The interior of Karnataka has an ancient history. Some of the heritages live on in the traditions and practices of the people, while some can be seen in the architecture and monuments of yesteryears. Shravanabelagola is one of the historical and archaeological treasures of the sub-continent, a place where one can witness some of the greatest tributes in the Jain religion. A Bangalore to Shravanabelagola trip will be a wonderful cultural experience. Here are some of the highlights en route and in this magnificent destination.

Enroute Attractions

Bangalore to Shravanabelagola is a 145-km journey west via the NH75, and an early start is recommended. The first main town on the route is Nelamangala – a good place to stop for a quick chai or breakfast. The green pastures of Yadiyur can be explored further up the road. An interesting landmark here is the Markonahalli Dam, built on a tributary of the Kaveri and resulting in a scenic lake.

Attractions of Shravanabelagola

At almost 60 feet high, the Gomateshwara statue is one of the most impressive and holiest landmarks in Shravanabelagola. The statue is more than 1000 years old and carved out of a single rock. The hilltop location on the summit of the Vindhyagiri Hill also allows visitors to get panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Jain temple architecture has always boasted a distinctive style, and Shravanabelagola is the best place to admire these sights. One can enjoy studying the intricacies of the Chamnundaraya temple, a short drive away from the Gomateshwara statue. A rectangular base provides the foundation to a very ornate exterior – showcased especially on the friezes of the building.  The Odegal Basadi is instantly recognisable because of its high platform and is on the way to the top of the Vindhyagiri Hill. The black granite sculpture in the temple is another captivating highlight.

The Bhandara Basadi is one of the largest temples in Shravanabelagola. It was designed and built using the much-celebrated Hoysala approach to temple architecture. The main features include the mandapa or entrance area with very detailed carvings, the wooden carvings of Jain saints, and the pillared sanctum. Other temples here include the Aregal Basadi, the Chandragupta Basadi, originally built by King Ashoka, and the Parshwanatha Basadi which has a tall, elaborately carved pillar outside the main structure.

Why rentals are the best for road trips

There are several reasons why informed travellers prefer renting a self drive car as opposed to the constraints of public or chauffeured transport. With a rental, the entourage (or solo traveller) will enjoy complete privacy and extra space. Impromptu stops and detours define a road trip – something which can only be done when people are travelling on their own terms. App-based Zoomcar is a favoured platform for many Indian travellers as they can choose from the widest spectrum of hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs. Another great assurance which even car owners don’t enjoy is 24/7 on-road support. This makes modern rentals a preferred choice for longer trips – another popular route is Bangalore to Coorg.