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List of Places in Karnataka “One State Many Worlds”

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“This is just a Information Blog for all the travellers who want to explore the Beautiful State of Karnataka” Karnataka, a state in Southern India is a world in itself.  The state has many places to be visited and explored. The historical architecture from the past dynasties that ruled through the state, the beautiful coastline and the beaches, home to many water falls, wildlife, temples.  You definitely need to explore this state to relive the traveller in you. These are the list of all the places within all the districts  (Alphabetical order)  and various categories are listed below: Note: Kindly make use of Google Maps for navigations and do take the help of the locals for routes and proper navigation. I have compiled this data by surfing through  Google ,  Wikipedia ,  Karnataka Tourism Website  and other  travel websites . Everyone can refer to this list of the places to plan your travels with friends, famil

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Education in Karnataka

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Karnataka is known for its well-structured educational system. With a high total literacy rate of 75.60%, this state is also famed for recruiting a maximum number of teachers in all levels of education. In Karnataka, there are three types of schools, government schools, government-aided schools and unaided private schools. English and Kannada are the two main instruction mediums in most of these schools. The syllabus taught in schools can be CBSE, ICSE, NIOS or state syllabus. After completing secondary education students take the SSLC test for getting admission in two years long Pre-University Course. The Karnataka Examination Authority holds a Common Entrance Test for admissions in major undergraduate courses such as Engineering, Medical, Dental and Technology. Karnataka also has several reputed institutions for higher education such as Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Management, National Law School of India University and Indian Institution of Technology (II

Dharmasthala Temple- Of History and Art

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The Dharmasthala Temple is a beautiful, historic temple that is 8 centuries old. It is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva and is situated in the famous Dakshin Kannada district of the temple town of Dharmasthala. Gateway of Dharmasthala. Image courtesy Dushan 7k Dharmasthala Temple – An Overview The Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple although dedicated to Lord Shiva, is very unique in nature. Besides the primary deity, there are other idols like Dharma Daivas and Shakti or Ammanavaru as well as the four Guardian Spirits of Lord Dharma such as Kalarkayi, Kanyakumari, Kalarahu and Kumaraswamy. Quick Facts about Dharmasthala Temple                                    Main Deity:  Lord Shiva Best time to Visit : Between October and February Temple Timings : 6.30 am -2.00 pm & 5.00 pm – 8.30 pm Entry Fee : Free Address:  Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, Dakshina Kannada, Dharmasthala- 574216 (MAP) Dharmasthala Temple – History There is an interesting story associate

Gomatagiri in Mysuru district’s Bettadoor

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Gomatagiri in Mysuru district’s Bettadoor is popular for its mini Gomateshwara (also known as Bahubali) statue. The 6 meter high monolithic statue at Gomatagiri is said to be 700 years old and forms an important Jain centre of worship in the district. Gomatagiri, the hill on which Gomateshwara statue is located is about 50 meters high from ground level. Key highlights of Gomatagiri: Annual Celebrations: Once a year Gomatagiri statue is treated with ‘Abhisheka’ or pouring of divine objects. This Maha Masthakabhisheka celebration usually falls in the month of September Views: Offers panoramic view of the surrounding- parts of Mysuru city, KRS can be seen at a distance Statue carved in granite, using a single piece of stone during the Vijayanagara rule. Similar in design to Gomateshwara in Shravanabelagola but smaller in size (6 meters vs 17 meters) Nearby: KRS Dam (20 kms), Balamuri falls (18 kms), Arabithittu wildlife sanctuary (15 kms) are some of the places to visit along with

Carnatic Music, also known as Karnataka Sangeetha is a form of music unique to South India.

