Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Upli Buruj

Upli Buruj

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Upli Buruj or Uplri Buruj is a spherical structure with stone steps winding round the outside. The top of the tower offers a commanding view of the city. This is also known as Hyder Burj or Upli Burj. On top of Upli Burj there are two guns of huge size. One needs to climb the stairs to reach the top. 

The para feet of this tower which was used for monitoring purposes has been fenced now. One needs to climb the circular stairs to reach the top. However except for this tower there is very little evidence of the citadel wall in this area due to rampant construction. Furthermore, it contains various guns, powder chambers, war material, and water cisterns.

Upli Buruj or Uplri Buruj In Bijapur


Upli Buruj or Uplri Buruj was built around 1584 by Hyder Khan, is an 80 ft high tower standing to the north of Dakhani Idgah in Bijapur (Vijapura).

How to Reach

Nearest City  : Vijapura
District           : Vijapura
Distance        : 1.2 km from Vijapura Bus Stand

Duration         : > 1 Hour                        

Jod Gumbaz, Vijapura

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Jod Gumbaz, twin domed tombs, were built in memory of Khan Muhammad and Abdul Razzaq Qadiri. Situated near Mecca Gate, these tombs are also referred to as ‘Two Sisters’.

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For offering assistance to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to defeat the young Adil Shahi emperor Sikandar, both Khan Muhammad and Abdul Razzaq Qadiri were considered traitors. The structure was built in 1687 and is also known as the Dargah of Abdul Razzaq Qadiri.

How to Reach

Nearest City  : Vijapura
District           : Vijapura
Distance        : 300 Mtrs from Vijapura Bus Stand



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Bara Kaman is the incomplete mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II in Bijapur, Karnataka. Ali Adil Shah, ruler of the Adil Shahi Dynasty, wanted to build a tomb of exceptional quality. According to the plan, twelve arches were to be placed vertically and horizontally around the tomb.

However, because of  some unknown reasons, the work was left incomplete. As a result, only 2 arches were placed vertically. However, the remains of the 12 arches that were placed horizontally, are also visible in the premises.
It was also planned that the shadow of Bara Kaman would touch the Gol Gombaz. At present, this site is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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Useful Information

Nearest City  : Vijapura
District           : Vijapura
Distance        : 1 kms from Vijapura Bus Stand
Duration        : < 1 Hour                        

Almatti Dam

Almatti Dam

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Almatti Dam is situated on the Krishna River in Bijapur District. It is an essential reservoir of the Upper Krishna Project, aimed to provide irrigation to the drought prone areas of Bijapur, Bagalkot, Gulbarga, Raichur and Koppal. Construction of this dam was completed in July 2005 and it has an annual energy design of 713 million units.  

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Height of this dam was raised from 509 m to 519 m as per the orders of the Supreme Court. According to the present scheme, Karnataka has been allocated 700 TMC of Krishna River water.

How to Reach

Nearest City  : Nidugundi
District           : Vijapura
Distance        : 73 kms from Vijapura City
                        40 kms from Bagalkot City

Ibrahim Roza, Vijapura

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Ibrahim Rauza, often referred to as 'The Taj Mahal of the Deccan', was designed by Malik Sandal. It comprises four minarets, a mosque on its right, and a tomb at its left side. It houses the remains of Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his wife Taj Sultana.  

Facing east towards the tomb, the front of the mosque has five arches with elaborate plaster work on the spandrel. Above them, a wide nave is supported by lotus brackets. Above the nave is an elaborate parapet comprising an ornate screen.

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The high corner minarets are divided into storeys and have an unusual cluster of columns at the base. The spherical dome is raised on a platform decorated with large petals. Both the mosque and the tomb are elevated on a common base in the middle of  a  beautiful garden. The tomb is composed of cupolas and slender minarets.

District                                : Vijapura/Bijapura
Distance from Bus stand  : 2 Kms
Length of Visit                    : 1 Hour

Malik E Maidan, Vijapur

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Malik-e-Maidan, considered as one of the largest bell metal guns in the world, is situated around 3 km away from Bijapur District. Meaning of the word ‘Malik-e-Maidan’ is 'The Monarch of the Plains’. It was built in 1549 by Ali Adil Shah I and was considered as a war trophy.
It is 4.45 metres long, has a diameter of 1.5 metres and weighs 55 tons. The cannon is sitting on top of the Sherzah Burj facing west towards the plains outside the city. This cannon was surrounded by a darbar hall and many royal residences of the Adil kings.   

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It is believed that the legendary cannon always remains cool and tinkles like a bell on tapping. The nozzle of the gun is shaped like the head of a lion with open jaws. Between the carved fangs of the lion is depicted an elephant being crushed to death. On top of the cannon is present an inscription commissioned by Aurangzeb.

