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#1 of 7 Places to Visit in Halebidu

At a distance of less than 0.5 Kms from Halebid Bus Station, Hoysaleswara Temple is the primary attraction of Halebid. Built in Hoysala style of architecture, this temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other Hoysala temples at Belur & Somnathpur.

Built in 1121 AD, the temple has two shrines, one dedicated to Hoysaleswara and another for Shantaleswara named after Shantala Devi, Queen of King Vishnuvardhana. Standing on a star-shaped platform, the temple is made out of soap stone. Both the shrines are located next to each other with a common portico. The shrine comprises Shiva Linga which is still worshipped. The halls comprise huge images of Nandi, the attendant of Lord Shiva.

The temple witnessed destruction & loot by the Muslim invaders in 14th century. This remarkable structure has been acclaimed as a perfect example of Hoysala architecture. The exterior walls of the temple have a splendid stone sculptures .....

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#2 of 7 Places to Visit in Halebidu

At a distance of 82 km from Kemmangundi, 64 km from Chikmagalur, 27 km from Belur & 12 km from Halebid, Belavadi is a village situated in Chikmagalur District and 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.

The Veera Narayana temple was built in 13th century by the Hoysala King Veera Bhallala II. This temple is dedicated to Load Vishnu in three different forms. While Belur and Halebid are famous for their intricate sculpture, this temple is one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture. The west side of the temple consists of a square garbhagriha, a sukanasi, Ranga mandapa and square maha mantapa. The whole structure has been constructed on a raised platform. The entire .....

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#3 of 7 Places to Visit in Halebidu

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.

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#4 of 7 Places to Visit in Halebidu

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.

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Museum

#5 of 7 Places to Visit in Halebidu

At a distance of about 0.5 Kms from Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebid, Archaeological Museum is situated in front of the Hoysaleswara Temple. Established in early 1970s, this museum has more than 1500 sculptures & inscriptions of historical significance recovered in and around Halebidu.

The collection is displayed in a closed sculpture gallery as well as in an open air museum with a large reserve collection. It also display 18 feet Tirthankara image from the ruined tank of one of the Jaina basadis. The open air museum has in its display many sculptures of importance like Govardhanagiridhari Krishna, Dancing Shiva, Nataraja and Veena Saraswati, dancing Ganesha, etc.

Most of the artifacts exhibited in the museum are from 12th - 13th century.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM, Closed on Fridays

Entry: Rs. 5 for Person

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#6 of 7 Places to Visit in Halebidu

At a distance of 25 km from Chikmagalur, 40 km from Hassan, 165 km from Mangalore, 154 km from Mysore and 217 km from Bangalore, Belur is very famous temple town situated in Hassan District of Karnataka State. It is renowned for the grand Hoysala Temple dedicated to Lord Chennakesava, an incarnation of Vishnu. It is the best of three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Sites (other two being the temples at Halebid & Somnathpur). The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing. It is one of the best heritage sites in Karnataka, situated on Bangalore to Chikmagalur route. Belur is one of the well known Karnataka tourist places and among the most popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore.

Belur was the early capital .....

Distance (From Halebidu): 17 Kms
Trip Duration (From Halebidu - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Pilgrimage | Heritage

#7 of 7 Places to Visit in Halebidu

At a distance of 140 Kms from Bangalore, 50 Kms from Hassan & 83 Kms from Mysore, Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimage center in South India. This place is named after the pond in middle of the town (Bela-Kola means White Pond). 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.

Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue which is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world with a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite. The Gomateswara temple is built on top of a hill at an altitude of 3347 feet, called as Vindhyagiri hill (also known as Doddabetta or Indragiri). About 620 steps provide access to this .....

Distance (From Halebidu): 81 Kms
Trip Duration (From Halebidu - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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