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Carnatic Music, also known as Karnataka Sangeetha is a form of music unique to South India. While north India follows Hindustani music, southern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are known for Carnatic Music performances. Elements of Carnatic Music Sruti:  Musical pitch Swara:  Tone assigned to a specific musical note. Raga:  A formulae of musical notes. Different Ragas carry various sequences of musical tones and any given song conforms to a specific Raga.  Taala:  A predetermined sequence of rhythms Major instruments used in Carnatic Music Tamboori Mridanga Violin Harmonium Flute Ghatam Veena Carnatic music performance often involves a small team consisting of a main singer (vocalist), assisted by other singers and musical instrument players. Listening to the melodious songs, rythms and musical tunes will be a soul enriching experience. Where to experience Carnatic Music: Following are the major ways to identify any

Huli Vesha (Tiger Dance)

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Huli Vesha or Tiger faced dance is a dance form unique to coastal Karnataka. Huli Vesha is performed by local youth during the Navratri Festival (the 9 nights long festival which often falls in the month of October). Why: Huli Vesha is performed to pay tribute to Goddess Durga, whose official animal is tiger. Goddess Durga is often known for her aggressive stance, capable of keeping evil forces away from her devotees.  The setup : Huli Vesha performance often involves a group of people dressing up in tiger costume- tiger face masks or paintings, tiger stripes on the body, accompanied by yellow or orange coloured shorts. The group moves on the main streets of the town, dancing, accompanied by drums and music, entertaining the public on the way, at times collecting donations from whoever offers the same. During the dance, they make stops and perform some stunts and formations to keep the crowd more entertained. Where and when to witness Huli Vesha: Huli Vesha is seen in all

Dollu Kunitha is a traditional dance form in Karnataka.

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Dollu Kunitha is a traditional dance form in Karnataka. Dollu Kunitha is high on energy and performed all over the state during major festivals and celebrations. It is a popular folk dance associated  with the worship of Sree Beeralingeshwara who is considered as a form of Lord Shiva, originated in the rituals of the Kuruba Gowda community of North Karnataka. History: Dollu or drum is associated with Lord Shiva, known for his aggression and fierce dance (bhairava tandava dance) when upset. Shiva is believed to have made a drum from the skin of demons he killed. Shiva’s main devotees, from Kuruba community, celebrate the killing of demons by beating the drums. The Troupe: Dollu Kunitha is performed in a group of 10-12 drummers. Both men and women can be part of the Dollu Kunitha team.  The Performance: Dollu Kunitha performance never goes unnoticed, due to high decibel, high energy performance put forward by the troupe. Drum dance is usually performed in a circular or

Yakshagana is a traditional folk dance form popular in coastal Karnataka districts.

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Coastal Karnataka’s signature folk dance performance Yakshagana is a traditional folk dance form popular in coastal Karnataka districts.  An operatic form of dance theatre, Yakshagana might be Karnataka’s most famous cultural exports. Its origin can be traced back to the Bhakti movement of the 8th century, though Yakshagana’s earliest clear forms may have originated in the 12th and 13th century. Towards the 18th and 19th the art form seemed to take off in the western regions of Karnataka, drawing inspiration from secular and religious life. Watching Yakshagana performance is a treat to the senses due to the amalgamation of unique costumes, rhythmic music and unique performance involving dialogues, music, dance and action .  Elements of Yakshagana: The Act : Each performance typically focuses on a small sub story (known as ‘Prasanga’) from ancient Hindu epics of Ramayana or Mahabharata. The show consists of both stage performances by talented artists and commentary (perfor

Halebeedu : The Hoysaleshwara Temple

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The Hoysaleshwara Temple is a historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Halebeedu town, which was once the capital city of Hoysala Empire. Halebeedu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Karnataka. History: Halebeedu Hoysaleshwara Temple was built by Chief Architect Ketamala on orders of Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana during his tenure in 12th century. Hoysaleshwara Temple is built on the shores of a man-made lake called Dwarasamudra. Hoysaleshwara Temple was damaged by invading armies of Delhi Sultanate. Design: Hoysaleshwara Temple is built in Hoysala style architecture, with a Nandi (official vehicle of Lord Shiva) statue guarding the temple from outside. Interiors feature images of flowers and animals, carvings of Hindu epics and sculptures showcasing Shila Balikes (Stone Girls or sculpture of young women in dancing poses) Other temples: Apart from Hoysaleshwara Temple, Halebeedu is also known for Kedareshwara Temple and multiple Jain temples. Kedareshwara Temp

