Dharwad ( Karnataka , South India)
Whole Karnataka is replete with treasure of ancient architectural gems of India. Ancient temples of Karnataka are embodiment of classical temple architecture laden with intricately and sumptuously carved sculptures. Dharwad is also no exception to it. Dharwad is located 75 kms from Belgaum. Calm and peaceful with picturesque beauty, this place still retains its ancient charm. A famous educational centre, it has two renowned Universities-the Karnataka University and the University of Agricultural Sciences. Some of the important places worth visiting are the All Saints Church, Basel Mission Church, Dattatreya temple, Durga Devi temple and Panduranga temple.
Other than the above mentioned monuments, there are many more places around Dharwad to explore various aspects of culture of Karnataka and South India.
Dambal: The famous village of Dambal, 20 kms from Dharwad, has two temples dedicated to Dodda Basappa and Someshwara. The first is a star shaped Kalyan Chalukya temple and is the only one of its kind in this region. The Someshwara temple has the Hoyasala art along with Yadava art. Both these are considered as the Gems of Dambal.
Gajendragarh: Situated 35 kms from Dharwad, Gajendragarh is a historic place having a fort built by Chatrapathi Shivaji. There are two temples of Virupaksha and Panduranga. Another famous temple here is the one dedicated to Kalakaleshwara constructed inside a natural cave formation. These caves lead to two sacred ponds called Yenne Gonda and Arasara Gonda.