Halebid tours will take you to the exquisite Hoysala temples of Halebid.
A gem of Hoysala temple architecture, the Hoysaleshwara temple is
ornamented with a plethora of exquisite carvings and sculptures. It was
built by Ketamalla, a minister of Hoysala ruler Vishnuvardhana, in the
12th century AD.
The landscaped garden in front of the Hoysaleshwara Temple serves as an
Archaeological Museum. The museum houses the idols, statues, busts, and
sculptures excavated by the Archaeological Department from the ruins. It
is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Fridays.
The Basadi Halli locates a number of Jain monasteries. The Parshwanatha
Swamy temple possesses a 14 feet high statue of Parshwanatha Swamy made
of gleaming black stone. A seven-headed serpent has been carved on the
head of this figure.
Built in 1319 AD by Veeraballala II and his younger Queen Abhinva
Ketala Devi, the Kedareshwara temple is a collapsed structure that has
not been restored to its original shape. Besides the exquisitely carved
walls and the ceiling, the basement of the temple exhibits a profusion
of sculptured friezes depicting stories of Ramayana, Mahabharata and