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Solo Road Trip to MELUKOTE, HOSAHOLALU & KANVA Water Reservoir

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Biking date: 9th April 2016

Motor bike: Honda CB Unicorn

Melukote was in my bucket list from long time. Problem is long distance to cover + Need lot of patience to ride more than 300 Kms. in a day. After exploring Kolar on previous day, it gave me more confidence to go ahead with another solo road trip on Saturday. I have made-up mind on Friday evening itself and decided to visit Melukote on next day.

Day in brief:

After 264 Kms. bike ride on previous day, I went to sleep early in the night cos more challenging ride in store next day as I already decided to explore Melukote. A usual woke-up around 4:00 AM and freshen-up. Started from my house at 5:30 AM in the morning and rode on Bengaluru-Mysuru Road. Plan is to reach Mandya first than proceed towards Melukote. As I reached Bidadi around 6:00 AM, stopped for breakfast and had famous Tatte Idly for the breakfast. This is my first pit-stop of the journey. After breakfast, moved on Bengaluru- Mysuru Road. Stopped at Petrol bunk to fill up the tank. Had 2 to 3 pit-stops before reaching Mandya around 8:15 AM. It was long ride and covered more than 100 Kms. in a day already. A small drama happened at Mandya with my bike, As I took my bike on road side fell from the bike. Thankfully, I felt on sand and bike was in full speed. Bike had minor damages on left side and I was escaped from any injuries. Even after a fall, I decided to move on with my day’s plan. Went further on Bengaluru-Mysuru Road took right deviation at Mandya BGS arch. Another 33 Kms. to cover before reaching Melukote from this point.

Note: To find Melukote Road entrance on Bengluru-Mysuru Road is little difficult. Please note landmark point is BGS arch from Mysuru side. Ask local-ides, they will guide proper way. Immediate Railway crossing will be there on Mandya-Melukote Road (This point also can be used as landmark point to avoid the confusion).

It is a country side ride with Sugar-cane farms around the place. Mandya is very famous for Sugar-cane. Weather is awesome, initially with cool wind since many villages to cross before reaching the Melukote.

Reached Jakkanahalli cross. It can be used as landmark point before entering the Melukote. Melukote is just 7.6 Kms. from this place. Welcome Board for Melukote can be seen here.

Note: 4 roads are joining at Jakkanahalli Cross circle. One will lead to Mandya on Benguluru-Mysuru Road, Second one to Bellur Cross, Third one to Pandavapura and Fourth one to Melukote. Please inquire with locals to find correct roads.

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Welcome Board to Melukote at Jakkanahalli Cross circle

Continued ride and stopped just before 2 Kms. to Melukote at Karnataka Tourism Board. Magnificent Melukote Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple was viewable from the place. It was 8:45 AM, when I reached this point and took 15 minutes of break. Clicked some photos too.

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1st pit-stop near Melukote
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Lovely capture at Karnataka Tourism Board, Melukote
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Melukote Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple captured from Karnataka Tourism Board Point

Around 9:00 AM proceeded towards Melukote and 2 Kms. of uphill ride took me too Melukote.

Nearest town is Jakkanahalli Cross circle (Mandya District)

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Distance from different cities:

  • Bengaluru: Around 139 Kms. via Mysore Rd and NH275
  • Mysuru: Around 80.7 Kms. via NH275

How to reach the place by Bike or Car:  Go straight on Bengaluru-Mysuru Road. Reach Mandya, proceed further and take right deviation just after BGS Arch from Mysuru side. Small board is there mentioning Melukote. From this point, Melukote is 33 Kms. While approaching Melukote, Jakkanahalli Cross circle can be kept as landmark point. From this point, Melukote is just 7.6 Kms.

Route direction from Bengaluru: Bengaluru –> Mandya –> Melukote

Melukote: Melukote in Pandavapura Taluk of Mandya District, Karnataka, in southern India, is one of the sacred places in Karnataka. The place is also known as Thirunarayanapuram. It is built on rocky hills, known as Yadugiri, Yaadavagiri and Yadushailadweepa, overlooking the Cauvery valley. Melukote is about 81 Kms. from Mysuru and 139 Kms. from Bengaluru.

