Ikkeri, rather could be called the twin of Keladi. Ikkeri in Kannada means two streets. A historical village located near Sagara in Shivamogga. It was once the capital of Keladi Nayakas for about 120 years at 1560 to 1640 AD, later they moved to Nagara and then to Kavaledurga. The best part of Ikkeri is the its landscape which is the transition between Malenaadu and Bayaluseeme, historically significant places, once in sync with the proper weather and lighting, no doubt Ikkeri looks like heaven.
Be there enjoy the place, get lost in the view. The major attraction of Ikkeri is the very famous Aghoreshwara temple, dedicated to lord Shiva. The famous Aghoreshwara temple in Ikkeri is located in a spacious campus and looks huge. The basement is lifted a little higher from the ground and the temple is located at a higher base. At first you’ll be surprised that the temple is unlike the most of the traditional temples.
The Aghoreshwara temple in Ikkeri has a cubical arch carved out of granite across the small passage with many steps. But like any other Shiva temple, once you get into it the first thing you will notice is the Nandi, The Aghoreshwara temple in Ikkeri has an attractive Nandi which looks stunning in its shining impression. Regular pooja’s happen to lord Shiva everyday and you can witness it, which takes you on a tour back to time. Not only for the devotees, Ikkeri and the Aghoreshwara temple in Ikkeri is also a place of interest for photographers and photography enthusiast. As said earlier Ikkeri is a perfect combination of an Object, landscape and the lighting.
Be there at Ikkeri for a perfect weekend supported by the surrounding travel interest places.
Ikkeri grew into a powerful Independent kingdom with capital at Keladi under the early Viiayanagara chiefs. During the reign of Chaudappa Nayaka. (A.D. 1499-1544). the capital was shifted from Keladi to Ikkeri. The north-south orientated aghoresvara temple. built in granite. during the time of the Nayaka's of Keladi. is a classic example of the nayaka style of architecture. Stylistically it is datable to sixteenth centuryA.D.
On plan it has a Garbhagriha, an Ardhamandapa and a large Mukhamandapa with a separate pavilion for Nandi. Interiorly the floor in front of the shrine has effigies of three Keladi chiefs doing obeisance. The Garbhagriha contains a gignatic pedestal sculptured with 32-seated female figures. The temple has a metal image of thirty-two handed Aghoresvara. In the Ardhamantapa is a small translucent Nandi carved out of white spar Flanking the Ardhamantapa doorway, on either side are two niches, containing sculptures of ganesa and Kartikeya to right and Mahishamardini and Bhairava to left. The front Mukhamandapa is supported by carved pillars.
Exteriorly the sanctum has a huge Sikhara in the Dravida order. The walls of the sanctum have double pilaster turrets. The walls of the Mukhamandapa are pierced with three ornate doorways approached by balustraded steps. The northern main entrance is flanked by caparisoned elephants. The available space of the walls is provided with nearly twenty perforated windows with ornamental arches interspersed with figure sculptures.
The Nandimandapa has a huge couchant bull with a yali-balustraded steps at south. The pavilion has Iion-based pillars. Towards the west is parvati shrine built on similar lines to the main temple with lesser dimensions and fewer sculptures.
Ikkeri is located at a brilliant landscape.
The style of Nandi at Aghoreshwara temple of Ikkeri is one of rarest forms.
Ikkeri is one of the most important archeological sites in Karnataka and has been widely mentioned in the history books.
One of best places for the historical study.
Located to Jog Falls and many more tourist attraction places.
Ikkeri in Kannada means two streets.
Ikkeri is a place that could be visited all round the year, be it summer, monsoon or winter Ikkeri gives you the best experience.
Although Ikkeri is surrounded by lush green Malenaadu landscape, Monsoon would give you an ideal experience and makes you feel that you have visited a green heaven. Hence Ideally Monsoon of Post monsoon would be the best time to visit.
Ikkeri is located at just a distance of 4 KM from Sagara, hence reaching Ikkeri is not a task at all because Sagara is well connected with all the transport option apart from Air and Ikkeri from Sagara is impeccably connected with the best of Public transport services. Bus, Train or Private transport Ikkeri can be reached as you want.
You can find loads of busses to Sagara from Majestic, Basaveshwara Bus Stand - Peenya.
Pre-Booking would be advised as you can plan your trip.
After reaching Sagara you can take a private bus or Government bus, Auto or Taxi to reach Ikkeri.
Nearest Railway station would be Sagara Jambagaru Railway Station and the stop id is SRF.
There are trains which run every day from Bengaluru to Sagara and Talaguppa.
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Keladi: (12 KM) the Legacy of Keladi Nayaka Dynasty.
Ninasam: (9 KM) Cultural Organization.
Honnemaradu: (29 KM) Backwaters of the River Sharavathi for Linganamakki Reservoir.
Linganamakki Reservoir: (32 KM) Reservoir built across river Sharavathi.
Jog Falls: (32 KM) The world famous Jog Falls, India’s second highest waterfall.
Sharavathi View Point: (42 KM) An Amazing Vantage point for the Sharavathi Valley.
Sharavathi Adventure Camp: (37 KM) Adventure stay on the banks of Talakalale Backwaters.
Talakalale Dam: (41 KM) Balancing Reservoir of Linganamakki Reservoir.
Kanuru Fort: (65 KM) An unexplored fort.