Somnathpur Ratings & Reviews

Vinayaka Shetty

Vinayaka Shettyratingratingratingratingratingrating3.6/5

3 reviewsPosted 5 years ago


Somanathpura near Mysore famous for temple built with sculpture . Nice to watch the work of stone very beautiful and worth watching . Good roads from Mysore and Maddoor can visit Talakadu very near from there. The Temple at a height on the way to Talakadu is also very nice and ancient one . The beautiful scenes of Kaveri river is fantastic.

Soumyajit Kundu

Soumyajit Kunduratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

104 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Good place for visit!

Its about 60 KM from Mysore, we visited on the way to BR hills from Mysore. Good place with very beautiful carving. Well maintained by Archeological Survey of India. Duration of visit is around 1 hour. There is proper signage on the road so there is no way you will get lost.

Vijayavinayak Tandur

Vijayavinayak Tandurratingratingratingratingratingrating3.6/5

2 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Somnathpur, best of temple visit

Nice trip with my. You ll get to see old temples dating 1000BC. Don't forget to visit talakadu nearby. It's better to go in month of November as it ll be less crowded.

  • Somnathpur, best of temple visit
  • Somnathpur, best of temple visit
  • Somnathpur, best of temple visit
  • Somnathpur, best of temple visit

Shyamala Kamath

Shyamala Kamathratingratingratingratingratingrating3.6/5

12 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Symbol of Hoysala Architect

It's magnificent temple built in Hoysala style. It would take 2 hrs drive from Bangalore city. Even though there are no religious activity done in the temple. It's to study and admire the Hoysala style of architecture. It's breath taking stone carvings . On close observation you can c story of Ramayan and Mahabharata carved on the wall. It would be highly informative to a history student . Best time to visit will be either in the early morning or evening. To avoid harsh sunlight. So that easily the wall carvings can be studied . Entry is, paid . There is beautiful well maintained lawn to relax . Just opposite there are shops

  • Inner view of temple Somnathpur
  • Inner apperance of temple
  • Walls of the remple Somnathpur
  • Walls of the temple Somnathpur

Narayan Kulkarni

Narayan Kulkarniratingratingratingratingratingrating4.6/5

10 reviewsPosted September 2015

Carving are to die for Here !!

Stones carved to build a temple is a must see destination in Somanathapura, Karnataka. This is a small town near Talakadu, Mandya Dist . . Travelling by road from Bangalore, you should reach the place within 3 hours and stop at Maddur for a breakfast Do not forget to carry a camera and visit the place on a sunny day for some good shots Try a few maddur vadas for breakfast which is the local favourite and made in plenty. A deep fried vegetarian delicacy made from flour Also visit the Cauvery river near talakadu as its a fifteen minutes drive from Somanathpura Carry an extra pair of clothin as the water is tempting!

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Lekha Nair

Lekha Nairratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

5 reviewsPosted August 2015

Somnathpura Temple- Marvellous Architecture

. Somnathpura-35kms from Mysore- well - feels like we have come into a different era . When we entered the place, we could just a garden & a compound wall - that's what was mentioned on the website also. The outside view is v plain, but inside view is just out of this world!   Luckily, we got a good guide! The Chennakesava temple was built by Hoysala dynasty in the 13th century. This temple had 3 idols - the main idol was taken by British people & is now kept in some museum there. The three idols were Keshava, Venugopala & Janardhana. Keshava idol is missing. There are scratches on the other two. Hence this place is a dead monument - the deities are not worshipped here. But that's such a pity, because its one of the best temples I have seen in my life time!  . The first look at the temple - and I totally fell in love with it! Such lovely architecture. It's got a star shaped base- which has a 1km perimeter. It's supposedly made of soap stone. The signature of the sculptor could be seen at many places.   The sculptures are designed in a horizontal rows one above the other - the lower ones having design of elephants, lions, warriors, etc. Also Ganesha, Lakshmi, Different Avatars of Vishnu - like Narasimha(with Lakshmi on her lap), Indira with the Airavat, Brahma, Matsya, Kurma, Varaha(with oval shaped earth in his hand), Vamana with his one leg raised up . Each sculpture of lion was supposedly different from the other!   There were sections of Mahabharata & Ramayana also- though not as much in detail as in Kailasa of Ellora. The shikhara is a combination of north & south architecture - again a speciality of Hoysalas. Once we entered inside, we could c many pillars & also that the ceiling was divided into many sections - showing design of lotus flower, banana flower, Each ceiling looked good & also was little different from each other. There is one idol of Vishnu holding the flute- Keshava, on  the opposite side is Janardhana. Though the original Keshava idol is missing, some other old idol has been kept there. Both the original idols have a shine - though it was a made using stone! There is a big deepasthamba outside the temple - which has supposedly lift every evening.



28 reviewsPosted June 2009

Somnathpura - Hoysala Chennakesava temple, Karnataka

The Chennakesava temple at Somnathpura is a scaled down version of the magnificent, grandiose Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid. Somnathpur is very well maintained by the ASI, and is a worthwhile detour off the Bangalore Mysore Highway. The road from Mandya or Srirangapatnam is preferable.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The temple consists of exquisite and intricate stone carvings, sculptures, friezes, roofs etc, all on the typical Hoysala star plinth.

Activities & things to do: Admire the art and architecture. It is a photographers paradise. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Srirangapatnam and the Kaveri sangam are also fairly close by and worth visiting in the same day.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Somnathpur is about 1 hours drive from Bangalore depending on traffic. From Bangalore take the road from Mandya and from Mysore take the road from Srirangapatnam. Both routes are via Bannur. The latter route is very scenic passing beautiful rural countryside.

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