The South Indian historical monument takes you on a fascinating journey to the land rich in temples. There are several cities in southern India that are specifically known take a trip to the famous Meenakshi temple, Kanchipuram temple Mahabalipuram the famous temples and tourist destinations of Tamilnadu. Karnataka is home to the famous temple of Badami Cave temple and Somnathpur.
A trip to Tirupati Tirumala Balaji Temple and a thousand temples in the pillar of Andhra Pradesh is a must when visiting the temple in South India. Other important monuments and tourist attractions of South India are visiting the Jewish Synagogue in Kerala and Rock Fort Temple in Tamil Nadu.
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram, being one of the UNESCO World heritage site was developed during the Pallava king Narashimha Varman I, who was also called by his people as “the great wrestler”. A traveler can spot the rock cut caves, monolithic shrines, structural temples and huge bas-reliefs which depicts the master piece of the Pallava art. Visit the shore temple built by Mamalla dedicated to Lord Vishnu while the other two shrines of Lord Shiva was added by Mamalla’s successor Narashimha Varman II...
Gangaikondacholapuram & Darasuram
Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram, which is actually a temple undertaken and maintained by the UNESCO world heritage team. “The city of Chola who took the Ganges” is the meaning of the name of this place. Brihadeeshvara temple in Gangaikondacholapuram, a replica of Tanjore’s Brihadeeshvara temple, the towered sanctum of this granite Shiva temple is shorter than the one at Tanjore...
Brihadeeshvara temple, a 1000 year old temple, which is now a UNESCO world heritage site was dedicated to Shiva, was built by Raja raja Chola I. Carved out of a single block of granite stand the huge Nandi weighing 25 tonnes placed near the sanctum. Next destination would be the Royal Palace, which has a lot of historical significance built by Nayaka rulers used as their royal residence and later was remodeled by Marathas. The special significance is that the palace resembles the shape of a flying eagle...
Badami once a royal capital of the Chalukyas is now a sleepy town in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. The town was known as Vatapi previously. It is settled in a valley at the base of a furrowed, red arenaceous rock that rings Agastya lake. Badami is the site of the 6th-7th century Brahmanical and Jain cave temples. The temples are cut out of solid rock with elaborate interior decorations that speak volumes of art and architecture of that period...
Hampi’s Dravidian Monuments
Hampi is a significant religious centre of the Vijayanagara Empire due to the presence of the historic Virupaksha Temple along with many other monuments of the old city. Hampi was the capital of the three generations of Hindu rulers. The massive rock sprinkled mountains and the river that divides the city of Hampi compose strange scenery of this ancient city...
The Jewish synagogue otherwise known as the Paradesi Synagogue was built by the White Jews in Cochin, Kerala. It is the oldest Jewish Synagogue in the commonwealth nations. The Jewish synagogue built in Jew Town in 1568 is a beautiful structure. It is well maintained and functions as the place of worship for the existing Jewish community. It is also a major attraction of Cochin as its cultural and religious significance is immense...
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