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Trip to Lepakshi Temple October 19, 2010

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Lepakshi temple

 

Where: Lepakshi Temple, Anantpur district, AP

Famous for: 16th Century temple, Vijaynagar style of architecture, dedicated to Lord Virabhadra (lord Shiva). Star attractions: Monolithic Nandi, huge Sheshnag, Hanging pillars, painted walls & typical Vijaynagar architecture. Although temple is small by South Indian temple standards, but its densely packed with architecture & art.

Distance: 120KMs from Bangalore

Route: As shown in Google map snapshot there are two routes

a) via Chikballapur: NH-7. Excellent road. We travelled this route.

b) via Hindupur: SH-9. Its a SH that too in Karnataka, so I have least expectations on quality of road.

Bangalore to Lepakshi..NH7 (blue line) recommended route

Detail Route from Bangalore: Hebbal- Yelahanka- Devanahalli- Chikballapur- Bagepalli- AP border toll booth- (16KMs left turn) to Lepakshi.

lepakshi diversion on NH7 after AP border crossover at kodikonda checkpost

Spotless NH7

 

Our Trip:

When: 17th October (Sunday). It happened to be Vijaydashmi, making our trip more auspicious.

Who: 4 of Us. Me, Rahul, Dinesh, Subhakant

4 of us

How: In 2 bikes

Trip Meter: ~250Kms

Trip time: 7Am to 5PM

Weather: It was perfect for a bike trip. Cloudy day but no rain.

Waking as early as 5:00AM, that too on Sunday is always a tough task. Somehow I woke up 5:30 and forced others as well. After taking bath and completing routine Puja, we started at 7AM (1 hour late than planned departure). Driving lazily through empty streets of Bangalore, we reached Yelahanka by 8AM. After having cup of tea in a non-descript tea stall, we zoomed to Chikballapur (bypass) and had breakfast at Ranjita Restaurant, just few KMs after crossing Chikballapur bypass.

As Rahul was driving on buttered NH-7, I was trying my hand in Photography, an advantage seating as pillion. By 11:30AM, we were in Lepakshi village. First attraction was a huge monolithic Nandi (just 300 mts away from main temple). After half an hr photo session there, we went to temple. Although being an ancient temple and an auspicious day, that too Sunday, temple was not crowded (advantage of being in a small village). So we had nice darshan of gods, and again we were back to our photo session, which went over an hour.

By 1:30 PM, we completed our photo shoot up and started our return journey. At Kodikonda checkpost on NH-7, we lunched on heavy Andra meals,costing just Rs 65. By 5PM we were in Bangalore. After witnessing last darshan of Durga puja in Palace grounds and snacking on yummy samosas, Kachoris of Ram sweets in BTM, we were back to our beds by 7PM.

Overall it was an excellent day break from Bangalore. Food, weather, roads, festive atmosophere & company of friends were all perfect 10 to make it a perfect weekend.

Lepakshi Info:

Its a small village, hardly 500 mts in radius, centered around the temple. So one should not keep any expectations of food or ATM or other modern amenities. Hindupur is major town, just 15kms from here.

http://www.lepakshitemple.in/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veerabhadra_Temple,_Lepakshi

For food: NH-7 between Bangalore & Lepakshi has couple of good restaurants.

Kamat Upachar: 10Kms after Chikballapur ( Bangalore-Lepakshi direction) is a well known highway chain of restaurants, known for South Indian Veg food. Its coupled with BP petrol station, making it a perfect highway stop to refreseh & recharge.

APTDC: At Kodikonda checkpost. Exactly on the junction, where turn towards Lepakshi needs to be taken.  Again a perfect stop to recharge bellies. It boasts of a nice children’s playground, neat & clean toilets, spacious restaurant & a big tiled parking space. Taste of Andra Veg Meals: 8/10 (4 votes) costing Rs 65 per plate.

Ranjita Restaurant: Few KMs before Chikaballapur, this is a decent stop to have south Indian food. Price is also reasonable & so is ambience.

There’s few more restaurants in and around Chikballapur. Few names I could remember are Punjabi Dhaba, Bamboo Grass dhaba.

How to reach Lepakshi?

Best way is by your own vehicle. Otherwise lots of KSTRC & APSTRC buses ply. Hindupur is the major bus stop, just 15Kms form Lepakshi. By rail, again Hindupur is the nearest major rail stop.