Gol Gumbaz


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Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah, who ruled the Adil Shahi dynasty between 1490 and 1696. It was designed and constructed by the famed architect, Yaqut of Dabul, under the patronage of Muhammed Adil Shah. This dome, which is around 124 ft in diameter and stands unsupported by pillars, is considered as the second largest in the world.

The architectural design of this building includes 4 minarets of 8 storeys that can be entered by winding staircases terminating in cupolas. Around the inner periphery of the dome is a circular balcony that contains the whispering gallery. Any sound gets echoed around 7 times in the gallery and can be heard even on its diagonally opposite side.

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Apart from having a floor area of 1,700 sq m, the tomb is 38 m in diameter and is of a height of 51 m. The tomb is placed in a large walled garden, which is designed in Persian style. On either side of the path that divides the garden lie the remains of buildings made of dark bricks.

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Exterior of the tomb has a triple set of arched recesses and medallions, both of which are filled with scroll works. The rectangular recess above the arch is believed to have held a granite calligraphy slab. The structure is rounded off by four octagonal turrets in each corner, which project at an angle. Apart from this, the edifice also has a mosque, guesthouses and a drum house.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Barid Shahi Tomb, Bidar

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At a distance of 3 km from Bidar Railway Station, The Barid Shahi Tombs are historical monuments situated in Deccan Park and Barid Shahi Park near Bidar Bus Station. The Archaeological Survey of India has declared the group of tombs as national monuments.

The Barid Shahis gained control of the territory around Bidar in the beginning of the 15th century. The tombs of Ali Barid and his son Qasim Barid are located in the sprawling gardens of Deccan Park. The 55 acre garden has hundreds of plants spread across. The main entrance has a gateway on the south, decorated with architectural motifs with star-shaped panels and beautiful patterns. 

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Ali Barid Shah was the most prominent among Baridshahi rulers. He was interested in architecture and built his own tomb three years before his death in 1577. The Tomb of Ali Barid Shah is one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture and beauty. There is a two storied gateway which leads to this tomb. The 70 feet high tomb has a big dome supported by four pillars. It has a grand pavilion based on a high platform built by green granite and laterite rock. It has rich floral designs carved on stone. It also has painted tiles inside of the dome. The paintings have hand designs along with calligraphic patterns. The structure has the tombs of Ali Barid and his wives. A small mosque is also built near the tomb which has rich decoration walls.

The tomb of Ibrahim Barid Shah is situated right in front of Ali Barid's tomb. This tomb is almost similar to the one of Ali Barid but smaller in size. Some of the flower designs are very intact and beautiful. It was built on a high platform with a number of graves spread all around. These are sixty seven graves belonged to royal line of Ali Barid Shah. 

Barid Shahi Park is located on the other side of the road opposite to Deccan Park. The park is well maintained with walkways and lush greenery. Just beyond the Park gateway is Qasim Barid Shah II Tomb. This tomb has similar size and architecture of Ali Barid Shah tomb. The square tomb has walls with three arches each and the entrance on the southern wall.

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To the West of Qasim Barid II tomb, there is a tomb of Qasim Brid but smaller in size. He was the founder of Barid Shahi Kingdom. There are several other smaller tombs with no details. The tombs are believed to belong to the clan of Qasim Barid Shah II. One notable tomb in the cluster is the one that belongs to Chand Sultana.

Timings: 4 PM to 8 PM (Tue-Sat), 10 AM to 8 PM on Sundays & Holidays. Closed on Monday.

Entry Fee: Rs.5 per person. 

Narasimha Jhira, A wonderful Cave Temple

At a distance of 5 km from Bidar Railway Station, Narasimha Jhira is a wonderful cave temple situated on the outskirts of Bidar town.

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The Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple is dedicated to the lion god Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is also known as Narasimha Zarna Cave temple or Jharani Narasimha Temple. People throng to this temple because it is believed that the idol at the Narasimha Jhira Cave temple is self manifested and is very powerful.

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The Temple is known for its natural beauty and is considered to be very sacred. This ancient temple is excavated in a 300 m tunnel under the Manichoola hill range. Within the cave, a stream of water is said to be flowing continuously since the foundation of the temple. Devotees have to walk waist deep in the water for 300 m for the darshan of Lord Narasimha.

According to mythology, Lord Narasimha first killed Hiranyakashipu and then proceeded to slay the demon Jalasura who was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. After being killed by Lord Narasimha, the demon Jalasura turned into water and started flowing down the feet of the Lord Narasimha.

