Heritage To Look At! Best Tourist Places To Visit In Hassan
Found by the chieftain Channa Krishnappa Naik in the 11th century, Hassan city is the headquarters of the Hassan district in Karnataka. Named after the local deity Hassanamba, this district is the architectural capital of Karnataka.
The rich culture of Hoysala district can be found in all over the district. The rulers of Hoysala dynasty belonged to Jain faith, that is why lot many temples of Lord Shiva are spread all over the region.
Also, there are some of the best tourist places to visit in Hassan district.
The Reserve forest of Bisle Ghat is located in Sakaleshpura Taluk. The ghat is the meeting point of natural beauty with the railway lines of Mangalore and Salkeshpur. The Bisle Reserve Forest has the Bisle village located close to the Kempuhole Reserve forest lying towards the north. Towards the south are the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary of Kodagu District and the Kukke Subrahmanya forest range in the west.
Gorur Dam, located around 22 km from Hassan is built across Hemavathy River. This bridge forms a reservoir which is named Hemavathi Reservoir and makes a great place for picnics. The place also has the temples of Paravasudeva and Yoganarasimha.
The Shettihalli Church is believed to have been built around 450 years ago and represents a Gothic architecture. The Hemavathy River backwaters submerge the church, but the water recedes during the summer time, and tourists can visit the ruins of the church by this duration. At sometimes, when the church is half under the water, visitors can go near it on a coracle.
A beautiful heritage pond also famous as Queen’s pond has a unique structure within Hoysala architecture. Dating back to 12th century, Hulikere pond’s history is believed to be 500-years-old in the Hassan district.
The Hassanamba Temple is around 800 years old and is dedicated to Goddess Shakti or Amba. The main deity of the temple is that of Hassan. The inner chamber of the temple is open for only two weeks, especially for the Deepavali and closes three days after the celebration of Balipadyami.
The goddess is an anthill, which resembles the deity of Hassanamba as Goddess Parvathi. The inner chamber also has the image of Ravana and his nine heads, playing the veena. This Temple is situated on the Bangalore-Mangalore Road.
Located in the area of Maharaja Park, Hassan, the District Museum was established in 1977 and houses a collection of antiquities that are of archaeological importance. Although small, it displays a great collection of paintings, sculptures, inscriptions, weapons and coins.
Ramanathapura is a holy town located on the banks of River Cauvery. This city is often referred as “Dakshina Kashi” due to its temples along the banks of the river. In fact, there are five temples located within short distances from each other. The temple has steps that lead to the river, and there are fish feeding facilities as well. Pilgrims can also enjoy bird watching here. It is said that there is a cave in the waterbed that can be entered, especially during the summer.