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Situated at a distance of 186 km from Bangalore, it is the headquarter of the district known by the same name of the south Indian state of Karnataka. The city was under the reign of different kingdoms including Maurays, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Gangas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar empire. But it came into prominence under the Hoysalas during 11th and 14th century AD. During this period, the capital of the dynasty was at Dwarasamudra and the ruins of the city can be seen scattered round the towns called Halebid & Belur. Numerous ancient monuments including temples built in the unique Hoyasala style architecture are the major tourist attractions of this region 



The temples of Halebid and Belur stands as a mute testimony to the unique architectural style, which attract tourists on a large scale.

Belur - Belur Located at a distance of 38 km from Hassan, the small town Belur, offers several temples, which are some of the best example of Hoysala architecture built in 12th century. The intricate carvings on the walls and pillars of the temples are spellbinding. The figures on the walls depict events from the Hindu Mythology. Some of the major ancient monuments here are the temple dedicated to Lord Chennakesava and some other dedicated to Ganesha, goddess Durga, Lord Vishnu, the Goddess Saraswati etc. Besides, there are a number of other temples as well. These temples show the excellence of architecture of Hoysala dynasty.

Halebid - It was the ancient capital of Hoysala dynasty and is situated at a Halebid distance of 30km from Hassan and 16km from Belur. Like those of Belur, the temples of Halebid are the symbols of the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka. Most prominent among them is the ancient Shiva Temple built by the king Vishnuvardhana in 1121 AD. The temple has two Siva Lingas - the icon representation of Lord Shiva. The walls are embellished with some extraordinary carvings of various deities and figures of human, animals & birds. These give the observer an insight into various aspects of glorious past.


» By Air - The nearest airports are Bangalore and Mangalore.

» By Rail - The railway station in Hassan is connected to other major junctions such as Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.

» By Road - Hassan is connected by road services to Bangalore (222 km) and Mangalore (194 km). Buses ply in regular intervals to these cities.


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