KRS Backwaters

With my mumbai trip being cut short,  I could come back in time for the long weekend.  A trip was planned to mysore and dad was insisting on going for a long drive. This made me search for a few places which could be covered in a couple of days. I zeroed in on KRS backwaters which is just a couple of kms from the KRS dam

The next day, we had decided to just go for a long drive, without any destination in mind. With the places settled, we headed out to mysore, while briefly stopping at pyramid valley. Spending some time there we headed to mysore.

The roads were chock -a – block with traffic jams in many places throughout the route, and the normal 3 hr journey took us almost 5 hrs to complete. A break for lunch and we headed to KRS DAM. There was a steady flow of cars towards the dam.  As I was not interested in the dam, i went a little further from the dam. Another half hour or so and I was at the backwaters

First look at KRS backwaters

The dam and the backwaters converge and the place is ideal to spend some time in the evenings. One can also pitch up tents and stay at the banks

The dam

There were few people when we went to the backwaters, they were playing in the water and having a merry time

Another attraction is the virupakshaw temple which is at the banks of the dam

Virupakshaw Temple

We spent some time at the backwaters enjoying the view before heading back

How to reach the backwaters

Mysore->Krs->Do not take the left turn which leads to the dam, go a little further till u find a mud road, take left and proceed further, till u reach the dam gates. The left and proceed further till u reach a village which is a couple of kms from the gate, take left again and proceed further till u reach the temple

A few shots of the backwaters

Snaps can be found here

Roadtrip Day 6: Historical Mysore

Today would be a rest day for my bike and my cam. Instead of riding around, I decided to see the famous places in mysore. Left for mysore palace in the morning as it was the closest. A short walk took me to the entrance to the palace. With heavy security around the palace, no one was allowed inside. Seeing the palace from the outside, I went to the bus stand and took a bus to bannur and an auto to somanthpur.

The keshava temple in somanthpur is again built by the hoysalas and is considered to be an architectural marvel. As it was a weekday there were hardly any tourists and I could roam around the temple

Keshava Temple

I then visited talkad which is also very close to somanthpur. Legend has it that a woman, pursued by the Mysore Maharaja’s army, cursed that the bustling town of Talkad would be covered by sand and destroyed and that the royal family of Mysore would go abegging for heirs.

The place has interesting mix of temples belonging to different periods


It was 1 in the afternoon by the time i finished seeing talkad. Came back to mysore and took some rest as I was planning to visit Brindavan gardens in the evening.

Another bus ride took me to KRS. Paying the entry fee i went to have a look at the gardens. Entry to the dam is prohibited.


There was a slight drizzle by the time I left KRS. Reached mysore and called it a day

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