TALAKAD - A beautiful historic place located on the banks of river Kaveri in Karnataka, India
I was all excited to see the place after a decade from my last visit, with a lot of developments.
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 I took to reach Talakad from our farm :
Mudigundam - Shankanapura - Mulluru - Main road touching T. Narasipura - Maavina halli - Talakad (One of the short routes, but the roads are not so great though)
I drove back home via Bangalore road - Belakavaadi - Sathegala - Kollegal (Longer route but roads are good)
To make the trip worth the visit, I would suggest the travelers to combine Talakad along with Sathegala (Shivasamudra Falls and Temples around).
Temples of Talakad visited :
*Keerthi Narayana Temple - The most magnificent temples 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 - Goddess Chowdeshwari's idol 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 good street vendors serving chats.
One thing which interested me on my way to Talakad :
Jamun fruit/ Indian Blackberries trees in the village Maavina Halli. I stopped my vehicle and hand picked some of the fruits.
Eat, pray and DRIVE!