Somanathapura Tourism & Travel Guide

This is a town a few kilometers away from the Mysore City and is also located in the Mysore District of Karnataka. This place is popular mainly for the Chennakesava Temple which was built in the 13th century during the rule of the Hoysala Dynasty. The temple was built by Soma, a commander of the Hoyasala Empire during the rule of Narasimha III. The Chennakesava Temple is one of the best examples of the Hoysala Empire and is till now wxtremely well conserved. The temple is under the administration and is looked after by the Archeological Survey of India.

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Mysore, Karnataka, India
Originally known as the Chennakeshava Temple, this is in the town of Somanathapura. It was built by a general named Somanatha of the Hoysala empire during the reign of Narasimha III. This temple was built to honor not only the cult deity of the Hoysalas but also to honor the king who is known to have been extremely loving to his subjects. The prime deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu and the style of architecture is a typical Hoysala Style. This 13th century temple is also one of the best examples of Hoysala Art and architecture. This is the best preserved Hoysala temple and is very attractive mainly due to the carvings on the stone pillars especially on the eastern face of the temple.
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Somanathapura, Mysuru, Karnataka 571120, India
This travelogue is more a photo blog of my visit to one of the architectural wonders, Chennakeshava Temple, Belur. Often named with its twin town, Halebeedu, Belur forms the core of the Hoysala architecture that emanates extraordinary levels of architectural finesse. They say that it takes couple of months to study these two temples in detail. Here is a taste of Belur
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Weekend Getaways from Somanathapura  

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Bangalore or Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon valley of India, will greet you with dreamy weather, Carnatic fusion melodies, a signature breakfast of masala dosa and filter coffee, and notorious traffic. Bangalore serves as a comfortable cohabitation of tradition and modernisation that can be seen throughout the places to visit in the city, with throngs of vibrant Kannada temples coexisting with budding start-ups. Travel to Bangalore city for the lively cafes, quirky shops and a fascinating contemporary culture. Visit classic attractions such as the Bangalore castle known for its Tudor-style architecture and Tipu Sultan’s summer palace that dates back to the 17th century. To get your art fix in Bengaluru, you could head to the fascinating Venkatappa Art Gallery. One of the more popular things to do in Bangalore city is to take a walk through the green spaces of the 19th century old Cubbon Park, that were once the reason why Bangalore was known as the Garden City. Bengaluru’s Vidhana Soudha, the Neo-Dravidian granite palace is also must visit places for the architecture aficionados. Tourists can head to Bengaluru’s much revered Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), for authentic south Indian food and Toit’s, the brick-walled microbrewery for a cold beer.


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