When we talk about the culture, history, sculpture, art and architecture of Karnataka state, Hoysala sculpture, architecture and the temples definitely comes to ones’ mind. The multi sanctum sanctorum temples, stellate designs, the carved plank doorways, lathe-turned pillars and the sclpural carvings are of unique in their grandiose style and beauty.
Hoysalas were great patrons of art, music and architecture. They built number of magnificient temples during their reign of 300 years and their temples and monuments are indeed the best in the world.
The greatest among the Hoysala kings Bittideva later on called as Vishnuvardhana was an efficient rular [1108ad to 1152ad]. In 1116ad he defeated the Cholas and conquered Tallakud. In commemoration of this victory the Vijaya narayana temple at Belur was built. The first important monument of Hoysala architecture. Belur to Halebidu – 17 Kms 45 Mins.
Belur and Dora Samudra (Halebidu were successively the capital cities of Hoysala dynasty. The Hoysaleshwara – Shantakeshwara dwikoota temple at Halebidu is considered another important monuments of the Hoysala period, constructed by Kethamalla a general and chief of public works under kind Vijayavarda. After the visit to the Hoysaleshwara temple transfer to Chikmangalore 39 Kms and an hours drive and night halt.