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Gomateshwara Statue at Shravanabelagola

One of the off-beat but most interesting tour packages from Bangalore is to Belur- Halebeedu and Shravanabelagola. Located in Hassan district, Belur-Halebeedu temples are from the Hoysala Dynasty and are worth a visit. An architectural marvel of the times, the twin temples leave you spellbound. Shravanabelagola is one of the most worshiped Jain pilgrimages and is often visited by others too.

Plan your tour to Belur-Halebeedu for a minimum of 2 nights and 3 days to these historic twin towns in Hassan District. Hassan is about 180 km away from Bangalore and takes about 4 hours to reach by road.

Embark on your journey either by train or road from Bangalore. Bangalore can be easily reached by train or air from all the major cities of the country. You can either hire a taxi or take a train to reach Hassan. Before you reach Hassan, you can visit Shravanabelagola, the Jain pilgrimage.

Shravanabelagola

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An important Jain pilgrimage is also a major attraction for others too. Shravanabelagola is home to the world’s tallest monolithic statue of Lord Gometeshwara. Constructed in 981 AD by a Ganga warrior, Chamundaraya, the statue is carved out of a single block of granite and is visible up to 30 km away. Nearly 700 steps take you up to the Vindhyagiri hills where the statue of Lord Gomesteshwara is located and is surrounded by a temple complex. To worship or see the lord, you will have to climb the steps. At the bottom of the temple, there are several tiny shops selling knick-knacks and puja items. Bang opposite Vindhyagiri lies another hill called Chandragiri. On the top of the Chandragiri, there is a cluster of 14 Jain Temples. To visit both the shrines /hills half a day is recommended. One of the major attractions of Shravanabelagola is the Mahamastakabhisheka. An event which is planned every 12 years is one of the biggest festivals in the world. Not only the Jain pilgrims, travelers, media, and VIP s flock to Shravanabelagola from all over the world. Mahamastakabhisheka is a festival where the lord Gometeshwara ‘s head-anointment ceremony is performed by pouring hundreds of pots of milk, curd, honey, turmeric paste, coconut water, vermillion and even gold and precious jewels over the statue’s head. The last Mahamastakabhisheka was held in 2018 and the next is due in 2030. After visiting this world-famous Jain pilgrimage, you can proceed towards Hassan and retire for the day.

To visit Belur – Halebeedu and commute from district headquarters, it is advisable to travel by your vehicle. Local transport is also available and can be made the best use of.

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The two ancient and historic temples represent the brilliant and astonishing craftsmanship of Hoysala Architecture. Dedicated to lord Vishnu, the splendid Chennakeshava Temple is believed to have been built in the 11th century. The temple was built by King Vishnuvardhana and the Hoysalas to commemorate the victory of the Hoysalas over the Cholas in the Talakadu battle. The intricate carvings both inside and outside the temple make it worth visiting. The stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata are depicted in the form of stone carvings of women dancing, playing instruments, animals, and birds, and from nature. You can easily spend 2-3 hours at the temple.

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Just 17 km away from Belur lays the famous Halebeedu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is one of the largest Shiva temples built by Hoysalas. Halebeedu, in Kannada means ‘old house /old ruins,’ mesmerizes the visitors, travelers, and pilgrims leaving them awestruck with its exquisite carvings and craftsmanship. The temple’s base consists of 7 rows carved with elephants, lions, horses, and floral scrolls. The inner and exterior walls of the temple are adorned with intricately carved Hindu deities, sages, birds and animals, and much more depicting stories from Bhagwat Gita, Ramayana, and Mahabharata. Halebeedu also houses multiple temples for Hindus and Jains from ancient times. Not to miss an archaeology museum within the Halebeedu complex that houses over 1500 sculptures and artifacts of the Hoysala era. The museum is maintained by ASI.

Hassan has several stay options ranging from budget to high-end heritage properties. Choose to stay in Hassan for better accessibility to other places of interest. To have leisure time in both temples you will need at least 6-7 hours. You can either visit Shettihalli Church on day 2 or relax in a hotel and enjoy the evening in a resort or a hotel.

Hassan more precisely is famous for the twin temples Belur – Halebeedu. However one cannot take away the limelight of the famous and unusual submerged Shettihalli Church.

Shettihalli Church

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One of the hidden gems of unexplored Karnataka is the Shettihalli Church. Rosary Church was built about 160 years ago by Europeans along with the banks of River Hemavathi in Shettihalli Village. Later on, the government built a dam to control flooding. The Church becomes the attraction during and post-monsoon when it submerges into the river giving the illusion of a floating church. The ruins of the Church also tell a lot of haunted stories by the local people. The marvelous architecture of the ruins depicts how grand the church may have been. The tall columns, French doors, and windows make it an iconic monument and must to visit when in Hassan. There is no direct access to the church, ask the locals for directions. There is a walk of 10 minutes from the main road to reach the church via a dirt track or mud road. It is a breathtaking sight to see the magnificent Shettihalli church either submerged or otherwise. After spending some one hour at the church you can proceed towards Bangalore.

How to reach

Belur – Halebeedu can be reached by road from its district headquarters Hassan. Hassan is well connected by road and railways. Belur is just 24 km from Hassan.

The nearest airport is Mangalore, 175 km, and Bangalore is around 220 km.

Hassan, the district headquarters railway station is well connected with all the major towns in Karnataka.

Hassan can be reached best by road from all major towns of Karnataka. The state road transport buses ply from most of the cities.

Travel Tips

1. Belur- Halebeedu is a historic temple with mythological and architectural significance too. 2. There is no ticket to visit the temples. 3. You can hire government-approved Guides from the temple with a fee of Rs 300-400 to attain more knowledge of the history and architecture of the temples. 4. You can include Chikamagalur and Sakleshpur in your itinerary, as they are very close by. 5. Shoes are not allowed inside the temple premises; however, you can keep them at a counter outside the temple or leave them in your car. 6. Cameras are allowed inside the temple but you cannot take pictures of the deity. 7. The best time to visit is October to March. Summers can be harsh in walking the open air. 8. Washrooms are available outside the temple. 9. There are around 700 steps to reach the statue of lord Gometeshwara. 10. There are no guides or fees to visit Shettihalli Church.

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Belur After Doddagadduvalli, We reached Belur for lunch and we stayed in Kstdc Hotel Mayura Velapuri. They have a good restaurant too. I was a little apprehensive but was pleasantly surprised. The rooms were basic but the place was clean with new sheets and clean rooms. There are not much of hotels in Belur. There are more options in Hassan and lot of people stay at Hassan. We chose Belur to avoid the travel time so we can spend more time at the temple. Some people also stay at Chikmagalur as there are a lot of good resorts there. Its very nearby (about half an hours drive) and the facilities are really good.

Belur Chennakeshava Temple Timings: 7:30am to 7:30pm (Many sites mention the closing time as 5:30pm but I enquired in the temple itself and was there in the temple till 7:00pm) (2-3 hours needed for seeing the temple) Note: Carry a pair of cotton socks to these temples and wear them when you enter the temple. The stone flooring gets hot during the day and socks can keep your feet cool.

Belur Temple

Halebid / Halebeedu Hoysaleswara temple Temple timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Friday timings vary slightly due to poojas) (2 – 3 hours needed for seeing the temple) After a long blissful evening, we stayed in Belur for the night. Next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we headed to Halebid / Halebeedu which takes about 30 minutes to reach from Belur. Halebeedu was the old capital of the Hoysalas. The temple is in ruins as it was attacked and destroyed by the muslim invaders in 14th century. Most of the outer walls has been ransacked and some of the idols stolen.

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Here is our itinerary. Day 1 – Bangalore – Shravanabelagola – Doddagadduvalli Lakshmi Temple – Belur Chanakeshava Temple Day 2 – Belur – Halebeedu Hoysaleshwar Temple – Kedareshwar temple – Jain temple Basadi – Temple Tank – Belavadi Veeranarayanaswamy Temple – Chikmagalur (All the temples are very nearby) Day 3 – Chikmagalur (We went to Mullyangiri Peak. We settled and rested for the day at the hotel afterwards) Day 4 – Chikmagalur – Bangalore

Hope you enjoyed my travel diary. Until next time, Kannamma.

16 thoughts on “Halebid Belur trip from Bangalore”

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I came across your blog as I was researching for our trip to Belur and Halebeedu. I found your blog really useful. I can say we just literally followed your blog to cover all the important sites in Belur and Halebeedu.

Just a few suggestions to edit a few items so others can benefit as well.

a. There is typo in the name of the temple in Belur. Please change it to Chennakeshava Temple. b. The Belavadi Veera Narayana Temple timings are between 8.30 am 2 pm, 4-7 pm. We reached here around 2 pm just in time to catch the glimpse of the deities. The idols are magnificient here and you don’t want to miss their Darshan. c. Halebeedu Temple complex is open from 6.30 AM till 9 PM.

Regards, Giri

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Thanks for the updated timings. Thank you Giridhar.

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Lovely space you have created…i loved the tip about socks and the Arjun arrow multiplying. Thank you

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Very good blog post; particularly useful for planning for those of us who may be traveling from outside Karnataka and want to plan for a weekend getaway.

thank you, Anupama

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Extremely useful info. Thank you!

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Awesome information and very detailed summary of the places. Really appreciate your efforts Akka. But please bear in mind that many kitchens are dependent on Kannamacooks for weekends and boring days. So please don’t shift to travel blogging full time leaving many of us helpless😀 Thanks for your knowledge sharing

haha. that was funny.

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Very interesting read Kannamma. I always find your writing detailed, well informed, and informative.

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Excellent travelogue Kannamma. You have done a great job even as a blogger on travel destinations. Keep it up. Travel more in Karnataka and write your blogs. We like them. I live in Mysore and have visited all these places too. Blessings

Thank you so much!

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Awesome way of putting you your trip..with colourful pics and so very with clarity. Appreciate and thank you

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Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebidu

Halebidu Belur Travel Itinerary

Planning a trip to Halebidu-Belur? Well, we recommend the following itinerary to help you make the most of your trip! Halebidu and Belur were both capitals of the Hoysala Empire at different periods and today are popular religious temple towns. 23km apart, it’s easy to cover the two towns in a day! Read on to learn about the heritage sites at Halebidu and Belur. The towns are well-connected to each other and to Hassan by local bus services.

Hoysaleshwara Temple : Built during the reign of Hoysala king, Vishnuvardhana, this 12th Century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known for its intricate engravings and sculptures, this star shaped temple is actually a combination of two temples; Hoysaleshwara and Shantaleshwara, said to be dedicated to Vishnuvardhana and his wife Shantala, respectively. This iconic temple is a testimony to awe-inspiring workmanship and is not to be missed!

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Kedareshwara Temple –  Located just 400 metres from the Hoysaleshwara temple, this temple is dedicated to Shiva in the form of Kedareshwar. Built in the 12th Century, the engravings in this temple are stunning. Do pay attention to the carving and importance given to the bhava in accordance to asthra (weapons) for numerous the Hindu Gods like the Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Krishna, Varaha, Ganesha, adorning the temple.

Apart from the ornate Hindu temples, the area also houses some of the most spectacular and equally rich in art Jain basadi/basti or shrines.

Parshvanatha Basti : Dedicated to the twenty third tirthankara, Parshva, the basti was built by Boppana, son of Gangaraja, a minister in Vishnuvardhana’s court. The shrine houses 18 ft tall statue of the tirthankara, 32 pillared pavilion.  Shantinatha Basti : The shrine dedicated to the sixteenth tirthankara, Shantinatha, is now being proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Adinatha Basti : Housing an idol of Adinatha and Saraswati, this 12th Century Jain temple is comparatively smaller than the other two bastis.

Chennakeshava or Keshava temple : Considered as the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana, one of the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The temple was built to commemorate Hoysala victory over the Chola, under the leadership of King Vishnuvardhana. The exquisite carvings on the temple depict the scenes from the Upanishads, Mahabharata and Ramayana.

