At Basaralu, a small village in Mandya district near Mysore, is home to the Mallikarjuna temple built in CE 1234 ( I hope this year included in the school history text book. Easy answer for that 1-mark question!)
I reached Basaluru village in the mid noon, on a scorching summer of 2008. Wrong time of the day to photograph the intriguingly carved exterior of ornate Hoysala temple.
BTW, I owned a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P52, handy, rugged but with no significant means to manage the Depth of focus compared to the SLRs
The images are grainy,over burn and deeply shadowed, sometimes. Nevertheless here is a few I shot during that visit...
Access : Basaralu is about 26km north of Mandya town (on the Bangalore - Mysore highway). Another route to access Basaralu is via Nagamangala. Take the exit to Nagamangala, on the NH48 (Bangalore-Mangalore highway).