Located about 30km northeast of Mangalore, Moodabidri is an important Jan center. There are a large number of Basadis (temples), the 1000 pillared Basadi called Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani, is a spectacular religious site.
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.