Halebidu / Halebeedu, Karnataka (with photos)

Halebidu located in Hassan district of the Indian state of Karnataka is an ancient capital of the Hoysala Kingdom. Hoysaleshwara Temple built in the 12th century by the King Vishnuvardhana is a major attraction in Halebidu. It is learnt that it took almost 105 yrs to complete the full temple. Later in the 14th century the Temple was ruined by the muslim invaders. 

Hoysaleshwara Temple, Halebidu

Belur & Halebidu temples form the jewel of architecture of Hoysalas. Halebidu has Hoysaleshwara Temple & Shantaleshwara Temple named after the King Vishnuvardhana Hoysala & Queen Shantala Devi. It also has other tempes like Kedareshwara Temple & Jain Basadis which are equially good & built around the same period. There is also a very big lake next to the Temple, hence the other name of Halebidu is Dwara Samudra (Entrance from the Sea/Ocean). The museum in Halebidu has a lot of collection of Hoysala architecture & carvings. This Temple along with Belur & Shravanabelagola are being proposed for the UNESCO world heritage center.

Front view of Hoysaleshwara Temple, Halebidu

Getting There:
From Hassan its around 30 km (45 mins drive)
Belur - Halebidu is around 15 km (20 - 25 mins drive)
From Bengaluru its around 220 km (4 - 5 hrs drive) There are 2 routes from Bengaluru both are same distance.
Route1 : Bengaluru --NH4--> Nelmangala --NH48--> Kunigal --NH48--> Channarayapatna --NH48--> Hassan --> Halebidu
(Take a right in Hassan town on the Ring road, go till dead end & then take a right on Halebidu/Salgame Road)
Route2: Bengaluru --NH4--> Tumkur --NH206--> Tiptur --NH206--> Arasikere --NH206--> Banavara --NH234--> Javagal --NH234--> Halebeedu  

From Mysore its around 150 km (3-4 hrs drive)
Route: Mysore --> Holenarasipura --> Hassan --> Halebeedu

Window carvings

Places of Interest nearby Halebidu:
* Belur (16 km) Early capital of Hoysala. Chennakeshava Temple
* Belavadi (12 km) Veeranarayana Temple (Also called Trikutachala Temple)
* Yagachai Dam (25 km)
* Chikmagalur (35 km) : Tourist place
* Mullayanagiri (55 km) : Highest peak in Karnataka
* Shravanabelagola (80 km) : Gomateshwara Statue (World's highest monolithic stone statue) 

More photos of Halebidu ...

Beautiful carvings inside Hoysaleshwara Temple

Ceiling carvings at Hoysaleshwara Temple

Shiva Lingu at Hoysaleshwara Temple

Ceiling carvings

Shila Balike at Hoysaleshwara Temple

Dwarasagara Lake

Nandi at Hoysaleshwara Temple

Beautiful wall carvings at Hoysaleshwara Temple

Beautiful wall carvings at Hoysaleshwara Temple

Beautiful wall carvings at Hoysaleshwara Temple

Dwara Sagara Lake beside Hoysaleshwara Temple, Halebidu

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