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District Museum:

This museum was set up in 1977 and contains many relics of great archaeological significance. Positioned within the Maharaja Park, the District Museum houses a brilliant compilation of coins, weaponry, inscriptions, statuettes, and paintings. 


Hasanamba Temple:

The temple was built in the honor of Goddess Amba or Shakti about 800 years ago. The major deity of the shrine is Hassan. The deity is an anthill bearing resemblance to the idol of Hassanamba in the form of Goddess Parvathi. The interior chamber of the shrine is revealed for only a couple of weeks, particularly for Deepavali and is shut three days subsequent to Balipadyami celebration. Once the temple is shut down, flowers, a lit up lamp, packets of unprepared rice and water are offered to the deity. According to popular belief, the rice and the lit up lamp remains as they are when the inner chamber is opened the following year. Inside the temple, there is also a figure of nine-headed, carrying a veena.    


Gorur Dam:

Gorur Dam, approximately 22 kilometers from the city of Hassan is constructed across the River Hemavathy. Hemavathi Reservoir, formed by the bridge of Gorur Dam, is a popular picnic spot with boating facilities. Yoganarasimha and Paravasudeva temples are also situated nearby. 


Shettihalli Church:

A brilliant manifestation of Gothic architecture, this church is about 450 years old and is immersed in the backwaters of the beautiful River Hemavathy. Tourists can get a view of the church when it is submerged by water by travelling in small boats.  However, tourists can visit the remnants of the church during the summer season when the water retreat. Only at this time, the church is illuminated with lamps and prayers are offered.


Siddeshvara Temple:

This temple set amidst beautiful hillocks, representing the architectural splendor of the Hoysalas. The entire structure is subdivided into an outer hall, a shrine and a mandapa with four pillars having a balcony with entry doorways in three directions. The shrine towards the balcony houses a plain linga which is the chief idol. There are also idols of Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Kartikeya and Ganesh. The peripheral walls are magnificently engraved.


Veeranarayana Temple:

Located in Belur, this much revered Vaishnava temple dates back to 1104 AD, bearing witness to the architectural vividness of the Chalukyas. It is one of the Pancha Narayana Kshetram( famous 5 temples of Lord Vishnu). The prime deity of the temple is Shri Veeranarayana, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. The walls bear delicate engravings and there are finely carved idols of Hindu deities. This temple is enclosed by others shrines like Andal, Soumyanayaki and Kappe Chenningaraya.


Ramanathpura Temples:

The consecrated township of Ramanathpura is positioned on the bank of Cauvery River. Because of its many temples, the town is also called “Dakshina Kashi”. Five temples lie at a close distance from one another. The steps of the Rameshwara temple lead to Cauvery River. There are fish feeding and bird watching facilities at this place. 


Bisle Ghat or Bisle Reserve Forest:

Bisle Ghat with the reserve Forest is situated in Sakaleshpura. The ghat marks the confluence of the railway tracks of Salkeshpur and Mangalore. The scenic beauty of this area is remarkable. Situated in close proximity to the Bisle Reserve Forest are the Bisle village, the Kempuhole Reserve forest, the Kukke Subrahmanya forest and the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.



Located 39 km from Hassan, Halebidu or Dwara Samudra was once the rich capital of Hoysala Kings. With a rich heritage, the Hoysaleshwara temple located here is very famous. Built in 1121 AD, the temple walls are full of beautiful sculptures depicting episodes from Indian epics in Hindu epics. There is also a Jain temple nearby which is equally important and sculpturally beautiful.



Located about 52 km from Hassan, Shravanabelagola is a popular Jain pilgrim center. Shravanabelagola is located between two stark mountains - The Indragiri and the Chandragiri.

There is a monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, a Jain saint, which is positioned atop Indragiri hill. It is believed to be one of the tallest and most beautiful monolithic structures in the world.