Monday, August 9, 2010

Exploring Karnataka-Mysore

We visited Mysore on 7th January 2010.We started at around 6 am by bus of KSRTC from Coimbatore.The drive was across ghat roads of Dhimbam.And approximately 40 hairpin bends in the way.There are 2 routs from Coimbatore.
Route1.Coimbatore>Satyamangalam>chamrajnagar>nanjangud>mysore (or)
Route2.Coimbatore>ooty>kallati>bandipur>gundelpet> mysore


We preferred the first route.Second upto sathy,the road is excellent.As expected no traffic, reached sathy in no time. I would say 2 hrs then the ghats to dhimbam started.The border of Tamilnadu,upto here the roads are excellent.Even in Karnataka upto Chamrajnagar the roads are good from there the last stretch to Nanjungoud is very worse.We reached Mysore,201 kms in 5 hours.


The sight seeing day...We booked a bus in the afternoon itself at 2 pm..The half day sight seeing includes Maharaja palace,St.Philomina church,Tippu Sulthan's Sri Ranga pattanam and from there Brindavan gardens were seen..Among them the Maharaja Palace is excellent one..Inside photography not allowed.There is so much to see inside the palace like walls & roof blended with excellent architecture.So many of Raja Ravi Varma paintings are displayed in the palace reflecting the Wodeyar's glory and also beauty of Ravi varma kind of women..I spent much time there.there are so many things like chairs,crowns,cloths,jewellery etc etc used by Wodeyars..A simply breathtaking view of palace inside.A bit hectic schedule for us with our small kid Tikku...But succeeded in managed him..The next day morning again we went for sight seeing which includes Jagan Mohan palace,Zoological gardens and finally Chamundi hill.At Chamundeswari temple we were in que for 1 hour for darsan.But after completing darsan we missed our bus.So we caught KSRTC bus to reach Mysore after that.I say KSRTC buses are much more comfortable than the tourist buses.They are moderated with AC and all;Above pic Chamundi temple on Chamundihill.


Maharaja palace from courtyard.It was built by Wodeyars and is one of the biggest palaces in the country...



St.Philomina Church...


The Lalith Mahal palace...


Actually our trip was up to here.But we extended our programme for one more day to see Halebidu and Belur temples.We caught a cab in the morning at around 7 am.From Mysore the road is poor in patches and not even found good restaurants to have food on the way...One should have some meal before get started.Reached Shravana Belagola first,An 84 kms drive from Mysore. It is in the Hassan District of karnataka.Referred as one of the important holy destination for Jains in India.It is famous for the world's tallest monolith statue,Gomatheswara,also referred as Bahubali with 17 mt height.The statue was located on a hill called Indragiri made of granite is the largest of its kind in the world.


Ranganatha swamy temple,Srirangapattanam


The view of Shravana Belagola from top of the hill - A Great jain temple....






From there we travelled another 30 km and reached Halebidu,A famous temple in Karnataka,Hoyasaleswara temple (Shiva temple) .Its gem of the Indian architecture.The temple was built by Hoyasala dynasty.The temple is just amazing.The below pics.












And from Halebidu we reached Belur,Chennakesava swamy temple (lord Vishnu)which is just 17 kms from Halebid.It was the early capital of Hoyasalans.Stories from the Puranas,Upanishads and other mythological stories have been carved in the most authentic way.The Ramayana and the Mahabharatha also have been included.The bracketted figurines called the Mandanikas are no doubt the highlight of the temple's magnificent architecture.The temple is just fantastic and if we really want to see the architecture in detail we need one more day...
Our trip came to an end on 3rd day night around 8 pm.Around 100 people are waiting to get in to the bus.And we used the same old Indian public trick of dropping a bag from the window.Luckily we got the places to sit and reached Coimbatore in the midnight....Very very tired trip but the memories of Mysore will be there forever.

30 comments:

Superb Place :P said...

Must be a wonderful place..
beautifully captured :)
Kudos

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Dee,
Yes these are really wonderful places...Don't miss Halebidu and Belur...They are really awesome temples...:-)

roopz said...

