Weather: Pleasant and moderate climate
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Nearest Railway Station: Hassan
Tourist Attractions: Hassanamba temple, Gorur Dam
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Things to do/Activities: Sightseeing, shopping
Nearby places: Belur, Halebidu, Shravanabelagola
Hassan Travel Guide
It was a chieftain Channa Krishnappa who founded Hassan, a district in Karnataka, in the 11th century. Deriving its name from the local deity Hassanamba, Hassan has come a long way to become the architectural capital of Karnataka, thanks to the Hoysalas who made the city their bastion by building endless number of beautiful temples in and around the city. The architectural legacy left behind by the Hoysalas is explicit in the temples and other structures all over the district. Since its birth till the 13th century, it continued to be under the reign of Hoysalas, the period in which the architectural marvels such as the temples in Belur and Halebidu were built. A city in which Jainism has a stronghold, Hassan is also famous for silks, ivory and sandalwood. This city is also a route to other top tourist destinations such as Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebidu. Read further to know more about Hassan, its importance and its nearby attractions.
Things To Do
Hassan is often a base town for the visitors who visit the nearby towns and villages. It houses various temples and structures that are the specimens of Hoysala architecture. The district has plenty of temples that are attractive enough to lure devotees from all over the country. The famous Hassanamba temple is one of the major highlights of Hassan and is located about 38km from the town. It is opened just once in a year for a week during the month of October (second ‘Ashwayuja’). There is a big ‘Jatra’ (fair) which is held during this occasion. Gorur Dam is another attraction which is close to Hassan city though permission must be sought before you enter this dam; it is located at a distance of 12km from Hassan.
Koravangala, just 8km from Hassan, is famous for temples made in the Hoysala style. With most of them constructed in the 12th century AD, Bucheswara temple built by Buchiraja is the most prominent. Another attraction would be the temples of Nageswara and Chennakeshava in Mosale, a small village which stands as witness to Hoysala art. This place is 12 km from Hassan town.
You can do plenty of shopping in Hassan as the city is famous for silk, sandalwood and ivory. You will find plenty of decorative items while shopping in Hassan whose beauty and craftsmanship just surprises you. The main shopping areas are MG Road, K R Puram and Gandhi Bazaar.
Places To Stay
- Hotel Srikrishna
- Hoysala Village Resort
- Hotel Hassan Ashok
Shravanabelagola is a prominent Jain pilgrimage centre which is located 51km southeast of Hassan. The place is located 3000 feet above the sea level on the top of Indragiri Hills. The main highlight of the temple is its 100 year old monolith statue of Lord Bahubali which boasts of being the tallest monolith statue in the world. There is a magnificent ceremony called, Mahastambabhisheka which happens every 12 years in which the statue is anointed with ghee, saffron, milk and curd.
Belur, which is 38 km from Hassan, is located on the banks of River Yagachi. A great tourist destination, Belur was the capital of Hoysala Empire. The town has plenty of temples of which the prominent one is the Chennakeshava temple which mesmerises you with its breathtaking Hoysala workmanship.
Halebidu is another attractive destination which is 27km north-west of Hassan and 17km of Belur. The temples of Halebidu stand high, bearing rich testimony to the rich cultural legacy left behind by the Hoysala Empire. The famous Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu is a beautiful example of Hoysala architecture with its sculptures, horizontal wall paintings and Garuda pillar.
Shettyhalli, a small village located 13km from Hassan, is famous for a drowning church which was constructed in 1860 by the French missionaries. Built on the backwaters of Hemavathi reservoir, the church submerges in water in monsoon when the water level from the river rises and resurfaces during summers. Here, the backwaters provide an excellent view of the sunset and are also perfect for angling.
Contact Details Of Government Tourism Body’s Local Office
The Assistant Director,
Dept of Tourism,
Govt. of Karnataka,
AVK College Road, Hassan
Hassan is not only the architectural haven of Karnataka but also the entry point to top tourist destinations such as Halebidu, Belur and Shravanabelagola. Hope this article familiarizes you with Hassan and its attractions.