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Our Picnic to AntaraGangae and Kolaramma Temple

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Two weeks back we had been to few of historical places near Bangalore which took about 1 ½ to 2 hrs drive. Now being winter, early morning was very chill and covered with fog, we love to enjoy the weather and it’s not only me, but also my son who is 5 yrs, loved to have a drive in the early morning.

We started early in the morning sometime around 5 a.m from the house, where our car flew in the Highway towards Kolar. The road was covered with fog, as we could not even see the vehicle in front of ours. We stopped for a cup of coffee and morning munches in a highway restaurant – “Nandi Grand“.  Next to the restaurant there was a rose garden, where could see hundreds of roses with a wonderful fragrance. Our morning coffee time was great with rose garden, chillness and fog.

AntaraGangae

After that we started our journey towards “Antaragange”, we didn’t want to trek, as we went there with our kids, just like that we parked our car in a parking place near a mosque, which was surrounded by a plenty of Eucalyptus Tree. Here starts our Journey to climb the hill; the area was well maintained as it was neat and tidy. There were hundreds of monkeys, running here and there, so be safe when you carry things. I would say just a shoulder bag would make sense.

As we started climbing the hill, we could see monkeys crossing, hanging all over the tree. As it was morning, and there was fog, also with the wonderful fragrance of Eucalyptus. Along the sides of the steps, there were small caves and older days constructed stone buildings. There were almost 300 to 4oo steps to reach the hill top where there was a beautiful Lord Shiva Temple with a beautiful pool. As we went after Karthigai, we could see many deepams, lit all over the temple and the pool, so it looked little messy around the pool.

In one corner of the pool, we could see a small waterfall, where there will be water throughout the year but only quantity of water differs. It’s being the water source for the nearby villagers, the people who visited the temple, filled that water in a bottle, and quenched their thirst. Also we filled one of our bottles with the water; it was very sweet and could feel the taste as it comes directly from the nature. But still now the origin of that water is unknown.  The water was flowing in between two Nandi’s which were facing the Shiva Linga in the center of the pool. There was shivalinga in the centre of the pool and a nandi bull facing the linga from the other side, as per the belief that the wish whispered in the ears of Nandi comes true, my daughter went and whispered her wish into the ears of Nandi.

We got to spend almost 1 ½ hrs over the hill top, admiring the beauty of the nature, long grown Eucalyptus tree, buzzing of bees, chill breeze, beautiful butterflies, view from hill, 2 to 3 street vendors, voice of drums and bells from the temple and last but not the least our heroes – monkeys. Also the villagers feed the monkeys – that was wonderful sight to see the monkeys eating the tomatoes.

But the only thing was finding the route was little difficult and the roads we travelled was through the village and it was small, but worth travelling – a peaceful and beautiful place where one can feel the essence of nature after a bored CITY life.

Kolaramma Temple

After our visit to AntaraGangae, we travelled to Kolar, to visit Kolaramma Temple. This was one among the beautiful and wonderful planned stone architecture of CHOLAS, as the age of temple would be more than thousand years. After coming to know that it was build by cholas, there was huge expectation from my side as cholas are not famous only for their architecture but also for the inscriptions and beautiful carvings, there is a quote from the poem “KALLILAE KALAI VANNAM PADAITHAN” means “one who creates arts in stone”, I am sure most of the tamilian would come across this lines – as this verses comes in the song of Movie – Raja Raja Cholan. 

The entrance of the temple was wonderfully carved and also there were inscriptions all over the temple, usually I try to read the inscriptions to know about the cholas. Since it was more than thousands of year, I could read and identity very few tamil alphabets, but couldn’t read the complete.

Here Goddess Parvathi and Goddess Chelamma or the scorpion goddess is the deity of the temple. There is a belief that praying at this temple would guard the people from Scorpion. One more interesting thing of the temple is that there was Hundi at the floor of the temple, where people are allowed to put at least a coin, which leads to a large hole dug at the earth, and we could hear the sounds of the coins accumulated over years and the scorpions running over them. The temple was constructed in “L” shape.

I was shocked to enter the temple, it was almost dark and the priest for the first asked us to see the goddess in the mirror and later from the other side we were asked to view the goddess directly. Even if you have belief with these traditions are not, once when you see the goddess who could feel the spirit of the goddess. The Goddess was depicted in the way that one who looks her, it feels like she is live near you and I would say I felt the spirit of her in the temple. My kids was little scared to see the goddess, when I enquired about the priest for why to look the goddess through the mirror, as he said there are few people who get scared when they see the goddess directly.

My expectation over the Hundi increased, but I could not find anything over and so when I enquired about the same with the priest. He showed us where the Hundi is and now it was closed not in use for people to drop coins, just like with questioning mind, I started asking him, why was it closed – He stated that people not dropping only coins started pouring milks to the hole and causing disturbance to the scorpions living there (it was believed for scorpions) and kept them more challenging to maintain the temple. Also he gave me some kumkum (sacred powder, to keep in forehead) as prasadham.

