We went to Bidar Fort from there, which is open from 06.00 AM to 05.00 PM daily. Bidar Fort has seven gates in the fort and the places to see inside the fort are Takht Mahal, Tarkash Mahal, Rangeen Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam and Solah Khamb Masjid. During an era when there were no Cranes or any technological aids, wonder how the men then built such huge Forts and Palaces. Inspired by the beauty of the Fort, my daughter has done a sketch of the Fort, which I have used as the cover image of this blog.The beautiful hindi song Ishq Sufiyaana, from the Bollywood movie “Dirty Picture” was shot here, featuring Imran Hashmi and Vidya Balan. Bidar has caught the attention of film directors for its unique monuments and historical locations. A lot of Kannada, Tamil and Telugu movies are also shot here. The place caught got its public attention after the Kannada movie Sanju Weds Geeta was shot here. All the songs were so beautifully picturized here on the gorgeous Ramya (Divya Spandana), with the Fort as backdrop. I have pasted an YouTube link of this lovely kannada song for you to see and enjoy. After all, sharing is caring.
Earlier known as the Vijayanarayana Temple, this is the prime attraction of th Belur Region of Karnataka. The temple is stuated on the banks of the Yagachi River and was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire Empire. There are also other temples in Belur and the neighbouring Halebid is a popular tourist attraction. The maning of the word Chennakesava is 'Handsome Krishna'. One of the most attractive temples, this temple is decorated inside out. Light greenish colour soapstone is mainly used to make the Chennakesava being carried on a Garida and the entrance with the Golden Lion makes the temple look even better. There are also other smaller shrines and temples inside this huge temple complex.
Badami Cave Temples
Badami is a small town on the north of Karnataka and was built by Pulakesin I of the Chalukyan Empire. This town is mainly known for the cave temples here. These caves were carved out of soft sandstone and bear the remains of Hindu and Dravidian styles of architecture. A major attraction in these caves is the 18 armed statue of Lord Shiva. Cave 1 is probably the oldest of all the caves and is made of red snadstone. The whole cave is adorned with the murals of Hindu deities. The life size statue of Lord Shiva with his consort and the snake is beautiful. Over here you will also be able to find also the statues of dancing Nataraja in 81 different poses. Caves 2 and 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Cave 4 is a Jain Temple.
Chitradurga is famous for the historical Chitradurga fort which is really humongous and offers a great deal of knowledge about the different dynastic rulers(Though I didn't focus much on that part:P). Entry Fee: Rs 25 per person.Fortunately, we also got an opportunity to have a glimpse of the Monkey Man of India. He was climbing the huge walls within seconds and without any support.One thing I would specifically mention is to beware of the monkeys there as they are very mischievous(Few incidents happened which made me to write this:D). Below is one of the snapshot:
Chandragiri Fort is situated very close to Kasaragod. Lying on the banks of the Chandragiri river, it is much smaller to the Bekal fort, but is one of the main forts of the Vijayanagar empire. You can see the ruins of what was once the Capital of the Vijayanagar empire. Built in the 17th century, this fort is well known for its architecture and well preserved artifacts that highlight the lives of the past rulers. There is also a beautiful beach just 4 kms away and boating options are available on the Chandragiri River.