194 kms from Bangalore is the district headquarters town of Hassa. This calm and peaceful town is a convenient base to visit Sravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid. They are best done over two days with the overnight halt at Hassan. ISRO's Satellite Tracking System Centre is also located in Hassan. For a visitor to Hassan there are quiet a few places to visit as the Hasanamba Shrine, a temple with an anthill representing the god Hasanamba. Also the museum has a good collection of sculptures, paintings etc for the art lovers.
How to reach
By Air - Bangalore airport is the nearest airport lying at a distance of 187 kms.
By Rail - Hassan Railway station is 2 kms from the city
By Road - Hassan is conveniently connected by healthy network of road services to Bangalore (222 km) and Mangalore (194 km)
38 kms from Hassan with its exquisite temples, the Chennakeshava temple is a fine example. It took 103 years to complete and the facade of the temple is covered with intricate sculptures and frescoes awe inspiring workmanship. In the temple are hand lathe turned filigreed pillars. Veeranarayana temple and the other smaller shrines are worth seeing.
27 kms north west of Hassan and 17 kms from Belur is Halebid. Hoysaleswara temple has a wealth of sculptural detail the walls covered with gods and goddesses, animals and dancing dolls. No two facetes of the temple are alike. Guarded by the Nandi bull it was never completed despite 86 years of work. Belur and Halebid are 222 and 216 kms respectively from Bangalore.
It is one of the important Jain centres in India. The statue of Gomatheswara here dates from 978-993 AD. There are two hills here Chandragiri and Vindyagiri. The 57 feet monolithic statue of the Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali is located on the Vindyagiri. Every twelve years, thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka, a spectacular ceremony in which the statue is covered with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins. The next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2018. More than 800 inscriptions have been found at Shravanabelagola, dating to various times from 600 to 1830.
12 kms from Hassan the Hemavathi river forms a reservoir called the Hemavathi Reservoir. At the enterance of the Gorur dam is the Paravasudeva temple and the temple of Yoganarasimha is also seen nearby.
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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.