Another temple in Balligavi, Tripurantakesvara, is a victim of the damage done by natural forces. The two parallel shrines facing east display signs of decay and whole portions of the temple have fallen into disrepair. However, there are still intricate carvings on the stone, you only need a keen eye to spot them. This is also a temple, that is from the Hoysala period but unlike other Hoysala temples, has a number of erotic figures carved all arounf the temple platform.
Cuisine on offer
“Khanavalis” or small eateries in Banavasi serve up hot, delicious food with a warm smile. There are several breads made of rice, jowar and corn as well as rice served with a variety of sweet, sour, pungent and spicy curries and sauces. Accompanying the meal is a wide range of fresh powders and chutneys made of lentils, chillies, and tamarind.
When to go
The dry season from October to February is a great time to visit if you wish to enjoy the temples. However, if you also want to take in the lush greenery of the surrounding fields and paddy fields in full bloom, monsoon months from mid-June to August are perfect.
By air: The nearest airport is Bangalore, 400km away. Daily flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other major towns of India operate to and from Bangalore.
By train: Nearest railway stations are Shimoga and Haveri, 122km and 70km away respectively. Taxis and buses are both available from these towns to Banavasi. Taxis charge ₹10/km for a hatchback.
By road: Bangalore to Sirsi (25km from Banavasi) is a popular route of KSRTC. Buses sometimes stop at Banavasi. Otherwise you can get down at Sirsi and take a taxi to town. Taxis charge ₹10/km for a hatchback.
Banavasi is a small enough town that you can easily walk from one attraction to another. However, you can also take a day-taxi for all sights. Taxi prices start from ₹800 - ₹1000 for a hatchback. You can negotiate the prices.
There is only one accommodation option in Banavassi itself. It's an eco lodge with basic amenities. You can contact on +91 81055 45777 for a booking. They also arrange transport from Haveri for a price.
You can also opt to stay in Haveri and visit Banavasi as a day trip. Shivshakti Palace is a decent place to stay in Haveri with rooms starting at only ₹1000 for a night for two.
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