Belur is a small town in the
Hassan District of Karnataka best known for its Chennakesava temple. Filled
with history and mystery, this town is one of the finest examples of the
remaining architecture from the Hoysala Empire, as it was once one of the
Hoysala capitals. If you are looking for a blast from the past, then look no
further. This is the perfect destination if you are looking to learn a little
history while appreciating magnificent architecture.
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive in Belur with ease! The best way to get there is via the Bangalore-Mangalore highway. Continue along this road until you reach Belur Road. From there Belur Road to NH234. The entire trip is just over 220KM and should take three to four hours, but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo gives you freedom to explore Belur however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Belur in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
In order to get the most out of
your experience, rent a car from Zoom so that you have the freedom to explore the
Belur as you please. No need to negotiate with rickshaw drivers or walk for
kilometers, you can drive however and wherever you want.
Here are three of the best things to see and do in Belur:
Chennakesava Temple: This temple, literally meaning “Handsome Keshava” is the most popular tourist destination in Belur. It is filled with intricate sculptures of birds, ornaments, dancers and much more. The temple is open from 730a.m.- 530p.m. If you would like to hire a government approved tour guide, it will cost around Rs.150-250.
Kappe Chennigaraya Temple: This temple has a particularly interesting story. While being built, it was discovered that a portion was faulty. The sculptor, skeptical that anything could be wrong, stated that he would chop off his hand if it were discovered to be faulty. Turns out that there was actually from inside of the shrine! Needless to say, the sculptor then chopped off his hand before anyone could stop him.
Veera Narayana Temple: Don’t judge a book by its cover for this small but fantastic temple. Despite it’s small size, the artwork and design on this one might be the most impressive of all three. The outer walls are all designed with intricate artwork, the most impressive of which is an image depicting the three divinities.
Insiders Tip: Make sure to also check out the Vishnu Samudra!
The best time of year to visit Belur is between October and April, but the weather is very pleasant year round.