Reaching Hassan is not an uphill task. You can be transported by all means of transportation. Aircrafts, railways, and roadways operates regularly in this city transporting huge amount of tourist from various parts of India and abroad. The airport of Mangalore is the nearest airport from the city Hassan.
It operates with most of the south Indian as well as the central Indian cities. It is 168 km far from the city of Hassan. Bangalore is the next nearest and also the international airport that can transport foreign tourists for Hassan. The airport of Bangalore is 186 km distant from Hassan. Railways and roadways also serve excellent service for ground travelers.
The small township named after the presiding deity, goddess ‘ Hasanamba’ was founded during the early part of the eleventh century by Channa Krishnappa Naik. Tourist and visitors come and stay at this small town to travel the nearby area famous for the antique temples.
Best Tourist Places to Visit in Hassan
Shravanabelagola : Toward the south east of Hassan at a distance of 31 km is situated one of the most important Jain Pilgrimage centre. There is to be found the 17 m high monolith of Lord Bahubali, which is counted among the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Thousands of devotees gather at this place to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka ceremony held once in every 12 years. During the much awaited ceremony the statue is bathed with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coin.
Belur : Belur, 38 km from Hassan is located on the banks of the Yagachi river. It was once the all important capital of the Hoysala empire which ruled the southern territory in the period between 11th to 14th century. The place is unforgettable for the Exquisite temples. One of the famous temples located there is the Chennakeshava Temple decorated with intricate sculptures and friezes. Mural paintings of Elephants, dancers in various poses are to be seen there. The filigree pillars are even more attractive in its design. Nearby is the Veeranarayana Temple which too attracts a lot of attention from the visitors.
Halebid : The Place of Halebid lies 27 km north east of Hassan and 17 km east of Belur. The temples situated in Halebid too bears testimony to the rich cultural heritage of the state of Karnataka. In this very place is situated the Hoysaleswara temple that dates back to the 12th century. The temple is well known for the exquisite sculptures present there. The walls of the temple are complete with paintings of gods and goddesses, animals and dancing girls. One cannot find two facets of the temple similar in design. A figure of Nandi, the bull in incomplete form stands guard at the temple entrance.
District Museum of Hassan : The District Museum at Hassan, established in 1977, preserves a great collection of archaeological antiquities. On display to the visitors are sculpture, both stone and bronze, inscriptions and coins. Also laid out are ancient paintings, arms and weapons. The museum is located in the Maharaja Park.
Nearby Travel Attractions of Hassan
Other interesting sites nearby to the place of Hassan is the Hasanamba Shrine. It is a temple with the idol representing the deity of Hasanamba. The temple shrine is open to the visitors only for a week in a year in the month of October. The fair by the name of Jatra is held on the special occasion
Shopping : Some of the important shop where gift items, ancient antiques and other accessories are available are the Gruhavaibhava, Gulf Enterprises, Kannika Gift Centre and the Royal Novelties.
Accommodation at Hassan
Hassan being a small town there is not available the comfort of a 5 star ambiance but still there is the option of a good and comfortable stay. Some of the prominent and well known hotels in the area are the hotel Southern star, the hotel Hassan Ashok of the Ashok group and the Hoysala village resort.
How to Reach :
By Air :. The nearest airport from Hassan is located in Bangalore, from where one can take flights to major destinations in India like Delhi, Calcutta, and Mumbai.
By Rail : Hassan is well connected to Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore by regular trains. The railway station is 2 km east of the town area.
By Road : Hassan is linked by road to Belur, Halebid, Shravanbelgola, Bangalore and Mysore. Local tourist vehicles are available to visit the nearby places of interest.