In 1565 the combined armies of Bijapur, Golconda, Ahmednagar, Bidar and Berar defeated the forces of Vijayanagar(present day Hampi) in the Battle of Talikota plunging South India into a period of upheaval and churning. The vassals of the Vijayanagar Kings declared independence and strengthened their land holdings setting out to earn a name for themselves. Among the many small dynasties that spawned out of this situation were the Nayakas of Keladi. Ruling from the settlements of Keladi, Ikkeri and Bidnur at their zenith they ruled over large swathes of Malnad, coastal Karnataka and Malabar Coast for around 250 years.
The legacy of the Nayakas are the various monuments in small villages like Keladi, Ikkeri and Nagara in Karnataka that are ideal for a visit especially during the monsoon season when the rains compliment the nostalgia of a bygone era.