Gulbarga was the capital of the Bahmani Kings from 1347 A.D. to 1428 A.D. The Jami or Jumma Masjid located inside the old fort was built by a Moorish architect around the 15th century, in imitation of the great mosque in Cordova, Spain. Uniquely built, it has a huge dome canopying the entire era, four smaller domes and 75 smaller ones.
Bande Nawaz's Dargah and the Sharana Basaveshwara temple have turned this town into a pilgrim centre.
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation runs the Hotel Mayura Bahamani here.
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Karwar enjoys an excellent beach. Kurmagad island, which is extremely picturesque has an old fort and a shrine. A launch will take you there.
Nearby (30 kms) is Yana, a huge natural cave with a Bhairava Linga.
Gokarna has a tourist department guest house atop a hill overlooking the sea.
Little further up is the Belekal Theertha Falls near Baindur.
Udupi (58 kms from Mangalore)
Malpe beach (6 kms) is a quiet beach and is an ideal place for a swim. Sail across to St.Mary's island with its huge formations of basalt rocks, palm groves and a frothing sea - a perfect setting for a painter.
Venur, Mudabidri and Karkala are eloquent testimony to the fact that for more than 2000 years Karnataka has been the pivotal point for Jainism.
While Karkala has a 13 metre high statue of Bahubali Mudabidri has a 1000 pillared shrine called Chandranatha Basti. It is the oldest of 18 bastis found here. Built in 1430 A.D., it has a priceless collection of jewel studded icons of Jaina Thirthankaras and also a magnificent array of exquisite figures in jade, emerald, amethyst etc.
These places can conveniently be visited with Mangalore as the base.
(Information courtesy Karnataka Tourism Department)
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