|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 and Halebid. 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
Halebid, the ancient capital of Hoysala empire was founded
in early 11th century as Dvarasamundra, which was destroyed
by the invading Delhi forces in 1311 and 1327 following which
it remained deserted and was subsequently renamed as Halebid.
The attraction of Halebid is the Hoyasalesvara temple. The
construction of this temple started in 1121 AD, it was completed
only after a gap of 86 years.
Belur, located about 12 kms from Hassan, it was the capital
of the Hoysala till it was moved to Halebid. The temples of
Belur stand in a courtyard with the Chennakesava temple in
the middle. This temple took close to a hundred years to complete.
Built on a star shaped platform the temple, which has been
dedicated to Krishna, has a statue of Winged Garuda (Carrier
of Vishnu) guarding the entrance.
Koramangala, Koramangala is 10 kms from Hassan. There is
a Shiva temple, which dates back to 1173 A. D. The temple
is built in Hoysala style. This temple is worth watching.
Access by Air :
Bangalore offers the nearest airport to Hassan and is distanced
at 187 kms.
Access by Rail :
Since Hassan cannot be reached through train one can reach
the place by road after a train journey to nearby cities of
Banglore and Mysore.
Access by Road :
Hassan can easily be reached by roadways from Bangalore and
Mysore that is 115 kms.
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