Situated 194 km west of Bangalore
, Hassan is the headquarters of Hassan District
. It was founded in the 11th century by Channa Krishnappa Naik. The presiding deity of the town is Hasanamba (the smiling Goddess). The city covers an area of 9 sq km and the languages spoken are
The prime attraction in Hassan is the temple of Hasanamba. The temple is opened only during the second Ashwayuja (October) for about a week. A ‘jatra’ (fair) is held on this occasion.
Hassan is popular for 'ragi balls,' a local flavor. It is eaten with mutton curry or vegetable stew.
Hassan is a transit point on route to Belur, Halebid and Sravanbelagola.
The nearest airport is at Bangalore. Hassan Railway Station is on the
National Highway 48 passes through Hassan.