When it comes to exploring South India, you cannot deny the fact that it is blessed with some beautiful temples. The architectural work and the back stories behind them are worth exploring. These temples are spread across different parts of South Indian states, and one such state is Karnataka. Karnataka is rich with ancient temples which are worth exploring and understanding their architectural marvel. Temples in Karnataka are built at the time Hoysala Empire and even after that. These are ageless beauties which attracts number of tourist to adorn the structure. From Vitthala Temple in Hampi to Murudeshwar Temple near Bhatkal, each temple should be in your check list. Check out the Karnataka temple tour packages which allow you to visit different temples and learn about them.
We now bring you the list of such top temples which you must explore-
Durga Temple, Aihole
Located in the village called Aihole, that boasts 125 temples, Durga Temple is one such that is largely famed. Under the Karnataka temple tour packages, this temple is added so that people do visit this amazing temple. Built in 7th century AD, the temple boasts beautiful rock cut architecture setting it apart from other temples.
Vitthala Temple, Hampi
Book the Hampi tour package and you will get to visit the most iconic temple called Vitthala Temple. Dedicated to lord Vishnu, it is the most popular and photographed temple in India. It is famous for monolithic pillars and stone chariot. Moreover, it is also the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. If you are in or nearby Hampi, then this is the temple you need to visit.
Vidyashankara Temple, Sringeri
Built in the memory of Guru Vidyashankara, the temple has both Dravida and Hoysala style of architecture. The temple has idols of- Lord Srinivasa, Lord Venugopal, and Nandi. This is the most beautiful temple you will ever come across in Karnataka.
Kollur Mookambika- Kollur
Set in the midst of hills, this beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Mookambika is 130km from Mangaluru. It is located at the hills of Kodachari and was built 1200years ago. There is a legend behind this temple which tells that goddess Parvati killed demon Kamasura. Firstly, the goddess made him Dumb or Mooka, and then killed him.
Sri Krishna Temple- Udupi
One of the most famous in Karnataka, the temple is located in Mangalore and is the house of lord Krishna. The temple is known for unique idol of the lord which has its back in the entrance. According to the legend, Kanakadasa, an ardent Krishna devotee was denied entrance due to his caste. He would stand at the back of the temple and pray. Touched by his devotion, Lord Krishna turned towards the devotee and till today the idol face opposite. The idol can be viewed through 9 windows called Kanaka Kindi.
Mahabaleshwar Temple- Gokarna
Called as the Kashi of South, the Mahabaleshwar temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. Gokarna itself is the most beautiful and off-beat destination, this temple with its enigmatic architecture boosts the tourism further.
So book your Karnataka temple tour package and get yourself a visit to these beautiful temples of Karnataka.