Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. With Halebidu which is only 16 km away, this is one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka. Belur is located in Hassan district. According to inscriptions discovered here, it was also referred to as Velapuri.
The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (dedicated to Chennakeshava, meaning handsome Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana. It is said that Shantaladevi herself danced in front of the main shrine during its installation and her dance inspired the poses of the figurines on the temple walls.
The structure is composed of a cube, 47.5 metres (156 ft) on each side, capped by a dome 44 m (144 ft) in external diameter. "Eight intersecting arches created by two rotated squares that create interlocking pendentives" support the dome. At each of the four corners of the cube, is a dome-capped octagonal tower seven stories high with a staircase inside. The upper floor of each opens on to a round gallery which surrounds the dome. Inside the mausoleum hall, is a square podium with steps on each side.
History says Hampi was one of the most richest city on the planet which attracted Mughal emperors who attacked Hampi and took away all its wealth , before that it is said that golds and diamonds were sold on streets in Hampi which shows the greatness of Hampi.
Mysore which is presently called Mysuru , is a very popular city located in the State of Karnataka.It is about 146 km from Bengaluru , the capital city of Karnataka and spread at the base of Chamundi Hills .
Mysore was the previous capital of the state of Karnataka and it is located adjacent Mandya , Kodagu and Kerala State .
The name Mysore is derived from "Mahishuru" , which means Buffalo in Sanskrit . According to Hindu Mythology the region was controlled by a Demon named Mahisha who could change forms from human to Buffalo who was killed by Hindu goddess " Chamudeshwari" and hence the hills next to Mysore got the name "Chamundi Hills" . The city later got the name Mahishuru which means the residence of Mahisha. which was later anglicised to Mysore.