Belur is a famous temple town in Karnataka, located in Hassan district. Belur is especially renowned for the grand Hoysala Temple Complex.
Belur is situated 330 km from Hospet, 222 km from Bangalore, 194 km from Mangalore, 149 km from Mysore, 38 km from Hassan and 17 km from Halebid.
Belur was the early capital of the powerful Hoysala Empire on the banks of River Yagachi, now called Dakshina Varanasi (Banaras of the South). In accordance with inscriptions discovered here, Belur was formerly also called Velapuri.