Mini Desert of Karnataka
Talakadu is a desert-like town located on the left bank of the Kaveri river in Karnataka, India. It is a perfect place for weekend trips from Bangalore as it is nearby areas as well. Travellers can behold the legacy of the city that yet flashes in its age-old monuments. Talakad is also famous for five Shiva temples, and several other temples that are said to be sprawling beneath the sand. The Pathaleshwara Temple, the Maruleshwara Temple, the Vaidhyeshwara Temple and the Mallikarjuna Temple are the Pancha-Lingas that symbolise the five faces of Lord Shiva. This is an ideal spot for history buffs and for the adherents of Lord Shiva. With a glorious history and culture, the city is also considerably prominent among the devotees who come here for special prayers.
TALAKAD'S PAST: THE HISTORY BEHIND IT BEING A DESERT TOWN
It is said that a lady named Allemelamma cursed the city saying "May Talakadu be filled with sand, let Malangi become a whirlpool and Mysore Kings shall not have children", strangely enough the place is packed with sand with no definite deductive theory to demonstrate the phenom; there are whirlpools near Malangi and Mysore Wodeyars haven't got a legitimate successor from that generation.
The city of Talakadu, once known to house five legendary Shiva temples, was the seat of power of Gangas and the Cholas. The commencement of the 11th century witnessed the toppling of the Gangas by the Cholas succeeding which Talakadu was renamed as Rajarajapura. It was next conquered by King Vishnuvardhana who founded Hoysala dominance over the area for a few centuries.
Top things do in Talakad
How to reach
Located at a distance of 45 km from Mysore and 133 km from Bangalore, ideal way to reach here is via road. One can also reach by flight and railways as well.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is in Bangalore, which is 120 km away. From the airport, one can take a cab or taxi to reach the destination.
How to Reach by Train
The closest railway station is situated in Mysore, at a distance of about 45 km.
How to Reach by Bus
State government and private buses are accessible to Talakadu from other cities in the Karnataka.
How to Reach by Road
If one is coming from Bangalore then there are three alternative ways, first one is from Kanakapura via NH209, the second one is from state highway (SH33) linking Maddur with Kanakapura and lastly onto NH209 and the third one is by Srirangapatna.
How to travel within
In the town, local buses and auto-rickshaws can be used to traverse from one place to another.
FOOD, LODGING AND MORE...
FOOD: There is a dearth of eating joints or restaurants in the town which means that essentially you will be dining at your respective hotel. South Indian cuisine is the dominant cookery, the town being located in Mysore. Nonetheless, you may locate the roadside vendors or tiny Dhabas for lip-smacking street food.
HOTELS/STAY: There are not many hotels in the town thus one chiefly stays in the places nearby such as Beehive Mysuru, Ashraya homestay, Red house Yoga centre, Osho Glimpse Mysuru, Bunkers Ashram etc.
CASH WITHDRAWL: SBI, Kotak Mahindra, Syndicate, Canara, Laxmi Vilas, Axis, Corporation bank etc operate in the area. One can also withdraw cash from Mysuru.
ONE DAY ITINERARY
Reach Talakad early in the morning and check into a hotel. After freshening up, head towards the Somanathapura temple. Later, visit the Mallikarjuna ancient temple. Have some lunch by after that head towards Keerthi Narayan Temple. Further, visit the Pathaleshwara temple. Later in the evening visit Vaidyanatheshwara Temple and Maruleshwara Temple. Have some dinner and rest in the respective hotels for the night. Leave in the morning.