Belur, Halebid & Sravanabelagola
The Hoysala architecture of the temples at Belur and Halebid dates back to the 12th century. The temples are exquisitely carved with images of dancers and musicians as well as Hindu gods. There is a wonderful atmosphere at both these temples because they are not only historical sites but are still used as places of worship. The sacred Jain site at Sravanabelagola is situated on the road between Bangalore and Hassan. The monolithic statue of Gomateshvara stands on the top of Indragiri Hill and is approached by more than 600 steps cut into the granite. Shoes must be removed and it is advisable to wear socks as the stone can become very hot indeed. Anyone unable to climb the steps can be carried up in a chair. The towns of Hassan or Chikmagalur are the best bases for visiting these sites.