Halebid and Belur Tourism

Halebid and Belur Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Hassan
Halebid and Belur are twin towns located in the Hassan District in the state of Karnataka. These two towns together form a complete square of Hampi and Hassan towns along with the Hoysala temples. The range of the temples of the Hoysala Dynasty is distributed between both the towns. This is why both the towns together form the capital of the Hoysala Temples. The town of Belur lies on the banks of the River Yagachi and is situated at a distance of 222 km from the state capital Bangalore whereas Halebid is 238 km from Bangalore.

Halebid and Belur formed a part of the Hoysala Empire between the 12th and 13th century. A Jain, named Nripa Kama, discovered these towns and enjoyed a combined rule on both of them. Its successor was his son, Vinayaditya.

The Hoysalas belonged to the tribes of the Western Ghats and also served under the rule of the Chalukyas for a while. They came into prominence for the first time under the rule of Tinayaditya. Belur was the first capital of the Hoysala Empire and was earlier known by the name ‘Velapuri’.

After the rule of the town went under Vishnuvardhana, the capital was shifted to Halebid, which was earlier known as Dwarasamudra. This was also the period during which most of the prominent temples of Halebid and Belur, including the Hoysaleshwara Temple, were constructed.

These twin towns can also be termed as Temple Towns as their culture is rich in ancient and modern temples. The speciality of the temples of these towns is that they are drafted out of the soft stone called Chloritic Schist. The softness of this stone allows fine detailing on the structure that is well depicted in the minutely carved temple walls.

These sculptures of the temples also portray the tradition of ivory and sandalwood handwork. Due to their south Indian style of architecture, these temples are also compared to those of Khajuraho.

The Hoysala temples of these Twin Towns are undoubtedly their main attractions; however, they also offer many other attractions. One of the most popular and significant temples at the place is the Chenakeshava. This temple is a monumental structure, which was built over 103 years.

The temple has complex artistic details along with various decorative bands lining the walls. There are also scenes of fighting elephants and sensuous dancers on these walls along with 42 ‘madanikas’ that were inspired by Queen Shantaladevi.

The historical towns of Belur and Halebid can be reached by both road and rail. They are best accessible by road from Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore. The nearest airports and railway stations are at Mysore, Bangalore and Mangalore. There is also a railway station at Hassan that is 28 km from Belur. The best season to visit Belur and Halebid are the months of October to February.

Halebid and Belur is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Mysore and Mangalore.

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Mohan Poduval

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"Gateway from tension"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2016
It was a trip to enjoy the country side as well as the UNESCO Heritahe site that has been widely talked about. I have seen many of this type of monuments and each of one them is unique in it's own way. The Hindu/Jain culture is very evident in every columns/pillars and that makes us feel proud of our heritage.
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"UNESCO world Heritage sites!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2016
4 hours from Bangalore close to Hassan, these 2 sites are 16 kms apart. With carvings from puranas and mythological characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata, you can spend hours looking into the pillars and walls of the temple, admiring the south Indian architecture on display. Guides are available in case you want to really get into the details. It's a weekend getaway from Bangalore or you can plan this trip on the way to Hill station Chickmagalur. You can stay in Hassan or Chickmagalur depending on your trip plan.
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"Beautiful architecture of Hoysala workmanship"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2015
Belur and Halebid are in Hassan district connected by good roads from Bangalore / Mysore. From Bangalore is about 200 odd km and most of it by NH 48 highway. On the way you could first take a detour and finish Shravanabelagola (Lord Gomateshwara).

The temple is an excellent example of Hoysala architecture devoted to Lord Chennakeshava (Vishnu). Engage a guide if you can (they charge 250/-) but it is worth it as you would get to know the history and also explain the intricate carvings on each pillar and stones. Amazing we had such craftsman those days itself with no technology and just hands to chisel on stones. Wow!

16 Kms from there is Halebeedu (capital of Hoysalas). Here there are twin temples dedicated to Shiva and the carvings are even more intricate though in terms of maintenance, the structure looks bid jaded. Again you have guides whom you could engage to get to know the details.

Weekends / holiday season, there is good crowd. Summer could be hot place especially if you have to walk bare foot.