Both the places – Antaragangae and Kolaramma temple was well maintained, but I could see few plastic bottles in some places of Antaragange, so got to share that how beautifully a place is maintained there should be some efforts from our side, so do not throw any plastic bottles or bags and spoil the nature.

Mysore Trip – Part I

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Our Mysore Trip was just a wow! When we decided to go to Mysore, actually we were in a plan to make it somewhere to a new place. But when my elder one started asking me that she wanted to visit to Mysore – as she heard about KrishnaRajaSagar Dam, Brindhavan Garden, Tippu sultan palace, Mysore Maharaja palace from her friends and my younger one who want to visit – The Zoo and now here comes me – who wants to visit Mysore for Mysore silk sarees, as I go crazy for silk sarees.

We planned to start our trip early in the morning, later started only by 6 a.m. It took almost 1 ¼ hr to reach the outskirts of Bangalore due to heavy traffic. We had our breakfast at A2B on the way and again started our journey towards Mysore and reached the hotel sometime around 11 a.m.
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Once we reached the hotel, we had a cup of coffee and refreshed ourselves and then had our lunch at Blue Inn. The lunch was fabulous – we had Quail fry, Mutton Biryani, Parotta, Chicken 65, Prawn fry, Butter Chicken and Rumali Roti. Ambience of the hotel was spacious and beautifully designed with wall hangings and chandeliers, and also had ample space for car parking. Food was excellent – quail fry was crispy outside and soft inside, mutton was perfectly cooked in biryani, chicken 65 and prawn fry was too good.

After food we had little time in our hotel and then started around 4 p.m to Brindhavan Garden. Kids were very happy to see the dam and river, we took few pictures before entering the Garden. Later when we reached the garden, we were roaming all over the garden for an hour and then around 6.30 we started moving towards the amphitheater to watch the musical fountain. We clicked few pictures there and then returned to our hotel.

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We had dinner at the same place – Hotel Blue Inn, where we had our lunch. For dinner we had Naan, Parotta, Prawn fry, Fish fry and then American Chopsuey, as it was mentioned that it was the special of the restaurant. American chopsuey was good, but the portion was large, as two person can have it.

The second day, our plan was to visit Zoo. We had breakfast at Kamat and moved towards zoo. We had a wonderful experience in zoo, Kids were very happy roaming here and there, as they happen to see most of the animals, they get to see in the movie and school books. My son was more excited to see Giraffe, Crocodiles, Lion, Tiger, Hippo, Cranes, Peacock, Parrots, Leopard, Zebra, Deer, and Snakes as it was his first time to see most of the animals after he could recognize them. The whole day was spent in Zoo, and returned to hotel with full of tiredness and proceeded to Junior Kuppannna for our dinner.

 

Our Experience with OYO Rooms

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We have been planning for a trip to Hyderabad for many years and it was getting pushed or one or the other reason. One such reason is Telangana formation, whenever we plan there would be some agitation happening for the same and we would end up cancelling our trip. Now this May 2016, planned for a trip to Hyderabad, considering Telangana formation is complete. The next challenge came on our way, stay… Though Hyderabad is famous for guest house concepts, it was difficult to decide which one to choose. Though we stayed in Hyderabad for a short span of time of about 6 months, it is quite long gap, for sure we know that it had changed a lot. While we searched for the options, OYO room came in to picture, we liked the concept of rooms being blocked from various hotels/ guest houses to choose from based on the range. IT has three classes Economic, Premium and Elite.

I made by booking just a week before and I got a good deal/ package on OYO Premium with free WIFI, Breakfast, A/C. Rooms were so clean and toiletries were provided as well. Though it is tied up with hotels, no compulsion of payment to be done prior to booking like other travel booking sites. Another benefit is you have options to pay to OYO or pay at the hotel at your convenience. It clearly calls out the facilities available for the customer to make the decision. When you really go and see the hotel, it won’t be different from being promised or booked, it would be same as what you have been told during booking. All the galleries reflect the latest look and feel. At the hotel/ property, there is no glitch in adding additional requirements, it was made easy by the hotel front desk informing OYO and in-turn OYO service desk will call you to confirm the changes/ amendments. It was easy to get amendments and both Hotel and the OYO service desk calls out clearly any additional charges before confirming. We had a pleasant stay and enjoyed with the family during the stay. Being the first time, we were hesitant and but now, I would prefer and choose OYO wherever possible and avail the best offer. Moreover, I recommend my friends and relatives circle as well to choose OYO.

The Property I stayed was GEN X 1589 Hotels, @Banjara Hills, Road No 12. The property was so unique and the team had taken care of our needs pretty well. The food was so good and tasty. It was a pleasant stay and had so many other restaurants and hotels around.