Mattur (or Mathur) is a village near the city of Shivamogga in Karnataka, India, known for the usage of Sanskrit for day-to-day communication. Mattur has a Rama Mandira, a Shivalaya, Someshwara temple and Lakshmikeshava temple. Mattur's twin village, Hosahalli, shares almost all the qualities of Mattur. Hosahalli is situated across the bank of River Tunga. These two villages are almost always referred to together. Mattur and Hosahalli are known for their efforts to support Gamaka art, which is a unique form of singing and storytelling in Karnataka. These are two of the very rare villages in India where Sanskrit is spoken as a regional language. Sanskrit is the vernacular of a majority of the 5,000 residents of this quaint, sleepy hamlet situated a little over 4 kms from Shimoga. Content Courtesy -wikipedia