If there is one thing that we need to understand on travel in recent times, it is to utilize the windows of opportunities between new mutations, lockdowns, restrictions and tests.
Recently we were on a temple trail in Karnataka and we must say it can be good fun and interesting for kids with enough options to explore on the lands, history and culture.
Karnataka has many religious sites and we chose the ones that were part of a particular route to be covered in four days.
Belur has the magnificent Channa Keshava temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, a 12th century masterpiece commissioned by King Vishnuvardhana over 1000 years ago.
The structure reminds of Hampi temples and structures and is a perfect backdrop for photography and to admire the architecture. Luckily for us, most were masked within the temple premises and there wasn’t a crowd too.
We straight headed to Gokarna, a temple and incidentally beach town, Kashi of the South and houses one of the revered temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the way you are bound to be fascinated with amazing valley views, river bodies and a few hanging bridges too.
Gokarna doesn’t really have a temple town vibe, considering its pristine beaches are popular among Indian and Western tourists and its close proximity to Goa.
Next on our list was the picturesque Murudeshwara temple near Bhatkal, in Coastal Karnataka. Again the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and there is a the credit of the second tallest Shiva Statue in the country. What makes Murudeshwar unique is that it is surrounded by the Arabian sea on three sides, the statue outside the temple has a magnificent backdrop of the sea and the gopuram architecture is splendid in its form.
Our last stop was Sringeri temple established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. The town is simplistic and still gives the visitors and devotees the feel of old style temple town vibes. River Tunga flows right next to the temple premises and one can visit Sharadamba and Vidyashankara temples among others. We must mention these temples can be covered individually or together in a series of holidays by road.
Karnataka has one of the best scenic beauties, mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean views, beaches and temples that are located in scenic spots.
Plan your travel according to the weather as summers can be quite harsh, especially from 10 am to 4 pm. Mums and Stories recommends the breathtaking temple trail in Karnataka, as new means of travel for kids.
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