Let me tell you that though I love to travel for leisure, it is my work trips into the rural, semi-urban and sometimes remote parts of India which really have given me some of the best life experiences. Every time, I am on field (due to my work projects) in India, I am mesmerised by the rich heritage and culture of my country. One of my best work travel experiences have been to South Indian state of Karnataka. In many parts of South India (of which modern Karnataka is one state) the Hoysala empire ruled between 10th and 14th centures, left behind a rich heritage of temples. In present times, the hoysala temple architecture is famous for exquisite detail and skilled craftsmanship.
During my last trip to Karnataka, I came across two superb (but smaller) temples of Hoysala period. I originally though to write about both in one post, beauty of these temples made me write one post each dedicated to the temples.