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Kappe Chennigaraya : Situated to the south of the Chennakeshava temple, this temple contains a 6.5ft tall sculpture of Chennakeshana. This temple was consecrated by Shantala, senior queen a of the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana.

Karthika Deepotsava Stambha or the Gravity Pillar : 42 feet tall lamp post, the Karthika Deepotsava Stambha, was installed by a commander of the Vijaynagara ruler, Krishnadevraya demarcating the emergence of the Vijaynagara empire as the Hoysala empire was on a decline. It is popularly referred to as Gravity Pillar as it appears to be standing on its own dead weight.

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Vishnu Samudra : Built during the reign of Narasimharaya, this well was made to provide access  to sacred water for holy purposes to the devotees.

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3 DAY TRIP FROM BANGALORE | BEST OF HOYSALA TEMPLES IN 3 DAYS

belur halebid trip

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1 : travel to somnathpur & sightseeing day 2 : travel to belur & sightseeing day 3 : visit halebid & travel to bangalore, trip starts from: bangalore, mode of travel: car (or cab), trip ends at: bangalore, total places visited: 11, trip starting point: bangalore city, total distance (round trip): 900, travel time (round trip): 9 hr, trip duration: 3 days, ideal start time: 7 am (day 1), 9 am (day 2) & 9 am (day 3), sightseeing time: %%itinerary_sightseeing_time%%.

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DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO SOMNATHPUR & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from bangalore to bangalore.

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At a distance of 24 km from Somnathpur , 32 km from Sivanasamudram & 49 km from Mysore, Talakadu is a historical place situated on the banks of Kaveri River n Karnataka. It is one of the popular places to visit in Somnathpur . Talakadu is a beautiful place surrounded by temples and is among prime place to visit on a Mysore trip . Talakadu had over 30 temples, most are them are buried in the sand today. Some of these temples have been excavated and are open to the public. There are five temples dedicated to Lord Siva - Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaideeshwara, and Mallikarjuneshwara Temple. The Keerthinarayana temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a beautiful site with wonderful carvings. Talakadu was ruled by several dynasties - Gangas, Hoysalas, Rashtrakutas and Vijayanagara Kings. The .....

2 Somnathpur

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At a distance of 137 km from Bangalore, 35 km from Mysore & 50 km from Shivanasamudra Falls , Somnathpur is well known for the breathtaking Prasanna Chennakesava Temple, one of the three famous & finest representations of Hoysala architecture (other two being temples at Belur & Halebid). This is one of the three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Mysore and one of the wonderful weekend getaways from both the cities. The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing. It is one of the well known Karnataka tourist places and also one of the best places to experince Mysore Tourism . Located on the banks of Cauvery River, .....

Overnight Stay in Mysore

Day 2 : travel to belur & sightseeing, travel from mysore to belur, 1 lakshmidevi temple - doddagadduvalli.

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At a distance of 18 km from Halebidu, 21 km from Hassan, and 24 km from Belur, Lakshmi Devi temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Doddagaddavalli village in the Hassan district of Karnataka. Situated on the Hassan - Belur highway, it is one of the stunning Hoysala temples in Karnataka, and among the top tourist places in Hassan. Dedicated to goddess Lakshmi, the Lakshmi Devi Temple at Doddagaddavalli was built by a merchant called Kullahana Rahuta and his wife Sahaja Devi during the reign of King Vishnuvardhana in 1114 CE, and is one of the earliest known temples built in the Hoysala style. Built with soapstone, it is the only example of the chatuskuta (four-shrined) order of temples built during the Hoysala period. Each is complete with a shikhara, a sukhanasi (vestibule), a kalasa on the shikhara, and a Hoysala crest on the sukhanasi. The temple complex has two entrances. The one on the east makes its way through a porch while the one on the west opens to the lake. .....

2 Bucheshwara Temple - Korvangala

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At a distance of 10 km from Hassan Railway Station, Bucheshvara Temple (also spelt Bucheshwara or Bucesvara temple) is an ancient Hindu temple located at Korvangla village in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the stunning Hoysala temples in Karnataka, and among the top tourist places in Hassan. The Buchesvara Temple is a simple yet elegant specimen of the 12th century of Hoysala architecture. The temple was built in 1173 AD by a rich officer called Buchiraja to celebrate the coronation of Hoysala King Veera Ballala II. The Bucesvara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is a dwikuta temple with two shrines facing each other. These shrines are connected by a closed mantapa, and an open mantapa. The western shrine facing east containing an image of Surya, the sun god, and the eastern shrine contains a Shivlinga. The entrance is very small and guarded by elephants. There are beautifully carved dwarapalaka statues on either side. This entrance leads to a Mukha .....

3 Hoysala Temples - Mosale

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At a distance of 15 km from Hassan, Nageshwara & Channakeshava Temples are the twin Hoyasala temples situated at Mosale village in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the popular Hoysala temples in Karnataka, and among the top places to visit in Hassan . The Nageshvara-Chennakeshava temples are built in 1200 AD during the reign of Hoysala King Veera Ballala II. The temple complex is an elegant example of Hoysala architecture of the early 12th century. The temples together form a unique Dwikutachala. One of the temples is dedicated to Nageshwara (Lord Shiva), and the other is dedicated to Chennakeshava (Lord Vishnu). This temple complex is protected and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. According to a legend, the village of Mosale was also the hermitage of Sage Jamadagni. Surrounded by a wall, the two temples stand side by side in the complex a few feet apart and are similar .....

4 Chennakesava Temple / Belur Temple

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At a distance of 0.5 km from Belur Bus Station, Sri Chennakesava Temple is an ancient temple situated at Belur, Karnataka. The temple is listed as a UNESCO World heritage Site and is one of the must-visit places as part of Belur Tour Packages . Also referred to as Kesava or Vijayanarayana Temple of Belur, Chennakesava Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple was commissioned by King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty in 1117 CE, on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, an early Hoysala Empire capital. The temple was built over three generations and took 103 years to complete. It was repeatedly damaged and plundered during wars, repeatedly rebuilt and repaired over its history. Among the famous places to visit in Belur , the temple is very famous for extensive carvings, stone sculptures, artwork and its unique architecture. .....

Overnight Stay in Belur

Day 3 : visit halebid & travel to bangalore, travel from belur to halebidu.

belur halebid trip

At a distance of 17 km from Belur, 32 km from Hassan, 34 km from Chikmagalur, 148 km from Mysore, & 211 km from Bangalore, Halebidu is located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It is one of the most popular tourist places in Karnataka , and among the must include places in Chikmagalur tour packages . Halebidu (or Halebid) is famous for the beautiful Hoysala Temples of Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara built in 1121 AD. These are the most important places to visit as part of Halebidu tour packages . It is one of the three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the other two being the Belur temple & Somnathpur temple. The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal-like polishing. Halebidu was the glorified royal capital of the Hoysala kingdom in the 12th Century. .....

2 Basadi Halli

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At a distance of about 1 KM from Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebid, Basadi Halli (or Jain Mandir) is situated between Hoysaleshwara Temple and Kedareshwara Temple. There are three Jain temples at Basadi Halli - Parshwanatha Swamy Temple, Adinatha Swamy Temple and Shantinatha Swamy Temple. Parshwanatha Swamy Temple is an important structure with wonderful carvings. The 12 pillars that hold the doom have been cut in a fine and attractive manner. The pillars have been carved well that the images differ from one another. The Parshwanatha Swamy figure is made out of black stone and it is 14 feet in height. A seven-headed serpent carved at the head of this figure appears to be guarding the deity.

3 Kedareshwara Temple

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At a distance of about 1 KM from Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebid, Kedareshwara Temple is a Hoysala temple built by King Ballala II and his younger Queen Abhinava Ketala Devi in 1319 AD. Kedareswara Temple is a fine example of Hoysala style of temple architecture. The carved ceilings of the temple are supported by finely polished pillars. The magnificent idol of Nandi Vahana in its lying posture adds extra elegance to the temple. Unfortunately portions of the temple collapsed and they are never restored again. The main shrine is raised over a beautiful star-shaped platform of smooth stone. The walls, the tower, the doorway and the ceiling are magnificently carved. As seen in Hoysaleswara temple, this temple has classic friezes and scenes from the epics.

belur halebid trip

At a distance of 12 km from Halebidu, 27 km from Belur, 64 km from Chikmagalur, and 82 km from Kemmangundi, Belavadi is a village situated in the Chikmagalur district. It is one of the popular places to visit in Halebidu . Belavadi is famous for Sri Veera Narayana Temple built in Hoysala architectural style. The place is described as Ekachakranagara of Mahabharata and is said to be the place where Pandava prince Bheema killed the demon Bakasura and protected the village and its people. Belavadi Temple can be visited along with Chikmagalur Tour Packages . The Veera Narayana temple was built in the 13th century by the Hoysala King Veera Bhallala II. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in three different forms. While Belur and Halebid are famous for their intricate sculpture, this temple is one .....

5 Arasikere Chandramouleswara Temple

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At a distance of 42 km from Hassan, 44 km from Halebidu, 71 km from Chikmagalur, the Ishvara Temple, also known as Chandramouleshwara Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located in Arasikere town of the Hassan district in Karnataka state, India. It is one of the stunning Hoysala temples in Karnataka, and among the top places to visit near Hassan. Dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, the Chandramouleshwara Temple at Arasikere was built in the 12th century by the Hoysalas. Though modest in size and figure sculpture, the temple is considered the most complex one in architecture among surviving Hoysala monuments because of its ground plan - a 16-pointed star-shaped mantapa (hall), along with an asymmetrical star-shaped shrine, whose star points are of three different types. Like all Hoysala constructions, this east-facing temple was built with soapstone and is an ekakuta shrine (single shrine or cella) with two mandapas, one open and one closed. The sanctum (garbhagriha) enshrines .....

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Belur and Halebidu: The Twin Ancient Marvels of Hoysala Dynasty

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Belur temple, officially known as the Chennakeshava temple and commonly called the Belur math (cloister)   is a marvel of ancient Hoysala architecture. The Halebid Temple Hoysaleshwara which is only16 kms from Belur makes for a wonderful add-on for a Belur and Halebidu Trip. 

Belur temple is roughly a four-hour ride from the capital city of Karnataka – Bangalore. It is also a good weekend getaway for inhabitants of the IT city.

However, even today the Chennakeshava temple at Belur is an underrated travel destination. It is yet to be explored fully. So, if you have some free time on your hands plan a Belur and Halebidu trip and start exploring.

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Belur Temple & Halebidu Temple: An Overview

Karnataka has some of the most beautiful and underexplored travel destinations in India. Of the many things the state is known for ancient temples are right on top.

The city of Belur is known for its temples and mystique. Located on the banks of the Yagachi River in Karnataka’s Hassan district, Belur temple is known for its cultural richness.  The Chennakeshava temple is crafted with elegant carvings depicting scenes from the Upanishads, Mahabharata and Ramayana.  

Hoysaleswara Temple which is closeby is one of the largest shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Southern India. In the 12th century, the temple was built by Hoysala rulers. it is known for its majestic outer sone carvings which depict different scenes from Hindu mythology. 

Below is a quick overview that will help you plan a Belur and Halebidu trip :

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The entrance of Chennakeshava temple, Belur. Photography by Akshay Patil

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The premises of Hoysaleshwara temple at Halebid. Photography by Hari Kishore

Belur Temple & Halebidu Trip: A Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The temples at Belur, as well as Halebidu (Belur’s twin town), are now UNESCO world heritage sites. This signifies the exquisiteness of these places culturally and historically.

The moment you enter the premises of temples at Belur and Halebidu, you can easily observe the historic richness. It fills your mind with questions –

“How could they create such beauty?”

“With what Science and Architecture which is beyond perfection?”

“Which dynasty encouraged such fine arts in Indian History?”

It is quite evident from their history that this majestic Art took 103 years to complete and approximately three generations.

