There are beautiful Hoysala temples in Mandya district which stretches north and east of Mysore. Some 30 km. north of Mysore via the town of Pandavapura, is the Cheluvarayaswami Temple at Melkote. It is an important religious centre and there is a festival each year during March/April. Some 6 km. away is the lake of Tirumalasagara where there are two other examples of Hoysala architecture. North of Melkote is an important town, Nagamangala and its principle attraction is the Saumyakeshva Temple. West of Melkot is Krishnarajpet and some two km. from here is the village of Hosaholale. Here there is a superb example of Hoysala temple architecture in the form of the Laxminarayana Temple. Some 25 km. north of Mandya stands the village of Basaralu where there is the exquisite Mallikarjuna Temple. It is adorned with beautiful sculptures including a 16-armed Siva dancing on Andhakasura's head and Ravana lifting Kailasa. Getting to any of these towns involves the use of local buses. Mysore is your best base for all of them except Basaralu for which you might find Mandya town a better base.