Arsikere

Arsikere is a town in Hassan district in Karnataka. Arsikere is known for its coconut production and Malekallu Tirupathi hill. Arsikere is a major railway junction. Distance from Bangalore to Arsikere is 172.6 km and takes around 3 h 21 min. Distance between Arsikere and Shimoga is 99 km. Distance from Arsikere to Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple is 146.0 km and travel time in this route is 3 h 20 min via Arsikere-Hassan Highway and Bandadka - Bengaluru Road. Distance from Arsikere to Subramanya Road Railway Station is 147.2 km and takes around 3 h 16 min via Arsikere-Hassan Hwy and Bandadka - Bengaluru Road.

Malekallu Malekal Tirupathi hill has 1300 steps and its beleived that lord Rama had visited this place. Its the only place you can see a standing Venkateshwara idol other than famous Tirupati of Andhra Pradesh. There is a famous temple called Shri Lakshmi Venkataramana Swamy temple. One can also see a stone mantapa atop this hill. It is a central place for visit to places of tourist interest, like Belur at 40 km, Halebidu at 25 km and Shravanabelagola at 80 km.

Arasikere
LocationHassan, Karanataka
Best time to visit
Places to visitKalameshwara Temple (Kattameshvara and Chandramoulishvara), Kattameshvara and Chandramoulishvara Temple Shivalaya, Sahasrakuta Jinalaya, Malekallu Tirupathi-balaji, Sainatha and Ganapathi temples, Javagal, Jenukallu siddeshwara swamy hill, Shri Subhramnya Ane Bhetta, Sri Siddarameshwara Temple in Sunkadahalli, Sri Siddarameshwara Gadduge and Bannavara.

Arsikere was an important town during Hoysala rule and the name Arsikere comes from one of the princesses of the Hoysala dynasty, who built a big pond (kere in Kannada). Arasi means queen in Kannada. Therefore, it is 'Arasiya+kere' which means 'princess-pond'.

Places to Visit in Arsikere

Malekal Tirupathi hill, Lakshmi Venkatramana Swamy Temple, Kalameshwara Temple and Nagapuri Fortress are major Tourist Attractions in Arsikere.

Kalgundi Marula Sidheshwara Swami Temple and Sri Rama temple
Distance from Arsikere to Kalgundi Marula Sidheshwara Swami Temple and Sri Rama temple at Kallugundi is 30.9 km and takes around 37 min.

Lakshmi Venkatramana Swamy Temple
The Lakshmi Venkatramana Swamy temple is also known as Amaragiri Malekal Tirupathi temple. The Amaragiri Malekar Tirupati temple has about 1300 steps. The temple was built during the Hoysala rule. The other places close to the Amaragiri Malekar Tirupati temple are Shasrakuta Basadi, Haluvokkalu Temple, Swethambara Temple, and Sahasrakuta Jinalaya. There are a number of flowering plants, herbal plants and Ayurveda plants surrounding the hill.



The Tirupati Hill temple is about 800 years old. As per mythological stories, the principal deities Srinivasa and Padmanabha were installed by Sage Vasishta Maharishi. It is believed that Lord Rama had visited this temple. Tourists and pilgrims come here in big numbers during the annual festival season. The Amaragiri Malekar Tirupati temple is the only temple where you get to see the standing idol of Lord Venkateshwara.

Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Venkatramanaswamy. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped here with Lord Venkatramanaswamy. Every year an annual festival is celebrated here which is attended by hundreds of pilgrims.

The Rathotsava festival is celebrated with great pomp and splendour and the idols of Padmanabha and Srinivasa are taken in a chariot. This is the best time to visit the temple, and this event is normally held around June-July.

The Amaragiri Malekar Tirupati temple has beautiful carvings of the Hoysala era. The architecture style of the Hoysala temples has been inspired from the Vesara style. The Badami Chalukyas as well as the Kalyani Chalukyas encouraged the Vesara style. The pillars have beautiful intricate stone carvings of the Vesara style. Gray soapstone has been used for building the temple which is a unique feature of the Hoysala temples.

The annual Brahmotsavam is held every year and it is celebrated with great pomp and splendour. The Hoysalas encouraged sculptural and architectural achievements and many of the temples in Karnataka clearly depict this fact.

The temple architecture at the Amaragiri Malekal Tirupati temple is a combination of the Nagara style of North India and the Dravidian style. The Chola Pandya style of architecture is clearly reflected in the architecture of this temple. The architectural grandeur of the temple is simply superb. The basic raw materials used for the sculptures were soapstone as it was smooth and pliable. Attention to details and the miniature carvings were the main features of the Hoysala architects which are clearly reflected in the architecture of the Karnataka temples.

Kalameshwara Temple
The Kalameshwara Temple, also known as Kattameshvara and Chandramoulishvara by devotees, is a monument of Hoysala style of architecture facing east and dating back to 1220 A.D.



Kalameshwara Temple consists of a garbhagriha, an open shukanasi, an open navaranga, a small rectangular inner porch and a circular Mukhamantapa. The Haluvakalu Devasthana has a Garbhagriha, an open Shukanasa with common hall in the front. The Sahasrakuta Jinalaya here a Hoysala building of 1220 A.D. and was constructed by Vasudhaika bandhava Recharasa, a minister of Veera Ballala II.

Nagapuri Forest
Nagapuri is a small Village/hamlet in Arsikere Taluk in Hassan District of Karnataka. It comes under Aggunda Panchayath. It belongs to Mysore Division. Nagapuri is located 48 Km towards North from District head quarters Hassan. Pin code is 573103.

Nagpuri forest area in Arsikere taluk covers over 18,000 acres. Sloth bears & Elephants are present in this area.

Nagapuri Fortress
Nagapuri fortress built on the Hirekal hill, is eleven kilometres north of Arasikere and is said to have been constructed by Hyder Ali. From the top of this place, the can have a grand view of the landscape consisting of hills & forests.

Beaches near Arsikere

Location Distance
Kaup Beach, Udupi 266 km
Devbagh Beach, North Karnataka 357 km
Tilmatti Beach, Karwar 357 km
Binanga Beach, Karwar 357 km
Karwar Beach, Karwar 357 km

Distance from Arsikere to Mangaluru Railway Station is 217.2 km and takes around 4 h 36 min via SH 64. Distance from Arsikere to Gokarna is 318.4 km and takes around 5 h 53 min via NH206. Distance from Arsikere to Ballari is 253.2 km and takes around 4 h 15 min via Bellary - Hiriyur Road. Harnahalli, Tiptur, Hassan, Chikmagalur are the nearby Cities to Arasikere.

Distance from Arsikere to Kalgundi Marula sidheshwara swami temple and Sri Rama temple, Kallugundi is 30.9 km and takes around 37 min via NH206 and NH234. Distance from Arekere Gate Bus Stop to Hulimavu is 3 Km. Distance from Vijayapura to Arsikere, Karnataka is 472.0 km and takes around 8 h 1 min via NH13.