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Belur (26 km from Chikmagalur)

Published Date: 09-May-2024

A prominent stronghold of the Hoysala Empire from the 11th to 14th century, the small town of Belur fascinates tourists with its history and legends. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Chennakeshava Temple is the chief attraction here. Often compared to Khajuraho, the towering temple is intricately carved and a photographer’s delight. Inside it, the Narasimha Pillar, 30 feet tall, is especially eye-catching. Also known as Velapuri or Velur, Belur is home to Vishnu Samudra as well, which deserves a visit, especially if you are a nature lover.

  • Best time to visit: October to April
  • Ideal duration: 1 day
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Get a taxi after you fly to Mangalore Airport.
    • By Train: Once you reach Hassan Railway Station, hire a cab to reach Belur.
    • By Road: Buses ply regularly from Chikmagalur, Hassan, and Kadur to reach Belur.
  • Tip: Dress modestly during the visit to the temple.
  • Nearby Attractions: Chennakesava Temple, Pathaleshwara Temple, Belur Golf Course, Yagachi Water Adventure Sports Center
  • Nearby Restaurants: Town Canteen, Hotel Mayura Deluxe, Vishnu Delicacy, Vegetarian Restaurant, Maharaja Restaurant, Food Palace, Khansamaa Restaurant
  • Google rating and reviews: 4.8 rating and 45,000 reviews

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