Brindavan Homestay, Sakleshpur

The Brindavan Homestay at Sakleshpur holds the true essence of rich flora and fauna which Sakleshpur offers. The amazing hospitality and the delicious spread offered to their guests is the icing on the cake. It is a perfect place to spend a weekend away from the hustle bustle of the city, in the lap of nature enjoying the freshness of the air and aroma of coffee.

IMG_2907Sakleshpur is a beautiful hilly town in the Hassan District of Karnataka. It is surrounded by coffee, cardamom, and pepper plantation, etc. This was our first unplanned trip to the Sakleshpur and turned out to a memorable event to cherish always. Thanks to the place and the people we encountered!

We, a group of six people (five adults and one toddler) were on the Halebidu and Belur (12th Century Hoyasala Dynasty Archaeological sites in Hassan District ) when we decided to add a dimension to our one day trip and explore Sakleshpur, which is 54 km from Hassan. Being a last-minute decision and the already clock was indicating late afternoon, we were skeptical about getting any booking in any decent homestay or hotel. After calling few homestays and hearing ‘No’ from them, we were in dilemma of how to conclude of the trip, whether to go back or stick to our plan. Meanwhile, I got a call from Mr. Satish (owner of Brindavan Homestay). He informed me that he got my number from the owner of another homestay whom I called a minute back. He told us that they have a large room with five beds available for tonight and after negotiation, we agreed on a very reasonable rate inclusive of food, bonfire and other rejuvenation facilities available in their premises.

Brindavan Homestay is approx. an hour from Belur and 20 minutes from Sakleshpur town.  The road is well maintained and en-route views are mesmerizing. We were welcomed by the staff and two dogs, an adult and a cute little puppy. Staff gave us the room keys and showed us to the parking place to park the car. As told by Mr. Satish, room was big, spacious, neat and well maintained, with everything in the proportion of five!

After relaxing for 15-20 minutes, our inquisitve nature could not bound us more in the room and we started our quest to explore the beauty of the place. Temperament and theme of the place was in absolute sync with the surroundings and the minimal lights in the homestay were making the place well camouflaged with the rest of its world. Meantime, the youngest traveller of our team was enjoying her share of fun with the puppy. In fact, she gave a couple of pet names to him and instructed everyone call him with that names only. 🙂 whereas grown-ups, on the other hand, were enjoying the drinks and unlimited snacks in the warmth of Bonfire. Also, we were informed that whenever we are ready for dinner, let the cook know 10 minutes before so that he can make hot chappaties for us. At, 10:00 PM, we had our dinner. The food was delicious and a balanced spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food as well as a combination of pure south Indian and contemporary food. After enjoying the mouth-watering meal, we took a short walk within the premises of the homestay and finally rolled-up in our beds with the eventful memories of that day.

Next day, we woke up with the chirping of the birds and streaks of morning sunrays piercing through the clouds and falling on the dewdrops, which were spread like glittering pearls on the grass bed.Along with few other early risers, I took that opportunity to take a small walk in the surrounding coffee plantation. Pepper vine growing around high rise betel trees, and surrounded by multi-year old coffee trees were making the atmosphere mysteriously attractive.

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Later, Mr. Satish also took us for the meadows walk in a part of his 22 acres coffee estate and educated us with the kinds of coffee beans, the effect of rainfall on them and the rich flora and fauna of the area as well as exposed us to the waves of mountains covered with clouds and sceneries of cows grazing the pastures. Lastly, after the sumptuous and delicious south Indian breakfast, it was the time to say goodbye to our host. Saying bye is never easy. Leaving Brindavan Homestay was the sad moment for us as every part of it had deeply touched us. But as they say- “We say Goodbye to meet again”. So with fun-filled memories and we left the beautiful homestay on our way to Bangalore.

