Keshava temple at Somanathapura

Though I’m in Mysore for the last three months, I never stayed there over weekends as I traveled back to Bangalore every week. One fine weekend I had to stay in Mysore and I made use of that Sunday to roam places around Mysore. I managed to visit Keshava temple at Somanathapura that day along with few other places.

The Keshava temple built in thirteenth century by Somanatha, the Dandanayaka (general) of the Hoysala King Narasimha The Third. The temple constructed in Hoysala style of architecture, and is a trikootachala (with three sanctums). The temple sanctums are dedicated to Keshava, Venugopala and Janardhana.

The temple is nicely maintained by Archeological Survey of India. Though the place is very close to Mysore, the conditions of roads is not good. I had a very tough time manoeuvring my two wheeler.

How to reach?

Somanathapura is approximately 32 KMs from Mysore. Mysore – 25KMS – Bannur – 7KMs – Somanathapura.


  1. one of my most fav Hoysala temples..went there almost 3 years ago..even before the Hoysala bug bit me..did u go to Shibi ?

  2. @Srinidhi, 6 months gone, no change in road conditions.

    @Vamsee, will try to com up with another post with some more details.

    @Manasa, well yes. But not if you are traveling to B’lore every weekend :p

    @Lakshmi, Not yet. Migh go there some time in 2md or 3rd week of Jan.

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