Hassan is a city and district headquarters of Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town is situated 934 mts above sea level with fine weather similar to Bangalore.The place is called Hassan after the Goddess "Haasanamba", the goddess and presiding deity of the town. It can be called as the temple-architectural capital of Karnataka.
Hassan the 4th largest city of the state, dates back to the 11th century, during the Uraizee dynasty, which lasted from the eleventh to the fourteenth century. Their capital was at Dwarasamundra (Dwaravati-pura), the ruins of which are still to be seen scattered round the town of Halebidu.
The earlier kings were of the Jain faith, but the finest temples were dedicated to Shiva by the later monarchs in the dynasty. While the Hoysalas were at the zenith of their power much of southern India was under their influence.
In the city of Hassan the Hasanamba temple, which opens only for about a week in the Ashvija month and the Siddeshvara temple constructed by Nayaka ruler Venkatappa Nayaka are worth visiting. Shravanabelagola city is in Channarayapatna taluk where the great single stone Bahubali statue that is 58 feet tall is situated on top of a hill. Channaryapatna chandra mouleshwara temple is the second standing shiva's temple in India.
Nagarhole National Park (also known as 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park') is located 94 km away from Mysore. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. The national park has rich forest cover, little streams, valleys and waterfalls.
The place derives its name from Kannada - Naga meaning snake and hole referring to streams.
The area was an exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore.
It was set up in 1955 and is one of the best-managed parks in the country .This park is located to the northwest of Bandipur National Park. In 1975 its area stretched to 575 km². Kabini reservoir that separates this park from Bandipur National Park. The climate is tropical summer is hot and winter is pleasant.
Belur in Hassan district (222 kms from Bangalore and 38 kms from Hassan) is famous for its magnificent Hoysala Temple Complex. The Chennakeshava temple here was completed in 1116 by Hoysala Vishnuvardhana to commemorate his victory over the Chola. It took 103 years to complete. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and freizes-with no portion left blank. Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensous dancers nothing was left uncarved. The Veeranarayana temple houses the shrines of Kappe Chenniga, Andal, Saumya Nayaki, and other dieties.
Town Area Size: 2.85 sq kms
Altitude: 975 meters
Summer: 20-35°C. Hottest Month: April
Winter: 25-28°C. Coolest Month: December
Rainfall: 110 cms
Clothing: Cotton clothes throughout the year except December.
Halebidu (former Dwarasamudra) in Hassan district is in Belur taluk and 27 kms away from Hassan and was the capital of Hoysala after Belur. It has one of the finest Hoysala temples. The twin Shiva Temple with a common platform and two garbhagrihas, one beside the other have a common broad navaranga. One of them houses Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleshwara Linga and the other Shanthaleshwara Linga. Infront of the Hoysaleshwara is the Nandimantapa and behind that is a shrine of Surya with a two-metre-tall image. The temple doorways are highly ornate and impressive. Outer walls have rows of intricate figures narrating episodes from epics like Ramayana, Bharatha and Bhagavata. The place has a Parshwanatha basadi with highly polished pillars in which on- lookers queer images are reflected. There is a Museum of the A.S.I. The Kedareshwara temple is another monument built by Ketaladevi, Ballala II's Queen. Chatchatnahalli (nearby) has a trikuta temple built by Chatta Dandanayaka in 1220.
Situated about 65 km from Mysore city in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park is a part of a larger continuos wildlife reserve that engulfs the Mudumalai sanctuary (Tamil Nadu), the Wayanad sanctuary (Kerala), and the Nagarhole National Park (Karanataka). The park was established in 1974 with an area of 87400 hectares. This park is a tiger reserve.
The terrain is undulating and broken by chain of hills, hillocks and watercourses. The annual temperature varies from 21° C to 33° C, the maximum being in June. The habitat comprises of scrubs, tropical dry deciduous forests and moist mixed deciduous forests.
The fauna comprises of langur, bonnet macaque, tiger, leopard, wild dog, jungle cat, sloth bear, striped hyena, jackal, elephant, mouse deer, muntjac, spotted deer, gaur, etc. The reptiles include mugger crocodile and python. The presence of about 180 species of birds is recorded.
Located at the KR Sagar Dam [Kannambadi], Brindavan Gardens is one of the best gardens in South India. Spread over 150 acres, Brindavan Gardens has since the 1960s provided the backdrop for many Indian films. Special attractions include the 'Dancing Fountains'. In Dec 2004 the entire garden was revamped with new fountains and lights.
It was built in 1924 by Sir M.Vishveswariah, using 'surkhi', a mixture of limestone and brick powder instead of cement. It was among the first in the world to use automatic sluice gates. The dam is named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who financed this novel project. It is 3 kms long and is located at the confluence of the three rivers- Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha.
