Sunday, May 3, 2009

Visit Places in Karnataka Centering Hassan

Hassan is district HQ of Hassan district and is the junction to visit Halebid, Belur and Shravanabelgola.

Leaving from Mysore, trains go to Hassan in 3 hours and then to Arsikere. Belur-Halebid-Shravanbelgola tourists should take a bus from Mysore to Hassan(3hours). Tourists of Hospet or Hampi may go by train from Hassan via Arsikere/Harihar.

Bus stand is situated at the heart of the city. You will get direct bus from Hassan to 340 km away Hospet at 8-30 am and 6-00 pm via Chikmagalur/ Shimoga/Harihar (10 hours journey).

In absence of direct bus from Hassan, you may break your journey at Shimoga or Harihar, and from there by another bus to Hospet or Hampi. Buses are available every hour from here. Besides this, there is hourly day-night bus service from Hassan to (115 km) Mysore, (187 km) Bangalore and (43 km) Arsikere, (160 km) Mangalore. At 8-15am Ooty-bound bus via Mysore, at 8-00 pm Madurai-bound bus via Ooty/Coimbatore and via Arsikere/Yog Falls/Karwar to Panaji and via Arsikere/ Hubli to Panaji (alternative route). Buses ply from Hassan to different directions of the state and neighbouring states.This article is originally published in Travel India and India Study Channel

From Hassan Belur is 34 km, Halebid is 39 km and Shravanabelgola is 52 km. Frequent bus services to these places are available from Hassan. It is convenient to reach Belur by bus from Hassan and from Belur to Halebid (16km) by bus or tempo. From Halebid comeback to Hassan for launch and start for Shravanabelgola by bus at 2-00 pm. Bus service to Shravana¬belgola is very infrequent. From Shravanabelgola you can go to Mysore also by bus. Direct bus is available from Shravanabelgola lo Mysore, Arsikere, Bangalore and Hassan. In case of non-availabality of direct bus, break journey at Channarayapatna 8 km from Shravana¬belgola and from there change the bus for Hassan. And the last bus from Belur starts at 11-00 pm and from Halebid at 7-45 pm to Hassan. Night bus service is available for Mangalore from Hassan via Mysore, Bangalore, Simoga, Harihar, Hospet, Mercara and Arsikere.

More than 20 buses ply day and night from Hassan to Mysore and Bangalore. You can also travel on the route Hassan via Hubli (9 hrs) to Panaji (6 hrs). And Hassan to Sringeri (4 hrs), Sagar (5 hrs), Yog (1 hr), Karwar (6 hrs), Panaji (4 hrs) with breaks to cover the whole route. You may break your journey at different places. Bus reaches to the Western Ghat region through mountain and forest tracts. Unforgettable is the landscape, so is the journey. Hotels are available throughout the way.

Name of the place and route number of bus are all in Kannada language, you will find no other language in the bus. Local people hate Hindi. English is unintelligible to most of them. Though the language is a bar, the people are friendly.

If you do not have enough time you may visit the Belur-Halebid-Shravanabelgola temples by conducted tour from Mysore or Bangalore. As the journey lo these places cover hundreds of kilometres, it takes a long time. But there are many arrangements from Bangalore throughout the year to visit these places. Still, tourists from Bangalore do not get enough rime to tour these places. But tourists from Mysore get a little more time. So, tourists should make a separate visit and staying one night at Hassan visit the trio by service bus or auto. They may visit the trio from Hassan also.This article is originally published in Travel India and India Study Channel

Accommodation in Hassan:
Hassan: Pincode -573201, STD code: 08172.

Vaishnavi Lodging, Harsha Mahal Road, Ph: 267413.
Hotel Apurva, Park Rd. Ph: 267513.
Hassan Ashok, Ph: 22885208.
Hotel Amblee Palika. Race Course Rd-573201, Ph: 266307
Hotel Suvarna Regency,Ph:264006.
MahaveerHotel, B M Rd, near Narasimharaja Circle, Ph: 268885;
Hotel Abhiruchi, B M Rd. Ph: 268885.
Inspection Bungalow of PWD, Travellers' Bungalow and Railway Retiring Room are also available. You may contact Tourist Office of the State Govt opposite to Hotel Hassan Ashok.

For accommodation Vaisltnavi, Harsha and Satyaprakash hotels are good.

Food in Hassan:

There are a number of food joints in Hassan. Adjacent to Satyaprakash Santhalia, Malnika of Amblee Palika, New Mongala and Varani are famous for their taste and fair rates. For north Indian and Chinese food Abhiruchi and for non-vegetarian dishes Hotel New Star are good choices. Bom mutton and beat are available at New Star.

This article is originally published in Travel India and India Study Channel

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