Beluru was the capital of the early Hoysala Empire. The town’s main attraction is Chennakeshava Temple, a Hindu temple which, like those at Halebid and Somnathpur, reflects the excellence and ingenuity of the Hoysala temple builders. The entrance to the temple is a gopuram (tower) in Dravidian style. This was added later by the, Read More

Halebid, or Halebidu, was the capital of the Hoysala empire in the 12th and 13th centuries. This dynasty has left a monument of unparalleled splendor, the temple of Hoysaleswara. The richness and finesse sculptural details are undoubtedly the most exquisite example of Hoysala architecture. It was built around the year 1121 CE, during the, Read More

Chennakesava or Keshava temple with its grey-green reflections stands near the east bank of the river Cauvery at Somnathpur. It is built on a surprising star-shaped platform and, with its fine carvings, it is a formidable representative of Hoysala architecture, like the temples at Beluru and Halebidu. Chennakesava or Keshava temple stands near the east, Read More