The unprepossessing town of HASSAN, 118km northwest of Mysore, is visited in large numbers because of its proximity to the Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid, both northwest of the town, and the Jain pilgrimage site of Sravanabelagola to the southeast. Some travellers end up staying a couple of nights but with a little forward planning you shouldn’t have to linger for long, as the town is a busy and fairly unappealing sprawl of concrete. Set deep in the serene Karnatakan countryside, Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola offer considerably more appealing surroundings.

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