This is a district town around 500 kilometers northwest from Bangalore and shares the same administration along with its sister city of Betageri. This city is mainly known for the historic temples and printing presses. The temples of Veeranarayana and Trikuteshwara are example of the fine architecture and art styles of the Chalukya Era. Apart from the Hindu temples of Trikuteshwara, Saraswathi and Veeranarayana, there are also two Jain Temples dedicated to Parshvanath and Mahavira. The other attractions here are the Jagadguru Tondaraya Mutt, Beladhadi, Hombal, Lakkundi and Venkatapura.
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It is the oldest part of the town famous for wood-carving and the Dattatraya Temple. The temple is claimed to be built out of trunk from a single tree by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 AD. The three storied pagoda style temple stands tall despite of the natural disasters, adorned with incredible wood carved panels. Besides the temple is the Pujari Math exhibiting the notable Peacock Window with beautiful carving. It is one of the signature attractions of this site.