Category Archives: Karnataka

Karnataka tourism related information including its beaches, hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, historic places, etc.

Cubbon Park, Landscaping, Aquarium, Statue

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Cubbon Park or Sri Chamarajendra Park as it is officially known, is a beautiful park spread over an area of 300 acres, in the heart of the Bengaluru city.

Cubbon ParkCubbon Park

Cubbon Park was initially created in 1870 with an area of 100 acres. Later on, the park was extended to 1.2 square kilometers, spanning over 300 acres. The park is known for its landscaping, which is integrated well its the natural rocks and tress, bamboos, etc, inside the park. The park has walking paths which are well maintained. There are motor-able roads inside the park; access is only for light motor vehicles.

The first name of the park was Meade’s Park, named after Sir John Meade, who was the Acting Commissioner of Mysore in 1870. Later on, the park was renamed as Cubbon Park, named after the longest serving commissioner of the state, Sir Mark Cubbon. The park was again renamed as Sri Chamarajendra Park in 1927, in memory of the 19th century ruler Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar, the King of the then princely state of Mysore who reigned from 1868–1894. Bengaluru was under his rule, when park came into existence in 1870.

Cubbon Park is very rich in flora. There are around 68 genera trees or plants. A total of 96 species of plants or trees, numbering around 6000 plants or trees, are found inside the park. There are many ornamental and exotic trees and plants, lining the roads of Cubbon park.

K.Sheshadri Iyer Statue, Cubbon ParkStatue of K.Sheshadri Iyer, in whose memory Iyer Hall is constructed.

Cubbon Park is known for the Historic and aesthetic buildings and statues of famous personalities. Originally known as Attarakacheri; a group of 18 ancient buildings; now houses the Karnataka State High Court. Iyer Hall with a rose garden in front, is another historic building, which now houses the State Central Library alias Seshadri Iyer Memorial Library.

Aquarium (the second largest in the country), Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, Venkatappa Art Gallery, YMCA, State Youth Center – Yuvanika, Press Club, Century Club, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Tennis Pavilion, Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall and the Ottawa Chatter are some of the other prominent buildings inside Cubbon Park.

How Do I Go to Sri Chamarajendra Park alias Cubbon Park?

Cubbon Park is located at the heart of Bangalore City. M.G. road, Kasturba road, Hudson circle and Ambedkar road are the main roads around the park.

Bengaluru (old name is Bangalore) is well connected by roads, trains and flight services to the rest of the country. Bengaluru City Junction Railway Station is the main railway station from where most of the train starts. Kempegowda International Airport is the new airport on the outskirts of Bengaluru city, at around 1 hour drive from Cubbon Park.

Galibore Nature Camp, Galibore Fishing Camp, Endangered Mahseer Fish

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Galibore Nature Camp is situated deep inside the forests, on the banks of the River Cauvery in Karnataka state, India. Galibore Fishing Camp is also part of the Nature Camp.

This Nature Camp is named after the Galibore hillocks that stand behind the nature park. Wilderness is what makes this nature park unique.

There are spotted deer, grizzled giant squirrel, an endangered species, marsh crocodiles, turtles, snakes, etc, are seen here. This Nature and Fishing Camp has around 230 birds species also.

Coracle ride is a specialty here. Fishing is allowed at the Galibore Fishing Camp, provided you release the catch back in the river waters. Catch release policy is strictly enforced here to protect the Endangered Mahseer Fish. Fishing is also allowed at the nearby Cauvery Fishing Camp located inside the Fish Camp Center at Bheemeshwari Adventure & Nature Camp Center.

The Nature Camp center offers food. Barbecue is arranged for the dinner, by the Cauvery riverside.

How Do I Go to Galibore Fishing Camp at Galibore Nature Camp?

Galibore Nature Camp is located at Cheelandavadi village, at around 100 kilometers from Bangalore. Mysore is at around 109 kilometers from this beautiful nature park.

When to Visit Galibore Nature Camp?

The Nature Camp is to be visited after the onset of monsoon season. August to February is the ideal season to visit this famous nature camp and Fish camp center. March to June are extremely hot and should be avoided.

Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple is a 800 year old famous temple on the banks of River Netravati at Dharmasthala, a temple town in Dakshina Kannada District, India. The temple is also known as Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala.

Dharmasthala Temple
Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple Entrance.

This temple is famous for its Hindu and Jain deities. Lord Shiva is the main deity which is work-shipped here. Lord Shiva is known as Manjunatha at this temple and hence the temple got its name Manjunatha Temple. Theerthankara, a Jain deity is also work-shipped in this temple. Four Daivas; Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari are also work-shipped here.

Lakshadeepa festival is the main temple festival and is celebrated during November or December each year.

Dharmasthala Temple
Statue of Lord Bahubalii at Dharmasthala.

Monolithic stone sculpture of Lord Bahubalii, with a height of 39 feet and weighing 170 tonnes, is situated at a distance of around 1 kilometer from the Manjunatha temple. It was installed in 1982. You can reach hilltop where the statue is situated by climbing the steps or by car.

