The Glorious Ruined City
A small town in the Hassan district of Karnataka, listed as a World Heritage Center, Halebidu is a gem of Indian architecture.This city with a glorious past is known for its temples, shrines and sculptures. Once the glorified royal capital of the Hoysala kingdom, this city is now in ruins and yet a major tourist attraction.
The ruined Hoysaleswara Temple, the glorious idol of Nandi Vahana, the open air museum, the dancing girl statues and the 18 feet Tirthankara, Halebidu showcases culture, architecture and imprints of significant events of the past.The temples in this city are known for microscopic & complex carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing making this city a popular tourist spot.
Along with the beautiful temples that this city offers it also feeds you with mouth-watering South Indian dishes and also for the shopping enthusiast religious, statues, terracotta items, earthy items and local handicrafts are some of the souvenirs one can buy.
Food is generally vegetarian and South Indian. It is advised to carry food from Hassan.
Where to Stay
There are very few accommodations in Halebidu, it is recommended to find hotels in Hassan and travel to Halebidu in the morning.
Top things do in Halebidu
How to reach
Halebidu is easily accesible through air, rail, and road.
How to Reach by Flight
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport and is situated at a distance of about 168 km from Halebidu.
How to Reach by Train
Hassan Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Halebid and is at a distance of about 27 km. Hassan Railway Station is well connected to major cities and nearby towns, such as Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. Tourists can hire taxis to reach Hassan from the railway station.
How to Reach by Bus
Halebid is well connected with major cities in karnataka with the help of KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses. Private and luxury deluxe buses are also available from Bangalore Majestic Bus Station for Halebidu.
How to Reach by Road
Local taxies can be hired from Hassan or Chikmaglur for visiting both Halebidu and Belur in a single day as well as buses.
How to travel within
You can find a number of Taxis, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws in cheaper prices to travel around Halebidu.
- Reach Halebidu and start by visiting the Hoyaleswara Temple and Shantaleshwara Temple.
- Follow by visiting the archaeological museum
- You can immediately break for lunch after this.
- One can take a break by buying souveniers at the city shopping
- Continue with visiting Kedareshwara Temple
- Enjoy the sunset here.
- In the morning drive to Belur.
- Start with the famous Chennakeshava Temple
- Break for lunch
- You can end the trip with Kappe Chennigarya Temple.