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An evening with Kalaripayattu and Kathakali

100_1623100_1662Munnar-A hamlet in God’s own country, Kerala which is a pure delight to body and soul. It is a picturesque hill station with high mountain peaks, fearlessly piercing clouds and proudly enchanting the song of their strength and solitude, welcoming tea gardens, clouds making way through the windows, misty roads, and beautiful landscapes, etc.  My recent visit to this hidden gem proved a double treat to me. I not only got a chance to imbibe in the beauty of the place and live like a localite (thanks to the long weekend and friend’s reference!) but also witnessed something which was on my wishlist since my childhood days. A piece of marvelous Indian culture and tradition-Kalaripayattu and Kathakali. Both forms are centuries-old traditions and a highlight of the rich culture of South India.

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100_1747Kalaripayattu is an over 3000 years old highly scientific martial art. In fact, it is said that the famous martial art form kung fu roots are related to Kalaripayattu. Bodhidharma, a Kalaripayattu master who traveled from South India to Shaolin Monastery, China in 6th century founded the today’s world Kung-fu. Kalaripayattu focuses not only on physical agility but also on mind, body and soul’s energy sync. It is a synchronized combination of steps and postures and performed by using different kinds of weapons such as sword and shield, flexible sword, long staff, short stick, curved stick, spear, and mace.

800px-Kathakali_IMG_0281_by_Joseph_Lazer100_1723On the other hand, Kathakali is a beautiful classical dance form. It is a kind of story play which showcases various folk mythologies and religious legends. There is no clear proof of the roots of this dance form, but the most popular version says that it was originated in the 17th century. The highlight of this dance form is the distinguished, elaborated, colorful and bright makeup, and unique costumes.

 

At Munnar, there are many play theatres which conduct evening shows of Karayiapattu and Kathakali. We visited Kalari Kshethra, a playhouse which was approx. 3.5km from our resort. The one to one and half hour show not only introduce you to best of Indian cultural heritage but also the performers are so generous that they will happily allow everyone to get a photo clicked with them. Performances start with offering prayer to the deity.

Beaches, temples, hill stations, forests, and backwaters are indeed the attraction of Kerala but these famous ancient arts is a must visit to re-live ancient India’s rich cultural heritage.

 

Toilet is my birth right: Plea of a Poo!💩

Hi there, my name is Poo, people call me from many other lovable and interesting names. I belong wherever human species exists. My ethnicity (which includes,  texture, color, and viscosity) is directly proportional to anyone’s food habit and more precisely on their previous day meal.  I am most important yet highly ignored and botched part of anyone’s life. People can live healthy and happy without food and their desired drinks for someday, but if any day my mood is upset, I can turn their world upside down and capable to limit their access only to the loo!  But today I am not here to tell about my appearance, demography or my powers. Instead to talk about the struggle I have made to get my birthrights! This is my autobiography. It will not be an exaggeration if I compare my fight to reach where I belong to is any less than the fight which our women fought with the orthodox and the patriarch society to get a well-deserved position of equality, freedom of speech and right to choose in the society.

My situation is very tricky. I am the byproduct of everything anybody eats and while I am in the making I provide energy and necessary nutrition required for their well-being. In short, I churn myself to give others the power. But once I am out of energy, I am forced to be pushed out of the body. That’s fine; I have no qualms about it. I know the whole universe is bound to a cycle and every start is bound to an end for the smooth functioning of this cosmos. But, isn’t it that I deserve a fair treatment in return for the sacrifice I have done for you. I cannot be left anywhere in the open and abandoned to become a house of miscreants like bacteria, viruses, flies and other disease creating organisms as well as for the sneered look by other folks from your own species. I need to be treated with care and hygiene so that your this friend does not end up in a miserable situation. I assume myself as your friend because I can make you feel happy, healthy and energetic but friendship is never one-sided so if you will not take due care of me, maybe someday you will end up longing for me 😉