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One has to wade through the cave wherein water height varies from 4 ft to 5 ft to have a glimpse of the deity's image formed on the laterite wall at the end of tunnel. Bats can be seen hanging on the roof of the cave and flying throughout the tunnel. It is a wonder that no one has been harmed by the bats till date. 

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The end of the cave houses two deities Lord Narasimha and Shiva Linga, which the demon Jalasura had worshipped. The sanctum can accommodate only eight people at a time.

There is one toilet to change cloths post darshan.

Bidar Fort

Bidar Fort

At a distance of 2.5 km from Bidar Railway Station, Bidar Fort is one of the magnificent forts in Karnataka and main tourist attraction of Bidar. 

The initial Bidar Fort is considered to have been built during the reign of the Western Chalukya dynasty which was established in 977 AD at Kalyani. Subsequently, it was captured by the Yadava dynasty of Devagiri and fell yet again to the Kakatiyas of Warangal. Bidar Fort was rebuilt by Sultan Ahmed Shah Wali of Bahmani Dynasty, when his capital was moved from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1430 along with a number of Islamic monuments.

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The Bidar fort is a specimen of the Persian architectural style having 1.21 km in length and 0.80 km in breadth, with a quadrangular layout. Surrounded by three miles long walls and comprising 37 bastions, it is surrounded by a triple moat.

There are seven gates in the fort. The dominant main gate exhibits Persian style architecture. The Gumbad Darwaza depicts arches with stilted size, also in Persian style. The Sherza Darwaza, the second gate of entry depicts two images of tigers carved on its fascia. The other gates are the Fateh Gate on the south, Talghat Gate in the east, Delhi Gate and Mandu Gate. The prominent bastion at the entry is known as the Munda Burj with guns positioned on it.

Within the fort complex, there is an old city, with monuments and structures from Bahamian era. Among these monuments, Gagan Mahal, Rangin Mahal and Tarkash Mahal are most popular. Jami Masjid and Solah Khamba Masjid are the two notable mosques constructed within the fort.

The inner section of the fort behind Solah Khamba Mosque has few wonderful monuments like Diwan-i-Am (also known as Jali Mahal) was a Public Audience hall built by Bahamani Sultans in 14th-15th centuries. It is currently in ruins. The Jalis can be still in the upper windows of the structure.

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Beside the Diwan-i-Am is a wonderful structure known as Diwan-i-Khass also called Takht Mahal or Throne Palace. It was built by Bahamani Sultan Ahmad Shah between 1422-1436. This is the place where coronation of several Bahamani and Barid Shahi sultans was taken place. The palace used to be adorned with beautifully colored tiles and stone carvings part of which can be still seen on the arches. This structure is closed for public and the outer sections can be seen from outside.

Behind Diwan-i-Khass, an old temple known as Valkoti Bhavani temple exists along with few settlements. 

The fort is considerably in good shape and one of the best forts in Karnataka.

Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Gottam Gutta Forest

Gottam Gutta Forest

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Gottam Gutta forest is located in the Chincholi Taluk of Gulbarga district. Gottam Gutta forest is covered by lush green forests and the best time to visit this place is during monsoon. The forest is less explored by travellers and hence, remains a virgin beauty and a perfect place to hang-out for those who love offbeat travelling. 

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With the amazing backwaters from the Chandrampalli reservoir built on the Bhima river, this place is a natural beauty, which calls for a visit. Gottam Gutta forest is an amazing option for trekking and camping enthusiasts. Water turfs are built for the animals of the forest and there is also a watchtower. A plan of having a guest house to facilitate the travellers has been thought through the Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation in this region.

Chandrampalli Dam

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Located in the Chandrampalli village on the bank of river Bhima is the Chandrampalli Dam. The dam is less popular; however, it is one of the most beautiful attractions of Gulbarga. In and around the dam is the lush green forest, Chincholi, where travellers can camp and trek to experience Mother Nature. There is also a Hanuman temple close to the dam. This dam is one of the most important ones in the district as it supplies water to irrigation. This dam was built in the year 1973. 

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There are 6 spillway gates and the release gates are towards the southern end of the dam; the dam is an earthen dam with spillway gates on the left bank. The height of the dam is 28.65 metres and the length is 926.54 metres. At full reservoir level, the dam is 493.16 ft and maximum water level the dam can store is 496.21 metres. There are 6 gates in total and the main purpose of the dam was irrigation. 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Balebare Falls

Balebare Falls (Baalebare Falls) is located in Balebare Ghat. Balebare_ghat is a ghat road between Siddapur in Udupi district and Mastikatte in Shimoga district (SH-52). This place receives heaviest rainfalls during monsoon turning every corner and gap into a waterfall.

