The coastal state of Karnataka is famous for its unique temples known for its architecture from the ancient Hoysala Empire. It is a place that has preserved its cultural heritage in today’s world. Karnataka is one unique destination wherein there’s never a dull moment when it comes to touring the temples. The most famous temples of Karnataka state include the Annapoorneshwari temple, Marikamba temple Sagar, Mahabaleshwar Temple at Gokarna and Mahaganapati temple. Most of these temples are ancient and architectural wonders.
6 Famous Temple tours of Coastal Karnataka
Durga Temple, Aihole
Durga Temple of Aihole is the biggest and the most attractive temple in whole Karnataka. Though the temple name is Durga temple, it has nothing to do with the Goddess Durga. In the local region, Durga means ‘fort’. As the temple was found near a fort, people named it as Durga (Fort) temple. It was built in the 7th century AD, the temple boasts of beautiful rich cut architecture and it is built in an apsidal and oblong shape.
Mookambika Temple, Kollur
Mookambika Temple is one of the famous temples in India located in Kollur which is located at a distance of 130 km from Mangalore. This temple is built among the hills of Kodachadri in the western ghats and it is also believed that the temple was built at least 1200 years ago. Sri Mookambika Temple is a unique temple among the other Hindu gods and goddesses as she embodies the powers of Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali combined into one as Adiparashakthi.
Murudeshwar Shiva Temple, Bhatkal
Murudeshwar Shiva Temple is the world’s tallest Shiva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which lies on the court of Arabian Sea and lies in the holy beach town in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. This temple is built on the Kandula hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Swa. Further, it has a 20-storied Gopura being constructed on the temple.
Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple
Dharmasthala Manjunatha temple is situated on the banks of Netravali river. It is one of the unique temples in Karnataka where both Lord Shiva and a Jain Theerthankara are worshipped together. In an average, more than 10,000 people visit this temple on an everyday basis. Dharmasthala is known for the abode of Dharma which is considered as the quintessence of humanity and faith.
Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
Virupaksha temple is considered as one of the World Heritage sites of UNESCO which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was constructed in Lakkana Dandesha’s assistants who was the commander under King Deva Taya II. The very origin of the temple history as a sacred place that revolves around the myths associated with Virupaksha. It is believed that this temple has been functioning ever since its inception in the 7th century AD which makes this temple the oldest functioning temples in India.
Badami Cave Temple, Bagalkot
Badami Cave Temple is one of the widely known historic temples in Karnataka built in 578 AD. It was constructed in Chalukya-style architecture with four different caves that consist of the idols of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. While one of them is dedicated to Jainism. This place is quite popular for its cave temples that are cut out of sandstone rocks which surrounds the Agastya Lake. The Government of India has declared Badami as one of the heritage cities in India.