Karnataka as a state is rich in art, architecture, culture, heritage, and tourism. It is blessed with various picturesque and tourist spots to travel but lesser do we know about the old forgotten travel spots within Karnataka which once used to be famous amongst avid travelers.
Let’s revive the forgotten travel spots of Karnataka. All the spots mentioned below can be easily traveled from Bangalore and are suitable for weekend getaways.
How to reach: A bike ride from Bangalore to Hassan is a bliss. I personally recommend starting early in the morning to reach this spot.
The Shettihalli church was constructed in 1860 by French missionaries and the Gothic style church was built on the scenic banks of Hemavathi river in Hassan and served as a worship center for the wealthy British estate owners.
Rosary Church is a lesser known spot but a must visit for people interested in exploring the realms. The church is situated at a picturesque location, about 22 kilometers from Shettihalli in Hassan. Located on the banks of the river, the church is a perfect spot for travel enthusiasts, photographers, and tourists. The uniqueness of the church lies in the astonishing fact that the entire church gets submerged in the river during monsoons.
Also, this place has become an ideal spot as a shooting location for regional movies and serials.
How to reach: The temple is very close to Halebid and there are regular buses plying from Halebid to Hassan. One can easily take a bus or train to Hassan from Bangalore.
Hoysaleswara Temple is located in Halebidu, Hassan and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The construction of the temple began in the 12thcentury by the King of Hoysala. This temple was then looted in the 14th century and it fell into ruins after that. The temple has exclusive carvings and has a plan with two shrines, one for the King and one for the queen. It has about thousand figures on the walls which depict scenes of Mahabharata and Ramayana.
It reflects the Hoysala architecture and was built in soapstone. The outer walls of this temple have intricate carvings and the temple has been described as an outstanding example of Hindu architecture. This temple has been listed as a heritage site by the UNESCO.
How to reach: Mullayanagiri is 20 km from Chikmagalur and is easily accessible by road from Chikmagalur.
Mullayanagiri is located in Chikmagalur district and is the highest peak in Karnataka with an altitude of 1950 meters. Regarded as the highest peak between Himalayas and Nilgiris, Mullayanagiri is one of the best treks in Karnataka.
For adventure enthusiasts, the location offers an opportunity to engage in activities like mountain biking, trekking and road biking. Being the highest peak in Karnataka, it offers some very interesting trails.
The trek route to the peak begins from Sarpadaari, which is connected with Chikmagalur by road. This is 3 km long moderate level trek which is fairly steep and takes about 1.5 hrs to reach the peak. Direct road access is also available closer to the peak which is lesser than 1 km trek and takes about 20-30 mins.
The valley view from the top of Mullayanagiri is breathtaking. The landmarks on the trek path are a small stream, a Nandi statue and a cave with a small water source inside. The Sunset offers a spectacular view from the peak.
At a distance of 10 km from Chikmagalur & 50 km from Kemmanagundi, Hirekolale Lake is a beautiful manmade lake amidst the beauty and surrounded by high mountains. The famous hills of Mullayanagiri can be viewed from here. This lake is built to supply water to Chikmagalur town and irrigation of lands in surrounding villages.
This place can be easily accessed from the town of Chikmagalur. It can be visited throughout the year. There is no boating facility at the lake.
How To reach : Kemmangundi is another 62 km from Chikmagalur. A bike ride or a personal hired cab/bus is recommended to reach this spot.
Kemmanagundi is a hill station in Chikmagalur district and the journey till this spot is through restricted Bhadra wildlife tiger reserve. The roads will surely give you a bumpy ride but it’s worth the view this place has to offer. The station is surrounded by the Baba budan giri range with cascades, mountain streams, and lush vegetation, Kemmangundi has beautiful gardens, mountains and valleys views. There is a spectacular sunset view from the Raj Bhavan.
Monsoon is the best time to visit all the above-mentioned spots. Do visit them and let me know your views.