Visit the lesser known historical sites, Belur, the original capital of Hoysala Empire which boasts the superb Chennakesava Temple (1116 AD) and Halebid which superseded Belur as the capital, all while you stay at the beautiful Taj Hotel in Chikmagalur. Located five hours from Bangalore airport. You can explore the ruins of great temples and then take a leisurely excursion to a local coffee plantation.
Halebid's main attraction is the Hoysalasvara Temple, whose entrance is flanked by carved friezes from the Ramayana.
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