Beluru Channakeshava Temple

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Beluru is a historic temple town in South Karnataka, known for Chennakeshava Temple built in Hoysala style architecture. Beluru is situated on the banks of Yagachi river and was capital of Hoysala Dynasty, who ruled South India from 11th Century till 14th century.  Chennakeshava Temple: Beluru Chennakeshava Temple was built in 12th century on orders of King Vishnuvardhana. Chennakeshava is a form of Lord Vishnu. Around the temple, the intricate carvings depict stories from Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharatha, along with showcasing cultural grandeur during Hoysala tenure. Chennakeshava Temple is open daily from 7.30 AM till 7.30 PM.  Nearby: Halebeedu (20 kms), Mullayyanagiri Peak (50 kms), Shettihalli Church (55 kms), Yagachi Dam (4 kms) and Sakaleshpura (35 kms) are some attractions that can be visited along with Beluru.  Visit: Beluru is 220 kms from Bengaluru and 155 kms from Mangaluru. Mangaluru is also the nearest airport. Hasana junction 40 kms away is the

Durga Temple Aihole

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Aihole is a historic site along the Malaprabha river valley in North Karnataka housing over 120 temple structures built in 4th century AD. Aihole is a delight to visit for those who love archeology, ancient temples and history. Why visit Aihole: Durga Temple: Durga Temple is the primary attraction in Aihole and most spectacular representations of Aihole Temples. Durga Temple complex houses an archeological museum and art gallery. Ladkhan Temple showcases iconography from Shaiva, Vaishnava and Shakti traditions of Hinduism.  More temples: Garudagudi, Chakragudi, Ambigaragudi, Rachigudi, Kuntigudi, Hallibasappa Gudi, Badigargudi, Trimbakeshwar temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Jyotirlinga Temple are some other major temples.  Ravana Phadi Cave: Ravanaphadi is a 6th century rock cut cave temple in Aihole housing Shiva and Parvathi. Ravanaphadi is about a km from Durga Temple complex. Extensive artwork featuring Lord Shiva, Parvathi, Ganesha and Vishnu can be seen inside

The Bangalore Fort or the City Fort

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The Bangalore Fort or the City Fort was built by Kempe Gowda who was a chieftain of the Vijaynagar Empire in the year 1537. The fort was initially build as a mud fort but was later reinforced with stone by Haider Ali the ruler of Mysore Kingdom and father of the famous Tipu Sultan.  The fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan during the Mysore wars when Lord Caorwallis lead the attack on the fort. A marble tablet in the fort wall records the spot where the British breached the fort wall leading to its capture in 1791.  Most of the fort walls fell to ruin and only two of the 26 bastions remain today  Delhi Gate showcasing Indo-Islamic architecture  The Ganesha Temple build by Tipu reflects his respect for other religions  Gignatic wooden door with rows of metal spikes at the entrance, I am guessing the metal spikes were to prevent war elephants from ramming down the fort gate. The fort lies close to on

STONE TEMPLES OF BELUR AND HALEBEEDU

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The Hoysala Kings ruled most part of Karanataka, the Southern state of India from 10th to 14th century. These Kings were great patrons of Art, Architecture and commissioned some of the best stone temples ever built. Chennakesava Temple, Belur The city of Belur was the capital of the Hoysala kingdom until it was annexed by the Mughal ruler Allauddin Khilji. The Mughals looted and plunders the capital city after which Halebidu was established as the new capital. The temples and monuments of Belur are the best examples of Hoysala architecture and the highlight is the nature of the carvings; so intricate that they look like carvings made on sandalwood rather than stone. The temples are build on raised platforms and at Chennakesava temple elephants are carved on to the base of the platform. The charging Elephants at the lower section symbolize strength and stability ,the lions above symbolize courage and valor and the horses above them symbolize speed. CHENNAKE

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