On 17th June, 2018 (Sunday), at around 10 AM, I saw a post in Facebook of one of my friends checking into a place called Devarayanadurga. I had never heard of this place. The map in the post suggested that the place was close to Bangalore. So, I checked the route map on Google Maps and found that the place was about 80 KM from our house in Bangalore. So, at 10:30 AM, I proposed to Deepshree that we visit this place. In turn, Deepshree asked Ranoo. Ranoo declined as she had to prepare for her Viva scheduled for the next day. Luckily for me, Deepshree agreed to come along.
Devarayanadurga literally means Fortress of the Gods.
We requested Ranoo to have lunch in a hotel close to our house and she agreed. By 12:00 Noon, we were ready. We decided to take our Innova.
First we went to the Petrol Pump where we generally fill Diesel. We did not need Diesel that day as the tank was full. However, we got the tyres inflated. And we were ready.
We took the Outer Ring Road through Hebbal and BEL Circle to reach Gurugantapalya. From there we took the highway. The roads were unusually empty as this was the day after the Eid holiday and it was a Sunday. We soon reached the first Toll where we paid Rs. 30 for a two way pass.
Once through the Toll, we were cruising at about 100 KMPH. Soon, we reached the next Toll at Neelamangala. However, we encountered a huge number of trunks lined up at the Toll Gate. Here we had to pay Rs. 36 for a two way pass.
Once we passed the Toll Gate, we were cruising at about 80 KMPH. However, the large number of Trucks on the road meant that I had to be extremely careful while driving. The problem is that though there are signs all along the highway that the slow moving vehicles must drive on the left lane, the Trucks always drive on the inner lane. And this highways has 2 lanes in each direction. In the outer lane, quite a few number of two-wheelers ply.
However, soon we found that we needed taking a diversion to the right from the highway. However, Deepshree was late in letting me know this. So, I overshot the diversion at Dabarspet and drove above the flyover. This place is confusing. However, an indicator is that there is Cafe Coffee Day on the other side of the flyover. This is the first Cafe Coffee Day on the highway till this point. It took us a drive of 5 KM before we found a U-turn.
We took the U-turn and soon reached the intersection by driving on the service road. At the intersection ,we took the left turn this time and were on a good road. This road was a single road. However, soon we found that there was hardly any traffic on this road. Also, the road was very well maintained. Soon, we found road signs indicating that we were on the way to Devarayanadurga.
There is very less population around this road. There are vast fields on both sides of the road. All along I found road signs with village names. However, these must be small villages.
Driving further we soon found ourselves at the gates of Devarayanadurga. We took a diversion to the left to enter Devarayanadurga. It was 2:30 PM at that time.
From this point, we drove for another 5 KM. On both sides, we found thick forest. Also, we were gradually climbing. The road here is rather narrow. So, when another car comes from the other side, it needs cautious driving.
We soon found ourselves at the Check Point. Here we needed to pay Rs. 20 for entering the premises. The Guard told us that there were 2 temples in the premises – one next to the Check Point and another on top of the hill.
We first went to the temple adjoining the Check Point. There is a gate for this temple.
We parked our vehicle just after entering the Gate. There is no formal parking place here. So, we parked at the edge of the road, We removed our slippers and kept them in the car. Then, we walked to the Temple premises.
Outside the Temple, there is place to wash hands and feet. I washed my hands and feet. Then we entered the Temple. Incidentally, there was no network coverage from Airtel in this area.
We bought tickets for Rs, 20 (Rs. 10 * 2) for offering prayers. There are 2 temples in this premises – one is a Temple of Lord Narahimsa Swamy and another is a Temple of Goddess Lakshmi. We offered prayers in both the temples. Inside the temple, we offered dakshina of Rs. 30 in total.
On coming out of the Temple, we found one family was serving prasad to all the people. We also took prasad consisting of Dal, Cucumber, Coconut mix and Butter Milk.
We spent some more time at the premises and took some pictures.
We left the Temple Premises and were back in our car. We noticed that there is a Toilet just outside the premises. It is a Free Toilet. We discovered that it is in a decent state, though not great state.
From this point, we could see the hill that we had to climb to reach the other Temple Premises.
We started the climb. The road is very narrow. And there were number of vehicles climbing down. So, I had to very careful. The drive is not for very long. It took about 25 minutes. Soon, we were at the top of the hill till the point where there was drivable road. We found that there were a lot of cars here. The regular parking place was full. So, we parked the car at the side of the road. We found a place where there were only 2 cars. I decided to turn the vehicle before parking. This proved to be a good decision as this place also got full by the time were ready to leave this place.
After parking the the vehicle, we started towards the Temple premises. We discovered that the Temple was actually further up. So, we started climbing up the stairs.
The stairs are fairly wide and thus not very difficult to climb. However, there are about 175 of these steps to climb before one can reach the top. There are some shops on the way selling snacks.
View from the top.
After climbing quite a few steps, we found a Hanuman Temple.
We kept climbing further. The stairs did not seem to end.
Finally, we reached the top. We left our slippers in the place appointed for the same. There is a caretaker to take care of the slippers.
We entered the Temple premises. There were 2 boys sitting at the gate. They put tika on our head. And then they demanded money. So, I paid them Rs. 20.
We entered the Temple premises. The main temple is that of Narasimha Swamy. We offered our prayers. Then, we came out of the temple premises.
Outside the Temple Premises, I found that there was a small pond.
As I was taking photo of the pond and the surroundings, I got disconnected from Deepshree. On returning i could not find her anywhere. I tried calling her and found that there was no network. I waited for 20 minutes where we had left our slippers. Then I thought that she must have climbed down and waiting on the way. So, I collected both our slippers, paid the caretaker, put on my slippers, held Deepshree’s slippers in my hand and started climbing down looking for Deepshree. I found her nowhere till I reached the end of the stairs. So, I waited there.
Suddenly, I got a call and it was Deepshree’s. She told me that she was still at the top. So, I told her to climb down. Soon, we were reunited.
By this time, we were very hungry. So, we bought some pakodas. This is what was available here.
After having the pakodas, we boarded our car. It was 4:00 PM at this time. There were thick cloud gathering at this point of time. So, we decided to hurry.
This Temple is open between 10:00 AM and 5:30 PM.
Soon, we were climbing down the hill. We passed the Check Point and were on our way back. While coming to the Temple, I had noticed that there was a big lake. So, I went searching for the same on the way back. Soon, we were at the spot.
This is a nice spot where there is a huge lake and a sort of beach. Lots of people were enjoying the water. This place is a very good Picnic Spot.
We were soon out of the gate and on our way back to Bangalore. We had a pleasant drive till we reached the highway. On the way, we bought half a Jackfruit for Rs. 100.
On reaching the highway, we found huge traffic on the road. There were lot of huge trucks. So, I had to drive very carefully. We crossed 3 accident sites on the way till we reached Guruguntapalya. Soon, we took the road towards our house in RT Nagar. On reaching CBI Road, we decided to stop at Brahmin’s Idly to have Thatte Idly. Both of us were very hungry. We had 2 Idlies each and Coffee for Rs. 92.
We were back home by 7:20 PM, in time for the Germany versus Mexico match.