Belur - The stone sculptures
The stone sculptures

Nowadays when you visit a well known tourist place; even if it’s your first visit, every nook & corner looks familiar. That’s what happened to me when I was in Belur (though it was the second visit for me, after a long gap of 13 years). Thanks to the amount of information & photos available on the internet.

Belur - Birds and the temple gopura
Birds and the temple gopura

It was 10.30AM when we reached Belur & had an hour’s time. Hence, decided not to take a guide. Instead, roamed around the temple premises aimlessly. One hour we spent there is not at all sufficient. I plan to go there some time soon – visit both Belur & Halebidu.

Belur - The Silhouette of Manasthambha
The Silhouette of Manasthambha
Belur - The temple and the manasthambha
The temple and the manasthambha
Belur - The intricate carvings on a stone pillar
The intricate carvings on a stone pillar

Few places nearby places which I’ve not yet visited & plan to visit when time permits –

Halmidi – place where Kannada’s oldest shaasana was found (Kannada script on a stone)
Hanuma Devara gudda – a small hillock between Hassan and Belur


  1. Belur Halebeedu are wonderful places to visit marvelours contribution by Hoysala kings. I had been there two times and never felt it was boring. great places. karnatka that way has wonderful places to visit all through the state. our govt to exploit the potential to tourism and suitable facilities to be created to make them traveller friendly.
    thanks for taking me back to olden days.
    “Amara shilpi Jakanachari” first kannada film in colour flashed through memories. title may be little different jakana or jakanachari. a film which i saw may be 35 years back


  2. PQRS, I had seen many pics of Belur, I thought what could be so different about it before I opened this post. Man, I was stunned. You are a master..

    Enjoyed a lot.

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