Friday, April 28, 2017

Hoysala Temple Trails for this Long Weekend?

Stunning carvings on the external walls of Channakeshava temple, Belur, Karnataka

The Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu, the Chennakeshava temple at Belur, the Chennakeshava temple at Somnathpur and the Lakshmi Devi temple at Doddagadvalli village are some of the living temple gems that the Hoysala kingdom of Karnataka has left behind as legacy for all history, art and temple lovers. Created by some of the finest artisans and sculptors of South India, all these temples rival each other for beauty in detail and joy in vivid story telling.

Side view portrait from Belur Chennakeshava temple, Karnataka

Not only are these places great summer getaways from Bengaluru, but they are also fantastic for those who love street photography or people photography. Personally, I am a big fan of all the Hoysala temple trails. There is so much to learn, see and imagine in these temples that is nothing short of pure joy for a visitor. Travel photographers who love taking portraits and street photos will love the colorful local attire, local mannerisms and the intricate detailing in the temple that make for great foregrounds and backgrounds.

The famous pillars of Hoysala architecture at Belur, Karnataka

Whether you are a travel photographer, a traveler or simply an art and temple lover, the Hoysala temple trails are bound to thrill you. May be, this upcoming long weekend could be your perfect opportunity to explore some of these temples.

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