Undertake South India tours to catch a glimpse of some magnificent man-made wonders. The southern part of India endorses several treasure troves, globally famed for their intricate carvings and architectural brilliance. Historical facet of south India will surprise you with some of the most celebrated historical monuments, which are listed in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The deserted town of Mahabalipuram served the Palllava King, who had a great interest in erecting some beautiful pieces of architecture. The group of temples built in 7th and 8th century AD, display the splendour of Pallava architecture. These holy shrines are shaped in form of Mandapas, Chariots and Giant open-air-reliefs, which are hewn from the granite rock face. Thousands of sculptures displaying the glory of Lord Shiva adorn the walls of these majestic temples. Some of Mahabalipuram's indigenous patterns like - the lion pilasters, the nascent gopuram and the profuse decorations reflect the southern style of architecture.
Hampi was given the World Heritage Site status in the year 1985. Vijaynagar, “the City of Victory” is bestowed with several pavilions and temples, adorned with elaborate figure sculptures. Admire the outstanding architecture of this city, famed for its elegant design and intricate carvings. Marvel the ruins of decayed temples that are evidence to the glorious bygone era.
Great Living Chola Temples
The Great Living Chola Temples are testimony to glorious bygone era. These beautiful temples were built by the Chola Kings, between 11th and 12th century AD. The site is dotted with three massive holy shrines including Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram, Brihadisvara temple at Thanjavur and Airavatesvara temple at Darasuram. These major three temples display splendour of Chola architecture excellence.
The architectural fame of Pattadakal allures travelers from every pocket of the world. Splendid beauty of sculptures carved on the temple wall mark the intricate work of medieval architecture. The artistic flavor of Chalikyas rulers like Kirtivarman and Pulakeshin II is visible in stunning ancient monuments of the region. In Pattadakal, large number of temples are built in north Indian Nagara style and south Indian Dravidian style of architecture.