Talakadu is a desert like town on the river banks of Kaveri. It once had over 30 temples, most of which are buried in sand now. The “Curse of Talakadu” is something interesting to read about. The river offers a nice playground as the beds are of sand. Our ride, well was Royal Mechie’s Day out, 21people on 11bikes, 300kms in one day. Next day we had practicals :P
Chitradurga means “picturesque fort” and it truly stand by that name with all honour. There are about 20 temples within the fort walls. The battle strategies, architecture, ancient buildings, takes you back to the war time. This fort is located 120kms away from Hampi. Obbavana Kindi is another major attraction at this fort. My personal suggestion for 1st timers, go on a monsoon weekday, hire a guide imbibe the place and return. (You can thank me latter:P)
Somanathpura is famous for the Chennakeshava temple. The Hoysala architecture has outdone itself on this temple. This is one of the finest and the complete examples of the Hoysala architecture. This is a protected heritage site and one make sure to respect it. One can sit on the perpheri admiring the carvings for hours at a stretch. We had clubbed this place along with Srirangapatna.
Srirangapatna lies in the Mandya district. It is of cultural, religious and historic importance. The Ranganathaswamy temple is the main attraction of the place. Other interesting places include Bailey’s dungeon, Thomas Innman’s dungeon, Tippu’s summer palace. Once one reaches Srirangapatna half of the historical places lie on the right side of the highway and the other towards the left.
Lepakshi is a small village in Ananthpur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is culturally and archaeologically significant. The Veerbhadra temple is one of the main attractions of this place. The giant Nandi at this place is the largest  Nandi in India. The history that flows with this place is rich and colourful. Other attraction include, Virupaksha’s eye marks, Hanging Pillar, Shiva-Parvathi wedding place.
Belum Caves is in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. The caves are carved by river Chitravathi years back. The caves run for 2kms deep, out of which 1.5kms is open for public. The walk inside the caves keeps one in a separate reality and makes sure all the liquids are drained out of the body. Gandikota is another historical place. The gorge viewpoint no point is beautiful and the primary attraction, but the history of the place is something one must read before going there.


Badami is a very historically significant place as it was the capital of the Chalukyas. The cave temples of this places showcase the artistic prowess of the kingdom. Mahakoota temple which is one of the oldest Shiva temple in the world is a pure joy to visit. The temple complexes and the museum of Badami is not to be missed. It would take one day to cover Badami.



Pattadakkal temple complex enhouses about 10-11 temples. The temples are really beautiful and a joy to visit. The temple complex is well preserved and a lot of care is taken from the tourism department to uphold the heritage. This place is 15kms from Badami and can be covered with Badami.


Aihole is 40kms from Badami and usually goes hand in hand with Badami. Aihole has a lot of temple complexes scattered around. It would take about a day to cover all the temples and must be done with some pre-planning. The temple complexes of Aihole are pretty admirable. The Durga temple dedicated to the Sun God is the most famous temple of this place.

11. HAMPI:
Hampi needs no introduction. It is one of the most famous heritage sites of India. Hampi attracts a very wide spectrum of tourists of various interests. At Hampi, one can spend an entire day admiring just one structure or one can cover the entire places in one day. Yes, the choice is always yours. But to cover Hampi one needs to plan very well. Simple breath-taking place.

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