As we mentioned in our previous post, visiting the temples of Belur and Halebidu is an life time opportunity. Temples of Halebidu are equally grand and are mesmerizing.
There are two temples at Halebidu which are equally beautiful. The fist one and most famous one is Hoysaleswara Temple and second one one is Kedareshwara Temple, which is located a short distance away from Hoysaleswara temple. Both the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Halebidu is a town of Historical importance. It was capital of Hoysala empire during 12th century and the temples here are an excellent example of Hoysala architecture. The city was originally called as Dorasamudra. As mentioned before there are two main temples here, i.e. Hoysaleswara and Kedareshwara. There are two Jain basadis here and this has been a important center for Jain’s as well. Halebidu is approximately 16Kms from Belur.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Below is the entrance of main temple premises. Though there is a enough open ground in the front of the temple. The whole temple is built on an elevated platform and is built of soap-stone. During summer the stones become very hot and are difficult to walk. Temple authorities put mats around the temple so that it becomes easier go around. However it is advisable to visit the temples during early in the morning or late evening if you are visiting in summer.
The Hoysaleswara temple, as with other known temples of Hoysala era, is well known for its sculptures and wall carvings.
The temple was constructed by Hoysala King Veera Ballala II . Its not very far from Hoysaleswara temple. Equally beautiful and dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is also an importance historical monument. Its a protected monument by ASI.
How to get there
It is very easy to reach Halebidu. You need to reach Hassan and from there it’s around 25 to 30 Kms.
Hassan is very well connected to Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. Once can take a direct bus from these locations to reach Hassan.
There is various tour packages available from these locations which cover Halebidu and many other temples around.
If you are driving from Bangalore take the below route.
- Head towards Yeshvantpur
- Take NH4 towards Neelamangala/Tumkur
- After you cross Neelamanga, look out for the marking for “Mangalore”
- You have to take left towards Mangalore. This road is also called as NH48 or “Bangalore – Mangalore” expressway.
- You have to drive approx 150 Kms on this road when you see markings for Hassan
- As soon as you enter Hassan, you will see markings for Halebidu.
It is very easy to reach Halebidu from Belur as well if you are planning to cover both the places on the same day and are visiting Belur first. On the way to Belur just 10 kms before Belur town there is a right turn for Halebidu. This road is smooth and you can reach Halebidu in 30 mins.
Or you can also go to Halebidu from Belur town. The road is not in a good condition and hence takes more time to reach the Halebidu town if you use this route.
In both the cases, directions are well marked and you are not going to miss it…
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