Talakaveri is the birth place of River Cauvery. The origin of the river is a small spring, where water spurs out. A small tank is built around the origin and a narrow path is left open for the water to flow down onto a bigger tank next to it. The water then flows underground, and the river is seen a few kilometers later. As the river is considered sacred, a temple is built around the place of birth of the river.
If you walk behind the temple, you can see stairs (nearly 300 steps) that will take you to the top of Brahmagiri Hill. You can get a glance of the thick Western Ghats from the top of the hill. On a clear day, the locals say that you can even get a glimpse of Arabian Sea (which is about 100 km by road from here).
View of Western Ghats from Brahmagiri Hill
View from Talakaveri
About 7 km before Talakaveri, you will reach a place called Bhagamandala. This is the place where River Cauvery meets two of its tributaries (River Sujyothi and River Kannike) at Triveni Sangam. River Sujyothi is supposed to be an underground river, and joins the Kannike and Cauvery exactly at their confluence. The locals claim that the place where River Sujyothi joins, one can observe some bubbles on the surface of the water. It is believed that River Sujyothi gets the water from Harangi Dam which is situated close-by.
Triveni Sangam at Bhagamandala
The 7 km route from Bhagamandala to Talakavery is very scenic. After you drive for about 3-4 kms, you can see the town of Bhagamandala lying amidst the Western Ghats.
Western Ghats (As seen from a view point between Bhagamandala and Talakavery)
Visitor Alert: The temple administration mandates all visitors to wear proper attire before entering the temple. Sleevless shirts/tops, and shorts are not allowed (for both men and women). The administration provides temporary clothing for a nominal price in case if you end up at the temple but do not have an alternate attire to switch to. You need to take the temporary clothing even if you want to visit only Brahmagiri Hill but not the temple (as you have to go through the temple premises to take the stairs that lead to the hill). Please do respect the sentiments of the locals and follow the recommendations.
Where to stay?
- Madikeri / Mercara
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