Do not miss this magnificent temple and Tonnur Lake if you are traveling around Mandya. I visited this place by chance and have fallen head over heels in love with this place. I thought there are a lot of like-minded people in the world and hence sharing this!
This place is near Pandavapura about 8-9 km. from Pandavapura. It is a temple dedicated to Vishnu and the main deity is called ‘Nambi Narayana’. Nambi is a Kannada word which means ‘believe’. The temple was constructed during the Hoysala ruling around 12th century AD. The main deity of the temple Narayana’s idol is a beautiful piece of carving and looks magnificent standing at 1.8 meters. The temple stands on a huge plot and has a vast area.
The temple is completely a stone construction and you can not stop wondering how wonderfully they have assembled the stones during the age when no types of machinery were available. As in most of the olden temples, the pillars have intricate carvings, the ceiling has Sri Chakra and many stone pillars support the roof of the temple. The pictures describe this marvel better. It is a peaceful place where you can spend some time meditating.
The temple was further improved during the reign of Vijayanagara Kings. There as Krishna temple just opposite this temple which is also worth visiting and spending time.
If you go about 1 km. further, you can see a small hillock, a small water body and a statue of Sri. Ramanujacharya in meditating posture.
Tonnur Lake – A blissful place!
Climb the hillock which is very small and you will be exposed to the magnificent view of Tonnur lake. This is a huge water body with pure water and a cold breeze, surrounded by hillocks. You can sit on the steps of the lake and enjoy the waves, cool breeze and also the village smell.
How to Reach?
The place is worth taking a deviation of about 20 km. if you are traveling on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. It is located in Pandavapura, Mandya District, and fits perfectly for a One-day outing near Bangalore. You can Google Tonnur Lake and it will take you there! Bathing and swimming may be dangerous in the lake, so be careful. Also, the steps are slippery so climb down the steps carefully to reach water. Marks some 3-4 hours for this and do visit this place.
This is one of the best places to visit near Mysore and weekend destination for those living in Bangalore. You can buy fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables on the way. Do not forget to visit ‘Aalemane’ or the place where they make jaggery. Tasting the fresh, hot jaggery is an experience by itself. Do drink fresh cane juice at these places and buy chemical-free jaggery from these places.