While a Belur, Make Sure to Visit Halebidu

Everybody who visits Belur definitely visits Halebidu. It was the former capital city of the Hoysala dynasty. The temple of Halebidu was built first and then started the construction of Belur temple.

One can see similar sculptures in both the temples and a lot of stories carved which connect both the temples.

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Belur math has been built by using soapstone. Photography by Natasha Skvortsova

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The Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid is dedicated to the Hindu God – Shiva. Photography by Bhavya Murthy

Top Reasons to Visit Belur Temple Chennakeshava & Hoysaleswara Temple Halebidu

There are 7 reasons for any traveler to visit the Belur temple –

1. The beauty of the Sculptures & Carvings 

The sculpture of  Lord Chaluka Narayana (Vishnu) is carved with intricacy and fine details. You can notice the charm imbibed in the sculpture. The jewellery carvings are the most eye-catching piece of art.

The inner premise of the temple is filled with pillars all around and great delicate carvings on the ceiling. Each pillar is unique in design which inspires any modern jeweller’s art. The carvings around the pillars are like necklace and bangle designs, measuring geometrically perfect.

Don’t miss out on one of the pillars which is believed to serve as a blueprint of all the carvings in the temple in a miniature form.

A question that pops up in your mind immediately after witnessing such elegance is, “How could they install such huge pillar back in the 11 th century and what was the mode of transport?”

Well, the Hoysalas were profound when it came to intelligence in architecture and science.

Inside the Hoysaleswara complex lies an open archaeological museum . It has sculptures, coins, inscriptions and wood carving idols on display. Among them is a giant sculpture of a sitting Nandi and Lord Ganesh. The museum is open to all from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It remains closed on Fridays.  Photography is prohibited inside.

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Elephant and horse carvings on the walls of Chennakeshava temple. Photography by Pushpak Chakroborty

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Inscriptions on the inner walls of Hoysaleshwar Temple. Photography by Arun Ganeshan

2.Culturally Superior Beauty and Art

All the sculptures and pillars inside Belur temple premises  are built using a peculiar featured stone known as “Soapstone.” It is soft to shape and carve and eventually hardens after certain time.

One can’t miss hearing the name of “ Natyarani Shakuntala ” , who is believed to be most graceful dancer of the dynasty. Most of the sculptures on the ceiling of the inner part of the temple portray her elegant and graceful dance moves ( Bharatanatyam mudras ).

These stones even depict the various human emotions through her body language and facial expressions. You will be awestruck to notice that her bangles have movement as if they were detached from her hand.

The Hoysaleswara temple is a masterpiece adorned with rich carvings of thousands of mythological figures. The basement of the temple comprises sculptured friezes. 

Garuda Stambha is among the key highlights of this temple. In addition to it, there are inscriptions of epic heroes carrying knives and cutting their own heads.

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The carving of Natyarani Shakuntala. Photography by Rakesh R

3. Ravishing Depiction from Great Indian Epics

The whole of the exterior part of the Belur temple depicts various stories from Ramayana, Mahabharatha and other Indian mythology.

Make sure you invest a lot of time and patience to observe such mystical fine art. Do your homework i.e read about the Belur temple before you get there. It will create a flow with what the guide is explaining and you would not miss out any part of the temple unseen.

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The giant Nandi statue at Hoyasaleshwara temple. Photography by Amit Belkud

4. Re-live History at Belur Temple & Halebidu

One can’t get a better chance of re-living History than by visiting Belur temple Chennakeshava as well as Halebidu (approximately 30 minutes drive). It too is another capital city of Hoysala dynasty.

Halebidu was build at the same time (11 th century) as Belur math and is a gigantic Shiva temple with excellence in architecture on the exterior part of the temple.

Every Shiva temple in the world is incomplete without Nandi – the holy bull of Lord Shiva believed to be his vehicle according to Indian Mythology. Halebedu has the most beautiful Nandi sculpture in the world.

 The most stunning fact about the Nandi sculpture is its high polish on the stone that you can actually look at your reflection as though on a mirror.

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Belur is the ideal place to re-live history. Photography by Sanjeevani Keshav

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The rock carvings are intricate at Halebidu. Photography by Harikrishna Panjabi

5. Feed Yourself with Traditional South Indian Food on Your Belur and Halebidu Trip

After feeding your eyes with beautiful art and a lot of historical knowledge, it’s time to feed your stomach. Just walk down the temple street, which is filled  with fresh food servings in local mess and hotels.   They offer you home-style delicious vegetarian food on a banana leaf.

One can choose between – complete south Indian meal with huge variety of dishes, like hot rice, sambar (dal), rasam (dal) and playa (cooked vegetable salad).

Hot akki roti (Rice cooked in the form of baked bread, using rice flour) with a spicy traditional curry (using chickpeas or vegetables) and some garlic chutney .

Don’t miss out on the chance to try it when you are at Belur!.

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A traditional south Indian meal. Photography by Syahlin Khan

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Akki roti served with chutney. Photography by Pravedi Shedbale

6. Camping Near Belur Temple & Halebidu

After you undertake the history tour, it is time to fill the trip with some adventure.

One can take camping stays near the Belur Temple. Recommended options are –

Japavathi river camp – On the bank of the Japavathi river

Bagmane heritage – British  bungalow

Beanstack homestay – cottage on a hilltop

After a long day at this heritage site of Belur math, rest in a cosy, tidy home-stays with some bonfire in the evening and a glass of classic homemade wine. It comprises exotic Indian flavours like figs, beetle-nut leaves and rose. Savour hot chicken dishes cooked using pepper grown in their own estate.

Early next morning is the best time to go for camping on Mullayanagiri hills (which would be a few minutes away from any homestay in Chikmagalur ) or Yettina Bhuja . The misty hills covered with fog and chirping birds in the morning are good for the senses.

One can’t stop praising this beautiful site of lush green coffee plantations with red cherry coffee beans all around.

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Mullayanagiri Hills. Photography by Ganesh M H

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Yettinabhuja. Photography by Abhishek Acharya

7. Cover Interesting Places on Your Belur and Halebidu Trip

Shettihalli Church

If you choose to travel from Bangalore or Mysore on the way to Hassan road, around 1.5 hours (200 km) from Bangalore explored a less discovered place “Shettihalli Church”, a ruined old church covered with 1-5 inch of river water. This beautiful location feels like you are living in a painting.

Shravanabelagola

On the way from there towards Belur temple, definitely stop at Shravanabelagola. This place is sacred to the Jain religion. It consists of a huge monolithic structure of Gomateshwara (Jain deity) and is flocked with a lot of travellers.

Sri Kalabhairaveshwara Temple at Deveramane is another less discovered temple which was built prior to the Halebidu and Belur temples. It is devoted to Lord Shiva (An important Hindu deity) and also has the deity crafted on a hill.

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Ruins of Shettihalli Church. Photography by Hema

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Feet of a huge monolithic structure of Gomateshwara at Shravanabelagola. Photography by Rahul Baxi.

A trip to Belur and Halebidu is a time-defying experience that enables one to re-live history. The passage of time is insignificant to these places of ‘art beyond perfection’.

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Belur and Halebid Temples – Discover South Indian Architectural Gems

Detailed, intricate, almost a thousand years old carvings engraved in the dark stone covering the whole walls. You can find there gods, dancers, and pictures of battles. Hindu mythology, rulers of the empire or 644 elephants, that none of each looks the same. Discover some of the most impressive architecture and historical places of South India. Described by one of my Indian friends as “Hampi, but smaller”. Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka. Why do you need to put them on your south Indian itinerary?

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Belur and Halebid Temples in India

If you are interested in Indian architecture and you are travelling to the Karnataka region, I’m sure you know about Hampi . It’s the UNESCO World Heritage site, a capital of Hindu Vijayanagara Empire. But did you know, that it’s not the only place with beautiful south Indian temples, worth to visit? Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka are famous to locals, but not well known amongst foreigners. It’s an architectural and historical gem, that you shouldn’t miss. It’s a great trip from Bangalore or Mysore and will let you know a lot of about the history and a culture of the region.

Belur and Halebid – the Hoysala Empire

Belur and Halebid were both the capitals of the empire of Hoysala Dynasty. The Hoysala era was an important time for the development of art, religion, and Hoysala architecture in south India. The renowned architect built both temples and they both have a great history associated with them. As a result, they are now proposed to be listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

We had an opportunity to visit Belur and Halebid temples after the wedding of my Indian friends. It’s a tradition for the newlyweds to go to the temples and serve their offering to the Gods. It’s supposed to bring happiness and the prosperity of the marriage. The significant importance and beauty of Belur and Halebid temples were worth even the 4-hours-long drive from Tumkur. The bride’s and groom’s families together with us, a few of their Western friends, set off for the journey to discover the old Indian history.

Belur and Halebid lie 16 km from each other, in the Hassan district in Karnataka region in south India.

Halebid temple view, Karnataka India, Halebidu India

Halebid Temple

Halebid, which is also pronounced as Hale’beedu, means “the old city”. The Hoysala Dynasty ruled the city for about 150 years before it was invaded and partially destroyed.

We arrived at Halebidu, after visiting a smaller temple, located on the hill nearby and having lunch with a view. I was watching the buses and cars turning on a small car park, thinking that the place must be full of tourists. It turned out that it was indeed, but the tourists were only local and we were the only non-Indian visitors. I don’t mind “touristic” places like this.

Halebid temple, also called Hoysaleswara temple, is the most famous historical place in Halebidu in India. It was built in 12 th century on the banks of the man-made lake and dedicated to Shiva.

The complex is quite big and consists of a few smaller buildings. Your eyes will immediately be caught by the very detailed friezes and beautiful artwork on every wall and ceiling. The carvings include Hindu theology and its legends, together with pictures from life and culture of India. Unfortunately, a large part of the temple was destroyed by the Muslim invaders and some sculptures were stolen. It still looks spectacular though, when you walk around and touch the smooth soapstone covering the walls.

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Shiva and the history

Since it’s a Shiva temple, there are two Nandi shrines on its both sides. Nandi is a name of the Shiva’s bull. You can find similar sculptures in a famous Bull temple in Bangalore . The ones located in Halebid are 6 th and 7 th the biggest in all India.

The parent’s of the bride organized an English-speaking guide for us. He was explaining the stories behind the carvings of the temple. The art, culture, history, and religion are all mixing with each other and it takes a good amount of time to grasp your head around the complicated pantheon of Hindu Gods and their meanings. It’s all very interesting.

At the end of our trip, it started to rain heavily and the sun was almost down, so the temple was closing. Finally, we snapped few last pictures of the newlyweds and we moved to another famous south Indian temple in Karnataka –Belur Chennakeshava Temple.

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Belur Temple, India

When we arrived at the Belur temple, it was already dark. The whole complex was lit up and there was a small crowd inside, doing Darshana. The devotees were giving offerings to the Gods, accompanied by the loud live music. The place was mobbed, as people were trying to get closer to the sanctum. Led by my Indian friend, I joined the crowd to see what was happening inside. I was the only white girl in the middle of the Indian ceremony. As a result, everyone was surprised what I was doing there. After the blessings, we could see better into the sanctum. There was a huge silver sculpture of Vishnu and the carvings on the roof were so delicate and detailed.

Belur temple, named Chennakeshava Temple , is considered to be one of the most beautiful from all the 92 Hoysala temples in Karnataka region in India. It’s dedicated to Vishnu god. Can you believe that it took 103 years to complete?

Belur temple at night, Karnataka, India

The details and the elephants

Considering that the temple comes from 12 century and was repeatedly damaged during the wars, it’s still in a good condition. Belur temple is famous for its architecture, iconography, and history. You can find there the usual sculptures of various gods. Apart from that, there are also many cultural and art carvings. The temple has many figures depicting dancers, musicians and scenes of secular life in the 12 th century India. Most of all, I  liked the story of 644 elephants located at the base of the temple, which symbolizes the stability. And every one of them is different! How crazy is that?

