Inside, no two pillars in the hall look alike. It has entrances on the east, north and south sides. The ceiling is ornamented with concentric rings with figures. At the center of the hall is a polished stone platform on which the queen Shantaladevi danced in praise of the Lord Chennakeskeva.more
Every inch of the outside walls of the temples and much of the interiors are covered with a variety of Hindu Deities, sages and friezes depicting the life and times of Hoysala rulers. The Hoysala sculptors have done the most marvellous work – unending rows of nearly 650 elephants, horses, lions, birds, warriorsmore
The Hoysala temples in Karnataka are very finely carved because they are made of soapstone, which is very soft when it comes out of the ground and hardens on contact with the air. Those of Belur and Halebid, are some of the most magnificent temples in India. The temples with their sculptural details are easily the most outstanding examples of...more
Belur is 222 km from Bangalore, 149 km from Mysore and 34 km from Hassan (27 km from Halebid). Belur and Halebid are 17 km apart.
By Road: Bangalore and Mysore are linked by road to Hassan, and regular buses ply from Hassan to Belur..
By Train: The nearest railhead is Hassan, which is connected to other major junctions such as Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.
By Air: The nearest airports are Bangalore (222 km) and Mangalore (194 km).
The best way to reach Belur and Halebid is to keep Hassan as your base, which offers a host of transport options (including taxis) to travel to the temple towns.
As in almost every Temple in India, you have to leave your shoes outside. OK, you enter barefoot, please think about it, the ground can be very hot under the sunshine. It can be helpful putting on some pair of old socks.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Put two or three pairs of old socks into your luggage. As in almost every Temple in India, you have to leave your shoes outside. Its is OK if you enter barefoot ! Please think about it, the ground can be very hot under the sunshine or sometimes dirty . It can be helpful putting on some old socks. No need to tell you this doesn't help by rainfall. I saw some people with kind of protection socks out of an operating room....