Category: Karnataka

Chamundi Hill

Chamundi Hill is a perfect half day excursion from Mysore for anyone spending any significant time in and around the city.  To reach the summit of the hill you have two options; either drive straight up to the summit, or alternatively park near the bottom of the hill […]


Srirangapatna (also spelled Shrirangapattana; anglicized to Seringapatam during the British Raj) is a town in Mandya district of the Indian state of Karnataka. This is an island citadel on the Kaveri River beside the Bangalore road, just 15km northeast of Mysore. The name of the island is derived […]


Belur, 39km north of Hassan, is celebrated for the Chennakeshava Temple, an outstanding example of both Hoysala art and architecture. Erected in 1117 A.D, it is believed to have been built as a victory monument by the Hoysala king, Vishnuvardhana. The  Chennakeshava Temple resides in a complex with […]


Halebidu, 14km east of Belur and 42km north of Hassan, is identified as Dorasamudra, the great Hoysala capital. Vishnuvardhana (1108-1141 A.D.) was the first great ruler of Dorasamudra, and was responsible for expanding much of the Hoysala kingdom. Along with later rulers (Ballala II and Narasimha), military triumphs […]


Shravanbelagola (also known as Sravanabelgola or Sravanabelagola) is a celebrated Jain pilgrimage town 36km east of Hassan, just off the NH48 via Nelamangala. The main sites here are clustered around two granite hills overlooking the village; Vindhyagiri, and Chandragiri. My visit here was sadly limited for time, so […]

Lotus Mahal – Hampi

Also known as Chitragani Mahal and Kamal Mahal, the Lotus Mahal is located within the Zenana Enclosure of the Royal Centre of Hampi. Within the enclosure are also the remains of two palace basements, three watch towers, a vaulted rectangular structure, and the two storeyed pavilion of the […]