Hassan  is a small town in Karnataka State.
Hassan is a very good place,often called as poor mans ooty.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the heart of Karnataka architecture, greenery and water.
It is about 185 km from Bangalore City and 130kms from Mysore
Hassan has a Railway station but very few passenger trains running through it- mainly Oil tankers from Mangalore to other parts of Karnataka pass through
Hassan is connected by a Daily train (16517/18) from Bangalore to Mangalore and a Tri-Weekly 16515/16 running in day time from Bangalore to Mangalore. A Weekly train connets Hassan from Mumbai(11035/36) and another weekly from H.Nizamuddin(Delhi).
Being on NH-48(Nelmangla-Mangalore highway) the place is well connected by bus from Bangalore. Regular buses plying to Mangalore, dharmatala, chikmaglur, Kukke Subramanya, udupi etc ply via Hassan. Owing to this regular Volvo and Rajahamsa (Deluxe) services of KSRTC available from Bangalore. Regular buses from Mysore also available.
From Bangalore take NH-4 up to Nelamangla bye-pass and turn left on the Doddaballapur-Mangalore road(NH-48) ans pass through Kunigal, Yediyur and Chennarayapatna to Hassan. The road is under 4 laning as of now and hence at places makes travel tedious.
- Ramanathpur Temples. This is a holy town on the banks of River Cauvery. This temple town is also known as “Dakshin Kashi” for its many temples that are at the banks of the river. There are over 5 temples within walking distance of one another. The river has a rich variety of fishes, some of which are revered. Right behind the Rameshwara temple, there are steps leading to the river where one can feed the fish after buying fish feed from vendors. You can also spot many birds. It is said that there is a cave in the waterbed that one can enter during the summer months.
- Gorur Dam. This dam was built across the Hemavathy river in early 1900s and forms the Hemavathi Reservoir. 46 villages were submerged by the dam waters. One needs permission from relevant authorities to go to the top of the dam to view the Hemavathi Reservoir. This town is also the birthplace of Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar who is a stalwart in Kannada literature.
- Shettyhalli Church. This church is said to have been built about 450 years and is in Gothic architecture. The church gets submerged by the Hemavathy River backwaters. However, the water recedes during the summer months and one can go into the crumbling church. During this time, once a year, prayers are held and lamp is light in the church. When the church is submerged, you may find a coracle that would take you closer to the church. The new church is built in Portuguese style in the town.
- Mosale Hoysala Temples. There are 2 temples – Chennakeshava and Someshwara temples – built in Hoysala architecture with intricate details.
- Sri Ranganatha Hill. This temple is recently constructed and is situated on top of a hill. The Hanuman statue .The temple itself is of recent architecture. The drive to the hill is very picturesque and the road is very good. The temple is open from 6.30 am to 5 pm.
Palaka resort has excellent activities for people staying there or for a day outing. The resort also has the only paintball facility in the district of Hassan.
- Palaka Resorts, Hassan-Mysore Rd (Near Sri Ramadevara Dam), ☎ 080-41158187 ([email protected]). Ocio Hospitality
- The nearby Jain temple in the small village of Shravanabelagola
- Halebidu - the capital of the Hoysala dynasty.
- Koravangala - Sri.Govindeshwara temple
- Nuggehalli - Kesava Temple
- Haranahalli - Chennakeshava and Someshwara temples
- Doddagadavalli - Lakshmidevi Temple on the Hassan-Belur road
- Hosaholalu - Lakshmirarayana Temple