Amrutesvara Temple, Amruthapura


It was time for us to head back to Bengaluru from Udupi after such a long break. My Father-in-Law also accompanied with us as he had a meeting next day in the Bengaluru office. We left Udupi in the morning hours after having our quick breakfast at home. The weather was warming up and birds started their singing while we drove from the hilly areas. We crossed Agumbe in no time. After a while, we stopped at a small hotel somewhere in the interiors of a small village to have our breakfast, again. One of the famous food in and around is ‘Mangalore Bun‘. We all had a heavy breakfast this time and started our journey.

As we were reaching Thirthalli, my wife told me about Amrutesvara Temple which is near Tarikere. I never heard of the temple name before. Her aunt had told about the recent visit to the temple to her, so did her father. They expressed the desire to visit the temple as it on the way. We saw the signboard pointing to left just as we crossed Tarikere. As we took left from NH-206, had to travel another 6 km to reach the temple. One wouldn’t know amidst the village, there comes a piece of history. I didn’t notice at first as its just after a turn. The temple is maintained well with lush green garden all around and a fence guarding the temple. Sun was blazing hot which made the walk more difficult. As we entered the temple’s outer sanctum, we felt cooler.

The sculptures, idols, black shining pillars supporting the temple, carvings all around showcased the amazing talent of sculptors in Hoysala dynasty. It really baffled me seeing the carvings which such precision and thoughtfulness. As per few guides information, each side of the temple wall depicts a story in anti-clockwise. The temple walls have lots of miniature decorative towers which has its own significance. As we go around the temple, we see a couple of more temples. There’s a specific broken sculpture near the tree which signifies 12 sun signs sculpted in one rock. After looking around, we sat in the outer sanctum for a while, one of the temple poojari informed about the food provided by the temple.

We sat there for a while admiring the beauty of the temple before we headed back. I took a couple of pictures of the temple, inner sanctum, sculptures outside, miniatures on the temple walls etc. Many people travel the road we had taken but very few know about the temple. If anyone is going on that route, I urge them to pay a visit to this beautiful temple, which has a lot to say and show about Hoysala dynasty and its architecture. The best time to visit the temple would be in the evening.

Trip Details (By Car):

Route (From Bengaluru): Bengaluru -> Kunigal -> Tiptur -> Arsikere -> Kadur -> Amruthpura (247 Kms)

Route (Towards Bengaluru): Udupi -> Agumbe -> Thirthalli -> Tarikere -> Amrutesvara Temple (187 Kms)

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Malpe Beach, Udupi


Malpe Beach, famous among rest of the others and one of the primary reason being St Mary’s Island. It’s also famous for low-end water sports which are why picnic seekers and conventional vacationers are the primary habitats of it. The reason I wanted to visit this beach was that of its picturesque sunset at the Arabian Sea in the backdrop of St Mary’s Island hence gets crowded in the evening. However, In the daytime, you will only get a hazy and distant glimpse of St Mary’s Island.

We had planned a day earlier to visit Murdeshwar and another temple in order for us to return back by evening to Malpe beach. The road to reach Malpe beach is very busy and narrow. It took us good 30 minutes to reach there. As we reached near, we were astonished to see huge crowd everywhere and added to that was parking issue. The place was too crowded and vibrant section of Malpe beach. There is also a beautiful marble statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the beach side. Restaurants, Coconut vendors, are in surplus on the beach side. I dropped my wife, her mother and grandfather near the Gandhi statue in search of parking, went so far ahead (nearly a km) and parked the car.

We (me & her brother) decided not to walk back so far as the sun was setting already. I informed about our whereabouts and told them we will catch them up after half an hour. I was amazed to see two sides of the beach: one which was so crowded & bustling and the other being so scarce. I was lucky that we parked our car on the road, which was hardly 100m from the beach. The first impression of the beach was very clean and a positive vibe of it. We sat down near the empty boats which were far away from the water and people. The color of the sky, the raw smell, very few people around made me pleased to a great extent. We gazed as far as possible into the sea looking for ships, boats or anything which caught our attention. I was so lost in the waves coming by that her brother had called me twice before I came back to normalcy. We were getting calls to come back as it was getting darker and they needed to go back home. As we started back, so did many people, created the traffic. We were forced to take another road which proved lucky for us. We picked them up within few minutes and headed back to home.

I haven’t had much time to spend at the beach nor had time to travel to St. Mary’s island, which is why I decided to go for it one more time with ample amount of time on hand and try few water sports.

