Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire; and this ancient historic city is famous around the globle for its beautiful rock carvings.
The twin city of Belur - Halebeedu is at a distance of 16 kms, and both of these ancient cities are major tourist destinations in Karnataka.
The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex.
The temple complex consists of:
• Chennakeshava Temple
• Kappe Chennigaraya temple
• Pushkarni or stepped well
The temple complex is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It was built by king Vishnuvardhana in commemoration of his victory over the Cholas at Talakad in 1117 CE.
Legend has it that it took 103 years to complete this structure.
The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures of elephants, lions, horses, episodes from the Indian mythological epics, and sensuous dancers (Shilabalikas).
Darpana Sundari (Lady with the mirror) carved on walls of Belur Temple is one of major attractions in the complex.
Belur, Halebeedu and Shravanabelagola forms the Golden Triangle of Karnataka tourism.
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The nearest airport is at Mangalore (150 kms).
The nearest railhead near Belur is at Chickmagaluru (22 km), Hassan (32 km)
Belur has good road connectivity. Regular buses ply from neighboring cities.
Here are some important distances to note from Belur.
Halebeedu (23 km)
Chickmagaluru (25 km)
Hassan (39 km)
Shravanabelagola (92 km)
Coorg (131 km)
Mangalore (153 km)
Bengaluru (222 km)
Mysore (155 km)