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Belur is one of the most popular destinations in Karnataka. Located in the Hassan district, this temple town is 220km away from Bangalore. Set on the banks of the river Yagachi, Belur is also known as the Benaras of the South or the Dakshina Benaras a reference to the numerous temples that dot its landscape.Historically, Belur is significant because it was the capital of Hoysala Empire. Sixteen kilometers away from Belur is the ancient city of Halebid, which was also the capital of the Hoysalas. The two cities are famous examples of Hoysala architecture and are often clubbed together during tours.The grandest temple complex in Belur is undoubtedly Chenna Kesava Temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is remarkable for its towering gateway that looms large in its height. The temple has innumerable sculptures which are so vibrant that they seem to come alive.

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Indian Native Food From Belur- Central Karnataka's Favorite Food:

Belur Is now one of the major travel destination in Karnataka and that means it has large variety of foods served from the highway restaurants to the multi cuisine eateries. Coffee is the main crop of this region, and also farmers grow black pepper, potato, raagi, paddy and sugarcane.

There are few delicious food which are unique to Belur- Raagi Mudde or the Raagi Ball meal is a hot favorite dish of Belur. Some of the rice items like Puliyogare, Sakre Pongal are very common in this region.


Belur, the temple town is a must see place for the spiritual tourist. Tourists can carry home stone idols, sculptures and terracotta items. Hassan enroute to Belur is also a good place for shopping for curios, which are typical of the state of Karnataka. Karnataka has a rich tradition of handicrafts and silk sarees, sandalwood, ivory brassware and wooden toys that you can buy in Bangalore from the government-sponsored emporia or from the numerous shopping malls in Bangalore.


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