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, Karnataka

  (part of Belur region)

(Halebid is also known as Halebidu / Halebeedu)
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State: Karnataka
District: Hassan
Famous for/as: Heritage
Languages: Kannada, English, Hindi
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 22-40°C, Winter 10-32°C
Altitude: 915 m
Pincode: 573115
STD code: 08177
Halebid, literally meaning a ruined city, is a small town with several large tanks, highlighting its glorious past. Halebid, the great city of Dwarasamudra flourished as a capital of the Hoysala Empire during the 12th and 13th centuries, during which period it reached its greatness. The Delhi Sultanate’s armies sacked Halebid in 1311 and 1327; the good high profile city was ruined during this invasion.

Halebid has several strikingly beautiful Hoysala temples and Jain shrines. These temples are sculptural extravaganza, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone. One can see a hillock where the Palace stood, a sight having archaeological value and beauty.

Halebid is the abode of lots of tourist attractions including Hoysaleswara temple, Basadi Halli, Belur, Shantaleswara TempleKedareswara Temple. Halebid is a good place to visit, especially as it stands as a symbol of the nation’s culture with the pride of past glory. Archaeological Society of India preserves the ancient temples, with all decorum and neatness. The Archaeological Museum situated in Halebid has a good collection of ancient sculptures. This museum is open daily except Friday between 10 am to 5 pm.

Halebid has on its account a 12th century Jain Bastis, which consists of three temples. There are some famous temples with spectacular history and view, twelve columns support the Parswanathasmi Temple, the nearby Kedareswar Temple supposed to be built in 1221 AD and houses a Sivalinga named after Lord Siva who is worshiped at Kedarnath. Apart from traditional Hindus, Non-Hindus are also permitted to enter the temples. There are a dozen or so other smaller temples in this area.
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The Ancient Temples of Halebid

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Feb 02, 2012
Halebid, which literally means a ruined city, is a small town located in the Hassan District of Karnataka. Halebid is a home to many strikingly beautiful Hoysala temples and Jain shrines which are epitome of the sculptural marvels and stone carvings.

Travel within city

Halebid is a historic city that has many temple complexes and other places around the town which requires a good transportation system. The nearest railway station is at Belur which is situated around 15 km from Halebid. There are frequent buses from Belur to Halebid and the travel time takes around an hour. Buses cost around Rs 50 for the trip. Mysore is situated around 150 km from Halebid.

Mysore is the nearest airport and there are taxis from the airport available frequently. Taxis from Mysore cost around Rs 1300 and travel time is around 2.5 hours.


The best option to travel around the town is to hire taxis from Belur and use the same vehicle throughout the day. Taxis are also available from Hassan which is around 31 km from the town. Taxis can usually be hired from the taxi stands. They are available in many street corners and also have the option of A/C cabs. These taxis usually charge around Rs 6 per km for Non A/C cars and Rs 7 per km for A/C cabs. Since Halebid has many sites that a traveler can visit A/C taxis are the best.

Auto Rickshaw

For local travel auto rickshaws are a good option. Since the autos are quick and easy to find. They are available through auto stands. However they may not be metered and prices have to be negotiated. There are no separate night fares.


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Amazing architectural beauty with meticulous carvings that induce our minds to visit atleast once in our lifetime.
Posted by madurai babaraj 7 year, 52 days ago

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