Belur, Karnataka (with photos)

Belur a historic town in the Hassan district of the Indian state of Karnataka was the first capital of the Hoysala Empire. The town lies on the banks of the river Yagachi. Earlier name of Belur was Velapuri.

Chennakeshava Temple, Belur

Belur is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka & also Belur Chennakeshava is a home deity of many people in Karnataka. The major tourist attraction in Belur is the Belur Chennakeshava Temple. This Temple was built by Hoysala Vishnuvardhana in the year 1117 AD in commemoration of his victory against the Chola viceroy of Talakad. The Temple is built using soapstone & is in the Hoysala standard of star shaped foundation.

Entrance to Chennakeshava Temple

Getting There:
From Chikamagalur its around 25 km
From Hassan its around 36 km
From Bengaluru its around 220 km (4 - 5 hrs drive)
Route: Bengaluru --NH4--> Nelmangala --NH48--> Kunigal --NH48--> Channarayapatna --NH48--> Hassan --> Belur

From Mysore its around 156 km (3 - 4 hrs drive)
Route: Mysore --> Holenarasipura --> Hassan --> Belur

Hoysala Emblem

Places of Interest near Belur:
* Halebeedu (15 km) : Hoysaleshwara & Kedareshvara Temples
* Yagachi Dam (10 km)
* Chikamagalur (25 km)
* Belavadi (27 km) : Veeranarayana Temple
* Mullayanagiri (45 km) : Tallest peak in Karnataka
* Shravanabelagola (88 km) : Gomateshwara Statue (World's largest monolithic stone statue)

More photos of Belur ...

Beautiful carvings in Chennakeshava Temple

Beautiful carvings in Chennakeshava Temple

Beautiful wall carvings at Chennakeshava Temple

Lord Chennakeshava

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