Chikmagalur, a pristine town known for its rich cultural heritage and historical ruins is no less than a paradise for travel enthusiasts. The pristine nature and the marvels of history make this place a perfect holiday getaway to refresh your mind. The temples built in the Hoysala style of architecture, and the Dravidian monuments are an experience that you will cherish for life. Even though muslim invasions in the 14th century destroyed many historical monuments of the Hoysala Empire, yet you can witness some incredible ancient temples in Chikmagalur.
Come, stay at a coffee resort in Chikmagalur, and pay a visit to these religious monuments for a heavenly experience!
Ancient Temples in Chikmagalur You Must Visit:
1. Hoysaleshwara Temple:
Hoysaleshwara Temple, popularly known as Halebidu Temple, is a masterpiece of ancient architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the largest temple built in the Hoysala era under the reign of King Vishnuvardhana. The beauty of the temple lies in the awe-inspiring designs of the walls; each pillar is filled with intricate carving and images from Hindu scriptures. Two beautiful shrines are dedicated to King Vishnuvardhana as Hoysaleshwara and his queen Shantaleshwara.
There are two shrines of Nandi built in the temple premise facing the Shivalinga inside the Garbha Griha. Invasions in the past did damage a part of the temple, yet the revived part beholds the artistic magnificence of the temple, making it a revered worshipping place.
2. Kodandarama Temple:
As the name suggests, Lord Rama is worshipped in the Kodandarama temple where the idol is seen with a bow. It is believed to be built during the Hoysala era with Hoysala style of architecture, but some portions are built later in the Dravidian style. In the sanctum of the temple, there is a 6 ft tall Rama idol, with Devi Sita on his right, and Lakshmana on his left. The carvings of the temple portray the legends of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
The Tungabhadra River near the temple brings a serene atmosphere, making this ancient temple a must-watch monument. It is 53 km away from Chikmagalur town, located in Hiremagalur. From morning 05.00 am to 12.00 pm and evening 4.00 pm to 09.00 pm, you can get an entry to worship.
3. Annapoorneshwari Temple:
Located on the banks of the Bhadra River, Annapoorneshwari Temple is devoted to Goddess Annapoorna – Goddess of food (Devi Parvati). Sage Agastya is said to have installed the icon of the goddess in the temple. Various folklores are related to this temple; the most common being the wrath of Devi Parvati over Lord Shiva; she disappeared for months which caused drought in the world. Later, at the request of Deva-Asuras, Parvati took the form of Annapoorna Devi and offered everyone food.
On your visit to Annapoorneshwari Temple, don’t miss the Prasad served here. The temple is also known for its hospitality as it serves 3 times food to all the devotees.
4. Sringeri Sharada Peetham:
One of the ancient temples in Chikmagalur, Sringeri Sharada Peetham is a renowned pilgrimage site. Established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century, it is one of the famous tourist places in Chikmagalur. As the temple is located on the banks of the Tunga River, you can view the beautiful landscapes along with lush green trees across the temple. It is a spiritual experience for devotees who are seeking peace and serenity.
Visit this religious place anytime from 7 am to 8.30 pm to get the best view of the temple and the beautiful landscape surrounding it.
5. Chennakesava Temple:
Belur in Chikmagalur houses many gems of the Hoysala Empire. Chennakesava Temple is one among the many, built in the Hoysala architecture. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is an important pilgrimage site in Vaishnavism. The temple premise is known for its detailed carvings and sculptures, the designs in the walls enhance the beauty of the temple.
This shining jewel of Belur is a prime attraction for the tourists, for its monolithic structure. You will be amazed to see the 42 ft long gravity tower that stands on its own. Located in the Belur district, it is one of the ancient temples in Chikmagalur to see, for its artistic brilliance.
These temples in Chikmagalur gives you the feeling of devotion and spirituality. Keep these temples on your wish list when you plan a trip to Chikmagalur district amidst the foothills of Western Ghats.
If you prefer resorts to stay in Chikmagalur, you can ask for a rental jeep, as most resorts have rental jeeps or cars with experienced local drivers and visit the tourist places in Chikmagalur. We, at Nexstay Coffee Grove Resort, welcome you to have a comfortable stay at Chikmagalur.