Idea for a day trip

Idea for a day trip

Gaganachukki Falls

My husband, a travel enthusiast, suggested that he and I go on a weekend trip along the river Cauvery to the Shivanasamudra Falls. My son agreed to take care of things at home for me over the weekend, making it easier for me to arrive at a decision. I suddenly felt a gush of excitement and was ready to pack my bags and head out for the weekend. 

With everything in place, we left Bengaluru around 7.30 pm to Mysuru. There was very little traffic on the highway and the drive turned out to be a pleasant one. We made a small stopover for dinner and drove on to reach Mysuru around 10.30 pm. We were soon joined by Sanjay and Siri, with whom we share many memorable trips.

One of our first stops was at a temple. We then headed out to Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls. After a brief stopover, we passed through Marehalli and decided to visit the Sri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. We had visited this temple 30 years ago before our marriage. Visiting this place brought back a flood of memories. The travel was a pleasant one with a slight drizzle. The waterfalls that we had visited was in its full glory. Visiting the two falls on a single day made the trip worthwhile.

On the way back we decided to visit Sathyagala and Somanathapura temples. There was a sense of positive energy about that place. The Chennakesava Temple, Somanathapura is a Vaishnava Hindu temple on the banks of river Cauvery. The ornate temple is a model illustration of the Hoysala architecture. It is enclosed in a courtyard with a pillared corridor of small shrines. The main temple in the center is on a high star-shaped platform with three symmetrical sanctums. The outer walls, the inner walls, the pillars and the ceiling of the temple is intricately carved with theological iconography of Hinduism.

We were awestruck by the sculpture and decided to stay on there till the temple complex closed. 

It was an eventful weekend trip. We didn’t feel tired or exhausted. Every temple that we went to had some tasty ‘prasadam’ and that’s something we feasted on. The taste of ‘Sakkarai pongal’, prepared by the temple complexes still linger on. We reached home from our weekend trip, feeling extremely rejuvenated and refreshed.