St. Philomena's Church
This is the most beautiful church in Karnataka and was built by a French Architect in the 19th century. The church is dedicated to a 3rd century Greek Saint named Philomena whose statue is here in a reclining position. A part of the saint's bones and clothes are still in the church. The church was earlier known as St. Joseph Chaver. The church is inspired from the St. Patrick's Church in New York and a local church of Cologne. King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV laid the foundation of the church. The stained glass windows with the beautiful paintings of the incidents of the life of Jesus Christ. The most attractive are the birth of Christ and his Baptism.
The Chamundeshwari temple was built in 13th century. The temple is located on the top of Chamundi hills about 13 km away from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka. This temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of shakti . This is considered as the shakti peeth and is among the 18 maha shakti peeth. The temple has a seven storey tall Gopura/Gopuram decorated with intricate carvings. The deity of the goddess is said to be made of Gold and the entrance doors are of Silver.
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
This is a famous religious center on top of the Chamundi Hills in Mysore. This temple was built ust after the Wodeyars started their rule on this place and the Goddess Shakti was thei cult deity. Later, many contributions were made by the Hoysalas and Vijayanagara rulers. The legend goes that after the Goddess Chamundi had slayed the demon kind Mahishasura, everyone started praying to her and thus was built a very small shrine in devotion of the Goddess. This is the same temple which was rebuilt and beautified to form what we see today.
Sri Nandi Temple
Also known as the Nandidurg or Nandi Betta, this is a popular hill fortress in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. The name of the hills has been derived from the Dravidian temples dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. Out of these two temple one ois on top of the hill and the other is on the foothills. During the rule of the Cholas, this hill was known as the Ananadagiri or the 'hill of happiness'. The name of the hill according to two other legends talk about the presence of the sleeping Nandi Bull here and also the penace performed here by yoga Nandeeshwara. There is also a temple dedicated to Yoga Nandeeshwara on top of this hill. The temple that you find on the foothills date back to the 9th Century by the Banas Dynasty and is a beautiful blend of various temple building styles due to the repeated renovations and beautifications during various dynasties. The fort on top of the hill was a contribution of Tipu Sultan and is said to have been built in such a way that soldiers could shoot from all directions without beeing seen. The beauty of the hills is also remarkable with the lovely view of the Amrit Sarovar Lake. The rolling stretches of greenery and the evergreen forests of the nandi hills are the home to rare species such as the shaheen falcon, Malabar whilstling thrush, Uropeltid snakes, pill millepedes and yellow throated bulbuls. Trekking and paragliding are the main activities to be enjoyed here.