Popularly called the city of lost temples, Talakadu was once a magnificent place housing more than 30 grand temples. It is said that all of them were buried under sand in the 16th century. Today, the desert-like town, nestled on the banks of River Cauvery, is a mysterious and intriguing spot where the submerged temples are unearthed every 12 years to offer a special worship called 'panchalinga darshana'! Most famous are the five temples of Vaidyanatheshwara, Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara and Mallikarjuna, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Keerthi Natheshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is also quite popular. The temples themselves are quite an example of rock-cut architecture, while the town is a center for horticulture and wine making. Fine wines, exotic zero pesticide fresh produce, and artisan cheese all add to an appeal of this sleepy town. Talakadu was earlier ruled by the Western Gangas from 350 to 1050 AD, who were overthrown by the Cholas in the 11th century.

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