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The Banaras Of South - Belur

Belur In Karnataka, South India
Belur In Karnataka, South India
Belur - the present Banaras (Varanasi) of the South was the early capital of the powerful Hoysala Empire on the banks of river Yagachi. Belur was earlier addressed as Velpuri, Velur & Belapur in the times of yore. Renowned for its beautifully carved & designed clusters of temples, the Chennakeshava Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is the most deliberate & attractive one.

Things To Do & See

Carvings & Sculptures: A major tourists' destination in the Hassan district - Belur has the most marvelous temples & examples of great architecture. The exotic carving work in & around the temple - mostly showing the art of Dravida style, relates the excellence of the sculptors and the architects. The emotions shown in the stone carved statues seem realistic that verbalize a lot about their past.

Important Temples: Every temple in Belur has a significance, mythological epic & legendry of its own. Some very important temples of the pilgrim centre are - Narasimha pillar, Madanikas, the gorgeous statue of Shantala Devi & Headquarters of Sri Ramkrishna Math. Doddagaddavalli, Halebidu - one of the major tourist attractions.

Hoysala Mahotsava: Above all these the most captivating view for the eye to seize is the Hoysala Mahotsava. This major dance festival organized in the very impressive Hoysala Temples in Belur & Halebid is the apple of the eye. This intellectual extravaganza is observed during the month of March.

How To Reach?

Belur has easy accessibility by all the modes of transport. Bangalore & Mangalore are the nearest airports to Belur. Hassan, the closest railhead is well connected to chief cities of the state. Frequent buses & taxis are available from the main stops of the state.


Some key hotels in Belur offer a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity to fulfill the comfort level of the visitors.