You must be thinking why suddenly I am raising my voice against all the miseries I am used to facing since centuries. But this has not happened suddenly, it was always there in my heart, after all, who enjoys a miserable life. In spite of trying several softer means to let people understand the importance I should be getting, I was ignored time and again. I have been treated as the most dejected thing in the life of anyone. But, not now, when the world is putting conscious efforts for a bright, secure and more organized set-up in every forte of life. Why should I be behind? It is a time to come over from never-ending dejection, discrimination and pity treatment. I am now just claiming my slice of virtue and piece of luck. To be fair, I am not blaming the complete society. There are few sections of our society who do take care of me and ensure that I get all the deserved treatment. But, is that enough? Isn’t it should be an everyday thing and a new normal for me. There is a famous saying “What goes around, comes around.”-This karma philosophy is equally applicable here as well. If you do not take timely care of me, I wonder if you can carry a healthy well-being for long! Till today millions of people in the world die because of unhygienic conditions and unhealthy food and water supplies. Please don’t blame me for it, I am not the one who is responsible for it. It is your responsibility to take due care of me and ensure your health safety.

I heard that government has allocated over 20,000 cr funds in the Union Budget 2017 as well as put several programs in place to mobilize the funds to needy people and assist them to construct a toilet and a proper sewage system for themselves. Also, to bring in the mass awareness about the importance of cleanliness, hygiene and the goodness it brings in our lives, there are several awareness programs, documentaries, and movies. Thankfully, due to these programs, India has seen the significant increase awareness about hygiene and hence an increase in toilet construction. But, still in the far-flung villages of the country, still people prefer going out in the field. Surprisingly, It is not because the government aids are not reaching there or they cannot afford the toilet but because of weird belief system, superstition and the “fun” of going out. For example, Gazipur village of Bihar state does have a single toilet in the whole village because they believe that it brings bad luck, ill fortune and death. In past, that village had some bad co-incidences, this led villagers to believe that toilet at home is a bad omen. I have sympathies with the families who faced bad circumstances. But the fact is, it is another way around. Having a toilet in a home has only benefits:

  • Family members especially women don’t have to hold their nature’s call until night
  • Better digestion and healthy stomach leads to healthy and happy life
  • Prevention of communicable diseases
  • Develop hygiene habit and a better standard of living

The news like bride backed off from marriage because of no toilet in the groom’s house or kids denied to come home because of no toilet makes me happy that people are getting vigilant and making noise for their as well as my rights. These sparks need to be converted into the fire, and if these beings remain adamant for their rights, no wonders one day all the houses of the nation will have at least one toilet. Till that time come, I will keep stirring the stomach of these “deafs” to compel them to hear my voice and understand what I want!

In case, you have an excuse that you are not aware of the government schemes on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. I am passing below few link to give you more insights about how you can avail the benefit of it and become a proud owner of a toilet:

https://swachhbharat.mygov.in/

http://swachhbharaturban.gov.in/ihhl/writereaddata/ApplicantUserGuide_Eng.pdf

http://swachhbharaturban.gov.in/ihhl/

Happy Downloading!

Fear and Gossip goes hand in hand!

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Recently some hierarchy changes have happened in my team to synchronize with the organizational level goals. As it usually happens in offices, the murmuring, gossips and guess work started among the colleagues regarding the possible after effects, who benefitted and who lost from these shifts. When we are happy about some incidence, we hardly gossip about it as we have all the fact in place to share and be cherish about, but when something happens whose results we are not aware of and don’t know what it brings to ourselves, a sense of fear seeps in. To release that fear and sense of uncertainty, we gossip and try to bring in the meaning to what we heard and do an effort to read between the lines. This action gives a sense of comfort when  get similar vibes from others. In the era of internet and easy online reachability, we every day see several examples where several incomplete and unauthenticated news turns into millions of videos, GIF, and posts with hundreds of likes and shares. Out of those hundreds of thousands online posts, only very few shows the true picture. Most of them are the exaggeration of current situations and creativity of troubled minds.

