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Shivagange trek - Let's get adventorous!

Sipping my coffee on a Friday evening and watching the monsoon rains pattering from my balcony. I said to myself - "It's time for a ride tomorrow morning". Within no time, the crew was set!  Where to? - A quick one! Alright, Shivagange trek was on my list. Although my mom defends that we had been there when I was a kid and she was the only one among us who could get the Olkal theertha (the sacred spring water, read on). Anyways, coming back, even though it's very close around 50kms from  Bengaluru,  I don’t remember trekking that hill.  Without any more plan, we woke up in the morning and started the journey at 7 am.

Brief on Shivagange hills

Shivagange hills is a perfect weekend getaway with a combination of moderate trekking and spiritual miracles. From the trekking point, the place is ideal for moderate day trek with ample steep trails. From a religious point, the place is dedicated to Gangadhareshwara - a form of Shiva Linga. An interesting miracle here is that a g…

10 Notables of Chennakeshava temple at Somanathapura

With amazing views of Shivanasamudra, I was already thrilled with this weekend drive :) The sun was high and my energy to explore more was high too! It was 3:30 pm when I was munching lunch at Mayura hotel. Though it was time for us to get back riding to Bangalore, I know my mind was crazy! Talakad (30km, 40mins) and Somanathapura (43km, 1hour) are nearby places to explore. The farther the ride, the more awesome it is! The navigation was on to Somanathapura! An hour of countryside bliss ride was worth it!

[caption id="attachment_7396" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Countryside bliss to drive along[/caption]

Brief on Somanathapura

Somanathapura is a small village on the banks of river Cauvery. The village is renowned for its Chennakeshava temple, one of the masterpieces of Hoysala architecture. One would presume Somanatha (which is a name of Lord Shiva) would be the main deity here, however, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. And the village is named a…