Shantheshwara Temple , Tilavalli

Tilavalli, a village located in Haveri district is home to a beautiful 12th century Chalukyan temple. The inscription in the temple complex gives details of its construction in 1239 AD by Kalideva Thakkura. The east facing temple has a grabhagriha housing a Shiva linga, an antrala and a huge Sabhamantapa. The Sabhamantapa has 48 lathe turned pillars. The central ceiling is heavy decked with Astadikpalas. On the outer walls  are carvings of erotic  figures.
East Entrance

Lathe turned Pillar
Inscription Stone
A Closer Look at the Pillar
Erotic Images
This temple is a good piece of art from the Yadava Period. Though the temple was open during our visit, the priest was unavailable for gathering more information. The temple needs more maintenance and restoration.
A joyful moment
    With this post, Teamgsquare completes a joyful journey four years of adventure, traveling, learning, and sharing .


Winged Jewel : A Cute Family

Male Purple Sunbird
Female Purple Sunbird
The Cutest member of this Family
Juvenile Purple Sunbird 

The Mighty Madhugiri

The Fort of Madhugiri had long since been on our to-explore list of Forts. We had read of many trekkers either failing to reach the hill top or having returned half-way and couldn't gather much courage to explore this fort. However, since we had successfully explored the two forts of Rehmangarh and Ambajidurga, the time was right to explore Madhugiri. We planned to reach the hill base at the earliest so as to have  enough time for our ascent. We had decided not to drive to Madhugiri as it could prove strainful. In the process of boarding local buses towards Madhugiri, we lost much time. Unfortunately, we managed to reach Madhugiri only at around 11 am, which added to our difficulties. Luckily, the weather was favorable, being quite pleasant and breezy. After a good dose of hot tea, we were at the entrance to the fort. We started our ascent and decided to climb the entire stretch non-stop. We kept all our additional explorations of ruined structures if any, during our descent. 
The Mighty Madhugiri Fort
Crown of the Fort
   We completed our ascent in just a little over an hour and were very thrilled to be atop the Fort of Madhugiri . The climb was pretty steep and tough at many places Thanks to the iron railings present at such places, without which, crossing  an entire stretch certainly would have been impossible. The strong monsoon breezes added to the tough climb. We had the company of some boys, who were equally thrilled to have made it to the hill top in a short time. All of us rested a while as we were tired. The boys were kind enough to offer their snacks to us and also made sure we eat them. We had quite a good time on the hill top and also enjoyed the company of the group of boys to the fullest!
Top View

Our Companions for the Day
   Trekking Options  
Vertical Limit
The Town of Madhugiri 
The Gateway
   Madhugiri ( Kannada Translation: Madhu - Honey; Giri - Hill) is a  monolithic hill and considered to be the second largest monolith in Asia (as per Wikipedia). There are 7 fort walls protecting the hill, with a series of door-ways up till the hill top. The fort was initially built during the Vijayanagar times and later improvised by Hyder Ali. Currently, the Fort is under going a much needed renovation under the ASI. Our time of descent was much longer as we explored many ruined structures and ended our quest of exploring this fort.

Hampi Unseen Part5 Panoramas

Panoramic View of River Tungabhadra and Vijayavittala Temple
Vijayavittala Temple
Enjoying the Scenic Tungabhadra

Year 2013 Part 3 - Waterfalls

Waterfalls, Madkeri
Umbalagundi Falls @ Madikeri
Waterfalls, Shimoga
T A falls @ Shimoga
Chandikamba Falls, Hulikal Falls
Chandikamba Falls @ Shimoga
Kunchikal Falls, Shimoga
K Falls @ Shimoga

Jog Falls, Sagar
Jog Falls @ Shimoga
Waterfalls, Yadgir
Dabb Dabi Falls @ Yadgir
Gavi Siddeshwara Falls, Yadgir
Gavi Siddeshwara Falls @ Yadgir
Ethipotla Falls, Gulbarga, Chincholi
Ethipotla Falls @ Gulbarga

Waterfalls, Madkeri
K K Border Falls @ Madikeri
Waterfalls Madkeri
Sliding Falls @ Madikeri
Malalli Falls, Somwarpet, Coorg
Malalli Falls @Madikeri
Mankyadhara Falls, Bababudangiri, Chikmagaluru
Manikyadhara Falls @ Chikmagaluru
Abbi waterfalls, Chikmagaluru
K Abbi @ Chikmagaluru
Chamdka water Falls South Cananra
Chamadka Falls @ South Canara
Hogenakkal Falls, Tamilnadu , Karnataka
Hogenakkal Falls @ Tamil Nadu
Sirimane Falls, Chikmagaluru
Sirimane Falls @ Chikmagaluru
Balamuri Falls @ Mysore

Shivansamudra waterfalls
Gaganachukki Falls @ Mysore
Cauvery Waterfalls, Mysore
Barachukki Falls @ Mysore
Barachukki Falls @ Mysore

K K Border Falls2 @ Madikeri

K Abbi @ Madikeri