The monuments of Karnataka offer plenty to tourists and aficionados of history. They take you to the glory and grandeur of a bygone era. Now major tourist attractions, these monuments in Karnataka were built to serve specific purposes. If the forts were bulwarks against marauding enemies, the palaces were symbols of the opulence of royal families.
The Karnataka monuments have spawned tourism industries in their
respective locations. People come from distant places to marvel at their
architecture and to delve into the legacies of ancient kingdoms. If a
tour to Karnataka is on the cards, don't miss the monuments of
Karnataka. They will make you come here again and again.
Located in the Basavanagudi region of Bangalore, the Bull temple is one
of the prominent landmarks of the city. The name Basavanagudi literally
translates to mean "The Temple of the Bull". Dedicated to
Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva, the Bull temple was built by Kempe Gowda
in the 16th century.
Located on a hilly slope atop a flight of about 200 steps, the Badami
cave temple complex comprises four ancient rock-cut caves. Of the four
temples, three are Brahmanical temples while the fourth one is a Jain
Originally built in 8th century and strengthened and renovated in 1428
by Sultan Ahmad Shah Bahamani, the Bidar fort boasts of a dominating
presence in the Bidar landscape.
The Belgaum fort is a major tourist attraction in Belgaum. Belgaum was
ruled by a number of dynasties and as such the fort has undergone many
additions and renovations throughout its existence.
Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah (1627 -56), the
seventh ruler of the Adil Shahi dynasty. A fine specimen of Adil Shahi
architecture, this mammoth tomb is a dominant landmark of Bijapur.
The massive Gulbarga fort is part of the earliest examples of Islamic
architecture in Karnataka spawned by the Bahmani Sultanate. The fort was
originally built by Raja Gulchand, a feudatory of the Orangal Kakatiyas.
Once the majestic capital of the powerful Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is
now a ruined city of ancient palaces and forts. Founded by Harihara and
Bukka in 1336, the landscape of Hampi was dotted with magnificent
palaces, sacred temples, massive fortifications, baths, markets,
pavilions, and stables for royal elephants.
One of the holiest Jain pilgrimages, Shravanabelagola is synonymous
with the colossal monolithic statue of Jain saint Lord Gomateshwara.
Shravanabelagola occupies a significant place in the Jain legacy of
Karnataka, for being the place where Chandragupta, the founder of the
Mauryan dynasty, became a Jain ascetic after relinquishing his throne.
The place where Chandragupta breathed his last was named Chandragiri.
With its majestic architecture and royal aura, the Mysore palace is the
crown jewel of Mysore, the city of palaces. The official residence of
the Woodeyar dynasty, the Mysore palace was first built in the 14th