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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

Dineout Predict & Win: Lets Win In Every Match of IPL & ICC World Cup 2019

Hola folks! The spirits of Cricket is alive and well? With IPL fever going on, we all know that the cricket fans are amazingly cheering their favourite teams. It's time to cheer the teams with dining at your favourite restaurants too. Here is a great opportunity and it's as simple as cheering the team. The Dineout app has got it right with its "Dineout Predict & Win" challenge! You just need to predict the winner and mint Dineout money! Curious? Check out how! 1. What is Predict & Win? Predict & Win is a skill-based game on the Dineout app that will give you a chance to win Dineout earnings this cricket season. You can also stand a chance to win a grand prize powered by Ixigo where the top scorer of the season with the highest earnings, can win a trip for 2 to London. All you have to do is predict match scores and answer trivia questions to stand a chance to win. You can also invite your friends to play the game to increase your chances at winning.

Shivanasamudra in monsoon - The glorious Gaganachukki & Barachukki waterfalls

Monsoon rains had cast its magic! What's more fascinating idea than a short ride in monsoons?  To witness the blooming greenery and showers. I was craving for a bike ride to refresh my mind from the chaos of urban life. A swift thought on visiting Shivanasamudra struck and I was like get set go! 150kms ride from Bengaluru did not seem far for me. Planning on a Friday evening, I called up my friends for a ride the next day [Too late, I agree to it :P]. Many did not turn up, it was indeed a last minute plan. However, I knew that it would be the best time now to visit the glory of the falls as the water was released from KRS dam, just a week before. It was a Do/Die situation for me :P (Happens to me always! :P) I did not back off and the next morning four of us were all set to hit the road. Brief on Shivanasamudra Shivanasamudra literally means Shiva's sea .  The river Cauvery divides into two branches that flow around the island of Shivanasamudra. The western branch is Gaganachu