Talakadu is a desert-like town on the left bank of the Kaveri river 45 km (28 miles) from Mysore and 133 km (82 miles) from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. It once had over 30 temples, most of which now lay buried in sand.
We reached Talakadu from Somnathpura in about 1.5 hours or so, it was nearly 12 in fact. There is decent space for car parking and its at least 1 km+ of walk around the temple complex. No entry fee though. There are multiple temples within the entire complex; the first of which is the “Vaidyeshvara temple”. The temple is pretty big ; post taking ‘darshan’, we purchased huge ladoos to keep us going for the rest of the journey. Going in around the temple in a round robin, there are at least 5 temples (which were previously buried in the sand). Not all are that impressive though; we visited some of them and one we skipped; the grandest of the temples is the “Kirtinarayana temple”; is at the last and was buried in sand for a long time. It is impressively built and located in a sort of canyon like depression.
Overall, talakkad temples can be covered in 1 hour or so.
The river bank near talakkad is well known for being very clam and clean; fortunately or unfortunately , it has lead to excessive commercialization around the place with loads of restaurants and shops. There is a small entry fee to the place as well. In addition since it was a holiday on the day of our visit, hundreds had gathered there to cool off in the water.
We too joined them for about half hour or so and left for Shivanasamudra falls. On the way, there aren’t many restaurants as revealed by a google search. A hearty lunch at one of the local shops was very satisfying for its authentic rustic taste. It got us more than ready for a visit to the falls.