Coffee, pepper and paddy are the main crops grown here. It receives around 300 inches of rain every year. There is a famous Prasanna Rameshwara temple located over here. Over 5000 people gather here for the annual Ugadi festival. Devarunda is a small village/hamlet near Mudigere. It is located 43 Kms towards South from District head quarters Chikmagalur. It is located approximately 13 Kms from Mudigere and 248 Kms from Bangalore. Daradahalli , Chinniga, Tripura, Bidarahalli, Gonibeedu are the nearby villages to Devarunda. Devarunda is surrounded by Sakaleshpur, Belur, Hassan , Puttur which are the nearby towns to Devarunda.
Halebid also know as Dwarasamudra (gateway to the seas) in ancient times is in Hassan district. Halebid is approx 27 kms away from Hassan and was the capital of Hoysala Empire. It flourished as the capital of the Hoysala Dynasty for about 150 years.
Halebid (also pronounced as Hale'beedu) literally means 'the old city'. Beedu also stands for layout or a place of human habitat. The Hoysalas ruled this city for about 150 years. Then it was sacked by the armies of Malik Kafur in the early 14th century, after which it fell into a state of disrepair and ignore.
The temples of Belur and Halebid are best known for their south Indian architecture. The temples at both these places are built by renowned architect Jakkanna Acharya (Amarashilpi Jakanaacharya). The temples are carved with scripts of Hindu mythology. The 12th century temple at Belur has many figures known as Madanikas or dancers. It has many pillars of different designs. Later the capital was shifted to Dwarasamudram (Halebid).
Both these temples have carving of Puranas, the Upanishads and other mythological characters from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. With these exquisite designs one loses himself in its beauty.
The 12th century Chennakesava Temple at Belur is the symbol of Hoysalas over the Cholas in the great battle of Talakadu. The exterior is covered with a variety of intricately-carved sculptures and friezes. The interior contains exquisite panels A tall stone pillar in the temple courtyard is balanced, amazingly, only by its centre of gravity.
It is said that this temple was started in 1116 AD and took nearly 103 years to complete. Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana. The main structure is star shaped on a raised plat form. Small shrines of Kappe Chenningaraya, Soumyanayaki, Andal, surround the temple. The two other temples from the Hoysala dynasty are the Vir Narayan and the Chennigaraya temple.
This temples of Belur and Halebid along with Jain monuments at Shravanabelagola in Hassan district are being proposed as UNESCO world heritage site. Halebid is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM Closed on Fridays.