The word Halebeedu means ‘ruined city or old 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.
It is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples. These temples were never completed and were ruined through repeated attacks by enemy empires and later ravaging by the British. These temples have existed for almost a 1000 years now and they are definitely worth seeing.
The Hoysaleswara temple has been listed by UNESCO as a heritage site.
The nearest airport is at Bangalore about 226 km away.RAIL
Nearest Railway Hassan.Halebidu is well connected by road and rail to Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. Regular buses ply from Hassan.ROAD
From Belur 16 km, Hassan 32 km, Mysore 149 km, Bangalore 226 Km.
Route: NH4 to Nelamangala; NH-48 to Hassan via Kunigal, Yediyur and Channarayapatna.