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Places to visit

There's plenty, starting with

Manjarabad Fort - (1km) a short distance from Prakritik Village. This imposing structure was constructed by Mysore monarch Tipu Sultan in 1752, and is based at an altitude of 3,240 ft.

Bisle Ghat - (60km) offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The ghat borders the Bisle Reserve Forest, one of the country's most magnificent rainforests. Its diverse habitat is home to an amazing selection of flora and fauna, making it a must-see for nature lovers. It is also a great place for trekking and bird watching. The forest authorities have constructed several observation points which provide vantage positions to see the reserve's varied birdlife, or to simply sit back and enjoy the panoramic view.

Belur - This quaint hamlet is located on the Banks of the river Yagachi. Once the capital of Hoysala Empire, it is unforgettable because of its exquisite temples. The Chennakeshava Temple is one of the finest examples of the Hoysala style of architecture. It took 103 years to complete and the reasons are evident. The facade filled with elephants, episodes from the epics and sensuous dancers are awe-inspiring in their intricate workmanship with no empty portion. Inside are hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars. The Kappe Chennigaraya Temple and the smaller shrines are worth a visit.

Moodabidri - an ancient center of Jain learning, is a small town 37 km northeast of Mangalore.

Halebedu - 17km to the east of Belur, are the scintillating temples of Halebedu, depicting the rich and cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleshwara temple dating to the 12th century is astounding in its wealth of sculptural details depicting carvings of various deities, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple guarded by the Nandi Bull was never completed even after years of rigorous labour.

Shravanabelagola - (90km) One of the important Jain pilgrim centres, a 17 metre monolith sculpture of Lord Bahubali (Lord Gomateshwara), symbolic of renunciation of worldly possessions, is believed to be the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka - a spectacular ceremony held once every 12 years. This colossus is ceremonially anointed with milk, curd, ghee, saffron and gold coins. The last Mahamastakabhisheka was held in December 2005. The next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2017.

Shettihalli - (40km) built by French Missionaries around 1860 the Holy Rosary Church was reportedly built with mortar and bricks and a mixture of jaggery and eggs. Standing tall in the water is it’s ruins in the backwaters of the Hemavathi Reservoir built at Gorur to develop agriculture around the neighboring towns. During monsoons, the water level rises submerging the entire church and only the spire is seen at times. The entire roof had caved in while part of the altar and the central nave still stand.