Any plans for the weekend? Why not try visiting the Gommateshwara in Shravanabelagola. A three-hour drive from Bengaluru, this place is an architectural bliss. Shravanabelagola is a town in Hassan District mainly known for the World's Largest Monolithic statue of Gommateshwara (named by Kannadigas) or Bahubali (named by Jains). Shravanabelagola is a witness to history from 981AD. There are two hills here namely Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri. Vindhyagiri houses the statue of Bahubali and other Jain Tirthankaras. Chandragiri is a source of history of many Kannada dynasties like Hoysalas and Rashtrakutas. The name Belagola comes from the clean white pond in front of the temple. When we are on a hike to Vindhyagiri, we observe that it's of 600 steep steps. One can observe the wonderful scenic beauty of the town while on the hike. Vindhyagiri has the ruins of the fort of Bahubali, it is a world heritage site and one can see beautiful architectural marvels all over. The huge 58 feet statue of Bahubali is one of a kind and the biggest Monolithic structure in the world. It was also recognised as the 7th wonder of India. The ruins of the fort and the structures are worth a sight. When you are hungry after the hike, don't forget to have a delicious lunch at the Mutt Premises.