Hosaholalu has a beautiful Hoysala temple dedicated to Lakshmirarayana , a form of lord Vishnu. This is a functional temple with active worship. Also one of the well preserved and maintained Hoysala temples.
Hosaholalu is located about 45 kilometers ( 28 miles ) north of Mysore city. The nearest main town for Hosaholalu is KR Pet ( Krishnarajpet ). The state highway -7 (SH7) passes through Krishnarajpet.
If you are traveling from NH48 , take the deviation from Channarayapattina to SH7 . The route is Channarayapattina- Kikkeri - Krishnarajpet -Hosaholalu.
Though private transport is preferred, there are bus connections to Krishnarajpet from other towns of the region.
Temple opens from sunrise to sunset. No admission fees. No camera fee.
The beauty of the Hoysala templs , particularly its intricate carvings owes a lot to one material - Soapstone. Unlike granite, sandstone and marble used in the construction of most of India's ancient monuments, soapstone is softer with some peculiar properties that set it apar from the former materials. To give you an idea , the softer version of the soapstone can be carved even with your finger nail.