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Talakad or Talakadu is a desert-like town on the left bank of the Kaveri river 45 km (28 miles) from Mysore and 133 km (82 miles) from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. It once had over 30 temples, most of which now lay buried in sand. The extant group of temples, where the eastward flowing Kaveri river changes course as the sand on its banks spreads over a wide area, is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Talakadu trip is a weekend getaway from Bangalore as it is only 130 kms by road. It can be approached either from Mysore highway or via Kanakapura Road. Talakadu route via Mysore highway is Ramanagara-Channapatna-Maddur-Malavalli-Gargur post- Talakadu. Note a left turn needs to be taken from the Mysore Highway after Maddur towards Malavalli.

Talakadu route via Kanakapura is through Hagaluru-Malavalli-Gargur Post-Talakadu.

The Talakadu trip should take around 3 hours by road and hence is a convenient weekend getaway from Bangalore.

Talakadu Trip is undertaken by pilgrims today. In ancient times, Talakadu used to have 30 temples. Today most of them are buried in sand dunes. The most famous Telekadu temple here is Vaidyanatheswara and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built on granite in the 14th century by Chola Kings. You will find two majestic Dwarpalaks welcoming pilgrims at the entrance. Along with 4 more Shiva temples, Vaidyanatheswara temple forms the immensely popular pilgrim circuit at Talakad. The Lingam in Pataleshwara Shiva temple is supposed to change colors through the day from red, black and white.