The Brindavan Gardens and its scenic surroundings have provided a picturesque backdrop for several movies and is still a popular locale for film shootings.
About 2 kms from KRS dam is a tiny beautiful island created by the backwaters of the dam, an ideal picnic spot, not to be missed out.
Srirangapatna, is a definite tourist spot on the agenda of tourists visiting Mysore. Srirangapatna was the historic capital of Tippu Sultan known for his struggle against British rule. Several monuments relating to his rule are sprinkled across the island. Both Tippu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali are believed to have made endowments to the Ranganathaswamy temple.
Battle of Seringapatam, 1799: Srirangapattana was the scene of the last and decisive battle fought between Tipu Sultan and the British forces led by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, who later also defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. This battle was the last engagement of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.
In any event, Tipu Sultan was killed within the fort of Srirangapattana, betrayed infamously by one of his own confidants; the spot where he ultimately fell is marked by a memorial. For the last time in history, Srirangapattana had been the scene of political change in the Kingdom of Mysore. Having secured the victory, the British proceeded to plunder Srirangapattana and ransack Tipu's palace. Apart from the usual gold and cash, innumerable valuables and objects d'art, not excepting even the personal effects of Tipu Sultan, his rich clothes and shoes, sword and firearms, were shipped to England. While most of this is now to be found in the British Royal Collection and in the Victoria and Albert Museum, some articles have occasionally become available at auctions and have been retrieved for their native land. The sword of Tipu Sultan has been acquired by Vijay Mallya, an industrialist from Karnataka, who purchased the same at a Sotheby's auction.
Chamundi Hill is one of the landmark tourist attractions of Mysore, and it never fails to fall on the itenerary of those visiting Mysore.
The Chamundeeswari temple is located on a hill in the vicinity of Mysore and is accessed through a motorable road. Chamundeeswari the tutelary deity of the Mysore Maharajas has been held in reverence for centuries, and the Wodeyars of Mysore have made extensive contributions to this shrine.
Chamundeeswari, or Durga is the fierce form of Shakti who vanquished the demon Mahishasuran. A colorful image of the demon greets visitors as they reach the summit of the hill.
Also on this temple are several images of Nandi (the bull mount of Shiva). The best known of these is the collossal Nandi on the 800th step on the hill. This Nandi is over 15 feet high, and 24 feet long. It was created during the reign of Dodda Devaraja, who also built the steps leading up the hill.
A flight of one thousand steps built by the Maharaja Dodda Devaraja in 1659 also leads up to the summit of the hill which is at a height of about 3000 feet. Chamraja Wodeyar IV is said to have worshipped here in 1573 and was miraculously saved from a lightning hit. Krishnaraja III (late 18th century) built the temple tower and presented the Nakshatramalika jewel with sanskrit verses inscribed on it.
We visited the Brindavan Gardens and the impressive KR Sagar Dam, as just a small part of a day long coach trip from our hotel in Bangalore but I really wish we had been able to spend longer there. I'm sure it would be a perfect place to take a picnic and have a full day out. Both the dam and the gardens were excellent places for taking photographs.
The dam is over 3 kilometres long and was built using a traditional local material surkhi (a mixture of brick powder and lime) instead of cement, at the junction of three rivers: Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha, in 1924, as India's first irrigation dam. It is named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who financed the project. The dam site was then converted into beautiful formal gardens. There is a boating pond to cross the dam from the south bank to the north bank and at the northern edge are the dancing fountains for which the site is famous. At 6.30 pm the garden lights up and the fountains are made to jump and dance in time to music. We thought the show was really quite spectacular and the place was unsurprisingly very busy in that area, at that time of day although it hadn't seemed so earlier when everyone was more spread out around the gardens.
When we visited, the place did look a little shabby in places but I have heard that it has since been revamped, repairing and cleaning up the site and installing new fountains and lights.
This is a man-made island with an area of 65 acres. The entrance to this spot is through a hanging bridge.There is a canteen, pedal boating, elephant riding and deer park which are the attractions to this place.
A big attraction for tourists .The roar of the falls can be heard from the main road, from where a path goes through lovely coffee and cardamom plantations right up to them. The chirping of innumerable birds which are easier heard then seen, fill the air with sweet music.
Walking around admiring the lush greenery and beautiful landscape is so relaxing.Coorg has beautiful flora and fauna.
During summer,the water level in the tributaries of cauvery river receede.Hence it is possible to just wade through the water,like we did! near Dubare elephant camp near Coorg in Karnataka.
Considered to be a holy place, the source of the river Cauvery called Talacauvery is worth a visit.The temple there is simple and serene.The view from atop is beautiful.
According to legend, the kings of Kodagu (Coorg)spent their evenings here. But what's unforgettable about Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset that one can enjoy from here.
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