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Best Tourism Places in Karnataka

Belur 


Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. With Halebidu which is only 16 km away, this is one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka. Belur is located in Hassan district. According to inscriptions discovered here, it was also referred to as Velapuri.
The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (dedicated to Chennakeshava, meaning handsome Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana. It is said that Shantaladevi herself danced in front of the main shrine during its installation and her dance inspired the poses of the figurines on the temple walls.

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Gol Gumbaz


Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. The tomb, located in Bijapur, Karnataka in India, was completed in 1656 by the architect Yaqut of Dabul. The name finds its roots from Gola gummata deriving from Gol Gombadh meaning "circular dome". It is constructed as per the Deccan architecture".
The structure is composed of a cube, 47.5 metres (156 ft) on each side, capped by a dome 44 m (144 ft) in external diameter. "Eight intersecting arches created by two rotated squares that create interlocking pendentives" support the dome. At each of the four corners of the cube, is a dome-capped octagonal tower seven stories high with a staircase inside. The upper floor of each opens on to a round gallery which surrounds the dome. Inside the mausoleum hall, is a square podium with steps on each side.

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Hampi

Hampi (Hampe) is a village and a temple town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. in northern Karnataka, India. It was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. According to statistics of 2014, Hampi is the most searched historical place in Karnataka on Google. In around 1500 AD Vijaynagar had about 500,000 inhabitants (supporting 0.1% of the global population during 1440-1540), making it the second largest city in the world after Beijing and almost thrice the size of Paris.

History says Hampi was one of the most richest city on the planet which attracted Mughal emperors who attacked Hampi and took away all its wealth , before that it is said that golds and diamonds were sold on streets in Hampi which shows the greatness of Hampi.

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Mysore


Clockwise from top: Mysore Palace, Shivanasamudra Falls, Infosys Building, Brindavan Gardens Musical Fountain, Chennakesava Temple, Lalitha Mahal, St. Philomena's Church and Chamundeshwari Temple.
Mysore which is presently called  Mysuru , is a very popular city located in the State of Karnataka.It is about 146 km from Bengaluru , the capital city of Karnataka  and spread at the base of  Chamundi Hills .
Mysore was the previous capital of the state of Karnataka and it is located adjacent Mandya , Kodagu  and  Kerala State .
The name Mysore is derived from "Mahishuru" , which means Buffalo in Sanskrit . According to Hindu Mythology the region was controlled by a Demon named Mahisha  who could change forms from human to Buffalo who was killed by Hindu goddess " Chamudeshwari" and hence the hills next to Mysore got the name "Chamundi Hills" . The  city later got the name Mahishuru which means the residence of Mahisha. which was later anglicised to Mysore.