KSTDC conducts day packages to Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola which is good. If you have your own vehicle, go for it as roads are good mostly.
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"Sacred place built by Hoysalas centuries back"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 16, 2015
It is a sacred place built by Hoysalas centuries back. Lord Channa Keshava is worshipped here. One can easily identify Hoysala architecture because the upper and base structures are built in similar manner. Just half kilometre from the Belur bus stand.
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"Heritage Trip to Halebid and Belur"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2014
Halebidu the capital of Hoyasala empire located in Hassan district is a heritage place to visit. We have been to this place on a week end for sightseeing. Felt awesome while witnessing the sculptures and the idols and scripts incepted on the stones. The stories that are sculpture in the stone walls of temples, the nandi idols and lord shiva, all these shows the creativity and our culture. Halebidu and belur are two places to visit for sure. Nice hotels and good native food is also available in this place.
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"Enjoy with your family"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 29, 2014
It is very beautiful place. This place is a majestic one for sightseeing, and because of its wonderful architecture it is thronged by thousands of people. The city feels like a very historic place but of course you have to suffer bad road conditions.
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 1, 2013
Shravanabelagola is a majestic sightseeing place because of its wonderful architecture. The city feels like a very historic place but of course bad road conditions. Shravanabelagola is famous for its hill top temple and also Gomateshwara Bahubali Bhagwan deity carved using a single stone.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food and shopping: Nothing but you can try Akki and Ragi roti here, its good.
Sight-seeing: Gomateshwara Bahubali Bhagwan Temple

Activities & things to do: Trekking to Gomateshwara Bahubali Bhagwan Temple

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: No special tips here however go there only if you like to see something historic.
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"Twin towns of architecture"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2012
Fine art and Architecture lovers a must! Architecture, dance forms and art of living are depicted by sculptors. Must watch Pooja rituals of Lord Channakeshava on a saturday evening (~7pm)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hotel Velapuri (Veg and Non-veg), Vishnu priya for Veg only. Belur temples, Halebid temple and Jain basdhi's, Capture adventure water sports jaunt.

Activities & things to do: Tourist with fine arts interest will need more time than others, adventure water sports

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Around 220 Kms from Bangalore (Bangalore-Mangalore road) and 150 Kms from Mysore (Mysore-Hassan). with good roads. book hotels in advance. Temples are open from dawn to dusk only. Roads between Belur and Halebid is motorable with lot of rough patches. I would prefer a handy cam along with SLR/digital camera.
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"Yagachi water sports horrible place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2012
Please avoid going to water sports near yagachi dam. we went to the water sports near yagachi dam with family and we found the place very nice. We were very much thrilled to see the water sports in beautiful lake. We took tickets for kaying and others. When we are finished and came we found the worst moment of life, the staff over there are horrible, they teased girls in our family with filthy language and when we started questioning them, suddenly the manager got rude and made some phone calls by threatening us. Then came a group of 30 rowdies armed sticks and others. Those people started beating us, abused girls and it was nightmarish day, we all begged for our life and ran towards bangalore immediately.

Just avoid this place............
these people can do anything over there, nobody can help u there.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Horrible placeeee.

Activities & things to do: Do not visit this worst place on earth

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Avoid this horrible place.......................
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"HoysaLa Style Architectures - Karnataka"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2011
The famous Kannada saying which goes like this, 'Belur ola noodu, Halebedu Hora nodu'. meaning - see the beauty of Belur from Inside and that of HalebeDu from outside'.

Hassana district is around 4.5hrs from IT capital Bengaluru.
We were there in July'11 during the Monsoon arrival. One needs to have patience to walk in the premises with spectacular architectural touch. Belur and Halebedu are located around 17kms apart. You need at least 4 hours for a detailed observation of Belur and 5-6hours in HaLebeDu. .

It is an ideal tourist spot for people interested to know more on flourished Kingdoms of South. Raja Vishnuvardhana [got converted from Jainism to Hinduism] made Dwarasamudra [currently HaLebeDu] as the capital of Hoysala empire.

An amazing fact to share is that the carvings done are Three Dimensional.
By inspecting these carvings, you'll get to know the skills that the Architects had in 11-12th centuries! Epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata and other mythological stories are sequentially pictorially depicted on the stones.

One can book in advance at Mayura Veelapuri KSTDC hotel at Belur.
Guides: Prasad at Belur and Aslam Shareef at HaLebeDu.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food - Normal!
Sight-seeing - A lot;
Shopping - not really sure.

Activities & things to do: Hoysala Style Architecture, see 3 Dimensional stone carvings;
Jaina basadis; 'Shilabalakis' carved on single slabs!!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Located in Hassan district [near western Ghats-
From Bengaluru - around 4.5 hrs road;
From Mangalore - around 3hrs road;

Stayed at Mayura Veelapuri KSTDC at Belur.
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