The Belur temple also consists of several separate buildings. In the middle of the courtyard, there is a tall stone pillar, only balanced by its centre of gravity. Did you know, that when you visit the temple in India you can only go around it in a clockwise direction? Reversing it would bring a bad luck. So if you miss that perfect photo spot and want to go back, you need to go around!

Belur temple at night, Karnataka, India

Essential information

Opening hours:.

Halebid – open daily from sunrise to sunset. Check for opening on Fridays.

Belur – 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 2.30 PM to 7.30 PM

Where to stay:

Otherwise, you can stay in Hassan or Mysore and organize a one day trip to the temples.

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How to reach Belur and Halebid:

The closest big city is Hassan, with good connections to Bangalore and Mysore. That’s the easiest way of getting to Belur and Halebid. Another option is to go through Tumkur if you go in that direction. That’s what we did, but we had private transport to take us there and back, organized by our friend’s family.

  • Air:   The nearest airport is in Mangalore or Bangalore (Bengaluru).
  • Rail: The nearest train station is in Hassan, which has trains running to Bangalore and Mysore – book online in advance .
  • Bus : There are buses running from Hassan, Bangalore and Mysore run by Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)
  • Road:  The easiest way if you have your own transport is to get to Belur and Halebid by road.
  • Organised trips: Possible from Bangalore & Mysore.

Do you like Indian temples and the architecture? What do you think about Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka? Let me know in the comments!

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14 thoughts on “ Belur and Halebid Temples – Discover South Indian Architectural Gems ”

Beautiful photos… Looks like an amazing place 🙂

Thank you! It’s very interesting to visit!

My goodness Aga! These temples are gorgeous! I felt right there while looking at your detailed pictures. Enjoyed this a lot! Hope to read more about your trip to India!

Thanks for your comment, Ruth! I’m so glad you liked the post 🙂 If you have a chance to ever visit that place in India, I highly recommend!

Such beautiful, intricate designs! Lovely photos and details!

Thanks, Kate 🙂

Karnataka seems like a place I would love to explore soon, Aga. The architecture of this place is simply outstanding. 😉

It really is! I was so happy I could see it 🙂

Awesome post! Did not about this beautiful place although I am an Indian. Thanks for educating me 🙂

Awsome post and pictures:) Very detailed and informative. Makes me want to visit the place!

Thank you! It’s worth visiting 🙂

Being an Indian I will thank you for posting this amazing blog regarding India. I am feeling overwhelmed after seeing this blog, because even today India has its own value and culture that people from different places come and visit my beautiful country. Anyways, thank you for sharing this great article and I really thank you for sharing this great article. Keep posting.

Thank you, Vijay! India is an amazing country.

The tips are really fascinating. As i have my wedding in oct. I have been trying for such photography and this is look so great.

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Belur Halebidu, Karnataka

Photo of Anubhav Tyagi

I traveled to Belur and Halebidu last month to visit the famous Hoysala temples in the 2 cities and what a trip it turned out to be! It was really good because of how much we were able to cover in just a weekend, i felt really happy with the shots i got there and it was a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore . Plus, there is something new about this post, check out the photos and the sketches! Yes! There are sketches below, that my friend Disha made during and after the trip. We covered the following locations on the weekend of 8th-9th Feb 2014:

  • Started from Bangalore on Saturday morning
  • Shravanbelagola – famous Jain site for the Bahubali statue
  • Belur – Hoysala capital - Chennakesava Temple
  • Halebidu – Hoysala capital - Hoysaleswara temple
  • Belavaddi – triple shrined Veera Narayana temple
  • Saturday night at Chikmagalur city
  • Mullayangiri – highest peak in Karnataka
  • Kemmannugundi – another peak – could’ve skipped this!
  • Amruthpura – another Hoysala temple
  • Reached back to Bangalore on Sunday night

But before I start writing about the trip, here is a quick history lesson on Hoysala empire to get some perspective. The Hoysala empire was a prominent Southern Indian Kannadiga empire that ruled most of the modern-day state of Karnataka between the 10th and the 14th centuries. The capital of the Hoysalas was initially located at Belur but was later moved to Halebidu by Veera Ballala II, one of the strongest Hoysala kings. It is also believed that he was the one who laid the foundation of the Bangalore city. The Hoysalas began as subordinates of the Western Chalukyas and gradually established their own empire in Karnataka. Muslim dominance in North India was increasing at an unprecedented rate at this time and Hoysala empire alone held the Hindu ground in South India for the first 3 decades of the 14th century. Veera Ballala III, the Hoysala king at the time, was killed at the battle of Madurai in 1343, and the sovereign territories of the Hoysala empire were merged with the areas administered by Harihara I in the Tungabhadra region. This new Hindu kingdom resisted the northern invasions and would later prosper and come to be known as the Vijayanagara Empire with its capital at Hampi , the place I had visited a few months ago.

But the first destination in the map is Shravanbelagola, a Jain site which dates back to 10th century, a few years before the area came under the control of Hoysalas. The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at Śravaṇa Beḷgoḷa is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of the Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad. Chandragupta was said to have died here in 298 BC after he became a Jain monk and assumed an ascetic lifestyle. Jainism in this place is 2000+ years old.

It was a long walk to the top of the hill where the statue is located, but since it was morning time and the first destination stop, we were brimming with energy, to the point that I was fast enough to skip alternate steps in order to climb up faster. I wasn’t equally enthusiastic while coming down and was already waiting to reach our main destination - the temple at Belur.

To read in detail about the Hoysala temples, you wouldn’t find a better book than A complete guide to Hoysala Temples by Gerard Foekema. One thing that strikes out for Hoysala temples is their star shaped architectural plans. The Chennakesava Temple at Belur is a Vaisnava temple, i.e., dedicated to an avatar of Lord Vishnu – Kesava. The temple was commissioned by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD after a successful military campaign. The stone walls of the temple are laden with intricate sculptures of various avatars of Vishnu and other Hindu gods. I particularly like the Narsimha, the avatar with head of a lion and body of a human.

After spending almost an hour at the Belur temple, we moved to the Halebidu temple. One thing to watch out for at stone temples is the floor is also made up of polished stone, which gets really hot during day time. You may want to get something to cover your feet, an old pair of socks maybe! I would put the Hoysalesvara temple at Halebidu, amongst the top 10 in India, mostly because of the intricate sculptures found on the temple walls. No other temple in India shows the complete Hindu pantheon in such a lavish and successful way. This Shaivite temple was built in between 1120 and 1150 AD. It has 2 shrines and the architectural plan is ingenuous in a way that from outside, it looks as a single big temple, but from inside, the 2 parallel temple structures are very distinct. There are also smaller side structures, 2 of them for the monolithic Nandi bulls, a must for any Shaivite temple. Both the temples, at Belur and Halebidu were missing their superstructure, mostly damaged with time, so the roof appears to be flat, an unusual sight for temples in India.

By the time, we convinced ourselves to leave Halebidu, it was 4 PM already! So, we could have covered only 1 more place, and we decided to head to the Viranarayana temple at Belavadi , built in 1200 AD. This temple has 3 shrines sharing a common hall, but it is evident from the design that it was made in parts and at some point the temple had only 1 shrine, the one in the center. The shrines and superstructures are all intact in this temple and we found this temple to be the one which had been kept most pristine, mostly because of its location in a village, away from the highway and tourist maps. I even managed to get a shot of the temple priest in front of one of the shrines – Narsimha.

We had booked a room at the Hotel Rajmahal on Indira Ghandi Road in the city of Chikmagalur. The city is literally just settlement between 2 roads – Indira Ghandhi Road and Mahatma Ghandhi Road. We had some good sumptuous dinner, being tired from the long day. The specialty of the place was seafood, so we ordered a Mangalore freshwater crab!

So, this brings us to the end of the first day of the trip. The next day was to be spent in the natural beauty of the place we were at – Chikmagalur. The Govt. of India website on Chikamagalurgave us a good idea about the place. It even has 4 trip itineraries for travelers. We tried to base our trip on the 3rd one. We were present in the city at a wrong time as its most beautiful in monsoon season, but nevertheless, it didn’t damp our spirits, get it? ;-)

Chikmagalur is not about reaching a destination, which mostly would be a hilltop or a waterfall, the city is so picturesque, you just need to keep your eyes open, window panes down and there’ll be an instant calm smile on your face. But, I love clicking scenes, a lot of them with trees in the frame, from the car window as they pass by, so I took many shots, was watching everything from the viewfinder, but trust me, you should use your eyes instead, you’ll return a happier man!

We did reach a couple of hilltops, but really, I had seen better views and climbed higher places. Still, it was worth the effort and there is no regret. As they say, it’s the journey that matters, not the destination! The best part is that all this was present at less than 100 kms from the Hoysala temples. We also stopped at a Kalahatgiri Falls, on the way to Kemmanagundi peak, a local festival of some sorts was being celebrated, so we went ahead, I got these nice candid shots of the people there.

From here, there is one more point we could’ve chosen – Hebbe Falls, but we were told that the falls are further 9 kms from Kemmanagundi and it’s not the best time to be there. We decided to visit the Hoysala temple at Amruthpura instead and it turned out to be a good decision!

The Amrtesvara temple at Amruthpura is a Shaivite temple that was built in 1196 AD. It is a very well preserved temple and the superstructure is still intact, unlike the temples at Belur and Halebidu. What I loved about the temple is that the Hoysala pillar design came out really well in the central hall of this temple. These are huge stone blocks which were turned and polished to crazy precision, I wonder what kind of lathe machines were used in the 12th century that could make it possible!

This brings us to the end of the trip, we headed for Bangalore from here and reached the city by Sunday night. It was a really a memorable experience. I would now try to cover other Hoysala temples whenever there is an opportunity, especially, the temple at Somnathpura.

Photo of Bangalore, Karnataka, India by Anubhav Tyagi

Shravanabelagola

Photo of Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India by Anubhav Tyagi

Halebeedu - Kedareshwara Temple

Photo of Halebeedu - Kedareshwara Temple, Halebeedu, Karnataka, India by Anubhav Tyagi

Chikmagalur

Photo of Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India by Anubhav Tyagi

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Photo of Mullayangiri, Pandaravalli, Karnataka, India by Anubhav Tyagi

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Photo of Kemmannugundi, Manchethevaru, India by Anubhav Tyagi

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Photo of Amruthapura, Karnataka, India by Anubhav Tyagi

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How to visit the Belur and Halebid Temples in India

This post is a travel guide about the Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka, India. After visiting the Somnathpur temple near Mysore I wanted to see more Hoysala architecture. That’s when I read about the Belur and Halebid temples. 

The Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka, India

The Belur and Halebid temples

The Hoysala architecture comes from the time that the Hoysala kings ruled south India. This was a period in which arts, literature, philosophy and architecture flourished. From the 11th till the 14th century, the Hoysalas built more than 1500 temples in Karnataka alone. 

The Belur and Halebid temples are the most beautiful temples left of the Hoysala temple art. Both Belur and Halebid, which are only 16 kilometers apart from each other, were once the capital of the Hoysala empire. 

The empire covered a large part of South India. It weakened after several wars with Muslim rulers from the north. After decades of fierce resistance, the Hoysala king was killed in the battle of Madurai in 1343. After that, the Vijanagara empire, famous for the Hampi monuments, took over the region.

A lot of Hoysala monuments fell into decline. The Belur and Halebid temples too were damaged and renovated several times throughout history. Still, they have remained the finest examples of the Hoysala temple architecture and belong to the most intricateLy carved temples in all of India. Both have become UNESCO World Heritage sites.    

The Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka, India

Why visit the Belur and Halebid temples?

The Belur and Halebid temples are still relatively unknown among foreign tourists, despite the fact that they are much older than the more famous Hampi and much more impressive. 

In my opinion, the Belur and Halebid temples belong to some of the most beautiful temples in Karnataka . What struck me most is the rich decorations with intricate and detailed carvings. They cover most of the interior and exterior temple walls. The Hoysalas used soapstone. A soft stone that is easy to carve in, but hardens over time. 

