Belur is a town municipal council and taluka in Hassan district. Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. With Halebidu which is only 16 km away, this is one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka.
The town is renowned for its Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship. Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire
Chennakeshava Temple is surrounded by the Kappe Chennigaraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana. This temple along with Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebidu and the Jaina monuments at Shravanabelagola are UNESCO world heritage sites.
The primary mode of employment in the Belur region is agriculture. Crops grown include coffee, rice, finger millet, pepper, cardamom, ginger and sugarcane with paddy being dominant.
YN Rudresha Gowda from Congress is the current MLA and he defeated K.S.Lingesha of JDS by 7,529 votes. Rudresha Gowda has been winning from Belur since 2008.