I had a cousin visiting us from the USA and was at a dilemma to take him to Melkote or Somnathpur. I had seen the hoyasala temples at Belur and Halebid a lot of times so I decided to go to Melkote since a lot of movies had been shot here recently.
The in-completed gateway is the only good attraction. The temple is average. The temple on the hill can also be categorized in the same. You do not have anything great to write home about. Not much temple architecture or carvings. If I do not compare it with Somnathpur then I can say it is an average temple town. The kalyani (water body) at the bottom of the hill was also disappointing since it was badly maintained. The so called Subbanna mess was also a let down since you get better food at the kadambam BLR, and definitely cheaper. Localites told us about it but we did not heed to them and trusted the online reviews. If you have an option then this is not the place.
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