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Day Trip from Bangalore to Somnathpur & Talakadu for architecture & culture

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    Pass By: Five Senses Tours, Bengaluru 560055 India


    Stop At: Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple, Talakadu, Karnataka 571122, India

    Hotel pick up will be at 730 am and we will head towards Talakadu, located 130km from Bangalore. The journey will take 3 hours.

    Talakadu used to be a flourishing town with more than 30 temples during ancient times. The legendary Queen’s curse buried the entire town with sand dunes. We will visit Vaidyanatheswara temple, one of the 5 temples excavated from the sands. Over the next 2 hours, we will explore this granite structure built in the 14th century by Chola Kings and dedicated to Lord Shiva. We will also visit Pataleshwara Shiva temple where the Lingam is supposed to change colors through the day from red, black and white.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Keerthi Narayana Temple, Chamarajanagar District, Talakad India

    Next, we will visit Keertinarayana temple, built using black granite and bricks, and a splendid example of Hoysala style of architecture. This was built to commemorate the victory of King Vishnuvardhan over the Cholas. The highlight of this temple is the 2-meter tall main deity of the Lord.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Somnathpur Temple, Keshava Temple, Somanathapura Somanathapura Village, Mysuru (Mysore) 571120 India

    Somnathpur is famous for the magnificent Chennakesava temple. This temple was built in 1268 by Somanatha, a general of King Narasimha III. We will explore the three shrines and three wonderfully carved peaks with a common Mandapa. The next couple of hours will be spent appreciating the 16 different ceilings, each depicting a different stage of a blooming banana flower, the central wall space adorned with images of deities with jewellery, bangles, crowns and anklets.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Private guide
    • Lunch
    • Pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Sri Vaidhyanatheshwara Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Keerthi Narayana Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Somnathpur Temple
    • Beverages
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Footwear needs to be removed before entering temples and we have multiple temples on this itinerary. So slippers or slip-ons which can be easily removed, are preferable
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    I did this tour on a Sat while on a business trip. Everything was perfectly planned from the hotel pick-up to the sights. Somnathpur is a must-do if you find some time. The temple carvings could easily take you for a day. They are in...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Madhusudan N, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Hello and thank you for your review. It was our pleasure hosting you. I am delighted Chandrashekar did a great job of hosting you on the Somnathpur and Talakad tour from Bangalore. Its good to know you enjoyed the local cusiine as well during the...More

    Reviewed 30 June 2019 via mobile

    We decided to visit Somnathpur and Talakudu after reading the good reviews for this company and we certainly weren’t disappointed. The temples are some 3 hours away from Bangalore but the journey went by quickly with an animated chat with our excellent guide Satish about...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2019

    Hello and thank you so much for this kind review. Its great to know you enjoyed the experience of the sand dune covered temples of Talakad with its deadly curse! And the sculptures of Somnathpur. I am also delighted you found Satish to be excellent....More

    Reviewed 16 June 2019

    The temples of Somnathpur and Talakadu were exquisite in their detail and surprisingly not mobbed by tourists. After the initial tour which was very informative, you could take your time and wander around and revisit parts of the temple and stonework again as the detail...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2019

    Hello and thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to host you. I am delighted you enjoyed this culture tour to the lost town of Talakad and temple of Somnathpur. I am happy you found Chandra's knowledge of the history and local customs,...More

    Reviewed 12 May 2019

    I took a tour of the Somnathpur temple on a free day in Bangalore and enjoyed escaping the city and seeing more of the country. Satish customized the tour on the fly based on my interests, stopping at the local mango markets to try different...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2019

    Hello and thanks for taking time out for this review. I am delighted that you liked the way our cultural evangelist satish, tailored the tour to suit your interests. It great to know you enjoyed meeting local people and tasting local cuisine!

    Reviewed 30 April 2019

    Our tour of these two temples was educational, entertaining, and fulfilling. We learned about not only the history of the temples, but the surrounding area and region. Our guide Satish was very personable and it felt more like a friend showing us around than a...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2019

    Hello and i am so glad you found this tour hosted by Satish to be entertaining as well as fulfilling. I am delighted you enjoyed the visit to the sand dune covered temple, the cursed town and the magnificent sculptures of Somnathpur. It was our...More

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