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“Excellent stone sculptures”

Hoysaleswara Temple
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Private Day Trip from Bangalore to Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola
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Private Tour: Ancient Temples of Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola from Bangalore
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Halebid
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Similar to Belur temple in the sense that there are so many stone sculptures, but not well preserved. The whole temple is carved out of stone. It's really amazing to see such skill so many centuries back. I'm not sure how long the history of this temple dates back to, but it looks like a pretty old temple.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

After having visited several ancient temples around Asia, I must say that the Hoysaleswara temple in Halebidu, a magnificent example of the 11th - 12th century Hoysala architecture, is one of the best! The intricate sculptures, the detailing and the stories depicted by the carvings all around the temple will leave you wondering in amazement! It is truly a Hoysala masterpiece!
Yes, the carvings are much more detailed here than in Belur and it can be noticed that this is a much older temple but you can easily spend over 2 hours in the complex.

- In general it is better to visit in the morning before 10:00am or in the evening after 4:30pm when the stones are not so hot to walk on, sunlight falling on the temple is better for photography and you can spend more time than in the hot afternoon times!
- If you're a first time visitor, definitely advice availing the services of a local guide to explain more details which will enlighten you on things you wouldn't have known otherwise.

We visited this on the way from Chikamagalur to Bangalore.
A visit to Belur Chennakeshava Temple (about 15km away) is also a must when in this area.

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Beautiful temple....amazing sculptures. It is my appeal to all travelers to visit this place(along with Belur temple) if you are sightseeing in south India. No words can describe how marvelously these sculptures have been made. A must visit place for people with architectural intrests. The place has been well maintained and very easy to get to from Hassan/Bangalore.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is the old capital of Hoysala Empire....and this temple is a fine example of the immense talent of the sculptors of the Hoysala empire. The temple's statues and carvings are more detailed than of the Belur Temple and this is a much older temple. Don't forget to hire a guide to enrich your experience and there is a museum inside the temple complex which is a must visit.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The temple has some awesome sculptures all around the outside walls. The architectural works on the roof inside the temple are worth watching. Beside it also has an architectural museum inside the same area. Should visit that.

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