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Somnathpur Temple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Truly amazing piece of human excellence and creativity. Should not be missed in any Mysore trip. Situated at about 35 Kms distance from Mysore, this little hamlet will be a mesmerizing experience for any visitor. The Hoysala temple is now under the supervision of ASI, there is no rituals performed here now. So this is more of a historical site than a temple. But the sheer beauty of the carvings on the pillar is worth every effort to reach this place. A lifetime experience so to say.

If you are coming from Bangalore, take the Kanakpura Road/NH 209 route. With absolutely no traffic at all on this beautiful road, you can reach this place within two and a half hours. Carry enough food and water as there are almost no eateries. Google/Here Maps will guide you to the exact location. From here, one can visit Talakad/Shivanasamudra Falls which are 30-40 kms away but awesome NH 212 route will take no time to reach.

Please take some time out and visit this place and be amazed!

One small Tip:- do not forget to post a picture postcard in the post box kept within the premises. The postcard will have a cancellation of beautiful architecture of the temple. Post card and stamp are available for purchase in the small shops outside.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Lovely temples midst villages. For visitors to India, you get to see novel things like rural india. For Indians who have traveled, you will feel sad that this has not been promoted well. Very litle amenities. Carry food and water. Will be hot in Summer months.

1  Thank Sudsharan
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Well kept, well preserved. A medieval wonder. The temple, built in 1268, is a shining example of Hindu medieval architecture. You drive through rural India to get there - rice paddies, bullock carts, small villages - so you get to see the best of India. There was a guard there who was very friendly and apparently is a history buff. We learned a lot about the place from him. We went on a Sunday, 45 minutes before closing time and was pleasantly surprised it wasn't crowded. There are hawkers outside but they are not very aggressive. They do have the two-tier pricing system. Indians INR10, foreigners INR100.

2  Thank Rhea L
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Must visit place from Mysore. Try to find the unique Brahma and Indra statues. May not be in the core travel plan, but must be considered.... Hoysala temples at their best

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Reviewed 21 March 2014

We visited this temple by traveling through srirangapatnam. The 800 Year+ old temple is a fine example of stone art and architecture from top to bottom. Although temple rituals are not going on due to maintenance by Archeological department, Still the calm and clean atmosphere reminds us of how calm a place of worship should be.

The nearby place to get restaurent is Bannur which is few kilometers away.

Thank GaneshP_Sahu
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