Shimoga is the name for both the district, and the head quarters city of Shimoga district.

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Popular Hoysala Temples
Popular Hoysala Temples

Amruteshvara Temple at Amruthapura
Amruteshvara Temple at Amruthapura

Karnataka Map
Karnataka Map

Lakshmidevi Temple at Doddagadavalli
Lakshmidevi Temple at Doddagadavalli

Kukke Subhrimaniya
Kukke Subhrimaniya

Koravangala
Koravangala

Chennakeshava Temple at Haranahalli
Chennakeshava Temple at Haranahalli

Soapstone sculptures
Soapstone sculptures

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.

Jog Falls
Jog Falls

Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu
Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu

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