Somanathapura temple front facing Karnataka

Day-trip from Bangalore: Visit to Chennakesava Temple, Somnathpur

Date: 30th May 2009

This was a one day drive to a town called Somanathapura, most famous its Kesava temple, located around 100kms from Bangalore and 35kms before Mysore city. Just off Mysore Road, it will probably take you 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours by car.

Hay outside Somnathpur temple Karnataka
It was past 10am when we arrived at the temple
Somnathpur temple entrance Karnataka
I don't remember, but I do believe there is an entry fee to the temple. It's not much.

Tree branches Somnathpura

Somnathpur temple entrance door Karnataka
We went in
Somanathapura temple front facing Karnataka
The front facade of the centuries old Chennakesava Temple

Chennakesava temple Somanathapura pillarsChennakesava temple pillars Somanathpur IndiaChennakesava temple Somanathapura pillar

Kesava temple Somanathapura tomb
The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture
Chennakesava temple back side Somanathapura
From behind the main temple
Inside Chennakesava temple ceiling Somanathapura
Inside the stone structure, the intricate details were even more impressive

Inside Chennakesava temple stone carving design Somanathapura

Inside Kesava temple Hoysala architecture Somanathapura
I'm always been fascinated by the sculpting work done in many Indian temples
Ramesh Joe inside Chennakesava temple Somanathapura
Since the inside of the temple isn't very big, you have to get down on the ground to get a wider shot of the ceiling
Inside Chennakesava temple Hoysala stone design Somanathapura
It's easy to lie down on the ground because it's so cool inside
Somnathpur temple granite stone pillars carving
Even the pillars are intricately carved!
Inside Kesava temple Hoysala pillars Somanathapura
That's my friend Ramesh inside the idol room

Kesava temple ceiling stone carving Somanathapura

Ceiling stone carving detail Indian temple Somnathpur
I can't imagine how long it must have taken to carve all this in stone
Ceiling dome stone carving Indian temple Somnathpur
This temple maybe small, but it's still quite a sight to behold

Inside granite stone temple Somnathpur Karnataka IndiaLady at door Kesava temple SomanathapuraStone carving design Somnathpur temple

Square holes wall Somnathpur temple India
Ventilation, in the olden days

Hollow shape wall Somnathpur temple

Somnathpur temple stone pillars leg
The ground was so cool

Joe on ground Kesava temple Somanathapura

Chennakesava temple Karnataka India
We left the coolness of the inside and stepped out into the scorching heat again
Kesava temple pillars old man Somnathpur India
It was time to leave

Big tree Somnathpur Karnataka IndiaTree branches leaves silhouette SomnathpurSomnathpur temple letterboxSomnathpur temple grass lawn women India

Somnathpur village farm man India
When we left the temple, we walked around the nearby farms

River stream Karnataka village

Golden dragonfly Karnataka India
Took me a while to get a shot of this amazing looking dragon fly
Mayura river view Srirangapatna Karnataka India
On the way back, we stopped for lunch at Mayura River View in Srirangapatna
Friends Mayura River Srirangapatna Karnataka India
It's a nice little hotel run by KSTDC that we discovered during an earlier trip
Mayura River trees Srirangapatna Karnataka India
The restaurant menu isn't exhaustive but the prices are very reasonable, so it's a good place to sit and have a beer by the river and eat
Monkey eating from hotel plate Karnataka India
That is of course if the monkeys don't eat your meals first
Monkey scratching by river India
There are a lot of monkeys around
Mayura river steps monkey Srirangapatna
We gave our bodies some rest before driving back to Bangalore


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  • R Niranjan


    Awesome architecture. Am heading here soon.

  • David


    I am planning to go here this week by Friday there any temple timings .. Because we will reach by 12 . pls reply

    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Friday shouldn’t be a problem. The temple isn’t an active one and should be open until evening, say 6PM.

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