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Halebid City Guide

Attractions : Hoyasaleswara Temple, Kedareswara Temple, Basadi Halli

The name Halebid City Guide literally means “the ruined city” and it was previously known as Dwarasamudra. This city was once the royal capital of Hoysala Empire during 12th century. It boasts of many beautiful temples and Jain Shrines, Hoysaleswara Temple and Kedareswara Temple are the best examples of Hoysala architecture here. On the hillock you can still spot the traces of many palaces of ancient time. A number of temples give this place a religious importance and ancient ruins of many buildings made it architecturally important. Not only it is visited for its ages old ruins by the travelers from all around the world, but also for the panoramic natural bounties that Halebid City Guide has got in plenty. An archeological museum is also here that attracts the visitors the most as it highlights the glorious past of Halebid.

How to reach ?

By Air- The nearest airport to Halebid is Bajpe Airport which is a domestic airport situated 180 km far in Mangalore. The closest international airport is Bengaluru International Airport located at a distance of 190 Km from Halebid.

By Train - The nearest railway station from Halebid is at Hassan which is at a distance of 38 Km. It is connected with many major cities of the neighboring states.

By Road - Halebid is well connected with other cities in Karnataka by government run KSRTC bus services. Private buses are also available in Halebid City Guide.

Best time to visit The best time to visit Halebid is between the months of October and April.

Tourist attractions

Hoyasaleswara Temple - This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in 12th century. It was never completed because it was invaded twice by the Delhi Sultanate rulers. It consists of two temples which together make a Star shape. Each temple has a separate sanctum sanctorum and a separate mandapam. Outside there is a Garuda Stambha, Nandi statue, Chariot of Shiva and a hilltop.

Shantaleswara Temple - Shantaleswara Temple is standing next to the Hoysaleswara and is built of soft stone. It is made in Dravidian architectural style and has a Shivalingam in the sanctorum. The temple has got marvelous exteriors with impressive range of sculptures made out of stones.

Kedareswara Temple - Kedareswara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed to be built in 1319 CE and the basement of the temple showcases the sculptured mythological stories of Ramayana, Bhagavad Geeta and Mahabharata. The sanctorum houses Shiva Lingum which is made of Krishnashilla.

Basadi Halli - Basadi Halli is located near Hoysaleswara temple and is a group of Jain monasteries. It consists of three temples and the biggest one of them is 14 ft high Parswanathaswamy Temple. Apart from this Adinathaswamy and Santinathaswami temples are also there. It is considered one of the most important temples for its religious value visit Halebid City Guide.

Belur - Belur was once capital of Hoysala Kingdom, though for a short time. It is known for the Chennakesava temple complex it has. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and in close proximity to it is situated Chennigraya temple. These temples are made of soft stones and 48 pillars carved inside the Chennakesava temple is something one must see when one is in Belur.