Channarayapatna is one of the main towns situated in Hassan District in the state of Karnataka. The town is also headquarters of Channarayapatna Taluk situated at an average elevation of 827 metres.
The town owes its name to the chieftain named Channigaraya, although there are several evidences as per which, the place is identified as Kolattooru and Amritanathapura. Mighty statue of Gomateshwara or Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is one of the chief attractions of the region. One of the most important Jain pilgrimage destinations, the site is situated at a distance of 13 km south-east of the town.
Being a popular religious centre, the district houses several worship sites and centres. The three major revered shrines of the destination are Chandramouleshwara Temple on the Garudadwara, Channakeshava Temple of Chalukya style and Kote Ganapati Devasthana. The fort temple of Chandramouleshwara featuring a statue of standing Shiva is one of the holy sites in Channarayapatna. The destination has ancient locations such as Anekere and Nuggehalli that comprise shrines dating back to Hoysalas and Cholas, respectively.
Situated on MangaloreBangalore National Highway 48, the town is one of the major transport hubs. The township can be reached from air, rail and road transport. The nearest airbase to Channarayapatna is Mysore Airport located at a distance of 80 km. Flights from international destinations are served by Bengaluru International Airport. The closest railhead to the township is Holenarasipura, which is situated at a distance of 26 km.
Channarayapatna can also be reached by buses from various locations like Mysore, Arsikere, Holenarasipura, Hassan, Mangalore, Tiptur and Shravanabelagola. The ideal time to visit the destination is during the months of October to March when the weather is pleasant.