Beautiful Belur, the quaint little town is set elegantly on the banks of river Yagachi amidst lush surroundings. It was chosen as the capital of the Hoysalas, after the sultans. The Hoysalas ruled this region between 11th and 13th centuries. They were great patrons of art and architecture and built a number of magnificent shrines during their 300 years reign. The temples and monuments at Belur are indeed the best Hoysala creations, showcasing their amazing architecture and sculptures in full glory. Belur was highly revered for its magnificent shrines and came to be known as the ‘modern vaikuntha (heaven) of the earth’. The Hoysala temple are characterized by typical star shaped ground plan and are usually set on a platform. Today, this small town basking in the warmth of its luxurious greenery and glorious past is regarded as ‘one of the jewels’ of South Indian architecture. Its temples have become rich repositories of ancient Hindu Culture and a must visit site on every tourist’s temple itinerary.
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Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours
STD Code: 830
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Best Time to Visit: October and April
Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. With Halebidu which is only 16 km away, this is one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka, India. Belur is located in Hassan district. According to inscriptions discovered here, it was also referred to as Velapuri.Belur Temple Architecture.The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (dedicated to Chennakeshava, meaning handsome Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana.The historic town Belur, one of the monuments of Karnataka, is beautifully set on banks of Yagachi river, amidst lush surroundings, in Hassan district of Karnataka. It was formerly known as Velapuri and was chosen as the alternate capital city by the Hoysala’s after the ransacking and destruction of their then capital Dwarasumudra (now known as Halibeedu or Halibidu) by the sultans of the Northern India.
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By Air : Bangalore International Airport, located in Bangalore City is the nearest airport to Belur. This is located around two hundred and twenty two kilometeRs (222 km) away from Belur and this airport is well connected to all local and international cities. Buses will be regularly available from Bangalore to Belur for minimal rates. Flight charges will range around Rs 5000 for local travel.
By Train : The railway station present in the town of Hassan is the nearest railway station to Belur. This lies around forty kilometeRs (40 km) from the town and trains are available from all the prominent places including, Mysore, Bangalore and Mangalore. Regular trains are available to Hassan and traveling through train can be a good option provided you book your tickets early. Train charges will vary around Rs 300.
By BUS : Buses to, Mysore will be available from the nearby towns and cities in the Hassan district and also from Mangalore, Shimoga, Halebid, Hospet and Udipi. Buses can be taken up anytime, and fares will range around 150 RS to 400 RS, depending on the distance covered.
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Vishnu Krupa Lodge ; Temple Road Belur, Hassan Dist., Halebid and Belur 573115, ; Ph – N.A ; Facilities – Room Service
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Sumukha Residency ; Temple Road Belur, Hassan, Halebid and Belur 573115 ; Ph – N.A ; Facilities – Room Service
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