Halebidu literally means ruined city and got its name after it was attacked twice by the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th Century. Located at a distance of 16 km from Belur, Halebidu was the capital of the Hoysala empire during the 12th and 13th century with the name of Dwarasamudra.
Places to see at Halebidu: The main attraction of the place is the ancient Hoysaleshwara temple.
The construction of the Hoyasaleswara Temple was started in AD 1121 and continued for around 90 years, but never completed. Nevertheless, even in its incomplete form, this temple is the most outstanding example of Hoysala art and architecture. The temple comprises of two temples standing on a single platform. The walls of the temple have detailed friezes and sculptures depicting scenes narrated in Mahabharatha and Ramayana.Two massive monolithic bulls are also carved inside the temple. it is enclosed by a garden.
The Archaeological Museum
There is also a museum -the Archaeological Museum, located in the temple premises displaying sculptures, woodcarvings idols, coins and inscriptions of 12th and 13th centuries also nearby.
Nearby attractions around Halebidu: From Halebidu you can also plan for a trip to places like:
Located at a distance of 16 km Belur became the capital of the Hoysala kings in the face of attacks by invaders like the Delhi Sultanate. Subsequently Belur witnesses a spawning of Hoysala temples prominent among which is the Chennakeshava temple.
Another destination named Shravanbelgola is also located near to Halebidu. It is a sacred Jain pilgrimage, Shravanabelagola is known for the giant monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara. During the festival of Mahamastakabhisheka, thousands of devotees throng this holy shrine.
A supreme example of Hoyasala temple architecture, the Chennakeshava temple in Belur, Karnataka leaves one spellbound with its exquisite structure. The temple was constructed in 1117 AD by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhan to celebrate his victory over the Cholas at the battle of Talikad.
Things to do at Halebidu: The architectural splendours built during the Hoysala dynasty still adorning the place is really a pleasure to watch for all the tourists visiting the place.
Best time to visit Halebidu: The best time to visit Halebidu is between the months of October and April.
How to go ?
To reach Halebidu you have to reach Bangalore first which is connected by rail, road and also airways to all parts of India nad abroad. From Bangalore buses ply to Hasan which 30 kms from Halebidu. No direct transport facilities are available from Bangalore to Halebidu at this time.
Where to stay ?
Halebidu is ideal for a day trip. However there is a Government tourist lodge. For booking details you may contact:
Maurya Santhala: +91- 08177- 273224
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