Halebidu is situated in Hassan District, Karnataka. Halebidu was the capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. It is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples. This name is given to this city because it was ruined two times by Bahmani Sultanate.
The temple complex comprises two Hindu temples, the Hoysaleshawara and Kedareshwara temples and two Jain basadi. There is alake in front of these temples. The town got its name the from the lake, Dhwara samudhra which means entrance from ocean. The two nandi bull statues which are one side of the Hoysaleshwara temple are monolithic. Soap stone was used for the construction of these temples. However a number of sculptures in the temple are destructed by invaders.
Halebidu is just 16 km away from the one more historical place Belur. It is well connected by road and rail to Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. There are regular buses to Hassan. The distance is 149 km to Mysore and 31 km to Hassan. Belur and Halebid are 222 and 216 km from Bangalore, respectively. This temple is now being proposed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.