Weekend Trip to Maha Lakshmi Golden Temple
Trip Start May 28, 2009
1Trip End May 29, 2009
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Family 1 : Vathsalya Lakshmi (Myself), PraveenKumar (My Husband), Parents-in-law
Family 2 : Siva Subba Rao, Dr.Suman, Chaitanya & Narasimha Bai
Family 3 : Siva’s Friend Ravindran, his Wife and two kids Ranjit & Ranjan
As usual we did some research on the net and found two possible routes for Vellore
Bangalore > Hosur > Krishnagiri > Bargur > Natrampalli > Vaniyambadi > Ambur > Madhanur > Pallikondan > Vellore. Total distance 225 Kms
Bangalore > Kolar > Chittoor > Vellore. Total distance 215 Kms
Two months back we had visited Kotilingeshwara near Kolar and had travelled on route-II which was two lane with very average roads. So, we decided to take Route–I as the entire stretch is a 4 lane highway.
1. Jagadish Nagar – 0 Kms
2. NAL Quarters on Jeevan Bhima Nagar Road – 3 Kms
(Take Inner Ring Road via Old Airport Road)
(Go Straight till Krishnagiri on NH-7 via)
4. Electronics City – 20 Kms
5. Attibele – 35 Kms
6. Hosur – 45 Kms
7. Kamandoddi – 55 Kms
8. Shoolagiri – 63 Kms
9. Krishnagiri Toll Plaza – 95 Kms (Rs.25/-)
(After Toll Plaza two flyovers are there within a span of 3 Kms. Take the first flyover, skip the second flyover and take the side lane. Take left near the signal below the flyover and you are on NH-46. Go Straight till Pallikondan on NH-46 via)
10. Bargur – 108 Kms
11. Natrampalli – 129 Kms
12. Toll Plaza – 140 Kms (Rs.35/-)
13. Vaniyambadi – 148 Kms
14. Ambur – 164 Kms
(Two options from here
a. After 2 kms take the right turn towards Sripuram when you see the direction board. It is a single road which is really bad in some stretches.
We took this route. Please avoid this route
b. Go straight ahead on NH-46 till Vellore and go towards Vellore Fort. Here take a right turn towards Sripuram
Have to go through Vellore traffic and an additional 5 kms, but still you will reach faster as the road is good all the way till Sripuram)
16. Sripuram – 220 Kms
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Woke up at 5:30 am, got ready and started from Jagadish Nagar in my Hyundai Santro, filled petrol (Rs.500/-) and reached NAL Quarters on Jeevan Bheema Nagar Road.
Siva and his friend Ravindran’s family were loading their luggage in Maruti Swift Desize
Reached Krishnagiri Toll Plaza at 11:15 am, crossed the first flyover and after reaching the second flyover, took the side road. Below the flyover, we took left and we were surprised to find one of the best highways in the country NH-46. The drive from here was silky smooth (The co-passengers have to be alert and ensure the driver doesn’t doze off). On this highway, occasionally I touched 100 Kmph
It took us 6 Hrs to reach Sripuram. We had our lunch in Temple Canteen and decided to take rest as the climate was too hot for comfort. We took rooms with uninterrupted A/c in SRM Guest house, which was 1 km from the temple. The rooms were good as the guest house was newly constructed.
Finally the golden moment arrived. At 6:15 pm we reached the temple gates. Parked our cars at Temple’s Pay-n-Park Area (Rs.20/-). Purchased Rs.100/- tickets and entered the queue at 6:30 pm. The temple is constructed with beautiful landscapes and beautiful sculptures were erected in between. As it was getting dark the Temple Gopura was glowing brightly, making the scene a feast for our eyes. The path towards the Temple is in star shape. The royal path with the top covered is for free darshan visitors and just beside this path there is another path which is originally for draining rain water
While coming out we purchased some more prasadam (Rs.10/- each) for distributing to my husband’s colleagues (After reaching home we found that it is not the same laddu what we got after the darshan). By the time we came out it was 9:00 pm.
We headed back to the Temple Canteen. Myself & my hubby had juice and ice cream as we were not hungry. Others had light snacks like Dosa, Chapathi, Sabji, etc. We reached the guest house at 10:15 pm and slept peacefully without worrying about the plan for next day.
Sunday, 31 May 2009
We woke up the next day leisurely, got ready and checked out from the guest house at 10:00 am and went to the Temple Canteen for breakfast. We found that we were late so did not have many options. We had Masala dosa, Upma and Coffee. At 11:00 am we headed towards Vellore after filling petrol for another Rs.500/-.
Our next stop was Jalakanteshwara Temple which is situated inside the Vellore Fort. The temple is renowned for its sculptures and exquisite craftsmanship of that period. Many consider the sculptures, in the Mantapa (porch) on the left of the entrance, a masterpiece.
By the time we came out it was 12:45 pm
We resumed our journey at 2:35 pm after wasting almost two hours for the useless lunch. Within 10 minutes we reached NH-46 and immediately I took over the reins from PraveenKumar and started driving.
We took a ten minutes break at 3:05 pm immediately after Pallikondan Toll Plaza and had fruits as some of us were still hungry. As we resumed, it started raining very heavily and lasted for 20 minutes. My hubby was little apprehensive but I was confident and did not allow him to take over and drove carefully eventhough I was little tense.
We took another break after crossing the second Toll Plaza at 4:15 pm. We ordered Onion Pakoras which tasted like non-veg. We played there for some time with the basket ball we brought with us
Maha Lakshmi Golden Temple with its beautiful landscape, scenery, atmosphere, greenish lawns and fine architecture all combined together makes it worth to pay a visit.
Cheerio till our next trip !!!