Belavadi

Belavadi is a village situated in Chikmagalur District and is famous for Sri Veera Narayana Temple built in Hoysala architectural style. The place is described as Ekachakranagara of Mahabharata and is said to be the place where Pandava prince Bheema killed the demon Bakasura and protected the village and its people.

The Veera Narayana temple was built in 13th century by the Hoysala King Veera Bhallala II. This temple is dedicated to Load Vishnu in three different forms. The entrance to the temple is majestic and has two carved elephants on either side of the gateway. The older shrine is in the center, while the other two shrines of Lord Krishna and Lord Narayana, added later, face each other across a long Mandapa.

These two shrines have different plans. One is square while the other is star shaped. The Ranga mandapa of Veera Narayana shrine has beautiful bell shaped pillars and a well decorated roof. The outer walls of the temple have beautifully carved pilasters with decorative towers on top. The main shrine has an 8 feet tall image of Veera Narayana with four hands which is considered one of the best examples of Hoysala art.

The northern shrine has a 7 feet tall idol of Yoganarasimha in a sitting posture, holding Shanka and Chakra, with Sridevi and Bhoodevi standing on either side. The southern shrine has a wonderful 8 feet image of Venugopala playing flute.

How to reach Belavadi

How to reach Belavadi by Air

The nearest domestic Airport from Belavadi is Mysore Airport, roughly three hour drive from Halebidu town. The airport is well connected to many major cities of the country. The nearest International Airport is Bengaluru International Airport, Bangalore, roughly four hour drive from Halebidu.  Frequent Flights to various national and international destinations take off from here.

How to reach Belavadi by Rail

The nearest railway stations from Belavadi are Hassan. Smet Mysore Express, Mys Shimoga Express, Sharavati Express, Mysore Express, Sharavathi Express, Kannur Express and Dwr Mysore Express are the major trains for the all stations of Hassan district area. One will need to take a train to Hassan and then drive to Balavadi in local transport

How to reach Belavadi by Road

Belavadi is about 14 Kms from Halebidu and is connected through Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and some private travel services.  

Belur

Belur is very famous temple town situated in Hassan District of Karnataka State. It is renowned for the grand Hoysala Temple dedicated to Lord Chennakesava, an incarnation of Vishnu. It is the best of three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Sites (other two being the temples at Halebid & Somnathpur). The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing.

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Halebidu

Halebidu, formerly known as Dwarasamudra, is a city adorned with beautiful collection of temples, shrines and sculptures, it is home to some of the best examples of Hoysala architecture. Most notable are the ornate Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples. During the 14th century, it was looted and plundered by Malik Kafur of the Delhi Sultanate twice. Hence it got its name ‘Halebid’ which translates to the ‘old city’.

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Single Day Getaways from Bangalore

Home to the country’s high-tech industry, Bengaluru is popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India. Not just this, the city is blessed with mesmerizing natural beauty too, owing to its location on the Deccan Plateau. Bengaluru provides a unique share of experience on both the urban and the rural unexplored region around it. When tired and in search of serenity, there are plenty of places to visit near by. Here is a list of few destinations that one can travel in a day

Bannerghatta National Park

Located on the outskirts of Bangalore, the Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park is a paradise for all wildlife enthusiasts. This park homes a variety of animals and birds. One of the major highlights of this park is the wildlife safari. While the park was founded in 1970, it was declared as a national park only in 1974. The Bannerghatta Biological Park is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue center, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a safari park

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Nandi Hills

If you are a mountain enthusiast seeking for a break from the city hush bash, a popular places to visit in a day is the Nandi Hills. One can witness fantastic views of the lush landscape from a cliff. Nandi Hills is also a place for history buffs with remnants of Tipu’s Fort and the ancient temples that reign over this hill fortress. This place derives its name from the famous statue of Nandi (the Bull) placed at the door of Yoganandeeshwara Temple

Places to Visit in Nandi Hills:

  • Tipu’s Drop
  • Tipu Sultan’s Fort
  • Brahmashram
  • Muddenahalli

Best Time to Visit Nandi Hills: Between the months of August to March

Chitradurga Fort

Chitradurga Fort or as the British called it Chitaldoorg, is a fortification that straddles several hills overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga District. True to its name, this fort offers stunning views and a calm, tranquil environment.

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Shettihalli Church

The state is a home to 19th-century French missionaries, who have left a mark on the architecture of the region. One such region with a discernible French hangover is the village of Shettihalli, located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It is offbeat in every sense of the word, and holds secrets that, once unraveled, enthrall any traveler.

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Bheemeshwari Adventure and Nature Camp

At Bheemeshwari, one can embark on an amazing trekking excursion or indulge in adventurous sports in the lap of nature. They have a crash course that is provided on activities like raft building and rafting. Given that the adventure camp is in the middle of dense nature, the wildlife sanctuary here is home to several species of plants and animals. One can indulge into activities like, River rafting, Bird watching, Night trek etc

Best Places for One Day Trip from Bangalore
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Shivagange

Shivagange can posses as one of the best single day getaways from Bangalore. It is a mountain peak with a distinct shape of a Shivaling. The place is named after the Shiva temple and the nearby spring, ‘Ganga’. There are two ways to access the top of the Shivaling; One by a 3 km trek or two by testing skill in rock climbing.

Shivaganga Hill
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Thottikallu Falls

Commonly known as the TK Falls, the Thottikallu falls can be reached from Bangalore in less than an hours drive and some bit of trekking. The falls are also known as ‘SwarnaMukhi’ water falls. SwarnaMukhi translates as ‘Golden-Faced’. The reason being that often during the daytime, the sunlight directly falls and shines on the waterfall making it look like a golden waterfall. 

The path to the falls is a bit tricky and hard to find. But, once you have reached the falls, there is just bliss everywhere. The Thottikallu Falls is an amalgamation of two adjacent waterfall which are surrounded by serene beauty with mild breeze blowing along with the mesmerizing mellow sound of the leaves. Near the waterfalls, there is also a temple under a big tree which is dedicated to Lord Muneshwara. 

Chitradurga Fort

Chitradurga Fort or as the British called it Chitaldoorg, is a fortification that straddles several hills overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga District. Believed as impregnable with seven lines of concentric ramparts, Chitradurga is a unique picturesque hill fort. True to its name, this fort offers stunning views and a calm, tranquil environment.

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Kittur Fort

The ruins of its Kittur fort, as they are now, best known for the heroic resistance of its queen, Kittur Chennamma, against the British. The fort was built by Allappa Gowda Sardesai, the ruler of the Desai dynasty between 1650 and 1681. It was held by the Desai Marathas, as well as Rani Chennamma, a lingayat woman warrior of Karnataka who revolted against the British in 1824.

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Gokak Falls

Gokak Falls is a waterfall located on the Ghataprabha River in Belagavi district of Karnataka, India. The waterfall is six and a half kilometers away from Gokak town. Located right on the main road is a celebrated tourist center in the district. This falls has a height of about 170 feet.

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