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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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.
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