Belur: Visit The Best Places In Banaras of the South!

Written By

Gopika VC

Belur is a small town on the Yagachi River in the southern state of Karnataka. Belur also referred to as “Dakshina Banaras” or “Banaras of the South”—is a well-liked tourist destination.

Belavadi, which is only 27 kilometres from Belur, is a great Karnataka getaway. The area's most famous landmark is the Hoysala-style Sri Veera Narayana Temple, where devotees worship.



Doddagaddavalli is a popular tourist destination located close to Belur. King Vishnuvardana authorized merchant Kulhana Rahuda to build the Doddagadavalli Lakshmi Temple in 1113 AD.



After more than a century of construction, the Chennakesava Temple was completed in 1117 A.D. The facade of this religious building is sculpted from soft soapstone.

Chennakesava Temple


The Narasimha pillar is fashioned from soapstone utilizing the traditional Hoysala lathe technique. The Narasimha Pillar of the Belur Temple is also known as the Index Pillar.

Narasimha Pillar


Madanikas is a sculpture of a woman with stylised female features. This area is often referred to as Apsara-Devangana.



The Paathaaleshwara Temple is one of the most impressive old temples and is renowned for its stone carvings. It is also renowned for its uniqueness.

Paathaaleshwara Temple


The 26-meter-tall, 1,280-meter-long Yagachi Dam was constructed at a height of 965 feet above sea level in 2001.  Water Adventure Sports attracts the tourists.

Yagachi Dam


The Hoysala Mahotsav, a March festival of dance, art, and music, is set against the stunning architecture of Halebidu and Belur.

Hoysala Mahotsava


Halebidu, a small village in Hassan district, is famous for its Hoysala-era temples. It was previously known as Dwarasamudra, which means "ocean gateway."



The Shantaleshwara Temple in Halebidu was constructed in the 12th century as a devotion to Lord Shiva.

Shantaleswara Temple