The Belur and Halebid temples are truly a superior work of art. Each sculpture and carving is unique. Even in the small horizontal bands with hundreds of sculpted animals and humans you can see that they all have a different posture or facial expression. 

The Belur and Halebid temples also have hundreds of stories to tell. All the carvings and statues together depict ancient hindu legends and battles from the Ramayana and Mahabaratha. The Belur and Halebid temples might not be as big as Hampi, but you could easily spend more time here looking at all the details.  

The Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka, India

Belur temple

Belur, or Beluhur, was the first capital of the Hoysala empire. King Vishnuvardana ordered the construction of a Vishnu temple at the banks of the Yagachi river.

Not long after the start of the construction of the Chennakeshava temple in Belur, the king moved the capital to Halebid. There he started to build another temple dedicated to Shiva. 

Vishnuvardana kept sponsoring the Chennakeshava temple in Belur too. It took 103 years to build and as a result it is one of the most beautiful Hoysala temples and one of the most intricately carved temples in India.

The Chennakeshava temple in Belur made sure it remained a sacred city and a center for religion and philososphy. Although no longer the capital it was still an important place for religious pilgrims. 

Belur temple in Karnataka, India

Halebid temple

Halebid means the Old City and it was the capital of the Hoysala empire for more than 150 years. The Hoysaleswara temple is a Shiva temple and among the largest temples built by the Hoysalas. It is a twin temple which means there are actually two temples. One has a shrine to king Hoysaleswara and the other to the queen goddess Shantaleswara. 

There are also two shrines with a nandi bull facing a Shiva lingam. There are traces of more shrines on the temple complex. However, the Halebid temple was damaged several times in it’s history and a lot of shrines were lost in time. 

The outer walls are full with carvings, sculptures and reliefs. The lower bands depict animals such as swans, horses, swans, elephants and other mythical creatures. Even though these bands cover more than 200 meter, each figure is unique. 

I wish I knew more about Hindu mythology as the stories are displayed in such fine details. There are hundreds of sculptures and reliefs of Hindu gods and goddesses. The warrior scenes are obvious as well as images from the Kama Sutra. 

Halebid temple in Karnataka, India

Arsikere Temple trail

The Belur and Halebid temples are not the only Hoysala temples in the area. About 40 kilometers from Halebid is the small town of Arsikere where you can visit several temples that get even less foreign visitors. The temples might not be as well maintained as Belur and Halebid, but they are certainly worth a visit if you are in the area. For more information you can check this post about the Arsikere temple trail .

How to get to the Belur and Halebid temples

The Belur and Halebid temples are only 16 kilometer apart from each other. From Bangalore or Mysore it is possible as a day trip, but it will be a very long day. You can also make it into a weekend getaway like I did, and combine it with Chikmagalur. Chikmagalur is famous for its scenic hilly landscape and coffee plantations and is a great base from where you can explore the temples.  

Belur temple is the easiest to get to with direct KSRTC buses to and from Mysore, Bangalore or Chikmagalur. If you missed the direct bus to Belur, you can also take one of the more frequent buses to Hassan and get another bus there to Belur. If you opt to visit Halebid temple first there are also frequent buses between Halebid and Belur. 

It is also possible to take the train from Bangalore or Mysore to Hassan. Then go to the bus station and catch the bus to Belur. You can check time tables and book your tickets online directly through the  Indian railways  (IRCTC).

Unfortunately this is not always a straightforward process. For a small extra fee you can use  12goAsia  or  Makemytrip . 

There are no direct buses from Mysore or Bangalore to Halebid. However, there are buses from Hassan or Belur. 

It is also possible to take the train from Bangalore or Mysore to Hassan. Then go to the bus station and catch the bus to Halebid. 

Because Halebid is slightly more difficult to reach, my recommendation is to visit Halebid first. From Halebid it is very easy to travel to Belur and from Belur there are direct buses to Bangalore, Mysore or Chikmagalur.

The Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka, India

Arsikere temples

From Halebid there are frequent buses to Arsikere. Arsikere also has a train station with trains to Bangalore and Mysore

Belur and Halebid temples travel tips

Where to stay.

There are not a lot of options to stay in Belur or Halebid itself and they are not very good value for money. I would recommend staying in the scenic hill station of Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur : I slept at the clean and professional Chalukya comforts in the center of the city.  If you have your own transport you can also opt for one of the homestays close to nature such as blue bell homestay

Mysore : If you visit the Belur and Halebid temples as a day trip from Mysore.  I can recommend Mansion 1907 . Most of all because of its great location in walking distance from the bus station, Mysore palace and Devaraja market. 

This hostel has friendly owners, a great breakfast menu and female only dorms. During the tourist season they have free yoga classes in the morning and you can rent bicycles to explore Mysore and its surroundings.

There are other hostels in Mysore as well such as Zostel and Roambay hostel.

The Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka, India

Where to eat

Both Belur and Halebid have some local restaurants that serve good South Indian food. It’s a great opportunity to try a South Indian thali with rice and different curries like sambhar. 

Temple etiquette

The Belur and Halebid temples attract both tourists as well as religious pilgrims. Therefore it is important to dress modestly. For both men and women this means that it is best to cover your legs and shoulders.

Like most temples in India you should take off your shoes. My advice is to bring shoes that you can take off easily and that you can recognize among all the others. There will be a person in charge of the shoes and it is custom to give a few rupees (10 rupees should be enough).

You can hire a guide if you like. It will certainly enrich your experience as they can tell you the stories behind the details. Unless you are an expert in Hindu mythology they will be difficult to understand otherwise. Do negotiate a price beforehand.

When to visit

The best time to visit the Belur and Halebid temples is from September till March when the climate is pleasant. In April and May it starts to get very hot in Karnataka and in June it is the start of the monsoon season when rain becomes more frequent.

Sustainable travel to the Belur and Halebid temples

The Belur and Halebid temples are important religious sites in Karnataka. Karnataka is a beautiful state, but to preserve its culture, it is important to be aware of the possible negative impacts mass tourism can have.

Support the local community:  You can support the community by purchasing goods and services from local vendors, artisans, markets and restaurants. It is better to try South Indian cuisine that uses local ingredients rather than imported foreign foods. South Indian food is very vegetarian friendly and it is easy to follow a vegan diet.

Stay in small scale sustainable hotels : It is also better to stay in locally-owned guesthouses or homestays to support the local economy directly. These accommodations often have a more positive impact on the environment compared to large hotels.

You can also try to look for guesthouses or homestays that prioritizes sustainable practices. That said, environmental awareness is still low. It’s up to you to use water sparsely, turn off lights, air conditioning, and heating when leaving your accommodation.

Use public transport : Karnataka has a well-developed public transportation system. It is easy to reach the Belur and Halebid temples by bus. Opt for public transport, whenever possible, instead of private cars to reduce carbon emissions.

Leave no trace principle : I encourage you to take all your trash back with you when you visit the Belur and Halebid temples and don’t leave any trash behind. In other words, leave no trace of your visit. Even better is when you bring something to pick up any of the trash that other people left behind.

Respect the culture : Besides environmental concerns it is also important to respect the culture. People will appreciate it, if you dress modestly. Learning a few basic phrases in Kannada, can go a long way in building meaningful connections and to learn more about the local culture. Not everybody is happy to have their picture taken. When in doubt, ask permission.

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Welcome to the enchanting world of Belur and Halebidu, two hidden treasures nestled in the heart of Karnataka. This travel guide is your key to unlocking the secrets of these ancient towns, known for their awe-inspiring temples and rich historical significance. Belur and Halebidu, both belonging to the Hoysala dynasty, boast architectural wonders that have stood the test of time. Immerse yourself in the intricate carvings, marvel at the craftsmanship, and unravel the fascinating stories behind these magnificent structures. Whether you are a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or a spiritual seeker, Belur and Halebidu promise a captivating journey through time. We recommend booking a cab from Bangalore to Belur and experience this magnificent monuments comfortably.

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Table of Contents

  • Temples that are important
  • Places to visit
  • Things to shop
  • Places to eat
  • Architecture
  • How to reach
  • Best time to visit
  • Importance of guide
  • Timings and Entry Fees
  • Places to stay

Things to Do around Belur and Halebidu

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  • Trek the Baba Budan Hills in Chikmagalur.
  • Visit the Nageshwara, Chennakeshava temple complex in Mosale. This is at a distance of around 13 km from Belur.
  • During March and April, attend the grand festival of music and dance called Hoysalamahotsava . 
  • Tour Belavadi which is at a distance of around 30 km from Belur. It is believed that Bhima of the epic Mahabharata killed Bakasura at this location.
  • Visit the archaeological museum in Halebidu.  

Hire a Car Rental in Belur and explore these hidden gems for a great trip with your family and friends .

Temples in Belur

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Belur is known as Vaikuntha or Paradise on earth . There are many temples in this culturally rich town.

Chennakesava Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, this temple was built by King Vishnuvardhana to commemorate the victory of Hoysalas over the Cholas in the Talakkad Battle. The Belur Chennakeshava temple has exquisite carvings displaying scenes from epics like the Mahabharata, Ramayana, etc.

Kappe Chennigaraya Temple

This is a small shrine located at the south end of the main Chenna Kesava Temple. It has a resemblance to the main temple and is dedicated to Kappe (frog) Chennigaraya.

Veeranarayana Temple, Belavadi

This temple is located at the west end of the Chenna Kesava Temple. It is dedicated to Veeranarayana or Lakshmi Narayana. 

Temples in Halebidu

Halebidu, also known as Dwarasamudra , was the capital city of the Hoysalas. This place is famous for the temples built during the Hoysala rule.

Hoysaleswara temple

The Hoysaleswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in the 12th century. It stands on the banks of the Dwarasamudra Lake in Halebidu. This is the most significant monument dedicated to Lord Shiva in South India. The Hoysaleswara Temple was designed by the famous Shilpkar Kedoraja with beautiful wall sculptures depicting stories of different gods and Hoysala soldiers. The temple has two shrines – one dedicated to Hoysaleswara and the other to Shantaleswara (or Shantala Devi, the queen of King Vishnuvardhana).

Basadi Halli

At a short walk from the Hoysaleswara Temple is a group of three Jain shrines called Basadi Halli. The shrines are the Parswanathaswamy temple, Adinathaswamy temple, and the Shanthinathaswamy temple. They are famous for the pillars that are polished so well that they resemble mirrors.

Kedareshwara Temple

This is another temple in Halebidu dedicated to Lord Shiva depicted in the form of Shivalinga of Krishnashikla, a black stone. The temple was built in 1319 AD using Chalukyan-style architecture. In the basement of the structure, you can find sculptured friezes depicting stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, etc.

Places to visit in Belur and Halebidu

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1. Chenna Kesava Temple

The most popular temple in Belur is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Chennakeshava temple in Belur known for its intricate carvings made using soft stone called chloritic schist. There is a Gravity Pillar in the middle of the courtyard. It is 42 meters tall and stands without any additional foundation – a testament to the Belur temple architectural skills of the Hoysala. 

Best Time to Visit Chenna Kesava Temple

The best time to visit the Chenna Kaseva Temple is during the winter months from October to March.

How to reach Chenna Kesava Temple

You can reach the Chenna Kesava Temple by following the NH73 and then taking the Temple Road. It is around 3 km from the Belur Bus Depot.

2. Doddagaddavalli

Doddagaddavalli

The village of Doddagaddavalli is popular as the home of the 1114 AD-built Laksmidevi Temple . The temple has clear reflections of the rule of King Vishnuvardana. It is built using soapstone and stands independently of a platform.  There are shrines of Lakshmi, Shiva, Vishnu, and Kali in the temple.

[Must read: 10 unique temples in India ]

Best Time to Visit Doddagaddavalli

The best time to visit Doddagaddavalli is from the winter months, from October to March.

How to reach Doddagaddavalli

Doddagaddavalli is located at a distance of around 25 km from Belur.

