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Southern India A Guide To Monuments Sites & Museums

Southern India A Guide To Monuments Sites & Museums
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Item Code: NAG450
Author: George Michell
Publisher: Lotus Collection and Roli Books
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9788174369208
Pages: 580 (35 B/W Illustrations and 32 Maps)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.5 inch X 5 inch
weight of the book: 430 gms

About the Book

 

This comprehensive guide to Southern India's varied heritage covers all the major Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and European historical monuments and sities in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The descriptions vary from forts and palaces, and temple architecture, sculpture and painting to mosques and tombs and churches and civic buildings. The guide is devided into travel-friendly itineraries, accompanied by useful location maps.

 

About the Author

 

George Michell trained as an architect, and over the last 40 yars has studied the temples in and around badami, the brick and terracotta shrines of bengal, the mosques and tombs of Ahmedabad, and the ruined monuments of Hampi Vijayanagara. He has published widely on all these subjects.

 

Foreword

 

In recent years Southern India has attracted ever growing numbers of travellers, scholars, students and pilgrims from other parts of India, as well as from abroad. Yet until now there has been no comprehensive, handy reference to the region's major historical monuments and sites and principal museum collections. Hence the present volume, which is conceived as a series of itineraries based in and around a city or town where visitors may expect to find adequate accommodation and other essential facilities. The itineraries cover more than 500 monuments and sites, far more than visitors could expect to reach in a single tour, no matter how extended. These places are all included here in the hope that visitors will consider returning to Southern India on more than one occasion so as to explore a region that is unusually richly endowed with ancient buildings, remains, and objects and artefacts spanning more than 2,000 year of history.

 

In preparing this volume, I have benefitted from inputs offered by friends and colleagues. They include Andrew Bauer, Henry Brownrigg, John Copland, Anna L. Dallapiccola, John M. Fritz, Sandhya Harendra, Helen Philon, Klaus Rotzer and Bob Simkin. Priya Kapoor, together with her team at Roli Books in Delhi, has offered encouragement and editorial and design skills. To all these individuals I offer my sincere thanks.

 

Contents

 

 

Foreword

7

 

Maps

8-9

 

Introduction

 
 

History

12

 

Architecture

20

 

Art

31

 

Maharashtra

 

1.

Mumbai

45

2.

Around Mumbai

61

3.

Pune

73

4.

Nasik

87

5.

Aurangabad

94

6.

Ahrnadnagar

123

7.

Mahabaleshwar

128

8.

Kolhapur

137

9.

Sholapur

145

10.

Nagpur

154

 

Goa

 

11.

Central Goa

165

12.

North Goa

181

13.

South Goa

187

 

Karnataka

 

14.

Bengaluru

196

15.

Mysore

206

16.

Kodugu

217

17.

Mangalore

219

18.

Chikmagalur

230

19.

Shirnoga

236

20.

Hampi

243

21.

Hubli

263

22.

Badami

267

23.

Bijapur

279

24.

Gulbarga

287

25.

Bidar

296

 

Andhra Pradesh

 

26.

Hyderabad

307

27.

Around Hyderabad

323

28.

Warangal

330

29.

Vijayawada

336

30.

Rajahmundry

346

31.

Visakhapatnam

351

32.

Kurnool

358

33.

Anantapur

366

34.

Cuddapah

374

35.

Tirupati

380

 

Tamil Nadu

 

36.

Chennai

391

37.

Around Chennai

406

38.

Vellore

422

39.

Puducherry

429

40.

Tanjavur

441

41.

Tiruchirapalli

462

42.

Salem

473

43.

Coimbatore

477

44.

Madurai

483

45.

Tiruneveli

498

 

Kerala

 

46.

Thiruvanthapuram

513

47.

Kochi

520

48.

Kozhikode

543

 

Glossary

551

 

Index

573

 

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