Basaralu is a small town near Mandya, Karnataka, India. This is home to the Mallikarjuna temple built in Hoysala architecture style.
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.
Like in the history of many ancient kingdoms, to origin of the Hoysalas too are often narrated with a blend of myth and speculations.
Thanks to its many hundreds of years of history & heritage the state's tourist map includes old capitals, forts, palaces, monuments and more. Also Karnataka is home to many wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls and mountains.
The list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India