Things to shop in Belur and Halebidu

The temple towns are well-known for carvings of artefacts and small statues made by locals. You can buy them outside most temples.

Best Place to Eat in Belur and Halebidu

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Here are some places to eat in Belur and Halebidu:

  • Shahi Chicken Kabab, Near Belur Bus Stand – for finger-licking kebabs
  • Hotel Samanvi International, Temple Road – for Indian food and a great place to hang out
  • Lassi Pluss, Temple Road – for lassi, juices, and fresh fruits
  • Indian Coffee House, Temple Road – Indian food and a collection of delicious coffee

About Belur and Halebidu

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The towns of Belur and Halebidu are located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. These twin cities are around 17 km apart and together are the most popular tourist destinations in South India. These cities were home to the Hoysala dynasty for three centuries. The temples are cut from chloritic schist – a soft stone allowing for intricately carved temple walls.  

Belur and Halebidu in Karnataka have a fascinating history dating back to the 12th century as the capital of the Hoysala Empire. The towns flourished as centers of art, culture, and religion, and their magnificent temples, like the Chennakeshava Temple and Hoysaleswara Temple, showcase the intricate carvings and craftsmanship of the Hoysala dynasty. Despite the rise and fall of dynasties, Belur and Halebidu’s architectural wonders have endured, captivating visitors with their timeless beauty. Today, these UNESCO World Heritage Sites provide a glimpse into Karnataka’s glorious past and the architectural prowess of the Hoysala Empire.

Belur and Halebidu, two historical towns in Karnataka, are filled with intriguing facts that add to their allure. Here are some interesting facts about Belur and Halebidu:

  • Belur and Halebidu feature exquisite examples of Hoysala architecture.
  • The Chennakeshava Temple in Belur took over a hundred years to complete.
  • The temples in Belur and Halebidu were constructed using soapstone.
  • The Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu showcases stunning sculptural work.
  • The Kedareshwara Temple in Halebidu has a unique stepped pyramid-like structure.
  • The Veeranarayana Temple in Belur depicts intricate sculptures and carvings.
  • Belur and Halebidu were once flourishing capitals of the Hoysala Empire.
  • The temples have undergone extensive restoration and preservation efforts.
  • Belur and Halebidu are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Visitors can enjoy a mesmerizing sound and light show at the Hoysaleswara Temple complex.=-

Architectural Splendour of the Belur and Halebidu Temples

The iconic temple architecture offers a glimpse of peak South Indian style-temple architecture during the 12th century. The Hoysala architects created a better version of the Chalukyan style of architecture by creating temples that were extremely ornate. In fact, they built several temples across Karnataka that are still known for wall sculptures, carved pillars etc.  The sculptures of these temples reflect the tradition of sandalwood and ivory handwork. In fact, the intricacy of the carvings can be compared only to the Khajuraho temples. The engineering techniques used to build the temple are also interesting.

How to Plan a Trip to Belur and Halebidu

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Most tourists travel to Belur-Halebeedu from Bangalore. Here is how you can reach these towns:

Belur and Halebidu do not have a railway stations. Hassan is the nearest railway station at a distance of around 40 km from Belur. Halebidu is a little closer, with the distance being only 32 km. There are around 79 trains from Bangalore to Hassan. The fastest train is the Yeshwantpur – Danapur One Trip Summer Special (via Ballari) which takes around two hours. Once you reach the Hassan Railway Station, you can book a taxi from Hassan.

The distance by road from Bangalore to Halebidu is around 210 km via NH75 . You can drive or book a cab from Bangalore and enjoy the scenic road trip.

There is no airport in Belur or Halebidu. Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore are the three closest airports to these twin towns. You can book a Bangalore airport to Belur taxi to reach this religious place with ease.

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How to Reach Belur and Halebidu from Mysore

Belur and Halebidu are at a similar distance from Mysore. Here are different ways in which you can reach Belur and Halebidu from Bangalore:

Belur and Halebidu do not have a railway stations. Hassan is the nearest railway station at a distance of around 40 km from Belur. Halebidu is a little closer, with the distance being only 32 km. There are around 17 trains from Mysore to Hassan. The fastest train is the Mysuru – Talguppa Intercity Express which takes around two hours. Once you reach the Hassan Railway Station, you can book a taxi from Hassan to Belur or Halebidu.

The distance by road from Mysore to Belur and Halebidu is around 140-150 km via the Mysore-Hassan Road. You can drive or hire a chauffeur-driven Mysore to Belur and Halebidu taxi and enjoy the journey.

There is no airport in Belur and Halebidu. Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore are the three closest airports to these twin towns. You can book a Mysore airport taxi to reach Belur and Halebidu.

How to Reach Belur and Halebidu from Mangalore

Belur is closer to Mangalore than Halebidu. Here are different ways in which you can reach Belur and Halebidu from Mangalore:

Belur and Halebidu do not have a railway stations. Hassan is the nearest railway station at a distance of around 40 km from Belur. Halebidu is a little closer, with the distance being only 32 km. There are around 13 trains from Mangalore to Hassan. The fastest train is the Karwar – Yesvantpur Express (via Mangaluru) which takes around 5 hours and 15 minutes. Once you reach the Hassan Railway Station, you can book a taxi from Hassan to Belur or Halebidu.

The distance by road from Mangalore to Belur is around 155 km via NH73. You can drive or hire a Mangalore to Belur taxi and enjoy the journey.

There is no airport in Belur or Halebidu. Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore are the three closest airports to these twin towns. You can book a Mangalore airport taxi to reach Belur and Halebidu.

What is the best time to visit Belur and Halebidu temples

The best times to visit Belur and Halebidu temples are from October to March. The temperatures during these months range between 22 and 31 degrees C. During the summer months of March to June, the temperatures can rise to 40 degrees C. While the temples look clean and fresh after monsoon rains, the downpour can disrupt your travel plans.

Importance of a Guide during your Visit

  • Every sculpture in a Belur Halebidu temple has a mythological story. Without a guide, you will not be able to appreciate the significance of each sculpture.
  • Although you can read about it online, a local guide can take you through the temples, explaining every bit in great detail .
  • If you don’t know the local language , then it is important to ensure that you find a guide who knows your language.
  • A knowledgeable Belur Halebidu temple guide can help you relive the bygone era and create memories for years to come.

Belur and Halebidu Timings and Entry Fees

The Chenna Kesava Temple at Belur is open from 7.30 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week. There is no entry fee. 

Best Places to Stay in Belur and Halebidu

Here are some places to stay in Belur and Halebidu:

  • KSTDC Hotel Mayura Velapuri Belur, Temple Road
  • KSTDC Hotel Mayura Yagachi, Chickamangaluru Road
  • KSTDC Hotel Mayura Shantala Halebeedu
  • Berry Blossom, Ballavara Village
  • CoffeeBean Villa, Bangalore-Mangalore Highway

For more such  places to visit near Bangalore , you can read our elaborate travel guide.

Last Updated on February 2, 2024 by Swati Deol

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Travel, read, dream, dive and eat, belur, halebidu & shravanabelagola – a day trip from mysore.

My job required me to travel to India for two weeks and who am I to pass on that opportunity? I’ve travelled to India twice before. Once to enjoy Goa with friends and once to travel from Kozhikode to Thalassery to go to a friend’s wedding . This third time would take me to Mysore. It would be two weeks filled with work and living at a campus, but who would I be if I wouldn’t plan fun weekend trips to explore the state Karnataka?

There are a lot of options in terms of day trips from Mysore. We rented a taxi (through the company) and set our own itinerary. There are opportunities to explore natural sights, for example tiger spotting in Bandipur or enjoying the cool hill stations of Coorg or Wayanad and there are more cultural sights. This day trip will focus on the cultural aspects. I will write two more blog posts about other possible day trips and one post about what to do in and around Mysore when you’re staying there for a longer period of time.

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I can highly recommend our itinerary for this day trip, because it’s easily doable by car from Mysore and it takes you to a couple of beautiful sights. Two temples that originate from the Hoysala Empire and one giant statue.

The first sight of the day is in Belur. This city was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. As such, it was where the Hoysala kings lived in the 11th-century. The city was so esteemed by the Hoysalas that it was referred to as “earthly Vaikuntha” (Vishnu’s abode).

The view of Belur Temple

The place that makes this trip worthwhile is the Chennakeshava Temple. This temple is dedicated to Vishnu and has been an active Hindu temple since its founding. It took 103 years to finish and it’s easy to see why. The carvings are incredibly detailed.

Carvings at Belur Temple

The artwork depicts scenes of secular life in the 12th century, it shows dancers and musicians, as well as a narration of Hindu texts in images. Apparently there are also friezes from the Kama Sutra. I’ve been trying to find these, but unfortunately I have not been able to spot them. If you find them, please let me know!

Belur Temple

The one thing to remember is socks. Yes, socks. You’ll have a hard time trying to visit Indian temples without socks. Trust me… I’ve tried. I had to run from shadow to shadow in order not to burn my feet. We were here early in the morning though, so it wasn’t even that bad. Imagine what it would be like in midday!

Sign of feet

The next temple to add to your itinerary is in Halebidu. The capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. So if you visit this temple after the one in Belur you’re going in the right order in history.

View from the temple from faraway

The temple in this town is dedicated to Shiva. All temples dedicated to Shiva contain at least one Nandi bull, and this one has two.

Nandi bull at Halebidu temple

The whole temple is carved from soapstone. Similar to Belur, it is notable for its sculptures, intricate reliefs, detailed friezes as well its history, iconography, inscriptions in North Indian and South Indian scripts.

Statues at Halebidu

Shravanabelagola

The last stop of the day is on the way back to Mysore. Shravanabelagola is home to a huge statue. One that is 17 metres (57 foot) high. The Gommateshwara statue is dedicated to the Jain figure Bahubali. It is one of the largest free standing statues in the world.

A huge statue

It’s quite a climb but it’s worth it.

The start of the stairs at Shravanabelagola

Not only will you have a beautiful view of the surrounding area, the statue itself is quite a sight in itself. I was there quite late, the stairs were about to be closed, but luckily we were allowed inside. It was just our luck that we were also able to see a ritual.

The view at Shravanabelagola

Practical Info: Belur : Opening times 7am-1pm and 2pm to 8pm (in 2019) – Entrance free Halebidu : 6.30am – 9pm (in 2019) – Entrance free Shravanabelagola : 6.30am – 11am and 3.30pm – 6.30pm (in 2019) – Entrance free Check with your driver for the latest timings. These things are prone to change in India

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A one-day tour to the Hoysala period temples of Belur (Chennakesava Temple), Halebeedu (Hoysaleswara Temple) and Asia’s tallest monolithic stone statue (18m high) of Gomateshwara, at Shravanabelagola which is a prominent Jain pilgrimage centre.

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7.00 am Departure from Mayura Hoysala Mysuru.

08:30 am Breakfast on the way

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10.30 am – 11.00 am Visit Shravanabelagola – Darshan of Lord Bahubali

11.30 am Departure Shravanabelagola

01.30 pm Arrive at   Hotel Velapuri Belur,Lunch and then visit  Chennakeshava temple, Belur

03.00 pm Departure from Belur

03.45  Arrive at Halebeedu and Visit Hoysala style Hoysaleshwara Temple

04:45 Departure from Halebeedu

08:30 pm Tour ends at Mysuru

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One Day Tour of Belur & Halebidu from Mysore by Car

One Day Tour of Belur & Halebidu from Mysore by Car

Mysore, Karnataka

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About Belur & Halebidu:

  • A tiny town in India's Karnataka state is called Belur. It is well-known for its expansive temple complex, which is a major Buddhist pilgrimage destination in South Asia. The Abhinaya-mahalaka, also known as "the Theatre of Dramatic Arts," is the major draw in Belur Temple. 
  • One of the biggest and oldest sculptures in the world is purported to be located in Halebidu. An elephant-headed guy with a statue that is almost 100 feet tall. Other spectacular remains at the location, including temples and tombs that date back thousands of years, are also there.

