Hampi Group of Monuments

Hampi Group of Monuments are situated on the Southern banks of the river Tungabhadra at Hampi, in Karnataka State, India. It is one of the best Karnataka sites in terms of archeological value.  The forlorn ruins at Hampi makes you spellbound, the moment you see it.

The Jain temple (called Jain Narayana) at Hampi
The Jain temple at Pattadakal (Hampi), a UNESCO world heritage site.

Hampi Group of Monuments are a group of ten temples at the temple town of Hampi, which were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Within the heritage site, you can find eight temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, ninth one is a Shaivite sanctuary known as the Papanatha Temple, and the tenth temple is a Jain Temple. Four temples were built in ‘Chalukya Dravida’ style of architecture, while four other temples were built in Northern Indian ‘Nagara style of architecture. The Shaivite sanctuary, Papanatha Temple, which is shown below, is a fusion of both ‘Chalukya Dravida’ and ‘Nagara’ style of architecture.

Hampi was once the seat of the Chalukya and Vijayanagar Empires, which ruled northern Karnataka, centuries back.

The UNESCO declared group of temples consists of the Virupaksha Temple, built in CE 740 which   is considered as one of the most outstanding architectural marvels in India. These World Heritage temples  at Hampi are a remarkable combination of temples built by the Chalukya Dynasty which ruled the areas of Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal during the 6 to 8th centuries.

Vittala Temple Complex has an iconic stone chariot which is adopted by the Karnataka State Tourism department as its emblem.

How Do I Go to the Hampi Group of Monuments?

Hospet is the nearest railway station, at 13 kilometers distance.

The nearest airport is at Bellary, which is a domestic airport at 60 kilometers away. Bengaluru Alias Bangalore is the nearest international Airport at 350 kilometers distance from Hampi.

Hampi  is well connected  by roads to other parts of the country.

Badami Cave Temples – Top Karnataka Site in Tourism Industry

Badami Cave TemplesBadami cave temples

Badami cave temples are a group of ancient temples in the village Badami, in Bagalkot district of Karnataka State of India. It is the top-most Karnataka site, as far as tourism is considered.

Considered to be of Indian Badami Chalukya rock cut Architecture, Cave temples at Badami were built between the 6th to 7th Centuries carved in out of sandstone hills.

Badami cave temples consist of of 4 caves on a hill cliff. Cave No 1 is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Cave 2 and Cave 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Cave no 4 is a Jain temple.

All the four Badami caves are simple in style. These temple’s architecture is a mixture of North Indian Nagara and South India Dravida styles. Each cave has its own Varandah (walk way), Hall, Pillars and a small square shrine.

At a distance of 2 kilometers from the town is Badami Fort, which also has a carved temple, which shows excellent petroglyph skills prevalent in those days. The 5th century Agastya-Tirtha Lake located beneath the cave temples is considered holy due to the healing powers of its water. This tank, situated adjacent to the temple, is considered highly sacred. Archaeological Museum is another place of interest at 5 kilometers from the town.

How I Go to Badami Cave Temples?

Badami is accessible by road , train, etc. You can book train tickets to Badami Railway station in the official Indian Railway ticket booking web site, irctc.co.in. The station code for Badami is BDM.

Once you are in Badami town, visit to cave temples or fort can be undertaken by walking. It is a small town.

The nearest town Hubli in Karnataka is at 97 kilometers away. The Nearest Airport is at Belgaum.

A word of cation; moneys near the cave snatches your bags, water bottles, eatables, etc.