Sravanabelagola, a chief pilgrim centre, is located in the midst of Mysore and Hassan. The township is situated in Hassan District, in the state of Karnataka. Surrounded by Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri ranges, the township is situated at an altitude of 3,350 feet above sea level.
The town was established in the 9th century by the Ganga rulers of southern Karnataka. There are several ancient testimonies in the form of religious monuments on the Vindhyagiri and the Chandragiri ranges belonging to the Ganga and Hoysala period.
Bahubali statue, the world's tallest monolithic figurine of the Jain saint, Lord Gomateshwara, is the chief attraction of Sravanabelagola. The 17 metres tall statue with religious inscriptions exhibits architectural and sculptural excellence of the Gangas of Talakad.
Mahamastakabhisheka, a major Jain festiva,l is celebrated with great enthusiasm every 12 years. Devotees from all around the world throng the destination to participate in the festival organised in honour of Gomateshwara Bahubali. The township provides a glimpse of the cultural diversity of Karnataka comprising of English, Hindi and Kannada speaking communities.
Sravanabelagola is well connected with Hassan through roadways. It is situated at a distance of 52 km from Hassan town.. The railhead of Hassan is served by several express and passenger trains having operations all across the country. Bengaluru International Airport, at a distance of 140 km, is connected with various parts of the world and is nearest to the destination.
Sravanabelagola experiences moderate climate, identical to the southern region of India. The climate is pleasant from October to March and is the ideal time for a visit.