Halebidu, the 12th century capital of Hoysala rulers and a region boasting of high historical and cultural significance, is home to the famous Hoysaleswara temple. Built way back in the 12th century by Ketamala and then attributed to the Hoysala ruler Vishnuvardhana, this inspiring temple enshrines Shantaleswara and Hoysaleswara and is named after Vishnuvardhana Hoysala ( the temple’s builder) and his wife, Shantala.
In the 14th century, Halebidu was annexed by the army of Malik Kafur. After this incidence, the temple and its surrounding areas fell in a state of neglect and disrepair. Also called the "old city", Halebeedu is situated in the Hassan District of Karnataka. Known as Dwarasamudra or Dorasamudra in the past, Halebidu is home to some of the finest examples of Hoysala’s architectural splendor, Kedareswara temple and of course, the famous complex of Hoysaleswara. A must visit for tourists of all ages and from all walks of life!