Somnathpur Kesava temple is a great example of Hosalya architecture and nice place around Bangalore and Mysore for weekend getaway. This Kesava / Chennakesava temple is around 35 kms from Mysore and 150 km from bangalore. Generally trip to Somanathapura is planned with Shivansamudra waterfall and Talakad temples.
Kesava temple is a heritage site dating back to 1268 CE. This awesome monument has similar styles to those temples in Khajuraho. Similar carving style where Eyes, Legs, Body and Hands of statue point in different way to give 3D feel. Every ceiling is different than another in the Kesava temple.
How to reach Somanathapura: It will take around 3-4 hours to reach Somanathapura from Bangalore. You can enjoy lots of flora and fauna around Kaveri river shore belt.