Tourist Places in and Around Hassan

Hassan District is one of the 30 districts of Karnataka state located in the south-western part of Karnataka in India. The district has had an eventful and rich history. In the past, it reached the height of its glory during the rule of the Hoysalas who had their capital at Dwarasamudra, the modern Halebeed in Belur Taluk. The district, noted for its enchanting natural scenic beauty is also a veritable treasure-house of Hoysala architecture and sculpture, the best specimens of which are at Belur and Halebeed. Shravanabelagola, in Channarayapatna taluk, which is studded with Jain moduments, is a renowned centre of pilgrimage for the jains.

Hasanamba Temple

The Hassanamba Temple is around 800 years old and is dedicated to Goddess Shakti or Hasanamba. The main deity of the temple is that of Hassan. The inner chamber of the temple is open for only two weeks, especially for the Deepavali and closes three days after the celebration of Balipadyami.

The devotees believe that the Goddess Hasanamba will give them her blessings should they make a visit to see her and offer their prayers. The timings for darshan are from 7.00 am to 1.00 pm and again from 3.00 pm to 10.00 pm at night

The goddess is an anthill or hutta which resembles the deity of Hassanamba as Goddess Parvathi. When the temple remains closed, water, bags of uncooked rice, a lit lamp and flowers are kept in front of the goddess. It is believed that when the temple is opened the next year, the rice remains the same and so is the lamp which constantly burns. The inner chamber also has the image of Ravana and his nine heads, playing a veena. The Hassanamba Temple is situated on the Bangalore-Mangalore Road

Chennakeshava temple, Belur.

Belur, situated on the banks of river Yagachi, 38 km from Hassan, is a world famous tourist destination. Belur was the erstwhile capital of the Hoysalas and referred to as Velapur, Velur and Belahur at different points in history. The town is renowned for its Chennakeshava temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship. The temple was consecrated by the famous Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana to mark his victories in 1116 AD against the Cholas and called the Vijaya Narayana.

The temple architecture
The Hoysalas used soft soapstone for their structures as they were found suitable for intricate carvings. Enclosed by a Prakara with a Gopurabuilt in the Vijayanagar style, the temple stands on a platform or Jagati and looks like a huge casket. The fine workmanship and skill visible in this masterpiece is truly breathtaking.
How to reach here ?
It is about 38 Km from Hassan. Regular Bus services and tourist taxies are available from Hassan.

Halebeed

Halebeed temple is another great example of temple architecture the twin temples of Hoysaleshwara, Kedareshwara built by Vishnuvardhana and Ballala-II at Halabeed. Sequences from Ramayana, Mahabharatha & Bhagavatha are depicted on the outer walls of these temples. The efficiency and experience of the sculpture, who had carved these stories in stone is bewitching.

Hoysalaeswara Temple standing on a platform like a casket, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone. Inside its dark depths, the queen Shantala Devi beckons from an alcove. The figure of mortals and immortals are larger compared to Belur and are beautifully chiseled, in shining black stone. The walls of the temples are covered with variety of gods and goddesses, animals , birds and dancing girls. There is a museum on the lawn with 12-13th century sculpture and the gold coins in use at the time. The temple faces a large tank which was built in the middle of the 11th century and received water through channels from an ancient anecut (dam) built over the Yagachi river.
The Kedreshwara temple where the sculptor's virtuosity seems to have surpassed even the goldsmith's skill in its sheer intricacy.
One Km from Halebeed is Basti Hill where there are Jain Basties with gleaming black stone pillars.
How to Reach here ?
Halebeed is 17 Km from Belur and 30  Km from Hassan. Regular bus services and Taxies are available both from Hassan and Belur.

Shravanabelagola

Shravanabelagola is situated about 150 km northwest of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The town has been a prominent centre for Jain art, architecture, religion and culture for over two millennia. About two thousand years ago, Bhagawan Bhadrabahu, the earliest among the great Jain Acharyas came to Shravanabelagola from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, with his disciples. Influenced by this ascetic, Chandragupta Maurya, the great emperor who ruled a large part of India, settled in this region, handing over the reins of his kingdom to his son.

Monolith of Lord Gomateshwara
Wedged between two stark rocky hills, the monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, a Jain saint and an object of worship for centuries, standing atop one of the hills (Indragiri hill), is 18 meters high and is said to be one of the tallest and most graceful monolithic statues in the world. 

Just opposite is the smaller Chandragiri hill where some Jain temples and tomb of Chandragupta Mourya, famous patron of Jainism can be seen.

How to reach here....

  • By Road : It is well connected by Road network and is about 49 Km from Hassan and about 150 Km from Bangalore and about 80 Km from Mysore. It is around 11 km from Channarayapatna, a taluk head-quarter (in Hassan District) on Bangalore-Mangalore National Highway. Regular bus services from Hassan and Channarayapatna are available.
  • By Air : The nearest Air Port is at Bangalore.
  • By Rail : The nearest Railway Station is at Hassan.

Ramanathapura :

It is  situated on the left bank of the cauvery.  It is a noted centre of pilgrimage and has been called Dakshina Kashi.
There are temples dedicated to Subramanya Swamy, Pattabi Ramachandra which is built in the Dravidian style.  Opposite to this temple is situated the temple of Laxminarasimha.  This temple is of the period of Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar.
Prasanna Rameshwara Temple is the most important structure at Ramanathapur.  It is an old Hoysala structure.  There is also temples of Agasthyeshwara Swamy, Durga Rameshwari at this place.  Ramanathapura is about 50 KMs from Hassan.

Kondajji :

It is noted for temple of Chennakeshava (Allalanatha).  It has a gigantic image of the deity which is about 14 feet high from the Panivatta.  It is originally constructed during the 14th Century.  During the middle of Vijayanagar period it fell into ruins and later restored.  There is a hillock called Shigada-Gudda near the village from where one can have a five view of the beautiful scenery.  It is about 17 Kms. from Hassan.

 

Manjarabad Fort :

Manjarabad Fort is situated about 6.4 Kms from Sakleshpur town, at the height of about 3,240 ft. above the sea level.  The fort is constructed of stones and mud, there are chambers all around.  Tippusultan during an inspection of this work is said to have observed fog (in Kannada Manju) round about this place and called this fort as Manjarabad.   The beautiful land scrape here attracts a large number of tourists.

 

 

Bisle Ghat :

The district has mountainous region to the west and south west called Bisle Ghat. Bisle Ghat is situated about 65 kms from Sakaleshpur on Sakaleshpur-Subramanya road. This place is full of panoramic sceneries and a favourite place for trekkers.

 

 

 

Gorur :

Gorur is situated about 25 kms from Hassan in Hassan-Arakalgud road. The temple of Yoganarasimha Swamy, built in the year 1586 AD, situated on the banks of river Hemavathi, is in Hoysala style. Trikuteshwara, Vasudeva and Kailaseshwara temples are situated here. The dam constructed across Hemavathi river is a picnic spot.