Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebidu
The next day after exploring the estate and walking around, we headed back to Bangalore. I always liked visiting the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu, about a 30 km drive from Chikmagalur, so I went back again.
Halebidu was the capital of the Hoysala dynasty from the 12th century. The temple is a great example of Hoysala style architecture. The temples are rich in sculptural details, and the outside facade of the temples is also equally fascinating.
Hoysaleswara Temple complex is a paragon of stone sculptures studded with a plethora of beautiful carvings. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered to be one of the largest temples for Shiva in South India. The array of intricate sculptures depicts Hindu gods, the scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata, animals engaged in a war, decorative floral patterns, and much more. To fuel further astonishment, no two sculptures within the entire complex are the same.
Back to Bangalore
We drove for over 5 hours, with a stop to grab some lunch in one of the dhabas near Hassan and reached Bangalore safely. It started to rain heavily after Hassan, making the drive so much pleasant. While it was a short weekend getaway, it refreshed me completely to be able to enjoy the scenery and take in some fresh air.