13-Jan-2019 was a Sunday. We planned for a short trip close to Bangalore which we could complete within the day. After a brief search, I found that Lepakshi Temple was about 130 KM from our house. So, we could reach there in about 2 hour. I searched the Google Map and found the route to Lepakshi Temple.
In Ramayana, Lepakshi is the place where Jatayu fought with Ravana when Ravana was carrying Mata Sita to Lanka.
Maa, Riya, Deepshree and I started at about 9:30 AM. Ranoo stayed back in the house with Sheru and Baghira as she had to complete her college assignments. Ranoo would have lunch with Ujwala and Bhavitha.
We drove our Innova to the Petrol Pump near our house and filled diesel. We also got the pressure checked on the tyres and we were ready for the journey. We were soon driving on the Airport Road. We soon ready the Toll Gate. We paid Rs. 130 for a return journey. From here on, we were on a rather empty Hyderabad-Anantpur Road.
At about 10:30 AM, we stopped at a hotel on the way. It was called “Singara Gardenia“. We had South Indian breakfast comprising of Idly, Masala Dosa, Upma (Khara Bath), Vada and Coffee. It tasted good possibly because all of us had started without having anything in the morning.
After breakfast, we started on our way at about 11:30 AM. The Google Map indicated that we would be at our destination in about 1 hour.
We drove along the highway. The traffic was relatively low. Especially, very few heavy vehicles were on the way. The road is extremely well maintained. There are small hills along the road. These hills look spectacular.
We kept driving on the highway till we reached a place called Kodikonda. Here, we had to get off the highway turning left. There is an indicator on the highway indicating that Lepakshi is on the left. There is also a gate with a statue of a bird.
Here, there is construction work in progress. They are widening the small road into a 6 lane road. So, our progress was very slow from here onwards. From this point, Lepakshi Temple is about 10 KM away. However, as throughout this length work on the road is in progress, I had to drive at a very moderate speed. In addition, there are good number of houses on both sides of the road, resulting in lots of people and animals crossing the road.
On reaching near the Temple premises, I was looking for a place to park our car. First, we came across the Jatayuvu Theme Park. We drove past it. This was a mistake. We soon reached the market place in 100 meters. Then, we found an indicator for a left turn to the Temple Premises. I took this turn. Then, I had to drive through a very narrow road with cars parked on the left and shops on the right. With cars coming from the front, it was very difficult to drive here. With a lot of difficulty, with one car even banging on to the side of our car, we negotiated this stretch and found a place to park our car right in front of the temple. However, we should have taken the left at the Jatayuvu Theme Park as that road leads to the main parking area for the temple.
On entering the Temple, we had to climb a few stairs to enter the main building of the Temple. Inside this stone walled building, there are beautiful sculptures all over and idols of many Gods and Goddesses.
After coming out the Lepakshi Temple, we drove to the Jatayuvu Theme Park. It is about 100 meters from the Temple. There is ample amount of parking space here. This park is under construction. However, there is an entry fees of Rs. 10 per person.
In the Jatayuvu Theme Park, we found Sita Pada. It is believed that Mata Sita put her foot at this point in the hill when Ravana was carrying her to Lanka.
We started back for Bangalore from Jatayuvu Theme Park at around 2:00 PM. We drove back the same way we had come here.
Now, we were looking for a place to have lunch. We kept driving till we were about 10 KM away from Devanahalli. Here we found the hotel named Fishland. We stopped here to have lunch.
Fishland has a series of huts where they serve food. We were allocated one hut.
After having a lunch comprising of Chicken Curry, Rice, Mutton Biriyani, we started on our way to Bangalore. We reached home by about 5:30 PM.