, that I have done this life time drive which was much awaited & was pending since long!!
The Western Ghats have always been in my travel diary ever since I landed Bangalore in the year 2004, and this time it happened in a very planned way. I had been planning this trip from January this year. Initially I thought of doing it in the month of May but it was too hot during that time & eventually I had to drop the plan for time being. My next plan to move was during monsoon, July or August as during this time the western ghats of Karnataka is very scenic & a must do journey. But again I had to pre-pone my trip to June 3rd week as it was vacation time for my wifey. Twist in the story:
News of Cloud burst from Uttarakhand reached us just before a week of our trip. The deadly news horrified my dad & mom & at one point of time we were planning to cancel the journey. It was raining every where around the western ghats till Mumbai & I was continuously keeping a tab on the weather report. Just before 3 days of our journey I did canceled the hotel booking of Goa fearing rain. But finally, I took the chance & went ahead to do the trip…..
Okay, enough of story… Lets start & let me take you to my photo log….:) The Route: Bangalore - Horanadu - Sringeri - Udupi – Murudeshwar – Goa – Shani Shignapur – Shirdi – Trimbakeshwar – Mumbai & back to Bangalore Attachment 97922
Distance covered: 3000KMs
Travel Partners: Wifey, my 2 yr old angel, Mom & Dad
Travel Buddy: My Sx4
TEASER PICS: DAY1 BLR - HASSAN - HORANADU - ANNAPURNESHWARI TEMPLE - SRINGERI (450 KMs)
As usual we planned to start early to cover maximum distance but thanks to everyone including myself we were late by 1 & half hours & kick started sharp at 6:30AM. Took the Outer Ring road & reached Nelmangla in no time.
On the way to HASSAN
Outside Bharat Gas enroute
Reached Horanadu at around 11:00AM, spet a good 2 hours
At Annapurneshwari Temple, reached there by 3:00PM
Beautiful road enroute to Sringeri... reached Sringeri after a mesmerizing scenic drive at around 6:30 PM & retired for the day.. DAY2
Today is my daughter's Vidya Arambh ceremony in Sringeri at Sharadamba temple. Sringeri Sharada Peetham
is the southern Advaita Vedanta matha or monastery established by Adi Shankara in 8th century AD. The matha is on the banks of the Tunga River in Chikmagalur district, Karnataka, around 330 kMs from the state capital Bangalore.The Sringeri Matha's main deity is the Goddess of Learning Sri Sharada Parameshwari. The present image in the temple is in gold and is believed to be in place from the times of Jagadguru Vidyaranya Swaminaha; before which a murti made of sandal wood was in worship.