Other attractions:

Nandi Hills: 22Kms off NH-7, between Bangalore & Chikballapur.

Jain Temple: Chikballapur. Clearly visible from NH7.

Skandagiri: A famous “night-trekking” spot.

Recommendations:

1) Lepakshi & Nandi hills can be clubbed in single day plan. Nandi Hill is famous for sunrise & sunset. So it can be clubbed before or after Lepakshi visit. I recommend to see sunrise and then head to Lepakshi. Its just one has to wake very early (but I guess to have great views, one need to sacrifice some sleep. “Kuch paane ke liye kuch khona padta hai” or in 3 words “Law of conservation”)

Special Request:

Roads are excellent, temple is neat & clean. So please please donot trash. Use dustbins or carry your own trash.

Be “an explorative & not an exploitive tourist”.

Wish you a Happy Outing.

Trip to lepakshi

 

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8575-10942: Kerela & Tamil Nadu Tour October 11, 2008

Tyre marks

 Dates: 27th September – 5th Otober,2008

No. of days: 9

Total Distance: ~ 2400 KMs

Who?: Me & Vignesh

How?: Me in Honda Shine & Vignesh in Pulsar 180 DTSi

Highlights of the tour: a) Roads of Tamil Nadu

                                b) Coconut grooves of Kerela

                                c) Historic Fort Cochin

                                d) Vast Allepey backwaters

                                e) Beaches along NH-17

                                f) Sunset at Kovallam Beach

                                g) Sunrise in Kanyakumari

                                h) Las Vegas revisited: Kanyakumari to tuticorin

                                i) Sky blue water of Palk Strait

                                j) The majestic pillars of Rameshwaram temple

                                k) Untouched Dhanuskodi

                                l) Gopurams of meenakshi temple, Madurai

                               m) Silent & scenic Valparai hill station

                                n) Sholayar Dam

                                o) Mallu Marriage customs & cuisine

                                p) Verrapan’s kingdom: Satyamangalam Forests

This biking tour of South India had everything what one would look for. Beaches, temples, desert, hill stations, tourists havens, deep jungles….what more one could ask for in a single tour. It was emotional as well, when i was in the tip of India. The trip had a religious importance as well with visits to Rameswaram & Madurai, the two most sacred temples of S.India. I also had some anger on myself, seeing how much materialistic my life has become. The trip surely is going to bring some changes in my future life. The tour also made me felt that, we at Bangalore are very much cut off from actual Bharat. Anyways it was a very good break from boring work life & also i had some soul searching.

At the end of trip, we realised we have completed one NH …NH-47 that starts from Salem & ends in Kanyakumari. Thats quite a feet in itself.

Day1: 27th September: Bangalore to Trishur

Distance travelled: ~500KMs

Route: Bagalore-Hosur-Dharmapuri- Krishnagiri-Omalur- Bhavani – Coimbatore Bypass- Palakad-Thrissur.

7:30AM: We three, me,Vignesh & Vikas started from HSR layout.

8:30AM: Exit from Bangalore & Karnataka.

11:30AM: Krishnagiri…Road to Hosur to Krishnagiri is part of Golden Quadrilateral, and that the road was smooth as silk & was very beautiful, with flower beds as the median.We three in some dhaba in GQ

3:00PM: Tiprupur Bypass. had a lunch in some dhaba.

5:30PM: Coimbatore bypass to Palakad. This is one of the best roads of the trip. Road straight as a line with close to zero traffic. This is perfect road to make your machine work harder. We all went with an average speed of 75KMs/hr and reached Palakad in no time.

8:00PM: Reached Thrissur. Palakad to Thrissur road is also very smooth, but has got a good traffic.

As we all set to reach home (Vikas’s Uncle), first incident of trip came. Vikas’s avenger’s clutch wire got cut. To our bad luck it happened at the end of journey & to bad luck, whole Thirssur was closed by 8:30PM and so we couldnot get his bike repaired. After a lot of drama, Vikas’s bike got a make shift home & finally we went home. After receiving a great hospitality from Uncle & aunty, we all went to sleep.

To wrap up, the whole day was all about driving…but in excellent roads of Tamil Nadu. First milestone accomplished.

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