 

Kaup Beach, Udupi


Its been couple of days in Udupi now and we haven’t visited any places due to festival celebrations. I was very much looking forward to the beaches and had planned it a few days back.  Kaup Beach is the one which I wanted to visit first because it’s less crowded. I had done my part of research on which part of the beach to go (far away from people and the crowd) to enjoy calmness and view of the waves undisturbed & unobstructed by others. They always fascinate me and bring me at peace with myself. We decided to go in the evening so that sunset can be watched.

Kaup beach is around 20 minutes from our home. Time was around 5.30 PM when we parked our car much before the parking and walked into the beach. The place was calm with not many people around. I immediately sat on the beach sulking in the humid air, sultry atmosphere by watching the waves hit the shore and going back, sun ready to dive into the water. After some time, I saw the lighthouse which was pretty far away from us, crowded where people looked ants who gather around sugar. My wife and her brother went ahead and got into the water to play with the waves and also to collect shells and stones. In the meantime, I took out my camera and took panoramic pictures of the beach, they (brother & sister) playing with waves and other things. While taking pictures, saw people trying water sporting activities such as Boat Parasailing, Jet Ski etc near the lighthouse.

 

Sun went down very quickly, that’s when the real beauty of lighthouse got showcased. Even from that far, the lighthouse was standout in such a dark background and was able to see those white and red stripes clearly. The light which kept circling around made me capture few images of it. As it was getting darker and darker, we decided to approach near the lighthouse to have some snacks before we go back our way to home. As we walked towards the lighthouse, crabs started to appear which frighten us at first but then we walked carefully towards the small shops near the lighthouse. We had snacks and walked with ice cream in our hands towards our car.

Lighthouse at far

It was satisfying to leave the beach with my mind being fresh and me being at peace. Looking forward to visiting the place once again.

Diwali in Udupi


It’s been almost a year for our marriage and one of the biggest festival, the festival of lights was due next week. As a ritual, I had to visit my in-laws home for the festival. My in-laws had to shift to Udupi, as my Father-in-law works for the government. We had planned much early so that we can visit their home and also places near it. We decided to leave on 18th October and come back on 22nd.

I wasn’t well the morning we planned to start, was suffering from chest pain and vomiting. After an hour of delay, we started our journey around 7 in the morning. We drove for 2 hours when we stopped for breakfast at Mayura hotel. Within 30 minutes, we were back on road and had called her father to check for the shortest route to Udupi. Once the call got finished, we decided the route.

Route taken: Bengaluru -> Nelmangala -> Yediyur -> Kadur -> Tarikere -> Tirthahalli -> Agumbe -> Hebri -> Udupi

No. of Kms: 410+

The route taken was good but had a couple of cons to it: roads weren’t wide and traffic. The drive was busy until we reached near to Agumbe. It was past our lunchtime and after searching for good hotels from past hour, we reached Agumbe, so decided to have at first hotel which we see, and we found one at the bus stop. We didn’t expect good food and tried to keep the order simple, mint rice was choice of both of us. We’re surprised about the quality & taste of it. After having our lunch, we got back on road and entered the ghat section of Agumbe.

There is a viewpoint just after you enter the check post where we can have a panoramic view of the forest. It’s simply breathtaking where your eyes can only see one thing, Forest. After sulking in the beauty of it, we resumed our journey which was going down the hill. The weather changed drastically from being cool to humid very soon. On my wife’s insisting, we had to stop for a while in deep forest to get few pictures of us. Within a couple of minutes, we were gone from the place. By the time we reached Udupi, it was around 4 in the evening. All in all, it was a pleasant drive.

We rested for a while before all of them started the preparations for Diwali. In the evening, we went out to buy clothes & crackers for the festival. Lights were lit up all around the home and crackers sounds begin. The next day was auspicious as it was ‘Lakshmi Pooja‘ in the morning, followed by various types of food etc. In the evening,  after everyone got fresh, lit up the diya’s all around again and burst crackers ( I didn’t as I stopped bursting from a couple of years back). All except me burst the crackers including the grandfather of my wife was sitting and enjoying the moment while I was capturing the moments. Even my Father-in-law became a kid and enjoyed bursting of crackers. It went for around an hour before we got back inside the home, cleaned up yourselves and had our dinner. The day was spent well and there was a sense of satisfaction and relaxation on the faces of all the family members.

The next couple of days were also planned which will be on the upcoming blogs, keep you guys posted.