Kaladham is a gorgeous art and cultural centre within the JSW Vidyanagar township in Bellary district, Karnataka. The place is around 36. 5 kms from the Bellari City Center, and 6kms from the Toranagallu bus-stop.
Set up by the JSW foundation in conjunction with Museum Victoria of Australia, the 'art village' of Kaladham has several dedicated structures, including an internationally commended museum called the Place Hampi and a distinct interactive 3D panorama exhibition. The museum houses several galleries which have the archaeological findings discovered and documented by George Michell and John Fritz as part of their long and ongoing project on the ruins of Hampi. The green and serene 10-acre precinct also houses lush lawns, fruit and flowering trees, water bodies, performance areas, a library, conference centre, a cafe, and a museum shop to bring home souvenirs. The architecture uses a blend of organic construction materials like coir, wood and stone, lending the Kaladham complex an air of a natural and earthy calm.
The labour of the research done on Hampi is the primary attraction of Kaladham. The ground floor of the exhibition hall displays the amazing work done. Visitors can spend time enjoying not just the scenic splendour of the place, but also the remarkable collection of photographs, documents and rare artifacts. There are also 17-minute programmes which can be viewed in small batches. The entire experience of Kaladham should take a first time visitor a minimum of 3 hours.
The site is a celebration of the rich historical and artistic heritage of the nation and the attempts being made to preserve it in the midst of modernity. Kaladham is open during timings 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sundays. Kaladham is closed on Tuesday. There is an entry fee of INR 50.