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"Capital of Hoysalas"

Halebidu Tourism

Halebid (or Halebidu) is a city located in the Hassan district of Karnataka state. Formerly known as Dwarasamudra, Halebid is a city with adorned with a beautiful collection of temples, shrines and sculptures. It is also known as the Gem of Indian architecture owing to its sterling Hoysala architecture, its magnificent temple complexes and some stunning Jain sites. Once the majestic capital of the Hoysala empire, the city is in ruins now.

A little stuck in history, Halebid can be a great showcase of culture, architecture and imprints of certain significant events of the past. Halebid was the imperial capital of the great Hoysala Empire during the 12th and 13th century. It is home to the distinguished Hoyaleswara and Kedareshwara temples and famous for its sculptures and panels designed in the prominent Hoysala style.

During the 14th century, it was looted and plundered by Malik Kafur of the Delhi Sultanate twice. Hence it got its name ‘Halebid’ which translates to the ‘old city’.

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Hoysala Architecture

Halebid, also known as the temple townhouses, two Hindu temples- Hoysaleswar and Kedaleshwar, and two jain basadis. The main attraction of the place is the temple complexes. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hoysaleshwara temple is constructed on a star-shaped platform. It was built by Ketumalla, who was the minister of Vishnuvardhana- the Hoysala ruler, in 1121 AD. It took 105 years to complete the entire structure and was originally attributed to the king himself and his queen Shantala Devi. The temple walls are dotted with tiny depictions from Hindu mythology and carvings of birds, animals and dancing figurines. The Kedareshwara temple, also dedicated to Lord Shiva is built in the traditional Chalukya style. Built by King Ballala II, the temple is considered a masterpiece of architecture. In its days of glory, the temple was adorned with sculptures and panels in Hoysala style. Besides, there is a remarkable archaeological museum within the temple complex. To add to the beauty of the arrangement, there is a huge lake surrounding the temples.

Restaurants and Local Food in Halebidu

South-Indian and North Indian platters are the most common is this area and the food is generally vegetarian. Though, not as widespread, one may come across Continental and Mughlai and Tandoori cuisines here too. Though you can find the typical items of the state's cuisine here, some specialties of the town are Kesuvina Gantu, Kaayi kadabu, Halasinakai Chutney.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Halebid. You can start by visiting the Hoyaleswara Temple. It is a combination of two temples-Hoyaleswara and Shantaleshwara. In the evening you can go and see the Kedareshwara Temple and the Jain Basadi's of Parasvanth, Shantinath, and Adinath. Enjoy the sunset there. 

Day 2: You can go and see the enormous statue of Lord Bahubali. Later on, drive to Belur, which is just 30 km away from Halebid. Here you can see the famous Chennakeshava Temple, the Kappe Chennigarya, which has a 6.5ft tall statue of Chennakeshava.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Hoysaleswara Temple situated here is listed as a world heritage site. The route from Halebid to Hassan is worth the driving experience with a picturesque village and scenic lake.

What's Not So Great?

There are not many lodges and hotels in Halebid. Food can be a problem if you do not like South Indian cuisine.

For Whom?

Halebid is ideal for family trips. It is a perfect place for people who love to explore historical places with wonderful architecture. 

How To Reach Halebidu

Halebid is a very small town located near Hassan and tourists usually stay in Hassan city, making a day trip to Halebid. The nearest railway station is Hassan (27 km) which can be accessed by taxi. The nearest airport is at Mangalore (168km). Bus services are also available, connecting Halebid to all major cities.

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Praveena Menon.T 2 months ago
Nice place to know about Hoysala architecture. Well maintained.
Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
This is a nice place. Very religious.
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