A few months back, in India, plastic rice news was making headlines across all news mediums and social networking sites. You Tube and Facebook was flooded with videos on how a plastic ball from a rice bowl., how it gets manufactured and how to identify fake rice, etc. But if we go with the facts released by Government there is no consignment found till date which has plastic rice or if there is any formal confirmation of its existence in the market. But, in spite of several official releases by the government to not to spread a rumor about fake rice or fear about its existence, this news did a million dollar business just by leveraging on the people’s fear and gossip habits.  Godsman business is no exception. Every day there are some post or video which comes with a disclaimer to share to wider group else some bad luck comes back. Really! Does God affinity towards their devotees is based on the Likes and Shares on social media!

F.E.A.R-False Evidence Appearing Real. This definition of fear tells it all! The misery it creates in mind and plays with the actions of people. When we start believing the thing which lacks evidence and authentications, an aura of negativity surrounds us and gets us in the grasp of fear and worry. And, to combat the fear which we have developed, we look for the ways and means to assure that what we are feeling is obvious in that situation and this led us to do gossips. Gossips at the time of fears seem like a warm coat in a chilly winter as it confirms and satisfy us mentally that we are not the only one in the grasp of fear, there are people around us who feels the same, and it comforts us psychologically.  Hence, ultimately we get in a crab in a bucket kind of situation, where intentionally or unintentionally no one is doing good to others, and everybody is with the same messy information.

Fear is a mental illusion and hardly has any real existence, and it multiplies its presence with more negative and unauthenticated information. Gossip works like oil in the fire to this, it may give a temporary comfort by seeing the other’s fear miseries, but later it creates a fearful and anxious atmosphere for one self and make the mental state more stressful and drained. This not only leaves one’s more frustrated but makes you feel lost even when surrounded by closed ones. This also stops you from thinking constructively and see the silver lining among all the challenges.

So how to overcome the fear of losing out on important office politics/changes and avoid gossips? First, we need to understand the root cause of the fear. What are the factors which are causing the anxiety? Ask yourself if it is reasonable to give so much thought about it?  What is that you can do about it? Think how much it is going to affect your position, promotion, etc. Does it go to affect your learning curve? Can you reach out to someone reliable who can authenticate the information? If so, reach out and discuss the things clearly. Many times, we get a very mixed response from people whom we assume knows the details but hesitant to share with us. In that case, remind yourself about the confidence you carry in your sleeves and don’t forget that it was your self-confidence and guts to jump in the unknown water that has led you to the places and done wonders for you. And, be open to the changes coming your way. Any change in the pattern of our life’s symphony also bring-in new opportunities and challenges. It opens the door to meet new people, visit new places, get new experience and lead a robust, happy, and healthy life. In the end, the choice in our hand, if we want to spend our energy and time in the mind-tiring gossip activity which leads us to nowhere or to something which may open new avenues for us.

Leaving you here with a quote from Gossip Girl movie-

“They say every road comes to an end, but sometimes the end feels just like the beginning. Even you think you’ve come a long way…”

Kamath Lokaruchi and Janapada Loka-Places to spend a lazy weekend

There are many blogs on the internet which gives comprehensive details about the options of nearby places around Bangalore for a one day trip. But from my experience, I can say that how much ever the short distance it is, one has to start early to beat the crazy Bangalore traffic and reach the place on time so as to have enough time in hand to return back before it is a late night. So, even a one day “short” trip becomes a tiring and exhaustive affair. For Bangaloreans like me, there are few options to entertain or relax on weekends i.e. either by resting at home, hop in a cafe or mall or gear-up for an exhaustive long one day trip. But recently I discovered a place for the days when you don’t want to struggle on the road but still wants to go out? You are already late to make a trip to “nearby” places but still, have a desire to taste something good and experience something new.  And, the answer is Kamath Lokaruchi restaurant and Janapada Loka. Both the places are approx. 58 km from Bangalore city in Ramangara district ( a place where the evergreen movie Sholay was shooted) and adjacent to each other.

