Places

 

Places / Institutions  available within 100 KMs for study tours with brief descriptions

Hassan Tourist Attractions

 Belur:

40 km from Hassan, Belur was the erstwhile capital of Hoysala rulers 800 years ago and has beautiful temples and monuments built in ancient Hoysala architectural and sculptural style. Chennakesava temple of the 2nd century is an architectural wonder built on a star-shaped platform featuring bracket figures, intricate carvings on the stonewalls, the gravity pillar in the courtyard, exquisite panels and richly carved pillars, which are the masterpieces of craftsmanship. Another temple that is worth seeing here is Veeranarayana Temple with fine sculpted figures of various Hindu gods.
222 kms from Bangalore, 39 kms from Hassan and 149 kms from Mysore is Belur famous for its exquisite temples. Belur is known as the Dakshina Varanasi or Southern Banaras. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 A.D. to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.

 

The main structure of the temple, which is star-shaped, is a homogeneous architectural unit on a raised platform. Everything is carved in black stone, looking like metal. Facing the temple, at the entrance, stands the winged figure of Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s carrier. The 650 charging elephants on the frieze around the walls outside are all different from each other. The exotic bracket figures (Madanikas) on the walls of this temple are serene, playful and amorous, enhancing the overall effect of this pinnacle of architectural excellence.

Inside, even in the darkness, you can see the hand-lathed-turned shining pillars, each unique in its own splendor. On the smooth circular platform in front of the shrine, you can see the beautiful Shantala Devi, queen of King Vishnuvardhana. The spotlight is now on to the four famous bracket figures on the ornate ceiling. All these figures have been inspired by Shantala Devi’s voluptuous beauty. Sculpted limbs undulate in lyrical lines. One sculpted beauty communicates with a pet parrot whose tail is peacock like, another wrings water from her long hair and you can see the drops collected on hair-ends, the delicacy and attention to the finest details here are incredible.

Halebid

39 km from Hassan, Halebid was formerly known as Dwarasamudra, the ancient capital of the Hoysala Empire. The highlights of the city are the 12th century Hoysaleswara temple with friezes and sculptures depicting scenes from Hindu mythology and the Archaeological Museum displaying 12th-13th century sculptures, woodcarvings, idols, coins and inscriptions.

  Hasanamba Shrine:
The shrine with an anthill that represents Hasanamba, the presiding deity, is opened only once a year for a week, during the month of October and big fair or 'Jatra' is held during this time.

 
District Museum:
The museum is a small one but has a decent collection of sculptures, paintings, weapons, coins and inscriptions.

 
Suddeshvara Temple:
Venkatappa Naraka constructed this temple and is ages old. 

 
Bastihalli:

Very near Halebid is Bastihalli featuring 12th century Jain settlements in a garden enclosure with glossy Blackstone pillars and carved ceilings. 

  Sravanabelagola:

52 km from Hassan, Sravanabelagola is a famous pilgrimage centre for Jains. The 1,800 years old 17m high statue of Lord Gomateswara, a Jain Saint, atop the Indragiri Hills is said to be one of the tallest and loveliest monolithic statues of the world. It symbolizes renunciation of worldly possessions. Once in every twelve years, 'Mahamastakabisheka' or sacred anointment ceremony is held when thousands of devotees flock to the place. Chandragiri Hill boasts of 14 shrines and tomb of Chandragupta Maurya. The 10th century Chamundaraya basti is the most remarkable temple while Bhandari Basti has the Gommateshvara Statue featuring 24 images of Tirthankaras.

 

Though an important archeological site in itself, Hassan is more popularly known as a convenient base to the architectural ans sculptural wonders of Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola. The Hoysala rule between 11th to 13th centuries has left a profound impact on the architectural and cultural legacy of the region and it was during this time that most of the legendary and renowned temples of Belur and Halebid were constructed. Very near to one of the biggest Jain pilgrimage centres of India, Sravanabelagola, Hassan has been deeply influenced by Jainism and Jain philosophy and mythology can readily be seen in the sculptures, paintings and literary works of the region.
Hassan itself was once a well-known centre of Jain literature. It has retained the aura of serenity and peace and situated in the heart of Malnad district of Karnataka. The nearby excursion point of Sravanabelagola features one of the world's tallest and loveliest monolith statues of Lord Gomateshwara or Lord Bahubali, a Jain saint. Belur being the capital of the Hoysala kings has the most remarkable monuments including Chennakeshava temple that took 103 years to complete and Veeranarayana temple. Halebid looks like a twin city to Belur when it comes to the rich architecture of Karnataka.


Wedged between two stark rocky hills, this legendary pilgrim center and shrine of the Jains since early times is 149 kms from Bangalore, 52 kms from Hassan and 80 kms from Mysore. The monolithic statute of Lord Gomateshwara, a Jain saint and an object of worship for centuries, standing atop one of the hills (Indragiri hill), is 17 mtrs high and it is said to be one of the tallest and most graceful monolithic statues in the world.

Chamundaraya, a general and minister of the Ganga, King Rachamatta, created the symmetry in stone around 983 A.D. The Mahamastakabhisheka festival, an elaborate ritual, held here once every 12 years, the last one in 1993, attracts devotees from all over the world.

Priests climb up to pour pots of coconut water, turmeric paste and vermilion powder over the statue’s head. Just opposite is the smaller Chandragiri hill, where some Jain temples and tomb of Chandragupta Maurya, famous patron of Jainism can be seen.

Mosale:
Mosale is situated about 12 kms from Hassan in Hassan-Mysore road. You can have the “darshan” of the Lord Nageshwara and Channakeshava. The twin temple is a place to visit.

Gorur:
Gorur is situated about 20 kms from Hassan in Hassan-Arkalgud road. The temple of Yoganarasimha Swamy situated on the banks of river Hemavathi is in Hoysala style. Trikuteshwara, Vasudeva and Kailaseshwara temples are situated here. The dam constructed across the river Hemavathi is a picnic spot.

Manzarabad : This is situated about 7 kms from Sakaleshpur. The fort is at a height of 3240 fts from sea level. Tipu Sultan constructed this fort in 1792 A.D.

Bisle:
Bisle Ghat is situated about 65 kms from Sakaleshpur on Sakaleshpur-Subramanya road. This place is full of panoramic sceneries and a favorite place for trekkers.

Shopping attraction

One can buy handicrafts, textile garments and jeweler as souvenirs at Hassan. The main shopping areas are MG Road , K R Puram and Gandhi Bazaar.

 

Hassan the poor man’s Ooty !!!

As per the history the name Hassan was derived from Simhasanapura, later it became Hassan. There is a temple in the heart of the city of Goddess Hasanamba, the temple will be opened for public once in a year. Hassan is popularly called as “poor man’s Ooty”. Hassan will be your base for visiting the famous temples of Belur Halebid and Shravanabelagola. Hassan is a picturesque town in the heart of Malnad with a pleasant climate. Hassan is adequately organized in terms of hotels, shops and transport. It is also well connected by road and rail to Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore.

The Master Control Facility of ISRO is in Hassan. The Former Prime Minister Shri.H.D.Devegowda  beongs to Hassan.