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     Hassan is a picturesque town in the heart of malnad with a pleasant climate. It is about 180 KM from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka.The Hoysalas brought world wide acclaim to the district through their unique style of Temple Architecture. Hassan district was the seat of the Hoysala empire which at its peak ruled large parts of south India from Belur as its early capital and Halebidu as its later capital during the period 1000 - 1334 CE.Hassan is also known as the location of the Master Control Facility of Master Control Facility of the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Indian National Satellite System.

Hassan in Karnataka India
Subdistricts Hassan, Holenarsipur, Arkalgud, Belur, Alur, Channarayanapatana, Sakleshpur, Arasikere
Headquarters Hassan
Population 17,21,669(2001)
Density 171 /km2 (443 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area 6826.15 km2
Code Pincode : 573201
Vehicle : KA-13
Telephone ++ 91 (0)8172
Website http://www.hassan.nic.in/
Belur Temple Sravanabelagola Carving manzarabad
General Profile
Geography: Hassan district lies partly in the "malnad" tract and partly in the southern "maidan"(plains) tract. By considering the physical aspects, climate, rainfall, etc. the district may be divided into three regions, viz., (1) southern malnad, (2) semi-malnad and (3) southern maidan. western and north-eastern portions of the Belur taluk, western and central parts of Alur taluk and the whole of Sakaleshapura taluk constitute the "southern malnad" region, the central parts of the Arkalgud taluk, the western portion of the Hassan taluk, the eastern portion of the Alur taluk, the central and eastern parts of the Belur taluk and the western parts of the Arasikere taluk form the "semi-malnad" region. The southern maidan region includes the whole of the Holenarasipura and Channarayapatna taluks, eastern parts of the Arasikere and Hassan taluks and the south-eastern portions of the Arkalgud taluk. The southern malnad is a forest-clad hilly region with a heavy rainfall.
Belur,Halebeed,Gomteshwara,Ramanathapura and Manjarabad Fort
Belur:situated on the banks of river Yagachi, 38 km from Hassan, is a world famous tourist destination. Belur was the erstwhile capital of the Hoysalas and referred to as Velapur, Velur and Belahur at different points in history. The town is renowned for its Chennakeshava temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship.Halebeed:Hoysalaeswara Temple standing on a platform like a casket, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone. Inside its dark depths, the queen Shantala Devi beckons from an alcove. The figure of mortals and immortals are larger compared to Belur and are beautifully chiseled, in shining black stone. Gomteshwara:Wedged between two stark rocky hills, the monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, a Jain saint and an object of worship for centuries, standing atop one of the hills (Indragiri hill), is 18 meters high and is said to be one of the tallest and most graceful monolithic statues in the world. Ramanathapura:It is situated on the left bank of the cauvery. It is a noted centre of pilgrimage and has been called Dakshina Kashi. Manjarabad Fort is situated about 6.4 Kms from Sakleshpur town, at the height of about 3,240 ft. above the sea level. The fort is constructed of stones and mud, there are chambers all around.
  Culture and Cuisine:    Its cuisine is a mix of Mysore, Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts resulting in tasty specialities like midigayi pickle (small raw mango), sandige, avalakki (beaten rice),Kadabu(Different types of kadabu's are prepared from rice and cereals) and talipittu (akki rotti made of rice flour). About 5% of the total population are Muslims. A community of Hebbar Iyengars an ancient brahmin community who settled in this area for more than a thousand years. An inscription in Shantigrama indicates that the founder was a brahmin from Kashi. Hassan Iyengars, a different brahmin community are well known all over south Karnataka for their tasty condiment preparations like cakes, puffs, biscuits and breads etc. Iyengar bakeries are a common feature in most towns and cities of Karnataka. Hassan is also called as Poor man's Ooty. Its Bisle ghat area has the same scenic beauty of the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu without the rapid and extensive commercialization. Hassan is a place where Kannada literature finds famous personalities like Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar