Southern India is a heavenly abode of magnificent monuments, standing majestically from ages. The architecture of the South Indian monuments is breathtakingly beautiful and grand. From Dravidian architecture to Vijayanagara style of architecture, from elaborate pillars of Chalukyas to minute stone carvings by Krishnadevaraya, each monument has a different tale to tell. From tall, intricately carved gopurams to majestic pillars and life-sized shrines, these South Indian temples are rich in legend and stunning in their grandeur.
Nageshwara and Channakeshava, the twin temples built at edge of the Mosale village depicts the Hoysala style of architecture. These structures are famous for it's intricately designed architecture and scriptures.
Morning pickup from Bangalore and proceed to Somnathpura. Somanathpura is famous for the Chennakesava Temple constructed by Soma, a commander in 1268 CE under Hoysala king Narasimha III, during the Hoysalas were the major power in South India. The Chennakesava temple is one of the masterpieces of Hoysala architecture and is in a very well preserved condition. The temple is in the care of the Archeological Survey of India as a protected heritage. Then proceed to Mysore. On arrival at Mysore, check in to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
On second day morning, after breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Halebid. Halebid literally means ruined city because it was ruined twice by the Bahmani Sultanate. Halebidu was previously called as Dwarasamudra and it was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. Halebidu is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples. Then proceed to Belur, a town popular for its Chennakeshava temple. The Chennakeshava Temple at Belur is one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakesava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana. Then proceed to Hassan, on arrival at Hassan, check in to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Kaidala. Kaidala hosts two exquisite temples sculpted by Jakanachari. Kaidala is famous for a small Dravidian style Kaidala Chennakeshava Temple buit in 1150 and Gangadareshwara Shrine. Jakanachari, the master sculptor was born and brought up at Kaidala. It was Jakanachari who sculptured the famous Somnathpura, Belur and Halebedu temples. The sprawling monolithic black-granite image of Lord Chennakeshava is about 5.5 ft tall and is installed on a 2.5 feet high pedestal. The ten incarnations of Vishnu are carved on the Prabhavali (representation of aura). Strikingly beautiful images of Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi - two consorts of Lord Chennakeshava - flank the main image in the sanctum. There are no words to describe the beauty of the lord and all credits goes to the work done by master sculptor Jakanachari. Then proceed to Bangalore, on arrival at Bangalore, transfer to railway station for onward journey.