Banvasi or Banavasi is an ancient temple town in Karnataka, around 250 km from Hampi. With rainforests of the Western Ghats sheltering it, the town located on the banks of River Varada, is a traveller's delight. Magod Falls, Jog Falls as well as Unchalli Falls are some of the pleasant interruptions in the lush landscape. Banvasi has flourished around a famous temple in the town, where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Lord Madhukeshwara. The temple is recognised as Madhukeshwara Temple and houses a honey-coloured linga. The other attractions of Banvasi Temple are a monolith Asthana Mantapa, Triloka Mantapa and a big statue of Nandi, Lord Shiva's mount. There are several other temples to see here, including the Veerabhadra Temple, which is a typical example of ancient Dravidian architecture. Banvasi was the capital of the erstwhile Kadamba rulers, the ancient royals of Karnataka.

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