Anurag Salian

Anurag Salian

I am a traveller who likes to take up the roads less travelled. I am a trigger friendly photographer and have been clicking since 2011. I have recently taken up solo travelling trying to get in touch with local places in and around Karnataka. I like sunsets, beaches and lovely indian food. I decided to create this trip because I had a lot on my mind when I started to travel solo. My experiences on this trip might help others and make thier travels to these places more fun and easy going. A positive attitude and a clear mind will take you a long way. happy triipping.

One day trip from Bangalore to Keshava Temple, Somnathpura, Karnataka.

This trip is about travelling to an ancient ruin of the Hoysala dynasty built in 1291 A.D. This trip gave me chance to see some beautiful Indian architecture from 1200, and some great country side view of rural India. I covered a beautiful lake on the way at Malavalli Village, which is a paradise for bird photographers and finally a visit to the famous wooden toy stores, home decors of Channapatna town of Karnataka. The artifacts here are known for their handcrafted artistic touch, rich Indian colors and a display of our cultural old ways.All this on my bike in one day travelling around 300 km to and back from Bangalore 

Tour Information

Location
Duration
1 Day
Departure
Price per Participant
50,000.00 TIIM
Languages
Group size
1 - 5 people
Transportation
Car
Motorbike
Taxi
Includes
Cab from bangalore to mysore + Food + Tickets to Temple
Excludes
Purchases in the toy stores
Cancellation

About the creator
Anurag Salian

Anurag Salian

This trip is about travelling to an ancient ruin of the Hoysala dynasty built in 1291 A.D. This trip gave me chance to see some beautiful Indian architecture from 1200, and some great country side view of rural India. I covered a beautiful lake on the way at Malavalli Village, which is a paradise for bird photographers and finally a visit to the famous wooden toy stores, home decors of Channapatna town of Karnataka. The artifacts here are known for their handcrafted artistic touch, rich Indian colors and a display of our cultural old ways.All this on my bike in one day travelling around 300 km to and back from Bangalore 

A beautiful lake after Malavalli town

The lake was a surprise visit for me as I had not planned it on my itenerary. It is a great spot for bird watchers and bird photographers.The rare birds that I found are the Painted Stork, Grey Heron. The route I took was a right towards Talakad on Talakad road which I was guided to by a local person a bike. The weather was a bit cloudy but didn have any rain on the day. There is a huge tree leaning onto the lake  with a Shiva Idol at its root.

Keshava Temple architecture and exteriors

The temple architecture tries to display of the different assets of the Hoysalas like the army with horses and elephants and the beauty of the time.The temple has 3 deities in it with a chambers for each one. A corridor attached to the outer wall of the temple to occupy large number of people during a ceremony.The  different symmetries and shapes of the stone carved sculpture make this a place a paradise for people with a taste for architecture and art. As for my taste , I like places which give a sense of perspective and have a history. I like figuring out and imagining how things worked back then.

Temple interiors, the 3 chambers

When you get inside the temple you suddenly feel the change in the air. The temperature is cool and the lighting is  soft by yellow lights where in my mind were previously lit by lamps using vegetable oil back then which we still use in our homes during festivals. You can also see the natural lighting inside the chambers. Its a good place for a photographers to try some low light techniques.I took a few picks with my 50 mm portrait lense.

Channapatna, Karnataka A.K.A the toy - town

I finished my visit to the temple at 11:30 PM then left to have lunch. After lunch i visited a toy store on the way towards Bangalore while entering Channapatna town. I visited a store named The toys emporium. I bought a few things for my house back in Bangalore. The store has anything from toys, home decors, Idols of Indian deities. The prices of these items are reasonable within budget and are fixed with a sticker on it. So you don't need to be worried about being ripped off on these items as an outsider.I reached back home around 3:00 Pm in the afternoon. 

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