This requires around a 1 hour detour from the main route to Bangalore but it's totally worth it. This is a 12th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture and stone-carvings are breathtaking. You can read up about the history of this temple before visiting to better appreciate it's beauty or simply hire one of the many guides outside. Make sure to grab some beautiful stone-carved souvenirs from the local sellers before leaving!
And that brings us to the end of the trip. Back on the Hassan-Bangalore highway and reached Bangalore city by 9 PM. Could a last minute trip have gone any more perfect?
Distance from Bangalore: 232 kms
Best Time to Visit: October to March (can get very cold during Winter months)
Budget: ~ Rs. 4000 to Rs. 5000
Travel: Self-drive, car (the roads are too beautiful to not go on a road-trip)
Main Attractions: Mallalli Waterfalls, Bisle View Point, Mookanamane Waterfalls, Sakleshwara Swamy Temple, Manjarbad Fort, Hemavathi Railwai Bridge, Hoyasaleshwara Temple
Other Tips: Plan the places to visit according to your place of stay. There are so many hidden gems so talk to the locals if possible. If you're staying far from city center, make sure to pack Maggi and ready-made food because the region is rural and you won't find good restaurants.