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Belur-Halebid
From Bangalore  215 km  3 hrs 18 mins
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With the oldest inscriptions of Kannada in a village near Belur, the Belur Halebidu region might as well be the origin of the language! Located in Halmidi village, a duplicate of these inscriptions can be seen today.
Nearby, the Chennakeshava Temple is a popular sightseeing spot, with its unique pillars and sculptures. Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebidu also has a range of sculptures, and showcases ancient South Indian temple architecture.
That said, Belur and Halebidu would make an excellent stop on a heritage tour!
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  • Although separate towns, both showcase ancient South Indian architecture
  • Time to visit: October to February
  • Hoysaleshwara Temple
  • Chennakeshava Temple
  • Oldest known inscription of Kannada Language
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Why Visit ?
Halmidi Village: See the oldest inscriptions of the Kannada language, local to the state of Karnataka. Said to be over centuries old, these inscriptions are in verse form. A duplicate of the original discovery is displayed at the village.

Chennakeshava Temple: Proposed to be listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Chennakeshava Temple was constructed under the rule of King Vishnuvardhana in the 12th century. Each of the 48 pillars here are unique in terms of carvings and decoration, along with a number of sculptures that adorn the temple in selected places.
Timings: 7am to 8.30pm

Hoysaleshwara Temple: One of the largest Shiva Temples in South India, the Hoysaleshwara temple in Halebidu was constructed in the 12th century. Elaborate sculptures line the outside of the temple, starting with that of a dancing Ganesha. This temple survived looting and ransacking by the Muslims in the 14th century, and is now both a popular tourist destination as well a local favorite for worship.
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