Belur

Gopuram of the Belur Temple- View from the inside of temple complex

Belur (Kannada: ಬೇಲೂರು) is a historic town in Hassan district of Karnataka state.

Understand

Belur is a historic town with beautiful, famous temples, some dating to the times of the Hoysala Dynasty (11th-13th centuries).

The Hoysala Crest

Talk

Kannada is the official state language but English is also widely understood.

Get in

By air

The nearest airport is Mangalore (154 km).

By car

Well connected to all important cities of Karnataka. Regular buses connect Belur to Hassan (37 km) Halibeedu (16 km) Arsikere (60 km) Dharmastala (98 km) Bangalore (224 km) Belgaum (424 km) Chickmagular (27 km) Madikeri (136 km) Mysore (155 km) Shimoga (122 km) and Shravanabelagola (87 km). I traveled by road from Mangalore via Dharmastala- Mudigere to Belur- it’s a very beautiful ghat road, with many water falls, lovely hill side views and numerous tea estates. This route is a windy mountain road and appropriate time should be budgeted for it. Be advised that the above can pose a safety risk, so when driving, stay alert and focused throughout the ride

If you are driving your car from Bangalore- Here is driving direction:

Start from Bangalore Railway Station, take the Tumkur Road National Highway No.4 and head for Yeswantpur and reach Nelamangala (30 km from Bangalore) At Nelamangala turn left on National Highway (NH)48 and head towards Kunigal(44 km from Nelamangala) From Kunigal continue on National Highway (NH)48 and reach Chennarayapatna (30 km from Kunigal) From Chennarayapatna continue on National Highway(NH)48 until you reach Hassan (40 km from Chennarayapatna ) From Hassan take the State Highway (SH)57 and drive to and reach Belur (40 km from Hassan )

On this Route- the Distance from Bangalore to Belur is 233 km. And Drive from Bangalore to Belur takes about 4.66 hours by car

There is a parking fee to park your vehicle (or taxi) in front of the temple - which is valid for the day (true for both temples- Belur and Halebedu).

KSTDC Heritage Tours from Bengaluru and Mysuru:

The KSTDC Belur, Halebid, and Sravanabelagola tour runs daily in season (April to June and Sept to Nov) and four times a week the rest of the year. There are also tours run by private operators departing almost every day. It is better to use the KSTDC tour if possible, as they use a luxury four-seats-across bus while the private companies use small, bumpy (especially if sitting in the back) minibuses. Both the private company and KSTDC tours pick you up at your hotel. This is a good way to see the sites, as they are difficult to reach by public transportation.

If you are returning from Belur/Halebid back to Bangalore, then you can consider stopping over at Shravanabelogala to see the giant Bahubali statue.

By rail

Nearest Railway Station is Hassan (37 km) which is connected to Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore.

Get around

If you want to book the KSTDC tour make sure you book on a weekend as the volvo buses are only available on Sat and Sun. On all the other days Non AC buses ply to these places.

See

The following temples are open daily between 7:30AM and 5:30PM.

Inner Sanctum of main deity stays closed from 10 to 11AM, 1 to 3PM, 5 to 5:30PM.

Many government-approved tour guides can be hired to show around the temple for ₹125-₹250.

Chenna Kesava Temple
The temple complex
Lady with the mirror

Do

Main thing to see are the temples. No other major activity to do here though. The temple it self takes up most of your time.

Make sure you take a camera along, these historic monuments and sculptures make interesting visual delights and are worth capturing. The guides that you get at Belur and Halibidu are ok. Some part of what they tell you is made up but the other part is actual history.

Buy

As you exit the temple you may be approached by vendors stalking you to try and sell various books, trinkets and other souvenirs.

You get some nice bronze and stone statuettes that you can buy as souvenirs. There is nothing much to shop about in this temple town.

Eat

Puliyogare

Drink

It is customary to serve coffee to visitors. The best coffee beans in India are grown in Karnataka and in Hassan District.

Sleep

Good hotels are also available at Hassan:

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