Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Journey - Pride of the South-Hassan

Belur : A World of Worship
Belur in Hassan district 220 kms from Bangalore and 38 kms from Hassan is famous for its magnificent Hoysala Temple Complex. The Chennakesava Temple here is the major attraction, built by Hoysala Vishnuvardhana, to commemorate his victory over the Cholas.
The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures with no portion left blank. It is the only Hoysala Temple still in active worship.

Halebid in Hassan district is 27 kms away from Hassan which was the capital of the Hoysalas. It has one of the finest Hoysala temples. The Hoysaleswara Temple, perched on a star-shaped base amidst lawns, is a sculptural extravaganza.
Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals, birds and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala Kings.


Shravanabelagola, 52 km from Hassan, is an important Jain pilgrim centre. It is home to Asia's largest monolithic statue Lord Gomateswara here towers 58 ft., looming atop the picturesque Vindhyagiri Hill. Every 12 years, Jain pilgrims gather here to participate in a splendid head-anointing ceremony.

Day 4 - Hassan

06:00 am:Depart from Mysore to Hassan
08:15 am:Arrive at Hassan
09:00 am:Depart for sightseeing to Shravanabelagola
(Please note that you would have to climb close to 700 steps to
experience the architectural marvel. Only those who can undertake
this are advised to do so. Guests unwilling to climb can stay
back on board The Golden Chariot.)
01:00 pm:Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
02:45 pm:Depart for Belur and Halebidu for sightseeing
07:15 pm:Back on board The Golden Chariot
07:45 pm:Depart to Hospet
Dinner on board The Golden Chariot