One of the finest examples of Hoysala Temple architecture, the Amruteshwara Temple at Amrutapura, dates back to the 12th century. Located in Chikmagalur District, Amrutapura is just 35 km from Shimoga and about 5 km from Tarikere. The temple is well maintained and set in an idyllic atmosphere. Coconut trees, paddy fields and lush green manicured gardens surround the temple.
The Lakshminarayana Temple was built by the Hoysala King Vira Someshwara and dates from about 1250 AD. It is well preserved compared to other Hoysala temples and is completely covered with detailed and ornate sculpture.
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In the sleepy village of Doddagadduvalli, on the shore of a lake is the Lakshmi Devi Temple which is one of the earliest Hoysala Temples. It was built by a merchant named Kullahana Rahuta and his wife Sahaja Devi in 1114 AD under the rule of Vishnuvardhana.
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Javagal is a small town located 50 km from Hassan and 20 km from the world famous Halebid. Javagal too has a largely unknown Hoysala treasure, the Lakshminarasimha Temple. Built in 1250 AD by the Hoysalas this temple is definitely worth a visit.