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Formerly known as Dwarasamudra, Halebid (or Halebidu) is located in the Hassan district of Karnataka state. Halebid is q city with a glorious past adorned with a strikingly 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 regal capital of Hoysala empire, the city is in ruins now. But it still attracts tourists in droves, thanks to its rich heritage, striking art and architecture.
A little stuck in history, Halebid can be a great showcase of culture, architecture and imprints of certain significant events of the past. The Hoysaleswara temple, Belur, Shantaleswara temple, Kedareswara temple give the area its historical and cultural importance, given the architectural beauty and make it a popular tourist spot. An archaeological museum here will take you for another ride through the past. A number of Jain temples and other significant structures ornament the place with a dash of spirituality. These structures here, derived from a magnificent past give Halebid much of its present and can offer the visitors a unique experience.
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.
There are not many lodges and hotels in Halebid. Food can be a problem if you do not like South Indian cuisine.
Halebid is ideal for family trips. It is a perfect place for people who love to explore historical places with wonderful architecture.
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.... (Read More)