City ruled by Hoysala Empire

Located in the state of Karnataka in India, Hassan is the headquarters of the district of Hassan. This city gets its name from the Hindu goddess Hassanamba. For a lover of history, monuments and temples this is the right place to be. Hoysala Empire ruled this city for a long time and their influence can be seen in the art and inscriptions on the different monuments. This is one place in India that covered in temples and monuments that are several centuries old and hence extremely popular among tourists, pilgrims, and history lovers.

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A rich and magnificent history

Hassan District was under the reign of Mouryas of North in the 3rd BC and later kingdoms of Kadambas, Chalukyas, Gangas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar empire. The Hoysalas brought world wide acclaim to the district through their unique style of temple architecture. Hassan district was the seat of the Hoysala Empire which at its peak ruled large parts of south India from Belur as its early capital and Halebidu as its later capital during the period 1000 - 1334 CE. The district is named Hassan after the Goddess "Haasanamba", the goddess and presiding deity of the town.

The district has had an eventful and rich history. In the past, it reached the height of its glory during the rule of the Hoysalas who had their capital at Dwarasamudra, the modern Halebeed in Belur Taluk. The district, noted for its enchanting natural scenic beauty is also a veritable treasure-house of Hoysala architecture and sculpture, the best specimens of which are at Belur and Halebeed. Shravanabelagola, in Channarayapatna taluk, which is studded with Jain moduments, is a renowned centre of pilgrimage for the jains.

The Hoysala rule saw the building of over 50 breathtaking temples, some of which still stand tall to this day. The Hoysalas also oversaw and encouraged the growth of Kannada literature and culture, as well as their unique architecture. After the defeat of the Hoysalas, the Vijanagar empire took over and sternly fought off the Delhi Sultanate expansion to the south of India as well as the Deccan Sultanate. The fall of the Vijanagar empire saw the Mysore Kingdom hold the reins till independence when the kingdom was called Mysore State and later renamed Karnataka. A rich and magnificent history, Hassan has been a key region and the centre of several empires for centuries.

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Connectivity to reach

By Air: The nearest major airport from Hassan city is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, which is 200 km from the city. The airport in Bangalore is well connected with several cities in India and foreign cities as well. Mangalore airport is 160 km from Hassan city, which has flights to major cities in India, while Mysore airport is 115 km from Hassan, but has very few flights.

By Train:
Hassan can be reached by train easily from cities in Karnataka like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli, and Mysore. The Hassan City Railway Station is connected to Bangalore and Mysore by express and passenger trains like the Karwar Express, Kannur Express, Rani Chennamma Express, and more trains. The station is part of the South Western Railway zone, and several trains that ply between the north and south, stop briefly at the station.

By Road:
Hassan is superbly connected by bus with other key cities in Karnataka like Bangalore, Mangalore, and Mysore, with private and government-run buses plying to the city. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has excellent bus services to the city and has normal express buses and deluxe AC buses to Hassan city. Hassan is 185 km from Bangalore and is connected by the NH 4 and NH 48 while Mangalore is 170 km on the NH 48. Subramanya Tours And Travels, and Kukkeshree Travels are two private bus operators that run buses between Bangalore and Hassan daily. 

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Climate & best time to visit

Summer season (March to May): Summer season in Hassan is hot and humid as the temperature goes as high as 35°C. As the days are hot, sightseeing or outings are not possible. This season is best avoided for a visit.

Monsoon Season (June to September): Hassan experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. The place remains drenched in the entire season. Travelers usually avoid this season for a visit to Hassan.

Winter Season (October to February): Winter is the best season to visit the place as the weather remains pleasant and cool during this time. The season offers an ideal time for sightseeing in Hassan. You can visit attractions such as Nugehalli, Ombattu Gudda and Yagachi.

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