With an intention to spend rest of our day in a relaxed yet fun-filled way we started our trip at 10:30 AM from K.R Puram and took the Vidyaranapura-Nanjangud road via Yeshwanthpur. It was the moderate traffic till the outskirts of Bangalore, so we saved ourselves from spending unnecessary time on the road, and the pleasant weather was also in our favor. We reached Kamath restaurant at 12:30 PM. To our surprise, there was the long queue of people to get the table, and it took approx. 10 mins. for us to get the seat. During the afternoon, there are limited food varieties available such as South Indian meals, Poori Saagu, Idly Vada, curd rice, and bisi bele bath. To make out the maximum from the available options, five of us ordered different varieties. Overall the food was good. However, Vada was not hot and crunchy.  We ended our lunch with a cup of nice aromatic filter coffee.

There is a small shop within the premises which sells wooden crafts. But, I suggest if you are going towards Mysore. Don’t do the shopping from here as it is costly and has limited options compare to Channapatna shops (a place on the way to Mysore. It is known as city of toys and famous for its wooden products)


Our next stop was the Janapada Lokaruchi; it is an artificial village set-up where you can find many statues and set-ups reflecting the spirit of village lifestyle. There are two museums in the premise one which showcase the articles used by villagers in their day to day life, and another is the display of Yakshagana lifestyle. Yakshagana is a theatre dance form originated in the 19th century in South India where artist performs the Purana stories (ancient Hindu text) in poetic form. This is a famous dance form in Karnataka, North Karnataka Udupi, and Mangalore. This museum has a collection of dresses, jewelry and other lifestyle related stuff of Yakshagana group.

If you further want to explore Ramanagar distirct, then don’t miss the Sholay hills. It is approx. 4-5 kms from the Kamath and Janapada Loka and a good place for trekking in the mid of landscape surroundings.

In our case, our purpose of going out was solved. Hence, we started back around 3:15 and managed to enter the home by 5:30. All in all, it was the relaxed, fun-filled and an educational trip.

Thoughts evoking hair growth 😜

pexels-photo-208052Tomorrow I have to attend my friend’s marriage, and until I realized an extra hair growth below on my eyebrow, I was all excited to go,  meet my old friends and show off my new RITU KUMAR’s collection and designer jewelry. That moment proved the turning point of my uplifted mood and pushed me in the whirlpool of thoughts like how to get rid of that poor little hair which is intentionally trying to mess up with my appearance. That thin streak seemed like a sharp sword with a plan to cut on my hard work to look bright and beautiful. (Excuse my hyper-obsession ;P)

That extra hair growth has changed my complete weekend plan. To remove it has become my top most priority.  All the things I planned for my lazy Saturday went through a rigorous revision and reprioritization. And, the funny part is that the whole mental drama is happening for an event where the 99% of the folks I will be meeting are unrelated or may be seeing them for the first and last time in my life. Is so much fuss worth? But isn’t it how most of us waste or I should say spend our lives in small-small things which do not even hold any values in a bigger picture.

My intellectual side suggested me to ignore these self-obsessed thoughts, while the “normal” me asked me to chop it as ultimately it’s the looks which make the first impression and to an extent affect the degree of our presence in any social gathering. In fact, as per a research result, facial appearance plays a preeminent role in social outcomes. It leads to the first impression and advantages over the other average lookers.

I assume the majority of the world population falls into the latter category and get overcast by the impulsive thought of possible people’s assumptions about oneself based on their looks. The world is moving very fast, and in a hurry to assume and announce their decisions, this may not be applicable at an individual level, but overall this phenomenon has created a fear of lagging behind the race and hence developed an unrest to jump to the conclusion as soon as possible. And, to an extent, this psychological pressure helps beauty and fairness products to do billion dollar business. Today, this has become like a chicken and egg situation where we are hurtling between which weighs more: looks or performance.

