Haven’t we all grown up listening to the witty stories of Tenali Raman and the mighty emperor Krishnadevaraya? Well, let me introduce you to the ruins of Hampi. Where even the ruins tell the glorious tales of the emperor. And after reading it in story and history books, hasn’t your curious mind began to wonder, how would it be like to actually visit the place?
India has thirty-two world heritage sites. Trust me, there are more, it may not be “world heritage sites”, but they are heritage sites and are really beautiful and mesmerizing. The architecture spectacular and has a lot to say to the one who seeks.
Ruins of Hampi dot an eerie landscape that will leave you spellbound and amazed. You could see the ruins and some well kept religious sites. The ruins attract a lot of tourists every year. Though it is called a ruin, there are around 100 sites to visit, if you haven’t visited at least ten, then you haven’t visited Hampi at all.
You could picture Hampi as unreal and enchanting, the forlorn ruins, heaps of giant boulders of terrain for miles in a background jade-green plantation. That is Hampi for you. You gotta visit it to experience it !
Then there is Badami too, which is equally beautiful and filled with monkeys. Kepp your eatables safe. Don’t say I did not warn you.
Being from Bangalore another heritage sites for me are these short trips from Bangalore for the weekend – Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebeedu. Difficult to pronounce eh? More beautiful to see!
Shravanabelagola covers two great religions – Jainism and Hindu, one state and one aroma –coffee. Coffee lovers, Hassan is your destination. Best part- good connectivity-roads.Yay! No jerks, very irritating, especially if you are taking a photo from the moving car.
So, start from Bangalore and reach Sravanbelagola to witness the great statue of standing Mahaveer where mahakumbabishekam is performed once in 12 years. Pack your energy to climb the numerous steps to reach the feet of the lord and witness yourself the ancient temple. Sorry guys, no power bank for this.
Once you finish admiring that great statue, it is short trip to Hassan and then on to Belur and Halebeedu – the land of Hoysalas. Yeah, the same Hoysalas that invaded our social science aka history books. Now you can aww or oh.
Visit the Channakeshava temple- incredible temple and discover an architecture that you will find nowhere else. Such intricate carvings and in such detail that you will find the finger nail in Garuda statue(just one example). Go there to find many. Finger nails were beautiful, so I remember. Other words- Breathtaking and exquisite. Experience it and hey don’t forget to enjoy the aromatic Coffee from the motherland of coffee Sakleshpur, Chikamagalur. Short distance from Hassan is Sakleshpur and the beginning of western Ghats. Explore the area, if you have time and you will not regret. And yeah, they are not heritage sites, Okay? But they are very beautiful.
All in all, Karnataka is the most hospitable state of India and of course cosmopolitan too. But wait, I am an Indian!
P.S. No pictures today. You will have to visit it to know how it looks and feels.
I changed my mind, bcause I don’t want to change yours, so here are a few pictures, you will have to go there to find out which place it actually is.