Halebeedu, a small town in the Hassan district of Karnataka, is known for its temples built during Hoysala period. Along with Belur and Shravanabelagola, Halebeedu forms the Golden Triangle of Karnataka tourism.
Like Halebeedu, the Belur town too has several shrines built during Hoysala reign. Halebeedu and Belur are called as the ‘Twin towns’.
The word Halebeedu means ‘ruined city’; earlier it was called as Dwarasamudra which meant ‘entrance to the ocean’. Halebeedu was the royal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. It was during this period, many temples were constructed. Halebeedu’s fall began after it was invaded by the Delhi sultanate.
Tourist can see many prominent temples like Hoysaleswara temple, Shantaleshwara temple and Kedareshwara temple which had been built by Ketamala and dedicated to Vishnuvardhana, ruler of Hoysala Empire. The temples are named after the Vishnuvardhana Hoysala and his wife, Queen Shantala.
These temples are built out of Chloritic Schist, a soft stone which allows minute detailing work on the walls of the temple. The sculptures of the temple reveal the usage of ivory and sandalwood in the construction of these temples. The temples are often compared with the temples of Khajuraho because of the heavy carvings and magnificence.
Halebeedu has limited accommodation options. There is only one state tourism hotel, which provides basic facilities. Tourists prefer to stay in Hassan, where one can find mid-range and luxury hotels.
You can get South Indian and North Indian food in Halebeedu. Most of the restaurants serve vegetarian food.
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