Belur, 37 km northwest of Hassan, was the Hoysala capital - prior to Halebid - during the 11th and 12th centuries.
Still in use, the Chennakeshava temple is a fine example of the singular Hoysala style. It took 103 years to complete and the facade of the temple is covered with intricate sculptures and frescoes - awe-inspiring in their workmanship. In the temple are hand-lathe turned filigreed pillars. The Veeranarayana Temple and the smaller shrines are also worth a visit.
Modetate accommodation is available in Hassan; superior accommodation in Chikmagalur.