The historic town of Belur located on the banks of River Yagachi, in Hassan district ofKarnataka.
Belur (formerly known as Velapuri) became prominent and transformed as 2nd capital city of the Hoysala’s after the fall of their original capital Dwarasumudra (now known as Halibeedu or Halibidu). The capital city of Dwarasumudra was destroyed by the sultans of the Northern India.
Hoysalas ruled the Deccan and the parts of present day Tamilnadu, between 11th and 13th Centuries. During their 300 years regim they became famous as the patronsof art, culture and architecture. Hoysalas have built numerous temples and monuments. Belur is the best of the Hoysala creation. The magnificent monument of Belur, the awesome architecture and splendid sculptures make belur famous allover the world.
Belur and Halibeedu are Jewels in the Indian cultural heritage. Both the sites are declared as heritage site by UNESCO.
Hoysala Mahotsava: The magnanimous dance festival held at the impressive Hoysala temples in Belur and Helebid is a glorious event. This cultural extravaganza is celebrated in the month of March.
The nearest international airport is Mangalore (168 Km) with connections to most destinations in the Middle-east region. However, a bigger and better airport with plentiful taxi services is Bangalore International Airport (232 Km).RAIL
Hassan (about 40kms from Belur) Banavara and Arasikere are also near Belur.ROAD
Well connected to all important cities of Karnataka. Regular buses connect Belur to Hassan (37 Km) Halibeedu (16 Km) Arsikere (60 Km) Dharmastala (98 Km) Bangalore (224 Km) Belgaum (424 Km) Chickmagular (27 Km) Madikeri (136 Km) Mysore (155 Km) Shimoga (122 Km) and Shravanabelagola (87 Km).