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Introduction

Halebidu is located in Hassan District, Karnataka, India. Halebidu (which was previously called Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra) was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. It is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples.Hoysala Kingdom, built this temple during 1121 A.D and attributed to his king, Vishnuvardhana and queen, Shantala Devi. Even then it is learnt that it took 105 years to complete. If one stands on the platform of the temple and sees around he will see the hills opposite and two big bulls facing the temple and Ganesha figure on the south. It is believed that Queen Shantala Devi, was an epitome of beauty and fashion, she was also a great Bharatnatyam dancer and musician. Sculptors were inspired by this and the Shilabalikas, the dancing figures, are models of Queen Shantala Devi and her courtisans. History of Hoysalas mentions Shantala Devi had great influence in the adminstration and religious reforms during Vishnuvardhana reign. She was follower of Jainism and the King follower of Sri Vaishnaism and was influenced by Saint Ramanuja Charya.

Area __ sq km
Altitude 967 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-24.0 C-37.0 C Winter-14.0 C-28.0C
Language Kannada, Hindi and English
STD Code 08177
Rainfall 86 cms average yearly
Best Time to Visit Throughout the year

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How to get there

  1. Air :- The nearest airport Mangalore (154 kms) is connected by Indian Airlines flights to Bangalore, Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras).
  2. Rail:-The nearest railhead Hassan (37 kms) is connected to Mangalore witch in turn connected
  3. Road:-Connected by road to Bangalore- 222 km, Halebid- 16 km, Hassan- 37 km, Mangalore- 154 km, Mysore- 155 km, Shravanabelagola- 86 km etc.

Places to Visit

Shiva Temples Hoysaleshwar Temple Nandimantapa Museum of Archaeological Survey
Kedareshwara Temple      

Excursion

Sravanabelagola Belur Gorur Hassan

Accommodation

KSTDC Mayura Shantala Sumukha Residency Vishnu Krupa Lodge