Situated in the northern part of Karnataka, Badami is a town that is closely associated with the famous Chalukya Empire of south India. Another aspect that always catches the travellers attention is the caved temples of Badami that speaks a ton about the Chalukyan style of architecture. The four renowned cave temples are engraved out of sandstone on the cliff of hills and accommodates a shrine, pillars and even an open porch. These magnificent piece of architecture are dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva.
A quaint hamlet, Somnathpur, that sits on the banks of the Kaveri, 140 kms, south-west of Bangalore is a fitting example of the popular saying big bang in small package. This village flaunts the grand Kesava Temple, that dates back to 1268 AD. It is a terrific monument established by the Hoysala rulers. A walled premises houses the shrine that is covered around with a verandah with some 64 cells. The shape of the temple is simply thrilling and breath taking with three carved spires standing on a raised platform.