About Hassan

Hassan is located 187kms from Bangalore lying in the Malnad and Maidan districts of Karnataka. The city derives its name from its presiding diety Goddess Hassanamba which in kanana language mean 'Smiling mother'. Owing to it's ancient structures and monuments, this city is often called as the temple -architecture capital of Karnataka.

Place to must visit in Hassan


Places to Visit in Hassan

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Distance: 21 kms

Gorur Dam

The Gorur Dam, which is also known as the Hemavathi Dam, is a beautiful and striking picnic spot that attracts tourists from all across the country. The dam is built across the river Hemavathi, which is a tributary of the river Kaveri and is surrounded by lush greenery on its side, which adds to the beauty of the dam and further appeals to its visitors. Not only is this dam well known for its scenic beauty, but it also attracts bird watchers as it has a wide range of birds that it is home to. Built in the year 1979, the dam is located near the city of Hassan in the state of Karnataka, and serves other multiple purposes as well, such as providing water for irrigation, drinking and other household purposes. The Gorur Dam covers a total catchment area of 2,810 square kilometres. With a length of 4,692 meters and a height of 58.5 meters, the reservoir has six large radial spillway gates in all. The Gorur Dam is a complete package that one can visit on the weekend, or on a short vacation. The views that the place offers are breathtaking, the surroundings are spotless and well maintained, and the lush green park serves as the perfect resting spot for visitors. Furthermore, if one is lucky enough, he can also get a chance to sight various birds that visit the reservoir regularly. The temples of Paravasudeva and Yoganarasimha are also located near the dam and are famous tourist attractions in the area, that can be visited in combination with the dam.

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Distance: 34 kms

Hoysala Temples at Mosale

Nageshwara and Channakeshava, the twin temples built at edge of the Mosale village depicts the Hoysala style of architecture. These structures are famous for it's intricately designed architecture and scriptures.

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Distance: 18 kms

Shettyhalli Church

Shettyhalli submerged church as it is called was built on the banks of the River Hemavathi in the 18th century. The church is submerged in water for most parts of the year and is a site to watch. In summer, the water recedes and you can explore the church, once a year prayers are held while candles light the church. Apart from this feature, the church boasts of ancient gothic architecture.

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Distance: 24 kms

Shri Ranganatha temple

Shri Ranganatha temple is built on the Mavinakerre hill along the way from Hassan. It consists of a Hanuman statue and as a contemporary architecture. The drive is pleasing surrounded by beautiful scenery.

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Kedareswara Temple

Kadareswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by Veer Ballala II, a Hoysala King and Ketaladevi, his Queen around 1220 A. D. The stunning structure has traditional Hoysala style architecture in soapstone and has enchantingly intricate carvings, relief work and sculptures depicting the legends of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

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Distance: 44 kms

Ramanathpur Temples

Ramanathpur Temple, a pilgrim spot is situated 50km from Hassan on the banks of the river Cauvery. There are many other temples in the vicinity within walking distance of each other. Owing to this, the place is called as Dakshina Kailasa meaning the 'Kashi of the South'.

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Ishvara Temple, Arasikere

Ishvara Temple, Arasikere is an 11th century Lord Shiva Temple built by the Hoysala Kings. It is famous for its rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture. The single shrine temple, its complex craftsmanship and the intricacies of the carvings are not found in other Hoysala structures, thus making it a famous attraction in the region.

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Koravangala Temple

Koravangala Temple, also called the Bucesvara Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by Buchiraja to celebrate the coronation of Veer Ballala II of the Hoysala Dynasty in the 12th century. This temple also was built according to the Hoysala architecture and adorns stunning carvings on the soapstone structure.

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Lakshmi Narsimha Temple

Lakshmi Narsimha Temple is a stunning 13th century shrine temple built by Bommanna Dandanayaka who served as a commander in the Hoysala Dynasty. The bas-relief and sculpture work on the temple increase its architectural beauty and are a treat to the tourists. The temple is a built with soapstone and is another good example of the rich culture of the dynasty.

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Bhagwan Bahubali Statue

Built in 983 AD, Bhagwan Bahubali Statue or Gommateshwara is a 17 metre tall free standing monoliths statue of the Jain deity, Bahubali. It is located on Vindhyagiri Hills. The location is also a perfect place to get a panoramic view of the surroundings. The statue was awarded the title of one of the seven wonders of India in 2005.

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Bisle Ghat & Forest Reserve

Bisile Ghat or Bisile Forest Reserve is a famous sanctuary in the Western Ghats housing a wide variety of flora and fauna. Bisile Betta is a view point to get a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges. Bisile Ghat at the other end forest reserve acts as a natural corridor that links the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Lakshmi Devi Temple

Lakshmi Devi Temple is an ancient 12th century temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. It was built by the Hoysala Dynasty and has the traditional Hoysala architecture in soapstone. The grand temple adorns beautiful sculpture, inscriptions and bas-relief work but has a unique feature, the Chatuskuta, wherein one can find four shrines and a tower.

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Hasanamba Temple

Hasanamba Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti whose idol is actually an anthill. The temple opens for devotees only for two weeks during Diwali. The devotees often offer raw rice and light a lamp when the temple is closed. Many have claimed that the rice never gets rotten and the lamp always burns until it is opened in the succeeding year.

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Hemavathi Reservoir

Hemvathy Reservoir is the formed by Hemvathy Dam constructed on River Hemvathy. With a catchment area of 2,800 square kilometres, the reservoir is an important source of drinking water and water for irrigation purposes for the region. The beautiful surroundings also make the location a preferred picnic spot.

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Maharaja Park

Maharaja Park is a peaceful park in the town equipped with a children's play area, spacious walkways lined by tall trees and lush green lawns. It is an apt picnic spot in the town.

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Bhoga Narsimha Temple

Bhoga Narsimha Temple is a simple yet impressive temple located on the foothills of Devarayanadurga which is a famous trekking destination in the town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha. Devotees offer food items to the deity and donate food to other devotees.

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Jain Math Monastery

Jain Math Monastery is an important Jain pilgrimage located on a hill and needs climbing about 700 steps. The monastery has 19th century stone and metal idols. The Monastery head, Charukeerti Bhattarakha Swamy meets devotees almost every day. Followers throng in large numbers to seek blessings from the monastery head every day.

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Parvatamma Betta

Parvatamma Betta is famous amidst trekker. The uneven and rough terrain of the attraction is deemed apt by many adventure seekers. The attraction also has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. The top of the attraction is frequently visited to get a fabulous view of the surroundings.

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Kappe Chennigaraya Temple

Kappe Chennigaraya Temple is a majestic 12th century temple built by Queen Shantala Devi. It is a part of the Chanakeshava Temple complex and is located next to a pond. The stone architecture has splendid carvings and bas-relief work which adds to the aesthetic appeal of the temple complex.

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Allalanatha Temple

Allalanatha Temple is a dedicated to Lord Channajesava. The temple has an 18 foot tall idol of the presiding deity made of black stone. Several religious poojas and Abhishekas are also performed at the temple.

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Hulikere Pond

Hulikere Pond is a stunning work of architecture built by the Hoysala Kings. The pond is surrounded by lush greenery and has descending steps made of the stone to reach the water. The beautiful structure is lined by several shrines which are believed to represent the constellations.

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Kabbaligere Hill

Kabbaligere Hill is a scenic location near Kabbaligere Village. Many prefer going on long drives or for photography, nature walks or trekking on the hill. It a perfect tranquil escape for the locals.

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