About One Day Tour of Belur & Halebidu from Mysore by Car:

  • Your adventurous trip to Belur & Halebidu starts at 9 in the morning from Mysore.
  • Our allotted driver will arrive to pick you up and take you to all the tourist spots.
  • You will first get the stunning vistas of Belur & explore the Melukote Cheluvarayaswamy Temple, Shravanabelagola Bahubali Temple, and Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple.
  • You will also get an experienced local guide who will make the tour more enjoyable.
  • Explore the famous places at Halebidu such as Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple, and Shravanabelagola Bahubali Temple which makes the trip more memorable.
  • Amid the tour, you'll be taken to a restaurant where you may try some scrumptious Mysore food
  • After lunch, we will visit our final stop at Belur Chennakeshava Temple, a masterpiece of ancient architecture.
  • You may pause at various areas to capture the divine beauties of every destination in your reels by taking photos and movies with your family and friends.
  • By 6 PM, our driver will drop you off at your hotel in Mysore after an adventurous day.

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  • Two people are needed to reserve the activity.
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  • Children will not be provided with a kid seat or special seat; instead, the vehicle will be rented and priced by the number of passengers. 
  • For a hassle-free experience, get in touch with our driver after making your reservation.
  • The package does not include meals.
  • If the trip is longer than eight hours, the driver should be compensated extra. 
  • Never leave trash in your car.

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  • Water Bottle and Snacks
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  • Comfortable Shoes
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Tags : Temple

Timings : Temple timings: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Inner sanctum of main deity stay closed between 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Time Required : 1 day

Entry Fee : Free entrance, Government approved guides cost between INR 125 - INR 250

Dress Code : No strict dress code as such but modest clothing for both men and women.

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Belur, Halebidu Overview

Nestled on the banks of River Yagachi in Hassan District of Karnataka, the town of Belur along with its twin town of Halebid located 16 km away, houses exquisite temples reflecting the exemplary artistic taste and technique of builders of the yore. This small town was the capital of the mighty Hoysala empire and their engineering genius can still be witnessed in the structures that stand here today. Some of the important shrines that are housed here include Chennakesava Temple and Kappe Chennigaray, both of which are exemplary Dravidian pieces of architecture. Non-Hindus are allowed in the temples of Belur.

Known as the 'jewels of the Indian cultural heritage' Belur and Halebid are adorned with the legacy of rich past and culture. Belur is mainly known for its prime attraction, the Chennakesava Temple dedicated to Chennakesava or Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that it took 103 years to complete the construction of this magnificent edifice. Standing right next to it is another temple Kappe Chennigaraya, a temple built by the wife of Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana, Shantaladevi. Apart from these, there are two other temples in the complex. Both temples exhibit the intricate detail work on the walls made up of light green soapstone. Visit this destination for a glorious look into the Hoysala engineering genius.

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“Plan a trip to Belur, Halebidu, Shravanabelagola” Review of Hassan

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If you are planning for a pilgrimage and wish to combine the same with sight seeing, trekking & historic tour then Hassan is a place you should head to. Given below is how you should plan your trip; It is ideal to make Hassan as your base if you wish to cover Belur, Halebidu & Shravanabelagola. Hassan is about 200 Kms from B'lore, if you are going by road plan to leave B'lore atleast by 6am so you can beat truck traffic in Peenya. You need to take a left after Nellamangala. There are number of eateries on the way such as Cafe Coffee Day, KSTDC run Mayura & Kamath, these are half way to Hassan and are ideal for breakfast. Cross Chanarayapatna and head straight to Hassan (without taking deviation towards Shravanabelagola) which is an ideal center point for this sector and you find decent hotels to stay. Depending on your budget there is plenty of choice available some of them being, Sri Krishna, Hassan Asshok, Southern Star & Village Resort. While in Hassan, please drive cautiously since the locals here often cross highway without warning and are extremely casual on roads. If you leave B'lore as suggested above, you would ideally be in Hassan by noon, check into your hotel and have heavy lunch so it sustains till dinner time. Plan to leave your hotel for Belur and Halebidu atleast by 2pm. Head straight towards Belur - please hire a guide here, it is absolutely worth spending extra Rs.200 to a guide who will familiarise you with intricate work done on temple walls. This will take about 1 1/2 hour depending on your interest in history post which you can head to Halebidu. There are three temples apart from a lake here which will take another 2 hours. Temples close by 6pm post which you will have enough time to drive back to Hassan before its dark and this is ideal since it gets very lonely and I strongly advise you to get back to your hotel by atleast 7pm. You will then be able to relax in your hotel and have dinner before you close your day 1. Day 2, you can plan to leave your hotel by 10am and reach Shravanabelagola by 11am. Make no mistake, there are 700 steps carved out of rock and you have to climb barefoot. The rock gets hot, you are advised to carry two pairs of socks per head to be worne one on another so that you can walk/climb comfortably. The climb is very steep so please be careful, elders are advised not to venture unless they are fit enought to climb. You will take upto 2 hours to finish darshan and come back downhill which is then time for your lunch. There is very tasty and homely marwari/jain food available in nearby mess, i strongly suggest you plan your lunch here in one of these since its a different experience. Plan to leave Shravanabelagola by 3pm and you will comfortably reach B'lore back by 6pm to beat the peak hour traffic. Hope some of you find this useful.

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i had been to hassan town and then went further down to saklespur a small town.The location is superberb.It is a small place with 4 cottages and a tent acc.It is run by a family and feels great to be with them as the care taken by the host is good company. The place SWARGA looks like a piece of heaven is down on earth. [--] regards appu.

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  • Location Name: Your Bangalore hotel or the airport Return Location: Returns to original departure point
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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  • rahelab 0 contributions 4.0 of 5 bubbles Interesting variety of places on the tour First off,the traffic in Bangalore is bonkers, so if you're staying in Whitefield (as we were), be prepared to take a long drive to the center of the city to start your tour. We were taken to the botanical gardens, the black bull temple (fascinating), the science center (I wasn't so into that but my companion was), and driven past the new government buildings. We learned some interesting facts about each place, and appreciated the air-conditioned car. We were the only two people on the tour, so it felt. personal. Read more Written March 27, 2018

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One Day Mysore to Belur & Halebidu Tour by Cab

Mysore is a country of many marvels as it boasts of the most widely diverse cultures, intriguing architecture incredible landscapes and splendid historic sites. The splendid city has diverse getaways located in its vicinity which can be visited in one day. Two of such destinations are Belur and Halebidu.

Discover the people and places that have left their mark on these town’s history heading off with our One day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Tour .

Known as Twin towns, Belur and Halebidu located in Hassan district of Karnataka from the Golden Triangle of Karnataka Tourism along with the town of Shravanabelagola. Halebidu once the capital of Hoysala houses several magnificent temples built during the 12th century.

Belur referred to as the Banaras of South or Dakshina Varanasi houses several strikingly beautiful temples built in Hoysala architecture. Another popular tourist destination of Hassan district, Shravanabelagola is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of Jainism.

Our one day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu tour takes the tourists on a pleasant spiritual and historic voyage.

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  • Sightseeing Places Covered – Melukote Cheluvarayaswamy Temple, Shravanabelagola Bahubali Temple, Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple, Belur Chennakeshava Temple
  • Departs at 9:00 AM
  • Ends at 6:00 PM
  • Inclusions – Parking Charges, Driver Batta; pickup and drop service from your Mysore Hotel
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Velapuri, which later was renamed as Belur was the second capital of Hoysala Empire and became as the capital after its invasion by the Delhi Sultanate. The imposing temples of Belur, Halebidu and the pilgrimage centre of Shravanabelagola is delight to the visitors interested in historical sites.

Our one day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu tour comprises of a visit to the famed Cheluvarayaswamy Temple, Chennakeshava Temple, Hoysaleswara Temple and the Bahubali Temple. These astonishingly wonderful temples house many fine artworks. The splendour of these impressive temples attracts several visitors every year.

Itinerary for One Day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Trip

Pickup from your Hotel at 9:00 AM

Drop at your Hotel by 6:00 PM

NOTE : You can visit all these places in Belur and Halebidu or remove any of the places that you don’t want to visit. However, inclusion of any other sightseeing place, except the ones mentioned below is not allowed with this Mysore fixed itinerary package.

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What is Included in Mysore to Belur and Halebidu 1 Day Tour Package?

  • Pick and drop to your Hotel / Home in Mysuru
  • Vehicle Hire for sightseeing as per the Itinerary
  • Driver Batta
  • Parking charges
  • Toll gate charges

What is Excluded in 1 Day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Tour Package?

  • Entry Fee for tourist attractions in Belur – Halebidu
  • Multiple pickups (guests need to fix one place of pickup and drop)
  • Breakfast, Lunch or any meal
  • Lodging / Accommodation
  • Vehicle beyond the mentioned time duration of the tour package
  • Vehicle beyond the designated tour route

What to see! A Quick Guide to Belur – Halebidu Sightseeing Tour from Mysore by Taxi

Below is the list of sightseeing places included in the 1 Day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Sightseeing tour package.

1. Melukote Cheluvarayaswamy Temple, Mysore

Melukote Cheluvarayaswamy Temple with One Day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Trip by Car

  • Plan to Depart by : 10:30 AM
  • Must See / Things to Do: Witness the shrine of Ramanujacharya
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

The First stop of the one day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu tour is the sacred temple of Cheluvarayaswamy located in Melukote in Mandya district at a distance of 48 km from Mysore.

The Imperial temple built on the Yadavagiri hills has a square shaped sanctum with the idol of Cheluvarayaswamy also known as Thirunarayana or Cheluvapille Raja the manifestation of Lord Vishnu.

The Sacred pilgrimage centre of the Vaishnavas has been patronized by the Rajas of Mysore. The unsurpassed beauty encircling the temple gifted with several precious jewels and crowns enhances the charm of the trip to the sacred place.

The Temple entrance that welcomes visitors with a wonderful tower known as gopuram had been well visited by Raja Wodeyar and Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Both the kings have been known to have bestowed several endowments to the illustrious temple.

The Diamond crown owned by the temple called the Vairamudi, the gold crown called Krishnaraja mudi gifted by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III and the gold crown called Raja mudi offered by Raja Wodeyar are being maintained by the government and brought to the temple during the famous annual Vairamudi festival. Prominent as the Badrinath of south the temple is believed to have been visited by Lord Rama.

Legends say that the Vaishnava saint Ramanucharya who spent around 12 years in the holy place brought back the lost Utsavamurthi, a metallic idol of the deity used for processions and certain religious rituals.

2. Shravanabelagola Bahubali Temple, Mysore

Shravanabelagola Bahubali Temple with One Day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Trip by Car

  • Plan to Depart by : 11:30 AM
  • Must See / Things to Do: Witness the marvel of architecture amidst wonderful hilly background
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

Shravanabelagola at a drive away distance of 83 kms from Mysore houses the celebrated Bahubali temple. Shravanabelagola with two hills Chandragiri and Indragiri and a pond in between is also popular as the White pond of the shravana as shravana means saint and belagola means white pond in kannada.

The Pious Pilgrimage place for Jains boasts of its world’s tallest monolithic Lord Gomateshwara stone statue carved out of single granite block. Weighing 80 tons, the statue of the Lord Gomateshwara also called Bahubali is in the Digambara form standing in upright posture of meditation called Kayotsarga. Bahubali was the first of the 24 Tirthankaras in Jainism.

The Amazing statue built by Chavundaraya took 12 years of dedicated craftsmanship for its completion. The 57 feet tall statue of Lord Bahubali is also popular for the head anointing ceremony called Mahamastakabhisheka held once in 12 years. The erotic sculpture of Gomateshwara is bathed in milk, curds, ghee, saffron and sugar cane juice.

Local legends state that Chandragupta Maurya had died in this place after he became a Jain monk.

3. Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple, Mysore

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  • Plan to Depart by : 1:00 PM
  • Must See / Things to Do: The strikingly carved ceiling Sunakasi
  • Timings: 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Unravel the divinity of Halebidu with the next stop of our one day Belur and Halebidu tour from Mysore , the Hoysaleshwara Temple. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva exemplifies the architectural marvels of the Hoysala craftsmanship.

The Distinguished temple built in 12th century by King Vishnuvardhana houses two shrines with the Hoysaleswara and Shantaleswara Shiva Lingas located adjacent to each other. The Impeccable masterpiece of a temple built using soapstone exemplifies the stunning Hoysala architecture. The 7 feet tall statue of sun god is a sight to behold.

Another spectacle is the 240 Ganesha images in different forms including the dancing form of Ganesha. Among the exquisitely carved pillars the most notable is the Garuda Pillar. The Archaeological Survey of India runs a museum inside the temple for an unforgettable journey about the temple’s turbulent past.

4. Belur Chennakeshava Temple, Mysore

Belur Chennakeshava Temple with One Day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Trip by Car

  • Plan to Depart by : 3:30 PM
  • Must See / Things to Do: Visit the Andal, Saumyanayaki Shrine, the Rama and Narasimha Shrines
  • Timings: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

The Magnificent place of worship dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana a manifestation of God Vishnu exemplifies the glory and opulence of Hoysala architecture. The splendid temple made of light greenish soapstone called chloritic schist greets the visitors with an ornamental gopuram at the entrance.

Every Sculpture is an intriguing piece of architecture. The Sculpture of Garuda at the entrance makes for a mesmerising spectacle.

Drenched in the Hoysala architectural style the carvings of the temple depicting episodes from the country’s ancient epics Mahabharata, Ramayana and Upanishads is a delight to the visiting pilgrims. Built by the erstwhile King Vishnuvardhana the temple has undergone several renovations.

The Temple completed in 103 years houses 118 inscriptions and stands on an elevated platform called jagati.It has the largest central hall called the navranga among all the Hoysala temples with intricately carved 48 pillars.

The Sanctum has the alluring 6 feet high idol of Lord Vijayanarayana or Kesava standing on a 3 feet high base. Narasimha pillar with erotic miniature figures and Mohini Pillar with carvings of Brahma, Shiva and the ten avatars of Vishnu, are the most distinguished pillars among the others.

Points to Note

Guests are requested to follow the itinerary provided in the 1 Day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu tour package. This 1 day Mysore to Belur and Halebidu tour package can not be customized, however if guests prefer to visit different set of places in Belur and Halebidu and around, they can create their own itinerary and request for a custom quote from cab providers.

The Time spent on each Belur and Halebidu tourist attraction is to be followed as per the schedule. In case of delays or extended time spent at a particular place, driver or Service Provider will not be responsible to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary.

Kindly note that if a particular Belur and Halebidu sightseeing place is closed on the scheduled day of the tour, it will not be covered from the list of sightseeing places.

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The Mysore to Belur and Halebidu tour package charges are applicable only for pick and drop from one location. If in case, there are multiple pickup and drops, there might be additional charges, please check with your cab vendor.

Additional charges will be added if in case the vehicle is held for more duration or beyond the time mentioned in this Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Tour package. Also in the case of any deviation in the presented itinerary, additional charges might apply.

  • For Indica, Rs.9/km and Rs.90/hour.
  • For Indigo, Rs.12/km and Rs.100/hour.
  • For Innova, Rs.15/km and Rs.125/hour.
  • For Tempo Traveller, Rs.18/km and Rs.200/hour.
  • For Swaraz Mazda Mini Bus, Rs.20/km and Rs.300/hour.

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  1. Belur- Halebeedu- Shravanabelagola

    Located in Hassan district, Belur-Halebeedu temples are from the Hoysala Dynasty and are worth a visit. An architectural marvel of the times, the twin temples leave you spellbound. Shravanabelagola is one of the most worshiped Jain pilgrimages and is often visited by others too. Plan your tour to Belur-Halebeedu for a minimum of 2 nights and 3 ...

  2. 2 Day Trip from Bangalore

    At a distance of 12 km from Halebidu, 27 km from Belur, 64 km from Chikmagalur, and 82 km from Kemmangundi, Belavadi is a village situated in the Chikmagalur district. It is one of the popular places to visit in Halebidu. Belavadi is famous for Sri Veera Narayana Temple built in Hoysala architectural style.

  3. Halebid Belur trip from Bangalore

    We recently took a trip to Halebid - Belur from Bangalore. The magnificent temples and the ruins are so mesmerizing. The temples are close to a 1000 year old built by the Hoysalas / Hoysala empire. The trip can be easily done during one of the weekends as its a 4 hour journey to Belur - Halebid / Halebeedu. We started at around 7 am.

  4. Belur and Halebidu Private Day Tour with Guide,Entrances & AC Car

    Discover and book Belur and Halebidu Private Day Tour with Guide,Entrances & AC Car on Tripadvisor. Help. If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we'd be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 196741P62. +1 855 275 5071.

  5. Halebidu Belur Travel Itinerary

    Planning a trip to Halebidu-Belur? Well, we recommend the following itinerary to help you make the most of your trip! Halebidu and Belur were both capitals of the Hoysala Empire at different periods and today are popular religious temple towns. 23km apart, it's easy to cover the two towns in a day! Read on to learn about the heritage sites at ...

  6. 3 Day Trip from Bangalore

    1Lakshmidevi Temple - Doddagadduvalli. At a distance of 18 km from Halebidu, 21 km from Hassan, and 24 km from Belur, Lakshmi Devi temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Doddagaddavalli village in the Hassan district of Karnataka. Situated on the Hassan - Belur highway, it is one of the stunning Hoysala temples in Karnataka, and among the ...

  7. Belur and Halebidu: The Twin Ancient Marvels of Hoysala Dynasty

    Belur temple, officially known as the Chennakeshava temple and commonly called the Belur math (cloister) is a marvel of ancient Hoysala architecture. The Halebid Temple Hoysaleshwara which is only16 kms from Belur makes for a wonderful add-on for a Belur and Halebidu Trip. Belur temple is roughly a four-hour ride from the capital city of ...

  8. Belur Halebidu tour from Bangalore

    Belur Halebidu is a magical one day trip from Bangalore to the 12th century when Hoysala empire was at its zenith. We will marvel at sculptures signed off by their creators at Belur Chennakesava temple which took a hundred years to build. In this one day trip from Bangalore, the patronage of art and architecture

  9. Belur and Halebid Temples

    Belur and Halebid temples in Karnataka are famous to locals, but not well known amongst foreigners. It's an architectural and historical gem, that you shouldn't miss. It's a great trip from Bangalore or Mysore and will let you know a lot of about the history and a culture of the region. Belur and Halebid - the Hoysala Empire

  10. Explore World Heritage Sites Belur & Halebidu

    Explore World Heritage Sites Belur & Halebidu + Shravanabelagola cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. ... he is the consummate host and tour guide and I'd absolutely use his services on my next trip to India no matter where I was headed. Thanks Praveen! Read more ...

  11. World Heritage Monuments Tour

    Belur and Halebidu are the best known temples of the Hoysala dynasty. The Belur and Halebid temples give a glimpse of Hindu temple art .They are famous for their carvings and splendid architecture. ... The trip route might be changed incase of any restrictions imposed by the Police. 10. Children above 5 years are will be fully charged. Premium ...

  12. Have You Visited The Treasure Trove Of Belur And Halebid?

    Belur and Halebid: The KSTDC Mayura Velapuri (Tel 089706 50026 Tariff INR 1,800-2,000 for a non-AC room) ... And, if you're making a day trip, you've to lunch at Belur or Halebid. Gurudev International, Hassan, has a bar and rooftop restaurant -- try the tandoori here. Hassan gives you an opportunity to try Malnad specialities such as ragi ...

  13. Belur Halebid: How to Reach, Attractions Things to do

    I traveled to Belur and Halebidu last month to visit the famous Hoysala temples in the 2 cities and what a trip it turned out to be! It was really good because of how much we were able to cover in just a weekend, i felt really happy with the shots i got there and it was a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore.Plus, there is something new about this post, check out the photos and the sketches!

  14. How to visit the Belur and Halebid Temples in India

    Mysore: If you visit the Belur and Halebid temples as a day trip from Mysore. I can recommend Mansion 1907. Most of all because of its great location in walking distance from the bus station, Mysore palace and Devaraja market. This hostel has friendly owners, a great breakfast menu and female only dorms. During the tourist season they have free ...

  15. Things to Do in Belur Halebeedu

    How to Plan a Trip to Belur and Halebidu How to Reach from Bangalore. Most tourists travel to Belur-Halebeedu from Bangalore. Here is how you can reach these towns: By Train. Belur and Halebidu do not have a railway stations. Hassan is the nearest railway station at a distance of around 40 km from Belur. Halebidu is a little closer, with the ...

  16. Belur, Halebidu & Shravanabelagola

    It was just our luck that we were also able to see a ritual. Practical Info: Belur: Opening times 7am-1pm and 2pm to 8pm (in 2019) - Entrance free. Halebidu: 6.30am - 9pm (in 2019) - Entrance free. Shravanabelagola: 6.30am - 11am and 3.30pm - 6.30pm (in 2019) - Entrance free. Check with your driver for the latest timings.

  17. World Heritage Monuments Tour

    01.30 pm Arrive at Hotel Velapuri Belur,Lunch and then visit Chennakeshava temple, Belur. 03.00 pm Departure from Belur. 03.45 Arrive at Halebeedu and Visit Hoysala style Hoysaleshwara Temple. ... Please note: For Trip code MSS, during Special Pooja Days in Dussehra, will not be possible to enter Chamundi Hills and Palace. ...

  18. One Day Tour of Belur & Halebidu from Mysore by Car

    About One Day Tour of Belur & Halebidu from Mysore by Car: Your adventurous trip to Belur & Halebidu starts at 9 in the morning from Mysore. Our allotted driver will arrive to pick you up and take you to all the tourist spots. You will first get the stunning vistas of Belur & explore the Melukote Cheluvarayaswamy Temple, Shravanabelagola ...

  19. A day trip to Belur, Halebidu, Sravanabelagola

    A day trip to Belur, Halebidu, Sravanabelagola. Review of Hoysaleswara Temple. Reviewed 29 January 2015 . I along with my wife and daughter booked KSTDC one day package from Bangalore. Tour package was resonably pried at 800 rupees/person. Started sharp 6.30 AM from Badami house. Bus was a semi luxary with decent push back seats.

  20. Belur, Karnataka (2023)

    Planning a Trip? Ask Your Question. Belur, Halebidu Overview . Nestled on the banks of River Yagachi in Hassan District of Karnataka, the town of Belur along with its twin town of Halebid located 16 km away, houses exquisite temples reflecting the exemplary artistic taste and technique of builders of the yore. This small town was the capital of ...

  21. Plan a trip to Belur, Halebidu...

    Given below is how you should plan your trip; It is ideal to make Hassan as your base if you wish to cover Belur, Halebidu & Shravanabelagola. Hassan is about 200 Kms from B'lore, if you are going by road plan to leave B'lore atleast by 6am so you can beat truck traffic in Peenya. You need to take a left after Nellamangala.

  22. 2024 Private Day Trip from Bangalore to Belur, Halebid ...

    Took a day trip to Belur and Halebid. Started around 7:00 am from vijay nagar Bangalore. Halted in Swati's for breakfast .. It was delicious.. Then visited the old temples and big Nandi's of the temple.. Did not hire any guide as we had wifi to search the history Had lunch at Krishna's in Halebid and last stop was Shravana Belagola..

  23. One Day Mysore to Belur & Halebidu Tour by Cab

    Additional charges will be added if in case the vehicle is held for more duration or beyond the time mentioned in this Mysore to Belur and Halebidu Tour package. Also in the case of any deviation in the presented itinerary, additional charges might apply. For Indica, Rs.9/km and Rs.90/hour.