Balebare Falls is located nearly 6 km from Mastikatte. From Mastikatte you have to go in SH-52 ( Teerthahalli— Kundapur State Highway) nearly 6 km at right side you can see the waterfalls. But this falls is visible in monsoon season only.

Kunchikal Falls

Located near the Masthikatte-Hulikal on the Shimoga -Udupi border in Karnataka, Kunchikal Falls is formed by the River Varahi. The waterfall from a height of 455 meters in a cascading form on these rocky boulders giving an impressive sight. The Kunchikal waterfalls rank 116th in height in the world and India’s highest waterfall. The River Varahi flows down from a greater altitude in a cascading manner over these rocky structures close to the Hulikal Ghati Temple.

A hydroelectric plant is built up under the waterfall, which generated high power electricity. The water falls into the reservoir of the Mani dam, which greatly reduced the flow of water.  The picturesque location is a splendid location to enjoy the nature’s delight.

Rainy season is the ideal time to visit the waterfall. The envelope of greenery surrounding the area truly enchants anyone. The trajectory of the Varahi river is an impressive sight to watch for. Several waterfalls will be formed by the tributaries of Varahi river, as it falls into the Kunchikal waterfall. The bewitching view is exquisite that one cannot take eyes off it. The several waterfalls formed by the other rivers flow down with the Varahi rivers, adding an elegance to the location. The poignant feature of the waterfalls is its cascading levels and the compelling backdrop of spellbound green beauty.

Best Time to Visit Kunchikal Falls
The best time to visit the Kunchikal Falls is during the rainy season i.e. from July to September. The enormous flow of water that gush out of the waterfall is indeed a sight to watch for. During the rainy season, the water flow and current are high. The cascading levels look elegant in these rainy seasons.

How to Reach Kunchikal Falls

By Road
Kunchikal waterfall is in Shimoga which is well connected by roadways to major cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore etc. Numerous private buses ply to Kunchikal waterfall from Bangalore. Once Hulikal is reached tourists can take up taxis or any other private vehicles to the waterfall.

By Rail
Located on the Udupi-Shimoga border, Udupi railway station from Agumbe is around 67 km and From Shimoga, it is around 97km. From Shimoga or Udupi, one can take up any taxis or even buses to the waterfall.

By Air
Mangalore Airport is around 142 km from Kunchikal waterfall. Mangalore Airport is well connected to major cities. From the airport, one can take up a taxi service, a bus or even train to reach the waterfall.

Chakra DAM

The Chakra River is a river flowing through Kundapur and Gungulli in western India. It originates in Kodachdri peak. It joins with the Souparnika River, Varahi River and Kubja River and merges into the Arabian Sea.

The Chakra nagar is a small town which is famous because of this river.Chakranagar is on the way to Shimoga to Mangalore via Hosanagara Nagara- Mastikatte- Chakranagar-Kundapuar.There is also a Chakra dam which was built long ago as a balancing reservoir and does not have sluice gate to the Linganamakki Dam and you need special permission to visit this dam.

Getting There:

From Shivamogga go to Mastikatte (100 km from Shivamogga).Masthikatte is a city located in Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga district, Karnataka, India. From Mastikatte, Chakra Dam is about 20 km. Savehaklu Dam is 10 km. A guide & vehicle are required. For stay & food, Thirthahalli (45 km) is the nearest place.

Nearest Places of Interest: Kunchikal Falls,Savehaklu Reservoir,Vanadurgeshwari temple,Varahi backwater, Chandikmba Temple-Hulikal

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Savehaklu Dam

Savehaklu Dam is about 6 km away from chakra dam, we need travel in the same direction from Nagara to  get to this dam. The dam is built for chakra river, the water from this dam is diverted towards Linganamakki Dam. This reservoir is surrounded by thick forest. There is no public transport to this place, you need to make private vehicles. You need to give your details and vehicles for security reason. Dam looks beautiful from the entry point, you can take amazing pictures. The surrounding area is lush green and the water too.

The place is too windy and foggy during monsoon and this makes it worth place for monsoon trip. You can even take your car or bikes on the dam road. Best time to visit the place is from July to December. As per the officials the dam would be full during august. The last few kilometers to the dam is very narrow a Tempo Traveller would go, but it is ride able. So grab your rain gears and start the trip.

There is no restaurant or stall after Nagara so take your food, snacks and water along with you.  The surrounding is clean so its good we keep it in swachh way. Checkout the photos and plan your trip.  Also, do visit Chakra dam which is very close to Savehaklu Dam.

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Upli Buruj

Upli Buruj Upli Buruj or Uplri Buruj is a spherical structure with stone steps winding round the outside. The top of the tower of...