Visit the Hoysala Temples on Somanathapura and Talakad Tour
There are temples in India, and then there are Hoysala Temples. 700 years ago, the Hoysala Empire in Southern India built some of the most stunning temples. All this leads to the sheer amount of diversity and learning which makes this tour one of the most interesting ones. The destinations included are not typically touristy but come highly recommended by serious travellers looking for an authentic Indian experience.
Highlights
  • Start from Mysore at around 8:00am and reach Somanathapura by 9:30am. View one of the finest specimens of Hoysala architecture at Somanathapura and learn about the indomitable power of Lord Vishnu.
  • Have a quick packed lunch at the gorgeous waterfall of Shivanasamudra and head to discover the city buried under sand - Talakad. Explore the sand dune laden temples of Talakad and question yourself about the mystery of so much sand in a land which was once fertile.
  • Saunter around and have a look at the city being unearthed from under the sand dunes while walking along the sand lined with cashew trees. Discover the famous curse that befell the Mysore kings.
  • Spot sugarcane, paddy, coconut, millets and along with silkworm cultivation all along the route while driving through the farms.
Meeting place
Guru Coconut Stand,1st Main Rd, 2nd Stage, Gokulam, Mysuru
Time
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other details
THINGS TO CARRY : A light day pack with a bottle of water and sun cap. Wear clothes for warm weather but carry a rain jacket or a poncho. Comfortable footwear but you may have to remove your footwear at quite a few places.
Things included in the price
  • Move around in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle
  • A high quality guided tour of Talakad and Somanathapura
  • Fresh coconut water – cold and sweet!
  • Things excluded in the price
  • Entry fee at Somanathapura - INR 10 for an Indian and INR 250 for a foreign national
  • Lunch - INR 200 per person (approximately)

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