The Pergade family, a Jain family and belonging to Bunt sub-community, is the hereditary trustees of the temple. They are known as Dharma Adhikari (chief administrator). They are believed to be descendants of the creator of the temple. They are Feudal Lords and they still resolve civil and criminal disputes. The practice is called “Hoyulu”. The present day Dharma Adhikari is believed to be the 20th decedent of Birmanna Pergade and his wife Ammu Ballalthi; the first Pergade family members who built the temple.

How Do I Go to Dharmasthala Temple?

Dharmasthala Temple is well connected to other parts of the country by roads. Mangalore is the nearest Major Town. Yedamangala (YDM) and Kabakaputtur (KBPR) railway stations are the nearest railway stations at around 27 to 28 kilometers distance from Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala. Bajpe airport at Mangalore is the nearest airport at around 75 kilometers distance from Dharmasthala Temple.

Gol Gumbaz, Largest Dome in India at Bijapur

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Gol Gumbaz is the largest dome ever built in India. It is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah, famous Adil Shahi dynasty ruler. Gol Gumbaz is situated at Bijapur, in Karnataka state, India.

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka.

This Tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah has the second largest dome in the world. The largest dome is that of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, believed to be built over the burial site of St. Peter, Christ’s Apostle and the first Pope.

The Tomb is built in Deccan style of Architecture. The central chamber of the tomb has a special feature where your sound is echoed 7 times! Whispering Gallery is another attraction of the Tomb, where any minute sound can be heard at a distance of 37 meters away, inside the hall.

Gol Gumbaz, The tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, has also a Museum, Mosque and ruins of the Guest Houses.

Bijapur is one of the most famous historical cities in India which was the capital of Adil Shahi dynasty.

Ibrahim Rauza, the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, the fifth king of Adil Shahi dynasty is another place of historical importance at this city. It is said that Taj Mahal was designed based on the inspiration from the design of Ibrahim Rauzathe. There are many other historical buildings in this ancient city.

How Do I Go to Gol Gumbaz?

Gol Gumbaz is situated at Bijapur, which is connected by NH 13 (now renamed as NH 50) which connects Solapur to Mangalore. NH-218 connecting Hubli with Humnabad also passes through Bijapur India. Bijapur is situated at around 530 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka, which is connected by bus services. Mumbai is at around 550 kilometers from this historical city. Mumbai to Bijapur bus services are available. Hyderabad is at around 380 kilometers distance from Bijapur.

Bijapur railway station connects this historic city with the rest of India by train.

Sambre airport (IXG) at Belgaum and Hubli airport (HBX) at Hubli are the nearest airports to Bijapur at around 165 kilometers distance. There is a proposed new greenfield airport coming up at Bijapur.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary ,Bheemeshwari River Rafting, Fishing

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Chamarajanagar , Mandya and Ramanagar districts of Karnataka state, India. Cauvery River passes through this Wildlife sanctuary, which is spread over an area of 1,027.53 square kilometers.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Highly Endangered Species like Malabar giant squirrel and Grizzled giant squirrel are found in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. 280 species of birds are found here.

Water rafting, fishing, trekking, bird watching, etc, are popular in the wildlife sanctuary. Bheemeshwari river rafting is a popular activity in the Bheemeshwari Adventure & Nature Camp Center, situated inside this wildlife sanctuary. Bheemeshwari fishing camp day trips are also popular with tourists. Muthathi Anjaneya temple is a famous temple inside the sanctuary.

Hogenakal Falls on the Cauvery river, which forms the interstate boundary between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states, is situated in the nearby Dharmapuri district in Tamilnadu. Cauvery river flows for a distance of 101 kilometers through this Sanctuary.

How Do I Go To Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary?

Ramanagar, railway station is the nearest railway station at 25 kilometers distance from the Kaveri Wildlife Sanctuary. Bheemeshwar, famous for water rafting and fishing, is at around 100 kilometers from Bangalore. Muthathi near Malavalli is another the access point to the wildlife sanctuary, which is well connected by buses to Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka.

Rosary Church, Shettihalli Church, Submerged Church, Hasssan Church

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Rosary Church in Shetihalli is an abandoned church on the banks of river Hemvathy. This church was built in 1860 by French Missionaries. In 1960, after the Hemavati Dam was built, during monsoon season, the Shetihalli church gets submerged in water. When the water levels rises very high, all except the spire gets submerged in water.

Shettihalli Rosary Church View from the Hemavathi Reservoir, near Hassan
Shettihalli Rosary Church View from the Hemavathi Reservoir, near Hassan.

The Shetihalli Rosary church was constructed with bricks and mortar in Gothic style of Architecture. The magnificent church ruins are very popular with tourists, who flock to the area during Monsoon season. The beautiful French Arches, with the dam reservoir waters around, will make you spellbound. The church is one among the beautiful churches in India.

How Do I Go To Rosary Church near Shetihalli?

Rosary Church is situated at a distance of 22 kilometers from Shetihalli near Hassan in Karantaka state. Bangalore is at around 200 kilometers from Shetihalli. Shetihalli town is well connected by roads. There are buses which drop you near Shetihalli Rosary church area.

When to Visit the Rosary Church?

Rosary Church gets submerged in waters during July to October. You can go that time to get the view of the submerged church. The Rosary church at Shettihalli emerges in all its glory during December to May, when the water level recedes. Its best to visit the church twice; once during each season.