Belur & Halebid
Belur and Halebid are masterpieces of Hoyasala style architecture and are located 220 Kms away from Bangalore. Belur temple is dedicated to Lord Chennakesava and took a 100 years to build. This temple built by King Vishnuvardhan features several episodes from the great epics Ramayana and Mahabarata in the form of sculptures. Halebid was the old capital of Hoysala Empire in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Capital shifted to Belur after it was ransacked by forces of Allaudin Khilji led by Malik Kafur. There are 2 magnificent temples inside the complex dedicated to Hoysalesvara and Shantalesvara. A highlight at Halebid is a magnificent statue of Nandi which took 86 years to complete. The craftsmen have even shown the blood veins on the face of Nandi.
|Visa requirements||A visa is required for most nationals in order to enter India.|
|Languages spoken||Kannada, Hindi and some English.|