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Halebid in Karnataka



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Halebid is a small town which is 16 kms from Belur and 216 kms from Bangalore. Halebid means the old capital and was an important time in the ancient times of the Hoysalas when it was called Dwarasamudra. The town had many temples but they were destroyed during the Muslim invasions.



How to reach

By Air -  Nearest airports are --- Mangalore (148 kms) Mysore (149 kms) Bangalore (216 kms).
By Rail - Nearest city and railway junction --- Banavar (24 kms) and Hassan (31 kms) 
By Road - Connected by road to major cities in South Karnataka






 

Bengaluru - Halebidu  Road drive
Highway - NH 73
Time - 4 hrs
Distance - 212 kms



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Places to see

The Hoysaleswara Temple
The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. It is full of intricately carved sculptures. The entrance of the temple guarded by a Nandi Bull which is still incomplete despite 86 years of work on it. Another temple dedicated to Siva is Shantaleswara.

Kedareshwara Temple
This temple was built by king Ballala II in the 13th century. It has three super structures on the shrine and the walls are intricately carved.

Hampi
This was the capital city of the old Vijayanagar kingdom. It is situated on the banks of river Tungbhadra and is 12 kms from Hospet and 353 kms from Bangalore. Ruins of the empire tell of the glory of the Vijayanagar empire.



Tips

Summers are warm and winters cool and pleasant. Light woolens are needed during winters.
 
Karnataka
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Ideal time to Visit - October - March
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June to October is a season of incessant rains. Bengaluru is plesant throughout the year, most cultural events and shows take place in winter season. In September you can watch the Kali Podu in Coorg. Summer lasts from  April to June, Monsoon from June to September and Winter from December to January.

The end of monsoons is the best time to view waterfalls in Karnataka. Beaches lie Malpe, Karwar, Marwanthe can be best enjoyed from August to March.
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