The nondescript town of Hassan, 118km northwest of Mysuru, is visited in large numbers because of its proximity to the Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebidu, both northwest of the town, and the Jain pilgrimage site of Sravanabelagola to the southeast. Some travellers end up staying a couple of nights but with a little forward planning you shouldn’t have to linger for long, as Belur, Halebidu and Sravanabelagola, deep in the serene Karnataka countryside, offer more appealing surroundings.

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