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Hassan - The City Of Hoysala Heritage


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 Hasanamba, this district is the architectural capital of Karnataka. The rich culture of the Hoysalas can be seen all over the district.

The Hoysala dynasty ruled from Dwara Samudra. the capital city then, between the 11th and 14th century. The ruins can still be found in and around Halebid in the Hassan district. Though the rulers of this dynasty belonged to the Jain faith, temples for Lord Shiva can be seen spread over the entire region. Well known for its historical values, Hassan, now, is a city which has grown in leaps and bounds.

It covers an area of 26.5 sq km with a population of about 157000.

Some Snippets About The City

The Hassan district falls under the Malnad and Maidan regions and the entire district enjoys a beautiful climate. The city of Hassan experiences warm mornings and chilly and cold evenings.

This city, which is located at a distance of about 187 km from the capital city Bangalore, boasts of about 79% literacy and houses some of the best schools and colleges in the state like the Malnad College of Engineering, Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha College of Ayurveda, etc. Though the official language here is Kannada, communication in English and Hindi is not uncommon.

Agriculture is one of the chief occupations here and forms a major part of the economy. Along with this, Chromite Mining through Mysore Minerals is yet another aspect that contributes to the economy. Hassan is also the headquarters of the Master Control Facility of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

How To Reach Hassan

Hassan is easily accessible through road and rail and the city is well connected to other parts of the state. The nearest airport can be found at Mangalore (115 km) and Bangalore (187 km), so visiting the city can be a very easy task indeed.

Attractions In And Around Hassan - Tourist Places In Hassan

The Hasanamba Temple displays the local culture of the region in a grand manner and this is a popular destination among pilgrims and tourists alike.

Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola and Gorur Dam are some of the popular tourist destinations. Accommodation is never a problem as the city of Hassan is well equipped to deal with a huge influx of tourists, thanks to the capacities of its many hotels that range from 3-star to 5-star options. If your idea is to ga in some understanding about the history and culture behind the state of Karnataka, then Hassan is the place where you should be headed.

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How to Reach Hassan

  • By Road
    Hassan is well connected with several cities and towns, including nearby Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Madikeri and Chickmagalore via KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses. Private buses also operate between Hassan and various nearby cities and towns
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  • By Train
    Hassan has its own railway station, situated at a distance of about 2 km from city centre. Hassan Railway Station is well connected to major cities and nearby towns, such as Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore, to name a few. Upon reaching here, tourists can hire taxis or cabs to visit the nearby destinations
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  • By Air
    Hassan does not have its own airport, but the Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport, situated at a distance of about 207 km. It is served by both domestic and international flights.
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