For more information, visit the link: Melukote

Places to visit at Melukote:

  1. Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple
  2. Kalyani or Pushkarani
  3. Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple
  4. Akka-Tangi Kola
  5. Rayagopura
  6. Dhanushkoti

Decided to explore temple on the hill first. I was unaware of temple name and it’s history. Finally, came to know it is Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple on the hill and Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple at the base.

Rode towards parking point of Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple on the hill. Parked my bike and started to ascend the hill around 9:30 AM. Around 50 to 80 steps took me to top of the hill. Temple doors were closed and waiting to open around 10:00 AM.

Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple: On the top of the hill is an attractive Melukote Narasimha Temple dedicated to Lord Yoga Narasimha. It is believed that the image of Yoga Narasimha Temple at Melukote was installed by Prahlada himself. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III presented a gold crown to Lord Yoga Narasimha.

Meanwhile, I took few photos too. Once temple doors opened at 10:00 AM, had darshana of Yoga Narasimha Swamy and relaxed for few minutes at temple. Took few selfies at temple and descended to the base where I parked my bike.

Photo Gallery – Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, Melukote
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Selfie at Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, Melukote

Note: There are 2 parking places for vehicles near Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple. One at the base which is near by Pushkarani and another-one on the hill at half-way stage.

I have parked my bike on the hill parking place. After descending from the temple, reached parking place. Started towards downhill and parked my bike near Pushkarani parking place. Explored Pushkarani and clicked some photos. It was crowded Saturday due to festival weekend and Saturday is always a important day to pray Venkataramana Swamy.

Kalyani or Pushkarani: The temple infrastructure has a large pond called as Kalyani. The beauty of the steps leading to water and the Mantapas built all around are such that it has been captured in many Indian films.

Pushkarani at Melukote
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A man near Pushkarani in smoking mode

Left the place and moved towards Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple which is another 1 and half kms. from Pushkarani in Melukote. Temple was crowded and long queue forced me to drop darshana of Cheluvanarayana Swamy. Spent some time and since I was thirsty, had 2 Tender coconut outside the temple.

Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple: Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple is located in Melukote, Mandya District, Karnataka, India. The place is also known as Thirunarayanapura. It is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Cauvery valley.

For more information, visit the link: Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple

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Famous Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, Melukote

I have seen few historical places of Melukote in many Kannada Movies but didn’t know the name of these places. Enquired with local-ides and came to know lot of Kannada movies were shot at Pushkarani and Rayagopura. These are very tempting places indeed!!! At Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple premises, we can witness boards mentioning 3 places – Akka-Tangi Kola, Rayagopura & Dhanushkoti. These 3 places were just behind Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple. continued ride and parked my bike at Rayagopura. Lot of tourists were exploring the place and it was scorching sun out there. Feeling thirsty and tired but my soul is busy in exploring the place. Relaxed for few minutes and took plenty of photos. It was lovely place to try your photography skills.

Photo Gallery – Rayagopura, Melukote
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Selfie at Rayagopura, Melukote

Moved towards Akka-Tangi Kola which is just after Rayagopura. 2 Pushkaranis with sizes big & small can be witnessed due to this reason name Akka-Tangi Kola came. Took photo of the place and continued towards Dhanushkoti which is another 1 Kms. from the Akka-Tangi Kola.

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Akka-Tangi Kola, Melukote

Dhanushkoti is small hill and with easy climb, one can reach holy Pool at the hill. Reached the main place on the hill where pool is located and explored the place. Took few photos.

Dhanushkoti: Sita was thirsty. Rama shot an arrow through the rock and the water on the other side gushed through to this side. Sita was happy to drink from this little pool and it never dries up.No one washes their feet in this pool of water. Everyone sprinkles a little water on their head.

