#1 of 8 Places to Visit in Belur

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. .....

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#2 of 8 Places to Visit in Belur

At a distance of 2.5 km from Belur Bus Stand, Yagachi Dam is an earthen gravity dam situated near Belur in Hassan district of Karnataka. Famous for its water sports, the dam is one of the beautiful dams in Karnataka and also one of the popular places to visit in Belur.

The Yagachi Dam is built in 2001 across the River Yagachi, a tributary of River Kaveri. The length of the dam is 1280 m and the height is 26 meters. Situated at an altitude of 965 feet, the dam was constructed with the objective to harness water resource for the purpose of irrigation and to meet the demands for drinking water in Belur, Chikmagalur and Hassan districts.

The natural beauty of the landscape mesmerizes visitors. Tourists flock in large numbers to enjoy the beauty of the dam and the surrounding areas. The place is ideal to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The cool breeze of the dam rejuvenates the mind and the body. Just sitting near the reservoir and watching the calm .....

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#3 of 8 Places to Visit in Belur

Situated inside the Chennakesava Temple complex in Belur, the Narasimha Pillar is a magnificent stone pillar with a height of about 30 feet. All sculptures of the temple are carved on this pillar in a miniature form.

The pillar is made with soapstone. The base of the pillar is cubical in shape with floral decoration. It is believed that this pillar was once capable of rotating on its axis.

Note: This place is inside Chennakesava Temple complex

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#4 of 8 Places to Visit in Belur

Inspired by Shantala Devi, Queen of King Vishnuvardhana, there are 42 Bracket Figures called as Madanikas (or Celestial Nymphs) carved out of soap stone placed in different corners of the Chennakesava Temple. All Madanikas are found in different postures of Bharata Natyam and carved to the minute detail.

Among these, four bracket figures placed inside the temple's ornate ceiling have become very famous and represent the true beauty of Hoysala's sculpture work. These four madanikas are known as Darpana Sundari - The Beauty with a mirror, The lady with the parrot, The Huntress and The Bhasma Mohini. There are 38 bracket figures placed on the outer walls which are the highlight of the temple's magnificent architecture. All the sculptures are carved with utmost care and clinical precision.

Note: This place is inside Chennakesava Temple complex

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#5 of 8 Places to Visit in Belur

At a distance of 50 km from Hassan, 83 km from Mysore, and 140 km from Bangalore, Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimage centers in South India. This is one of the popular 2 day trip from Bangalore and a major heritage / historical site not to miss in a Karnataka tour packages.

This place is named after the pond in the middle of the town (Bela-Kola means White Pond). Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue, among the must include places in Shravanabelagola tour packages. With a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite, the statue is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world. The statue was carved during the period of Chamundaraya, a minister of the Ganga King Rajamalla between 982 and 983 CE. The nude statue of Bahubali is carved carefully .....

Distance (From Belur): 92 Kms
Trip Duration (From Belur - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

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#6 of 8 Places to Visit in Belur

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. .....

Distance (From Belur): 17 Kms
Trip Duration (From Belur - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day

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#7 of 8 Places to Visit in Belur

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. .....

Distance (From Belur): 24 Kms
Trip Duration (): Not Available

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#8 of 8 Places to Visit in Belur

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 .....

Distance (From Belur): 27 Kms
Trip Duration (From Belur - Including Travel): 2 Hours

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Most Asked Questions on Belur

  • What is the best season to visit Belur?

    Winter from October to March is the best time to visit Belur to explore this historical town. Monsoon is also the best season to visit Belur.

  • How many days are required to visit Belur?

    It usually requires 2-3 Hours/Half Day to visit all the most important attractions in Belur. Belur can also be mixed with nearby wonderful destinations like Shravanabelagola, Chikmagalur & Halebidu by adding few additional days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Belur?

    Budget of Belur trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Belur tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5750 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 8400 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Belur?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Belur like Chennakesava Temple, Yagachi Dam, Narasimha Pillar, Madanikas, Doddagaddavalli, etc. Shravanabelagola which is around 90 km from Belur and can be visited along with Belur.

  • How far is Chikmagalur from Belur?

    Chikmagalur, which is 25 kms away from Belur. You can also visit Chikmagalur along with your Belur trip.

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