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Belavadi (29 km from Chikmagalur)

Published Date: 09-May-2024

This quiet and quaint village, according to legend, is where Bheema (one of the Pandava princes) vanquished and killed Bakasura, a demon. Today, it draws architecture and history buffs with its ornately carved and sprawling Veera Narayana Temple which dates back to a time when the Hoysalas were in power. Made of soapstone, this gorgeous Vaishnava temple has three shrines, each boasting a different image of Lord Vishnu. Intricate carvings, life-like sculptures, elaborate lintel decorations and unique ceiling art make this temple Insta-worthy.

  • Best time to visit: October to April
  • Ideal duration: 1 day
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Mangalore Airport and then hire a cab.
    • By Train: Reach Devanur Railway Station first and then take a taxi.
    • By Road: Board a bus from Mangalore or Bangalore to reach Chikmagalur and then hire a taxi.
  • Best for: It is among the best mythological places to visit in Chikmagalur.
  • Tip: Carry a camera to capture the architecture.
  • Nearby Attractions: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Hebbe Falls, Diamond Falls, Hill View, Malaya Marutha Falls
  • Nearby Restaurants: Shekar Canteen Pure Veg Restaurant, Vishnu Delicacy, Masala Suruchi
  • Google rating and reviews: 4.5 rating and 2,100 reviews

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