Me and my mother decided to visit on my birthday in 2018!
There is a story behind the sand formation at Talakad, saying the queen named Alamelamma had cursed this region to be filled with sand, Malangi - To be a deadly water body and the Mysore kings not have heirs for the eternity.
Being a practical person, I do not believe in such superstitions. Also some geographical experts and scientists say that the sand formation in this region has been for centuries before the curse.Route that I took to reach Talakad from our farm :
Mudigundam - Shankanapura - Mulluru - Main road touching T. Narasipura - Maavina halli - Talakad
To make the trip worth the visit, I would suggest the travelers to combine Talakad along with Sathegala (Shivanasamudra falls and the temples around).Temples to visit in Talakad :
*Keerthi Narayana Temple - The most magnificent one among all the temples in Talakad. Brilliant art and architecture. The main deity here is Lord Narayana
*Vydyanatheshwara Temple - The temple near to Keerthi Narayana Temple. Amazing architecture and the idol (face) of Lord Shiva
*Pathaleshwara Temple - After visiting the temples of Keerthi Narayana and Vydyanatheshwara, there is a sand path which directs to rest of the temples. The main deity is Lord Shiva in the form of linga (stone)
*Maraleshwara Temple - After visiting Pathaleshwara Temple, you have to walk a bit long through the sand path to reach this temple. The main deity is Lord Shiva in the form of linga (stone)
*Chowdeshwari Amma Temple - The idol of Goddess Chowdeshwari is beautiful and this completes the temples visit.
There are a couple of places (named Udupi mess) which serves homely food near the temples of Talakad. Also some street food vendors serving chats.Eat, pray and DRIVE!