Now its time to update all my older travels. So after a bit of a time delay, here goes:
This was another day-long trip that we made, this time with my parents.
We set off from home by taxi at around 7am. The fact that we travelled by car, rather than tour bus afforded us the luxury of stopping when we wanted… not to mention the benefit of leaving from home n reaching the highway directly, without an extended tour around the city! 🙂
Our first stop on the way was the Kamat LokaRuchi restaurant for breakfast at around 9am. Since we were on our way to visit the temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari, Hubby and I were fasting as is our usual habit when visiting temples. However, my parents would not be able to stay without any sustenance for almost half the day. Hence, the stop for breakfast.
While there are 2 more Kamat restaurants on the Mysore highway, and many more small restaurants and fast-food chains along the way, this particular Kamat hotel is better known for the quality of food served here. To our delight, they had introduced a buffet breakfast, costing a mere Rs. 80, unlimited food. The food was very tempting, and only our resolve to fast kept us away. My parents rave about the amazing breakfast even today, and it turned out to be the most memorable part of the trip, for them that is!!!
Next stop was the temple of Lord Ranganatha Swami at Srirangapatanam at 11am. The darshan of the Lord was quick, as there wasn’t too much of a crowd inside the temple. so, even after taking our time posing for photos along the way, we managed to get out of Srirangapatanam within 45 mins. 🙂
We finally reached the temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari at around 12pm. The weather was pleasant, sunny but not hot. So it was a pleasant short walk from the taxi drop-off till the temple.
We took the Rs 20 tickets, and had a comfortable entry into the temple. We were able to take our time within the temple and gaze on the Goddess in peace. We finally stepped out at 12.45pm, and made our way to the temple of Lord Mahabaleshwar (Shiva). After a brief visit, we made our way back to the car.
On the way down from the temple, we passed by a statue of a giant Nandi. The last trip we’d made by tour bus had just given us a glimpse of the statue. This time we decided to stop here.
The giant Nandi is a wonder to look upon. Behind it is a cave of Lord Shiva. The cave is really low. One has to ben over in half to get inside, and even more by the time you actually reach the Linga.
We left soon after, and headed for lunch. The suggestion for a nice hotel was made by the driver. I don’t really remember which hotel it was, but the food was really good, and service fast. We headed out shortly and made for Cauvery, to do some shopping. Actually i hadn’t planned to shop, but bought a couple of saris anyway. 🙂
The final stop in Mysore was the Mysore Palace. We spent most of the time outside taking photos. The inside of the palace was a mad rush, as some schools were taking their students on a tour. So the narrow confines of the palace stairways were quite uncomfortable.
At around 5pm, we finally turned our vehicle back to Bangalore.
One the way back we stopped at Channapatanam, famous for its toys. My parents bought some souvenirs to take back home. We were undecided on what to buy, and skipped shopping instead.
Dinner stop was Kamat LokaRuchi. We enjoyed a few light snacks, and then finally headed home.
Since it was a Saturday, the shortest route back home through the city would also be the most time-consuming. So we took a roundabout route through ORR, and finally got home at 11pm.
The memories we made during the day kept us smiling till the end. 🙂