Finally, in between these oscillatory thoughts,  I decided the fate of my disturbing hair growth and that was to carry it to the party. Hold on! It was not because I am all that highly rebellious, questioning the dubious society standards type of girl but because there were other commitments which seeped in-between!

Bangalore to Tirupati Road Trip

 

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Tirupati Balaji temple. Photo courtesy: Avinashx

Tirupati is a world-famous Hindu pilgrimage place in Andra Pradesh, India. It is a place where people from all walks of life and different part of the world come to worship Lord Shri Venkateshwara.

I am a big fan of long weekends as these are the times when I get a break from my routine work and get a chance to explore the world. The recent long weekend (August 12-15) was a similar opportunity for me to plan a family trip and we zeroed on Tirupati trip. Though this was not my first trip, it was different from my last ones in many respects such as the time we spent on the Tirumala (upper Tirupati, where Lord Venkateshwara Shrine is located), witness different rituals of the temple and overall comfort we felt.

Before I get into the details of my trip, I would like to keep you informed about an important point, if you want to enjoy your stay at Tirupati, go for online booking of tickets. Now, TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam) trust has made everything online, and you can easily book darshan, accommodation and Seva tickets online.  This will not only help you to plan your itinerary in advance but also speed up the process of getting the required stuff quickly at Tirumala.

Tirumala is 267 km from Bangalore. As we had booked the tickets for 1:00 PM same day for the darshan, we started early at 5:30 AM from Bangalore and took NH75 and NH206 route. There is a double lane till Chittoor district, which is an easy ride. Post that it is a single road till the Tirumala entrance. There are many small restaurants on the way, but as we were running short of time, we decided not to stop anyway (except for bio break) as anyways we were carrying home-made food and snacks. The route is scenic with lots of hills on both the sides and ample greenery. On the way, we noticed the rows of terracotta and clay product shops. The rates in these shops were almost three times less than Bangalore price and there were plenty options to pick the stuff.


We reached at the foothills of Tirumala at 10:35 AM, it has a grand entrance with very tight security. It usually takes 15-20 minutes to cross the gate as all the time there is a huge queue of vehicles going towards Tirumala. The security guard asked us to remove all the stuff from the vehicle and cross them through scan machine and also asked us to go through the scanner for obvious security reasons. After the clearance and receiving the ticket from the entrance, we started our uphill journey of 22 km to reach the top of Hill (Tirumala). It is a beautiful scenery en-route, and one can feel the positive vibes of the surrounding.

There are lots of accommodation options both in Tirupati and Tirumala, but if you want to stay in Tirumala, you need to do the advance online booking of it. As we booked the accommodation in Tirumala, so our next action after reaching the top was to search for the place which we booked. We were guided by the police and security guard that we need to collect the accommodation information from a place near CRO (Central reception office). One can only book the accommodation in Tirumala only for 24 hours. So, while booking the accommodation tickets online, you will get two options, either to book a room before 12:00 hrs or after 12:00 hrs. You can select the timing according to your darshan timing. Since for us, it was 1:00 PM, we had selected after 12:00 hrs. For noon booking, the counter open at 12:00 and there are four counters (as per the different room categories-Rs. 150; 500; 1500 and 2000), everybody is asked to stand in the queue as per their room category.


Our room was in Sankumitta Guest House (SMGH), it was a spacious guest house, and each room has two big rooms (2 beds in each room) and an attached bathroom with the 24 hours hot and cold water facility.  After briefly relaxing in our room, we had our food and decided to get ready for the darshan. The way to reach the darshan queue from the guesthouse was hardly a minute away. In order to save time, it is a good idea to keep our belongings (shoes, bags, etc.) at room because everything has to go through a scan before entering the temple premises and considering the crowd it easily takes few minutes to half an hour to pass through the scan process with stuff.

