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Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur

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Bengaluru, India

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Visit some of South India's most impressive Hindu temples with this private excursion from Bangalore. You can either borrow a motorcycle or get pick you up bright and early from your hotel and ferry you out to Talakadu, home to the 14th-century Vaidyanatheswara Temple. Your next stop will be the black-granite Keertinarayana Temple, followed by lunch. IN the afternoon, you'll be whisked away to Somnathpur, home to the 13th-century Chennakesava Temple, celebrated for its beautiful carvings.
  • Visit beautiful old 13th- and 14th- century temples
  • A private guide will be with you to explain the significance of the temples
  • Choice of Royal Enfield motorcycle rental or car transfer
  • Breakfast and lunch are included in room rates
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Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

7:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Footwear needs to be removed before entering temples and we have multiple temples on this itinerary. So slippers or slip-ons which can be easily removed, are preferable
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY 5 Senses Walks

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour from Bangalore to Talakadu and Somnathpur.

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My driver and guides were as...
Harry L
, May 2018
My driver and guides were as wonderful as the sights. In addition to the amazing temples--works of astonishing architectural beauty--there was generous clean food, an amazing countryside drive, and friendly, colorful people everywhere. I liked that the temples on this excursion were mostly live--still open for worship--regardless of their antiquity. It's very immersive and left me feeling more local than any other excursion I had in India. Remember that shoes are not allowed in temples in India, so be sure to wear sandals or slip-ons for convenience. Also, keep a batch of small denomination rupee coins for shoe minders and small bills for making polite donations at the temples.
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This trip was phenomenal. Before...
Vince
, Jan 2017
This trip was phenomenal. Before this tour, I hadn't really considered the age of the Indian culture. This tour takes you to a pair of temples that are 1,500 and 1,000 years old. In fact, Somnathpur, the older of the two, is part of an archeological site that has been covered by sand for centuries. This site is outside a small village, roughly a 2 1/2 hour drive from Bangalore. You do have a sense of having gone backwards in time. Also, please be aware that this is an active place of worship and the final destination of a pilgrimage for many. One of the charms though not for locals of this small village is that you will see monkeys running about. It's also located fairly close to the Chauvery River, a place we also stopped and visited. You have the option there of going on the river in a small, circular shaped boat. Talakdau is not quite as remote. It's a youngster at a mere 1,000 years old. The architecture will remind you of Angkor Wat. As my guide pointed out, it was not unusual for the architects to move between palace/temple projects. You'll find the detail in the temple's friezes incredible. Regrettably, some of these were damaged hundreds of years ago during Moslem invasions. As a result, the site is no longer a place of worship. This tour makes use of local guides. This means that you will be driven to the site and there meet a local person who will guide you through the site. This is part of the strategy of the tour company to encourage sustainable tourism. The company utilizes local people who are familiar with the site in their village and able to speak about the cultural and local significance of the site. This also helps to create jobs in that locale. This is a terrific strategy that we travelers should encourage. I've also posted three photos. One of each of the sites and one of the river. Please note that some parts of the Somnathpur have been restored, due to damaged sustained while they were embedded in sand. These restored sections are the lighter colored roofs of the building. I encourage people interested in learning more about Southern India's history and culture to take this tour.
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