The state of Karnataka, located in south India, has a rich cultural, historical and archeological heritage. It houses many historic monuments, forts, wonderful museums and archaeological sites. The ruins of Hampi, the mausoleum of Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, sculptures of Belur and Halebid, hills of Kodau, Gomateshwar statue in Shravanbelgola are some of the popular sites that can be found in the itinerary of heritage tours of Karnataka.
In Karnataka, you will come across many great historical monuments including forts and palaces. Bidar Fort was constructed during the 10th century and renovated by Sultan Ahmad Shah Bahamani in 1428. Belgaum Fort and Gulbarga Fort are other significant forts in the state of Karnataka. Mysore in Karnataka is known as the city of palaces. The Mysore Palace, which is renowned for its royal aura and majestic architecture, is one of the grandiose reflections of the heritage of Karnataka. Once upon a time it was the official residence of the Woodeyar dynasty.
The city of Bijapur in Karnataka is famous for a prominent landmark known as Gol Gumbaz. It is the mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah II. Situated on the hilly slope, Badami Caves is another place of tourist interest in Karnataka. The Badami Cave temple complex consists of four rock-cut cave temples. Out of them, three are Brahmanical temples and the remaining one is a Jain cave.
Hampi ruins are among the most popular tourist attractions in Karnataka. You should make sure that this site is not missed from your heritage tours of Karnataka. Once, Hampi was the majestic capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Founded by Harihara and Bukka, the city of Hampi was characterized by magnificent palaces, massive fortifications, holy temples, markets, baths, stables for royal elephants and pavilions. Now it is a ruined city of ancient forts and palaces, but even through its ruins, it manages to narrate the romance of a bygone era… Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Karnataka is a home to some of the ancient, sacred temples. The statue of Lord Gomateshwara in Shravanabelgola is the tallest monolithic structure of the world. It is one of the most sacred Jain pilgrimages. The Bull Temple, situated in the Basavanagudi region of Bangalore, is another ancient temple in the state. It is devoted to Nandi the bull, who is the mount of Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed by Kempe Gowda.
The museums in Karnataka are the representatives of the glorious history of the state. The remnants of bygone era are well-preserved in Karnataka's museums. Along with artifacts and sculptures dating back to ancient ages, the museums exhibit the traditional paintings. Some of the popular museums in Karnataka are Karnataka Government Museum and Venktappa Art Gallery, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Rail Museum and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/11