Hassan is a city located in the Indian state of Karnataka which also houses the Indian Space Research Organisations master control facility. Spread over an area of 6814 square km, the origin of the city goes back to the 11th century. Channa Krishnappa Naik is credited with founding the city.
History of HassanHassan derives its name from Goddess Haasanamba, who is the main deity of the region. A temple is dedicated to the goddess by the name of Hasanamba Temple.
The city was founded during the Hoysala Dynasty, which ruled the region from the 11th to the 14th century. During the peak in their reign, the Hoysalas ruled most of Southern India. Most of the kings in the early part of the Hoysala rule were of Jain faith, but historical findings suggest that they later shifted their faith to Shiva.
Things to do in HassanBelur, which is an important tourist place in Hassan, was one of the first capitals of the Hoysala Kingdom. Belur in Hassan houses the Chennakesava Temple Complex, which consists of the Chennakesava Temple and the Kappe Chennigraya Temple which attracts a lot of pilgrims every year.
Another important pilgrim centre in Hassan is Shravanabelagola. It is an important pilgrimage centre for Jains. The ceremony of Mahamastakabhisheka takes place here every 12 years which sees a conglomeration of a large number of devotees. Tourists can also try various attractive packages options to tour the city of Hassan.
Hassan has a moderate climate like much of Southern India, which makes it suitable for the growing of crops like coffee, black pepper, sugarcane, paddy and potato. It is also one of the few regions of India which enjoys a literacy rate of more than 75%.
Hassan has moderate weather throughout the year, however best time to visit Hassan is between the months September and April. Monsoons are usually accompanied with heavy rains.
Travelling to HassanHassan does not have an airport, although it has an extensive network of broad gauge railway. Most of its railway network is used for transporting goods, while only a small part is used for running express trains and passenger train services. The closest airport to reach Hassan lies in the cities of Mysore and Bangalore, approximately 115 km and 117 km away respectively.
However, the city seems to make up for the lack of airport or adequate railway connections by a well connected road transport system. There are private bus operators as well as the Karnataka State Bus Transport Service operating buses between Hassan and most of the major cities of the region.
Accommodation options in HassanHotels in Hassan range from budget hotels and homestays to backwater resorts. Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.