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Halebidu Wonder Temples Built by Hoysala Kings

Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples are the masterpieces of art on stone sculpture. Halebidu temples are well known for their artistic brilliance on the outer surface of temple walls and pillars.

Halebidu (Dwarasamudra) was the wealthy capital of the Hoysala kings found early in the 11 century A.D. The city was ransacked by Malik kafur in 1311 A.D. Another Muslim invasion in 1327, almost destroyed the city.

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Wonders & Tourist Attractions

  • Halebidu was the wealthy capital of the Hoysala kings found early in the 11 century A.D.
  • Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples are the masterpieces of art
  • Halebidu temples are well known for their artistic brilliance on the outer surface
  • Parapets consisting of beautifully carved figures of elephants, lions, horsemen and Puranic scenes
  • Lintels contain beautifully executed Dwarapalakas supported by female Chauri – bearers
  • Garuda pillar
  • There are total 176 large figures on the outer walls of Kedareswara temple
  • The Kaliya mardana panel depicting Krishna dancing on the hoods of the cobra Kaliya is life-like
  • Dwarasamudra city is said to have originally contained no less than 720 Jaina bastis
  • Pushpagiri hill containing Vishnu temple built by Vijayanagara rulers
  • A huge and historical Dwarasamudra lake

Address of Halebidu Temple

Halebidu temples are located at Belur / Halebidu town in Belur Taluk, Hassan district of Karnataka state, India - 573115.

How to Reach

Belur and Halebeedu are just 17 km away to each other.

  • Distance From: Bangaluru - 210 km, Mangaluru - 153 km, Hassan - 38 km, Shivamogga - 122 km
  • Nearest Airport: Bangalore, Mangalore
  • Nearest Bus Station: Belur
  • Nearest Railway Station: Hassan

Where to Stay

p>Karnataka Tourism Department runs the hotel 'Mayura Velapuri' near to the temple. For online booking: http://www.karnatakaholidays.net

Other budget hotels available at Belur and Hassan town posses luxury hotels.

What to Eat

Belur has few small restaurants offer North and South Indian food varieties.

Raagi Mudda, Avarekaalina Saaru, Puliyogare and Sakre Pongal are the local food specials, a tourist can taste.

Things to Take Care

Temple Darshana Timings

  • 07.30 am to 01.00 pm
  • 02.30 pm to 07.30 pm

Visiting Places near Halebidu

People usually plan to visit Belur & Halebidu temples in one day. Because these two places are near together and same historical and architectural importance.