The temples of Belur and Halebid
Located right in the heart of the Hoysala Empire, the remote sites of Halebid and Belur come with a 900 year old legacy of Hindu art and sculptures. With gorgeous temple facades and intricate carvings that adorn the pillars and walls of this temple, visiting these sites is an excellent way to delve deep into the stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Visiting Belur and Halebid
The best time to visit these sites is between October and February. Most tourists choose to drive here and also explore the iconic Sravanbenagole on their way to these sites. This pilgrimage site of significance in Jainism is home to the world’s tallest sculpture at the height of 18 meters.
Exploring the Sites
Halebid is often referred to as the Gateway to the Seas (Dwarasamudra) and is located about 27 km from Hassan. Driving to these sites from Bangalore take about 4 hours, but the drive is extremely worth the while.
While here explore the gorgeous South Indian architecture work by Jakkanna Acharya and explore the scripts of India Mythology. The 12th century temples in Belur offer exquisite figures of dancers, locally known as Madanikas.