Coordinates: 13.216800 75.991997
Halebid- A unique combination of present and past
In ancient times during the 12th and 13th centuries, the town of Halebid was known as the capital of Hoysala Kingdom. Halebid was earlier known by the name of Dorasamudra. Most parts of this region, in fact the region itself is unexplored, even though it is in close proximity of Bangalore city at a distance of approximately 212 Kms on the Bangalore-Mangalore highway. Many tourists visit Halebid for a day’s outing or even enjoy overnight stay as this place is ideal to spend a couple of days exploring and experiencing the picturesque views Halebid has to offer.
During your journey via road you can easily spot the massive statue of Gomatesvara located at Sravanabelagola. Kedareeshwara temple is one of the major attractions of Halebid. It is an impressive temple with intricate architecture. The temple has been sculpted so well that it is simply beyond words to explain the beauty of this majestic and divine structure. Another place to visit during your trip to Halebid is Basti Hills. These hills are located at a distance of mere one kilometer, housing Jain Bastis in its heart. Black stone pillars in the backdrop contribute to the beauty of this place and make the entire ambience spell bounding.
The Hoysaleshwara temple built upon a platform is another delight to the visitor’s eyes. The fine stone work of this temple reflects the architectural expertise prevailing at that time. Pictures of several gods, goddesses, birds, animals and girls posing in different dance poses cover the walls of the temple. Black stone has been used to add grace to the images of immortals and mortals in the temple.