalore,Mysore. If we ask someone about the historical places then surely everyone will say that we should visit Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur etc in Rajasthan. Well Rajasthan is richly diverse state and have a lot of behind it . Karnataka has also some historical places that are very beautiful by infrastructure and carving. Whenever we talk about Karnataka then the first place or monument that comes to our mind is the Mysore Palace. Believe me, it is not just limited up to this manifesting palace rather it is far above it. Since my childhood, I usually don’t love history. Though at that time I used to love only sightseeing artistic pieces of historical monuments after meeting a history lover in my life my perspective changed completely.
I just fall upon not only historical architecture but the history behind that place, who made it, why it was built etc. Though that person is not with me at present but I start delving and writing about different places in his memory. Wait, Wait what I was writing and what I start telling you people. Don’t worry, be patient have some cookies and a cold drink for a virtual tour of Karnataka. Let’s begin our virtual journey. Here, in this blog, I will tell you about some most famous places to visit in Karnataka.
Mysore is located in Karnataka state in South India. It is 140 km away from Bangalore. Mysore has never failed to amaze the tourists visiting here. It is known as the ‘City of Palaces’ because it has 7 to 8 beautiful palaces. It has a rich heritage, beautiful posh gardens, and sacred temples. The Dussehra festival is celebrated with a lot of rejoice and faith since the Vijayanagar empire.It is one of the famous places to visit in Karnataka for tourists.
Tourist attractions in Mysore
1)The Mysore Palace – The Mysore Palace was built in AD 897. It is almost 1000 years old. It was influenced by Hindu and Muslim architectural styles and described as Indo-Saracenic. It is also known as ‘Old Palace’ or ‘Wooden Palace’. It was renovated by Henry Irwin. It is three stored stone structure. The main building is made up of grey granite with a gilded dome that gives a royal look to this Palace. It is surrounded by a lush posh garden. It is fabulous. Mysore Palace is one of the most famous tourists attraction.
2)Shri Jayachamarajendra Art gallery
This art gallery was established in 1895 and the paintings of that era are kept in this art gallery. It is located near the Jagmohan Palace. Some gold leaf paintings, ivory, sandalwood, stone-carved statues by Raja Ravi Verma, Svetoslav Roerich are exhibited here.
3)The Chamundeswari temple
It is the Hindu temple built on the Chamundi hills. It is believed that Goddess Parvati took the form of Mahisasura Mardini to kill the demon Mahisasura on the top of the hills. The festivals like Ashada Sukarvara, Navratri are celebrated with a lot of rejoicing in this temple.
How to reach Mysore
1)By Air – The nearest airport is about 140 km away from Mysore in Banglore. Banglore airport is connected to the big cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, etc.
2)By Train – It is the cheapest mode of transportation. Mysore is connected through the metro cities like Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore. You can easily come.
3)By road – The network of roads is also very good that is connected to many cities. Tourists’ buses run from cities Bangalore, Chennai. If you are coming from far then it’s better to opt for a train.
Hampi is located in the central part of Karnataka in the Southern part of India. It is 353km away from Hampi. Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire in the medival Hindu kingdom. It was one of the largest Hindu empires. Harihar and Bukka founded it in 1336.Today it is included in UNESCO world heritage site.
Tourist attractions in Hampi
1)Vittala temple – Vittala temple was built in the 15th century during the reign of King Devarya II of the Vijayanagar empire. Some structure of the temple was renovated during the reign of Krishnadevarya, also the ruler of Vijayanagar empire. The Vittala temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the grandest of all the temples in Hampi. It is surrounded by high walls and gateways. The temple is made up of stone and has many different structures inside it. In today’s time this temple host the annual Purandaradasa festival.
2)Elephant stables – It have earned the status UNISCO world heritage site due to grandeur view. It is also one of the attractive spot in Hampi. It is the place where shelters to all the elephants were provided during Vijayanagar reign. It was built in Indo-Inslamic style of architecture in 15th century. It’s structure is dome like and can accommodate two elephants at a time. There are 11 such dome like structure and have arched opening.It is situated near the Zenna enclosure.
3)Nandi stable– In Hindu mythology, Nandi was the celestial vehicle of Lord Shiva . The Nandi statue is located opposite to the Virupaksha temple.It is constructed on two-storey pavilion and have a grandeur vast structure.This site is famous location for Vijay Utsav.
How to reach Hampi
1)By Train – Hampi has no Railway Station. The nearest rail head is at Hospet, that is 13 km away from it.
2)By Road – The bus stand of Hampi is located at Hampi Bazaar area. From there you can come to the ruins of Hampi.