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Tour Destinations In Karnataka - Hassan

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194 kms from Bangalore is the District Headquarters of Hassan. This quiet and peaceful town is a convenient base to visit Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid. Hassan offers a wide variety of accommodations. It is well-connected by road and rail to Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.

Places of Interest

Halebid

Halebid is 27 kms north-west of Hassan and 17 kms east of Belur. The temples of Halebid - like those of belur - bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural

heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleswara Temple, dating back to the 21th century, is astounding for its wealth of sculpture details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of Gods and Goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull - was never completed despite 86 years of labour. The Jain basdis nearby are equally rich in sculpture detail.

Shravanbelagola
51 kms south-east of Hassan, Shravanbelagola is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centres .The world's tallest monolithic statue27 m. high monolith of Lord Bahubali is situated here . Thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka a spectacular ceremony held once in 12 years, when the 1000-year -old statue is anointed with milk, curds ,ghee, saffron, and gold coins. The next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2005 A.D. Shravanabelegola is 158 kms from Bangalore.

Belur
This quaint hamlet - 38 kms from Hassan - is located on the banks of the river Yagachi. It was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire, today made unforgettable for its exquisite temples. The Chennakeshava Temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to complete and you can see why. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank. Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous dancers. they are all there - awe-inspiring in their intricate workmanship. Inside are hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars. The Veeranarayana Temple and the smaller shrines are well worth a visit.
 

How to Reach

By Air: Nearest airport is Bangalore, 185 km from the city of Hassan.

By Rail : Well connected by trains to all the major cities of India and to and from Bangalore.

By Road: Well linked by smooth roads to Mysore (115 km) and Bangalore.
 

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