Halebid and Belur Tourism
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Halebid and Belur Tourism

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The twins towns Halebidu and Belur are quite, non-commercial and secluded unlike other popular tourist places.
The temples, are undoubtedly the best feature of Halebidu & Belur. One can spend a day or two just looking at these monuments and studying the various sculptures. Taking a guide helps understand the story behind many cravings.
Not to be missed - In Belur temple, Apsaras or dasis in different poses, lord Shiva dancing inside an elephant, a disappointed lady, the feeling portrayed by a monkey sucking her hand when he cannot reach a bunch of grapes.

In Halebidu tempe, the most decorated Nandi in India, different hairdos, the hierarchy where a warrior women dasi has another dasi, removing a thorn from her feet on a hunting expedition.

Apart from these, the temples have several stories from our epics.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are many decent hotels in Hassan or you could choose to stay in Halebidu or Belur itself. Either way, expect decent rooms with basic essentials.
Food and stay at KSTDC Mayura Shantala was good ; with average vegetarian thalis and the Indianised Chinese.
Though shopping was not on my mind at all, I picked quite a few pieces of toys made out of stone, sold outside the temples. Little bargaining and you could get a good deal.

Activities & things to do: Enjoy the country side as you drive in and out of the place. The roads are good and enjoyable. Explore and take in the ancient architecture.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If coming from Bangalore, one can take the following route: Bangalore-
Shravanabelagola-Halebidu-Belur-Mysore-Bangalore.
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Jayanth Dev
  • Jayanth Dev
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 18 Reviews

"Shravanabelagola"

  • Posted 10 months ago
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....... More
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Chidambara n. Murthy
  • Chidambara n. Murthy
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Twin towns of architecture"

  • Posted 1 year ago
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....... More
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Mithun sathyanarayan S
  • Mithun sathyanarayan S
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"Yagachi water sports horrible place"

  • Posted 2 years ago
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....... More
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Sharath Kumse

"HoysaLa Style Architectures - Karnataka"

  • Posted 2 years ago
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....... More
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Deepti
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"Our tour of Halebid, Belur and Sravanbelgola"

  • Posted 6 years ago
We took a KSTDC tour from Bangalore to Halebid, Belur and sravanabelgola on a saturday. The tour started at 7:15 in the morning. At around 10:45 we reached our first stop Sravanabelgola. Its a long hike up the hill and tiring to the bone. We....... More
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Halebid and Belur Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
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.

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