Nestled 934 m above sea level with fine weather similar to Bangalore, Hassan is a handy base for exploring Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola that depict a veritable treasure-house of Hoysala architecture and sculpture. While Belur and Halebid represent the finest of the Hoysala architecture, Shravanabelagola is home to the single largest monolith statue in the world. This is also a sacred destination for Jains from across the world.
Besides, Hassan also throws up surprises like the Shettyhalli Submerged Church, the Gorur Dam, more than a hundred-year-old Sri Ramadevara Dam across the Hemavathi river, the Yagachi Dam (with its water sports) etc.
There are also the lesser known attractions like:
This is a holy town on the banks of River Cauvery. This temple town is also known as 'Dakshin Kashi' for its temples on the banks of the river. There are over five temples within a stone's throw of each other that see a major footfall throughout the year.
This church is said to have been built about 450 years ago and is in Gothic architecture. The church gets submerged by the Hemavathi River backwaters. However, the water recedes during the summer and one can pay a visit to the crumbled church.
Mosale Hoysala Temples
Chennakeshava and Someshwara temples are built in Hoysala architecture with intricate details. These temples see thousands of devotees from across the globe and charm most of them with its exquisite architecture.