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Talakad

Talakad is one of the hidden gems of India. Located close to Mysore, this mysterious town has over thirty ancient temples buried underneath the sand dunes that almost completely covered it in 1634. Here are some photos of the some of the temples that have been excavated as well as some views of the nearby Cauvery River.

A bullock cart trundles down a country lane.

Coracles on the banks of the Cauvery River.

Talakad Sand Dunes & Cauvery River Photo Tour

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The broad expanse of the Cauvery River at Talakad.

Talakad Sand Dunes Shiva Shrine: The Shiva-linga stands serene and silent.

Talakad Sand Dunes Shiva Shrine: Another carving of Shiva’s companion is inside the shrine.

Talakad Sand Dunes Shiva Shrine: A statue of the faithful Nandi sits outside guarding the shrine.

Small magical shrines can be found in the sandy hillside.

Talakad Sand Dunes: Even though the area is covered in so much sand, it can hardly be described as a desert with its rich vegetation.

Rich fertile farmland abounds in the area.

The views from the temple of the River Cauvery and surrounding countryside are magnificent.

It’s quite a steep walk up the steps to reach the temple.

The Mallikarjuna Temple stands on the top of a hill above the village of Mudukuthore near to Talakad

Talakad Kirthi Narayana Temple.

Talakad Kirthi Narayana Temple. This is nearly 1,000 years old and is dedicated to Vishnu. You can see more photos of the temple here: bit.ly/AhVKte

Talakad Vaideyswara Temple Granite Ring Chain. Hanging from one of the eaves of the temple roof is this beautiful chain of rings carved out of a single block of granite – showing the great skills of the artisans that built the Vaideyswara. You can read more here: bit.ly/wHWzeq

Talakad Vaideyswara Temple: red and ochre flecked feet of stone.

Talakad Vaideyswara Temple Carving: bovine beasts grazing above a lotus flower.