Travel Blogs from Hassan
Waking up to find a bed bug in our bed was lovely on this morning. Luckily we had no bites and we were heading on from Mysore anyway. We went down to the hotels restaurant for an Indian breakfast of dosa (a large thin pancake with a couple of different dipping curries). At this point I was looking forward to a plain cereal or bacon and eggs for breakfast. Our first stop of the day was a steep walk up a large rock to ...
... the Western Ghats. I love the way a road climbs up around a mountain like a creeper around a tree. What can I say? I guess curves turn me on. Anyway, we reached Chikamagalur without incident and headed directly to SK Residency. Sayon had stayed there before and the hotel proved to be decent enough. The owner gave us a ...
... a victory over a neighboring people (the Cholas). The whole temple exterior and interior is decorated with simply stunning and detailed carvings of deities, dancers, musicians, and other figures. The Hoysaleswara Temple took nearly 200 years to construct. Although it was never completed, it is still incredible with thousands of soapstone carved Hindu deities, stylized animals, and sages. The artisans of the sculptures of both temples is really amazing – I ...
... north. That is why what we see today in this temple has been made in 87 years; but still has very impressive details with about 20,000 sculptures.
Both Chennakesava and Hoysaleswara temples made by Hoysala empire have many things in common. Both are in star shape and have six rows of carvings outside around the base of the temple: elephants, lions, horsemen, ...
... protecting the temples and a big lake.
The interiors of both these temples was also fabulous, each carved pillar being different, and with sculpted ceilings, but they were quite dark and hard to photograph.
We spent the night in Hassan, then off to Mysore.
Other places to stay in Hassan
Bm Highway, Hassan | 3 star hotelfrom $45
Arali Marada Koppalu, Hassan | Hotelfrom $22
No 121, Opposite DC Office, Hassan | Hotelfrom $88
B.M. Road, Post Box No. 97, Hassan | Hotelfrom $15
Hemavathi Farm, Hassan | Hotelfrom $28