The tranquil town of
Hassan is situated at a distance of 194 kms from Bangalore in
the south India state of Karnataka. This quiet and peaceful town
is a convenient base to visit Shravanabelagola, Belur and
Halebid. Hassan in Karnataka is the oldest town of Hoysala
Empire of 11th to 13th century AD in India. Hassan has recently
become a tourist destination on account of its proximity from
Belur, Halebid and Sravanbelagola. The tourists stay at this
small town to visit the adjacent travel destinations like Belur
and Halebid famous for their antique temples.
Sightseeing at Hassan
Halebid : Situated 27 kms north-west of Hassan and 17 kms east
of Belur, the temples of Halebid - like those of Belur - are the
silent testimony to the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka. The
Hoysaleswara Temple, dating back to the 12th century, is
breathtaking for its awesome sculptural details. The walls of
the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and
goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. This magnificent
temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull - was never completed, despite
86 years of labour. The Jain basadis located nearby are equally
rich in sculptural detail.
Belur : This quaint hamlet - 38 kms from Hassan - is
located on the banks of the river Yagachi. It was once the
capital of the Hoysala Empire, today made memorable for its
impressive temples. The Chennakeshava Temple is one of the
finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to
complete this temple. The facade of the temple is filled with
intricately carved sculptures and friezes. The images of
elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous dancers, all
awe-inspiring in their intricate workmanship.
Shravanabelagola : Situated almost 51 kms southeast of
Hassan, this is one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centers.
Here is the 17 m high monolith of Lord Bahubali - the world's
tallest monolithic statue. Thousands of devotees gather here to
perform the Mahamastakabhisheka -a spectacular ceremony held
once in 12 years, when the 1000 -year- old statue is anointed
with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins.
Reaching Hassan :
Air : Hassan does not have an airport. The nearest airport is
Bangalore, from where one can take flights to major destinations
in India like Delhi, Calcutta, and Mumbai. One can also take
connecting flights to destinations abroad from Bangalore.
Rail : Hassan is connected to Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore
by regular trains. The railway station is around 2 km east of
Road : Hassan is linked with Belur, Halebid, Shravanbelgola,
Bangalore and Mysore by road. We would provide you all India
tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also
for the intercity drives too.
If dialing from India ------- 08172 (number)
If dialing from abroad -------+91-8172 (number