One of the capitals of the Hoysala dynasty, Belur is renowned for its magnificent Hoysala temple architecture. The major attraction here is the Chennakesava Temple built by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana, to commemorate his victory over the Cholas. It is the only Hoysala temple still in active use for worship. The temple stands on a platform and has exquisite art work on its outer walls, with bracket figures of dancing girls in various poses, carved to perfection. The other equally impressive monuments are the temples of Chennigaraya, Viranarayana, Sridevi and Bhoodevi, all in the same complex.
Karnataka Hotels, Belur is literally a five minute walk from the temple complex and ideally located for those seeking to spend more time admiring the beauty of the temples. The hotel’s 13 rooms include a suite as well as air-conditioned and non air-conditioned options. A restaurant and bar completes the facility.