Photo Gallery – Dhanushkoti, Melukote

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Mangoes for sale at base of Dhanushkoti, Melukote

After exploring the place, descended down. Time was 12:30 PM and still lot of time left in the day with return journey in store. Moreover weather is not good to explore but I found one more place near Melukote. Temple name is Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu which is unknown & less explored. It is just 23 Kms. from Melukote so decided to explore the temple and started towards the temple around 12:45 PM. After inquiring with local-ides on routes, finally reached temple around 1:40 PM. Explored place for 45 minutes and spent some time clicking pics.

Nearest town is KrishnarajPete – K R Pet (Mandya District)

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Distance from different cities:

From Bengaluru: There are 2 routes possible from Namma Bengaluru, please find routes below:

  1. Around 161 Kms. via NH 48 (Bengaluru –> Kunigal –> Yadiyur –> Nagamangala –> Hosaholalu)
  2. Around 164 Kms. via Mysore Rd and NH275 (Bengaluru –>  Mandya –> Melukote –> Hosaholalu)

How to reach Hosaholalu town from Melukote on Bike or Car: From Melukote, while returning just after 2 Kms. we can see one junction, take left deviation here. Left deviation will lead us to K R Pet which is Just 23 Km. from the point. Another 2 to 3 Kms. of journey from K R Pet will lead to Hosaholalu Town. Please inquire with locals for proper route they will guide you.

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Junction near Melukote – One of the roads here will lead to K R Pet(Inquire with locals they will guide you)

Note: Just after 2 Kms. on K R Pet Road from the junction you will get one right deviation. This right deviation will lead to Shravana Belagola.

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Junction which will lead to Shravana Belagola

Reach junction point near K R Pet where you can see huge lake on right side. From this point, K R Pet is another 1.5 Kms. Just inquire with locals at K R Pet, they will guide correct route to Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu.

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Junction near K R Pet

Route direction from Melukote: Melukote –> Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu

Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu: Lakshminarayana Temple is located in Hosaholalu, a small town in the Mandya district of Karnataka state, India. It was built by King Vira Someshwara of the Hoysala Empire in 1250 C.E. The dating of the temple is based on the style of the sculptures and architecture that compares closely with the contemporary Hoysala monuments at Javagal, Nuggehalli and Somanathapura. The town of Hosaholalu is about 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Hassan and 45 kilometres (28 mi) from the heritage city of Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka state.

For more information, visit the link: Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu

Photo Gallery – Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu
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Selfies at Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu – Pic#1
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Selfies at Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu – Pic#2

It was 2:30 PM, when I decided to leave the place and long return journey is in the store. Not delayed much and started towards Bengaluru on same route which I came on morning. Had few pit-stops before reaching Bengaluru-Mysuru Road.

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These Karnataka Tourism Boards will guide what to see around the place!!!

Time was 5:00 PM when I nearing Ramanagara. Saw the board mentioning Kanva Reservoir and place is 8 Kms. of journey on narrow Kunigal Main Road from Bengaluru-Mysuru Road. Reached the Dam & Reservoir around 5:20 PM and explored place for some time. Clicked pics too…

Kanva Dam & Reservoir: Kanva Reservoir is an artificial lake and tourist attraction 69 Kms. from Bangalore, India and 10 Kms. from Ramanagara. The reservoir has been formed from the damming of the river Kanva and is well known as a tourist destination for its bird life. It is surrounded by wooded hills.

For more information, visit the link: Kanva Dam & Reservoir 

Photo Gallery – Kanva Dam & Reservoir, Channapatna

Started back to Bengaluru around 6:15 PM and reached home around 8:30 PM.

Total distance covered during Solo Road Trip: Around 334 Kms.

Biking Route: From my place which is near by Mysore Road, i took following route to explore Mandya district: Avalahalli Bus Stop, Girinagar –> Mandya –> Melukote –> Hosaholalu –> Melukote –> Mandya –> Kanva Reservoir, Ramanagara –> Avalahalli Bus Stop, Girinagar

With this 2 long days on road comes to end. These 2 road trips will be remembered as one of my best solo journey’s of life though weather was not supportive.

It is one of the longest days of life travelling Solo. Looking forward for many such Solo Road Trips in the future!!!

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