Hassan, in southern Indian state of Karnataka, is fondly called as the "Poor Man's Ooty" for its all-round beauty of scenic locales. An 11th century old and bereft of major tourist attractions, Hassan is known more to being the "Gateway of Pilgrimages" to well-known places like Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola. Beautifully carved ancient temples are the only attraction here for tourists of religious bent of mind.
At 50 kms off Hassan is Shravanabelagola- "Land of Pond" - a renowned Jain pilgrimage centre. Sandwiched between two lofty hills of Chandragiri and Indragiri, and having a popular pond, it attracts tourists for possessing world's talent monolithic statue - the statue of Bahubali. What's more, it derives its popularity from a Jain festival - Mahamastakabhisheka - which takes places after every 12 years.
At 38 kms off Hassan is Belur, which is known for its myriad and splendid 20th century temples. The Chennakasheva temple - the most important of the lot - the Veeranarayana Temple and Kappe Chennigaraya temples invite tourists for their architectural beauty. Halebid is another popular tourist destination close to Hassan, which charms for its rock-carved temples of ancient times.
By Air The nearest airport is at Bangalore, some 187 kms away off Hassan, which links it to rest of the world.
By Rail The railway station in Hassan is linked with regular train services to major cities like Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.
By Road Hassan is connected to nearby regions and towns by a good network of roads, including the NH 48.