May be because of afternoon time, it was not much crowded. Om Namo Venkatesaya and Govinda Govinda chanting were extruding powerful positive energy and giving strength to every devotee to keep walking and feel energetic and enthusiastic. Hours of wait and walk is worth to get a glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara. The aura around deity is so powerful and tranquil that in spite of seeing the Lord in front of you, it does not seem enough and it develops an excitement and thirst to visit next time. As per current rule, with each ticket one can get only two Tirupati laddus, the taste of these laddus are so unique and famous that these laddus have got the GI (Geographical Identification) status.  It is good to carry a small poly bag to collect the laddus to avoid standing on queue else you can also buy a polybag from the counters (each bag cost two rupees).

There is an Anjaneya temple (Hanuman) exactly opposite the main temple, people go there to light a lamp and pray. We were able to finish everything by 3:00 PM, and after that, we decided to return to our room for some rest and then for an evening walk around Tirumala town. Evenings are pleasant with the chanting of Venkateshwara in the air. Tirumala is a clean and well-managed town; there are lots of vegetarian food joint, parks and shops to purchase souvenir, clothes, fancy stuff and toys.

 

We decided to get up early next day and take a visit to the temple premises. It was a great feeling to see the calm, composed and divine atmosphere. Hundreds of people were sleeping in the premise of the temple with all their luggage and family, also few groups gathered in front of the temple to perform some rituals.


On the way back to Bangalore we saw the array of seven hills which were making the face of a human (or may be of Lord Venkateshwara). It was a blissful and memorable trip.

Halebidu and Belur Trip

Halebidu and Belur are two small towns in the Hassan district of Karnataka, India. They are approx. 210 km away from Bangalore and an ideal place for a one day trip. Both the places holds a significant historical importance not just because of its unique architecture but their glorious history before the invasion from the west. Halebidu was the capital of Hoysala dynasty and enjoyed the status of the cultural, political and economic epicenter of the 12th century Hoysala dynasty.

The temples of both the places are built by renowned architect Jakanachari, a legendary architect of the 12th century. He is credited with building various temples of Chalukyas and Hoysala dynasty. Temples are carved with Indian mythological stories. It is said that it took over 100 years to construct the Hoysaleshwara temple of Halebidu. Currently, there are not many temples are present in their original form except  Hoysaleshwara temple in Halebidu and Chennakeshava temple in Belur. Lord Shiva is prayed in Hoysaleshwara temple and Lord Vishnu in Chennakeshava temple. These two temples are living example to the architecture epitome achieved several hundred years back.

My recent visit to Halebidu and Belur temples was an amazing experience as was a chance to relive the 12th-century architectural wonder. The intricate details of Indian mythological stories and complex expressions of human emotions were so magnificently described that one will be just stunned to look at those larger than life scriptures. The walls of both the temples were layered with intricate carving of Indian mythological stories from Upanishad, Puranas, Ramayan, and Mahabharat. It is a landscape of complex expressions of human emotions. Every part of the stories is so magnificently described that one will be just stunned to look at those larger than life scriptures.

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If you are from Bangalore or nearby places and have a plan to visit these places, you may find the following itinerary handy to plan the trip:

Start Early- Ideal time to start from Bangalore to Halebidu is early morning around 6:00 AM via Nice Road. It will not only help you to avoid city traffic but also enjoy the fresh morning air 🙂

Road Condition- Road is in very good condition and broad on the way to Hassan. One can find less to moderate traffic on their way. One has to drive further 32km (approx.) after reaching Hassan for Halebidu. Belur is approximately 18 km from Halebidu through the main road. It is advisable to take a link route to reach Belur as it will save the time and helps to avoid the 5-6 km of a stretch.

Eating Joints- There are many good options on the way to Hassan. To name a few-Mayur Restaurant,( on the way to Hassan), A2B, Polar Bear-Ice cream joint, etc. Outside temples you will find several vendors selling juices, fruits, artifacts, etc.

[Note: There are no entry fees for Halebidu and Belur temples]