I feel like visiting Mysore again after seeing your pics.
In between,please adjust the size of images...Its not proportional!


Regards
village girl

Hariharan Valady said...

When I visited Mysore, the tour operator did not cover Halebidu. From your pictures, it appears that I have missed something wonderful.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Roopz,
Thank you for taking time and commenting..:-)
Thanks for the suggestion as well ,surely will adjust..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Hariharan,
Thanks for your comment..:-)Actually its another package..It includes Shravanabelagola,Halebidu and Belur..As the tourism fecilities are not that good so many people skip these.Don't even find proper food on the way..and the roads are very worst..but the temples are too good...:-)

Being_AC said...

Real beauty! enjoyed it,
Good photography & rich heritage.

The Young Bigmouth said...

Great pictures...always been to south for work. Now, I should consider going there for these awesome places too. I don't which one you loved most...going by the pics I can't wait to see Lalith Mahal palace.

subhorup dasgupta said...

I am jealous, jealous, jealous. The only way I can get over this is by making the trip myself. Even though in my jealous rage, I will make the trip without you, this wonderful post and the pictures will remain my guide. Fate!!

Wonderful writeup on the route. Very informative and evocative.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Being AC,
Thank you so much for the comment..:-) Yes its really wonderful place..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ The young big mouth,
Thanks for stopping by and commenting..:-)Indeed its difficult to choose the best one among them..Mysore palace is a wonderful monument..But as I love sculptural beauty a lot,I loved Halebidu and Belur temples most...The Lalith Mahal palace is now turned in to a five star hotel..You can even stay in that if you wish..:-) All the best..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Subhorup,
ha..ha..Just loved your comment.:-)

Even i feel the same if I were in your place..:-)So to get rid of ur jealousy have a visit to that place as soon as possible..You will definitely fall in love with that place..:-)
Thanks for your comments..I'm flattered..:-)

kannaji e said...

nice that I got a wonderful support of your blog... i can refer when evr i travel :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Kannaji,
Thank you so much for the lovely comment..:-)

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Both are from my state Karnataka :-)
Mysore I had visited thrice...This year also planning to visit. Many more things to see there.
Yes....Belur and Halebidu represent rich heritage of Karnataka

Dr. Paritosh said...

AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY...

CYNOSURE said...

you have done justice to the place...beautifully captured each and every feature of the place...
now you have +1 my list of to be visited places... :O

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ranjana,
Nice to know that you are from such a wonderful state..:-).Loved that place really.Thanks for your sweet comment..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Cynosure,
Thank you so much for your lovely compliments..:-) If I upload other pics also,no room for another post..lol...There are so many..I'm confused to choose the best out of them.Its such a wonderful place..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Dr.Paritosh,
Thank you so much for taking time and commenting...Pls keep visiting..:-)

Team G Square said...

Lovely places , two eyes are not enough to see and enjoy the beauty of Belur and Halebid ....

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Dhiraj,
Yaa so true..Beautiful places...Thanks for the comment..:-)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful set of images and narration.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Rajesh,
Thank you so much..:-)

Arti said...

Beautiful pictures and narration Nagini; soaked in legends, history and culture. This place has to go in my bucket list right now!

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment Arti..:-) Its one of the must visit places in India..:-)All the best..:-)

Puru@ShadowsGalore said...

You had an amazing trip it seems .. the photographs are very beautiful. i have been to Mysore but not to the other places you have mentioned. beautiful post ! :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Puru,
Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting..:-) Yaa really we had an amazing trip..memorable one..:-)Try to visit the other places too..they are too awesome.All the best..:-)

Nishitha KM said...

hii..nice post.Thanks for sharing with us.I liked the way you put up the information.I am panning to visit br hills resort and also bandipur resorts this weekend with my family. because their facilites,sevices offered at low cost,Wildlife Safari really really awesome..

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Nishitha,
Thank you so much Nishitha..:-)