Hassan was brought into existence by the chieftain Channa Krishnappa Nair in the 11th century. Hassan city is the headquarters of the Hassan district in Karnataka. This district is fondly epitomised as the architectural capital of Karnataka. . Hassan derives its name from Goddess Haasanamba, who is the main deity of the region. Hassan district falls under the Malnad and Mainad regions. The city of Hassan experiences wrm mornings and chilly evenings. The Hoysala dynasty ruled from Dwara Samudra between the 11th and 14th century and the ruins can still be foundin and around Halebid in the district of Hassan. Agriculture is one of the chief occupations here. One extremely significant feature is that Hassan is also the headquarters of the Master Control Facility of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
CONNECTIVITY TO HASSAN:
Hassan is easily accessible through road and rail and the city is well connected to other parts of the state. The nearest airport can be found at Mangalore (115 km) and Bangalore (187 km), so visiting the city can be a comfortable task indeed.
ATTRACTIONS IN HASSAN:
-HASSANAMBA TEMPLE: is one of the chief attractions and this temple is home to the Goddess in the form of an anthill.
-BELUR: located 38 km from Hassan is Belur that served as the capital of the ancient Hoysala Empire and is an enticing village situated on banks of river Yagchi.
-CHENNAKESHWARA TEMPLE: an architectural marvel built by Hoysala empire.
-HALEBIDU: has the remains of Dwara Samudra that served as capital to Hoysala. It is located 27km towards the north west of Hassan. Hoysaleswara Temple is apopular destination.
-SHRAVANABELAGOLA: a significant site for pilgrims and is located around 51km towards the south eastern part of Hassan. The place is famous forthe tallest statue of Bahubali that is worshipped by offering curd, milk, saffron, ghee and gold coins, once in every 12 years, on the prestigious occasion of Mahamastakabhisheka.
-KORAMANGALA: It is 10 km from Hassan and there is a temple of Lord Shiva built in Hoysala style which dates back to 1173 A. D.
-MOSALE: is located 12 km from Hassan and one can have darshan of Lord Nageshwara and Lord Chennakeshava.
-GORUR: Gorur is located about 20 kms from Hassan in Hassan-Arkalgud road. The temple of Yoganarasimha Swamy situated on the banks of river Hemavathi is built in Hoysala style. Trikuteshwara, Vasudeva and Kailaseshwara temples are situated here. There is a dam constructed across the river Hemavathi which is a picnic spot.
-BISLE GHAT: Bisle Ghat is situated about 65 kms from Sakaleshpur on Sakaleshpur-Subramanya road. This place is full of panoramic views and is an ideal destination for trekkers.