Travellers on a trip to Hassan District of Karnataka must visit Nuggehalli, a town that is popular for its Lakshmi Narasimha Temple and Sadasiva Temple that are made from soapstone or Chloritic Schist. Nuggehalli, otherwise known as Nuppalli or Nuggupalli in Kannada, is situated at a distance of 50 km from Hassan city on the Tiptur-Channarayanapatna state highway.
Both the temples of Nuggehalli were constructed during the Hoysala period by Bommanna Dandanayaka, a commander during the reign of King Vira Someshwara. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple was constructed in 1246 CE and includes the trukuta (three towers), many sculptures on the walls and a vimana (prayer hall).
A large mantapa (hall) was built here after construction concluded; the central closed mantapa of the structure has three shrines and 9 bays. The prime attraction of this temple is the standing statue of Goddess Parvathi.
Sadasiva Temple has been constructed in the Ekakuta architectural style with a Nagara-styled tower. This pilgrimage site has a large 'Linga' in its sanctum sanctorum (garbha gudi). A beautifully carved Nandi (bull) has been placed in a room where several windows made of stone constitute the walls. Upon reaching the site, pilgrims will notice two statues of Lord Ganesha, one at the entrance of the Goddess' sanctum and other outside the linga's sanctum.
Travellers interested in trekking can visit Ombattu Gudda that stands for 'nine hills' in English (In Kannada, Ombattu means nine and Gudda means hill). The site has been named so due to nine consecutive humps that are present at this peak.
It lies at an elevation of approximately 971 m above sea level and is considered to be one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats range. The site is surrounded by Kabbinale Reserve Forest, Shiradi Srisla Reserve Forest and Balur Reserve Forest.
Visitors travelling to this site should refer to its local name, Murkal Gudda, while asking the natives for directions. The site is situated around 20 km from Gundiya Checkpost inside the Kabbinale Reserve Forest. Initially, a jeep trail will take travellers to Ombattu Gudda base.
During the jeep trail, tourist can get the chance to spot wild animal species like leopard, barking deer, sloth bear, tiger, wild elephant and gaur in the forests. The path followed goes along the Kabbihole River, where people can undertake diving.
Yagachi Dam is one of the prime attractions of Belur, located at a distance of 45 km from Hassan District. The dam was built in the year 2004 with the main objective of meeting drinking water and irrigation requirements of Hassan, Chikmagalur and Belur districts.
A wide reservoir, which lies at an elevation of 965 feet above sea level, has been constructed across Yagachi River (a tributary of Kaveri River). The outflow of the water in Yagachi Dam is 4300 causes and inflow is about 4500 causes. The site is guarded by policemen due to Naxal threats.
Recently, Yagachi Water Adventure Sports Centre was set up in backwaters of this dam in order to attract maximum tourists. Therefore, travellers can undertake various water sports activities here, namely banana boat ride, cruise boat, speed boat, kayaking, jet skiing and bumper rides, to mention a few. Apart from these activities, this place is ideal for tourists who are looking forward to spend time amidst peaceful surroundings.