While Halebeedu and Belur offer two of the most intricately sculpted temples in Karnataka Chikmagalur just 25 kms off Halebeedu offer some of the best hillstations in Karnataka. Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary is just another 40 kms ahead of Chikmagalur. Shravanabelagola the tallest monolith statue is 90 kms from from Halebeedu towards the opposite direction.
Halebeedu and Belur is located very close to Chikmagalur and Shravanabelagola making Halebeedu an ideal destination to be included in a plan for a long holiday.
You can see some of the best craftsmanship and appreciate ancient temple architecture in Halebeedu and Belur and answer the spiritual calling at Shravanabelagola. To top it you could relax and unwind at Chikmagalore and Kemmanagundi two of the best hillstations in Karnataka!
Literally transalated as the home of the younger daughter Chikmagalur has some of the most exciting trekking routes in Karnataka. Chikmagalur is dotted with many holy spots and picturesque locales which can be visited during a weekend trip. The hills of Chickmagalur is also the origin of many rivers like Bhadra, Tunga, Hemavathi, Netravathi & Vedavathi. Owing to Baba Budan, Chikmagalur is believed to be the first place in India where coffe was grown commercially.
Belur - Halebidu - Shravanabelagola
The Karnataka State Tourism Department offers a tour package (from Mysore) covering Shravanabelagola, Halebidu and Belur in one day. A 330 km round along with sightseeing can get slightly hectic but well worth the effort.
Shravanabelagola - Gomateshwara
Shravanabelagola is a major pilgrim for Jains is located in the midst of two hills in the Hassan district 75 kms from Halebeedu and 8 miles from Channarayapatna. There is a tank in the centre of this town called "Belagola" and the town is called by the same name. There are ancient monuments in Shravanabelagola, Sri Gomateshwara statue being the most prominent.