Somanathapura is a town located 35 km from the historic Mysore city in Mysore district, Karnataka. Somanathapura is famous for Keshava temple of 13th century A.D. with exquisite stone carvings of Hoysala Period. The temple is in the care of the Archeological Survey of India as a protected heritage site. Somanathapura is 110 Km away from Coorg.
Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest master pieces of Hoysala Architecture is located at Somanathapura. Chennakeshava Temple was constructed in 1268 by Soma, a Dandanayaka (commanding officer) under Hoysala king Narasimha III, during the Hoysala Empire was ruling South India.
Channakeshava temple at Somanathapura is housed within an amazing high wall and the doorway to the complex is via a porch with tall lathe-turned pillars. Chloritic schist or soapstone is used for this temple.
The major factors that make the Channakeshava temple standout amidst the big number of Hoysala monuments are its symmetrical architecture, excellent sculptures on equally outstanding shrines, and a temple which is surrounded by panels forming a cloister. While you will find Hoysala temples with better sculpture and some others with better architecture, this temples satisfies all requirements. It had been built by the well-known architect/sculptor Ruvari Malithamma who was well-known to his expertise in ornamentation.
Tirumakudalu Narasipura commonly known as T. Narasipura, is a panchayat town in Mysore district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The first name refers to the land at the confluence, at the confluence of the Kaveri, Kabini and Spatika Sarovara . This is the place in South India where Kumbhamela is held every three years. It finds a mention in the Skanda Purana as one of the Trimakuta Kshetras. The word 'Narasipur' is the name of the town, which is derived from the famous Gunja Narasimhaswamy temple that is located on the right bank of the Kabini river. Considered as sacred as Prayag (confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswati at Prayag - Varanasi - Kashi in North India), it is also known as Dakshina Kashi The town finds mention in tourism guides, both as a tourist place and a pilgrimage centre.
Channapatna is a city located 60 km south-west of Bangalore, India on Bangalore-Mysore state highway. The city is famous for its wooden toys and lacquerware. In the native language (kannada), Channapatna is also called as "goMbegaLa ooru" meaning toys town in English. These toys are manufactured in tradational or advanced small scale industries. Manufacturing and twisting of raw silk, Rice, Ragi and Coconut is a major product of Channapatna taluk. The temple of Lord Aprameya Swamy is nearby.