Hassan, the Headquarters of Hassan district is a pleasant, busy little town in Karnataka. The town named after the presiding deity, goddess ' Hasanamba' was founded in the 11th century by Channa Krishnappa Naik. Located on the national highway, linking Mangalore and Bangalore, Hassan is the most convenient base and the nearest railhead to explore Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola, the tourist centers of great antiquity. Apart from being a center of transport and commerce, the district is also known for its salubrious climate.
Places of Interest:
A temple shrine with an ant-hill representing Hasanamba, the presiding deity. The temple of Hasanamba will be opened only once in a year about a week, during the Ashwayuja month. (October). A big 'Jatra'( fair) will be held on this occasion.
The exhibits include sculptures, paintings, weapons, coins and inscriptions.
An ancient temple constructed by Venkatappa Naraka.
Situated 40kms from Hassan on the banks of the river Yagachi, Belur was the capital of Hoysalas 800 years ago.
Situated 40kms from Hassan on the banks of the river Yagachi, Belur was the capital of Hoysalas 800 years ago. The temples and monuments here display the ancient Hoysala sculpture and architecture.
It is 348Km away from Mysore. It is near to 50 Km long Hirebhasgar Reservoir which regulate the Sharavati River and generate hydro electricity. Late Nov to early Jan is the best season to visit the site. After rain during the monsoon season, the falls have gave a magnificent spectacular sight. There are four falls. Raja is the highest with a fall of 250meters and a pool below which is 40 meters deep. Next is Rorer and the other is Rocket. The Rani is normally called 'White Lady' run over the rocks.
Situated 22km from Hassan, Gorur is a dam site across the river Hemavathy. This palace is a pleasant picnic spot.
How to visit:
Road : The nearest Airports are at Bangalore (186 Kms) & Mangalore (168 Kms). Nearest Airport - Mangalore.
Rail : Railway Station is 2km east of centre. Hassan is connected by rail with Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Shimoga & Arsikere. Nearest railhead - Hassan.
Road : KSTDC and many private tour operators run . All types of tourist vehicles are easily available from Hassan.